The world of comics is in mourning. American George Perez, particularly popular for his superhero designs at Marvel and DC, died at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer, his entourage announced on Saturday.
“George left yesterday peacefully, at home with by his side the one who had been his wife of 490 months and his family”, wrote on the Facebook page of the artist one of his close friends, Constance Eza.
Perez allowed DC to ‘reinvent’ itself
George Perez had started at Marvel in the 1970s, working in particular on the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. The designer had gradually moved closer to DC editions, Marvel’s big competitor, for which he collaborated on the Young Titans and helped relaunch Wonder Woman in the late 1980s.
“His contributions have been instrumental in advancing and reinventing DC’s long and storied history,” the publisher praised on Twitter. “Our family at Marvel is mourning his loss,” reacted his competitor, stressing the importance of his work “through all comics”. George Perez announced his retirement in 2019 due to health issues.