George Pérez - Bio, Net Worth, Death Cause, Age, Wife, Family, Health
George Pérez was an American comic book artist and writer. Initially, he began his career as a penciller. He was best known for his work in the 1970s penciling "The Avengers" for Marvel Comics and returned to the franchise in the 1990s. He was famous for his detailed and realistic rendering, and his facility with complex crowd scenes. In the 1980s, he penciled "The New Teen Titans", "Crisis on Infinite Earths", and "Wonder Woman". Furthermore, he worked on other comics published by Marvel, DC, and other companies in the 2010s. He had achieved many awards during his career timeline and some of them are Eagle Award, Inkpot Award, Jack Kirby Award, Inkwell Awards SASRA, and more. Sadly, he dies at 67 on 6th May 2022.
Comic Book Artist George Pérez Dead
Pérez died on 6th May 2022. His death cause was due to complications from pancreatic cancer. One of his close friends, Constance Eza wrote the next day that the 67-year-old artist "passed away yesterday, peacefully at home" with his wife, Carol, and their family by his side. An open memorial service was scheduled to be held at MegaCon Orlando on May 22. He dies at 67.
What was Comic George Pérez Famous For?
- Being a comic book artist and writer.
- For his work in "The Avengers" for Marvel Comics.
Who are the Parents of George Pérez?
George Pérez was born on 9th June 1954. He was from the South Bronx, New York City, the USA. His nationality was American and his ethnicity was Mixed. Lastly, he celebrated his 67th birthday. He was a follower of the Christianity religion and his zodiac sign was Gemini as per his birth date.
About his parents, he was born to his father, Jorge Guzman Perez, and his mother, Luz Maria Izquierdo, who were both from Caguas, Puerto Rico, but who did not meet until approximately 1949 or 1950, after both had settled in New Jersey while searching for job opportunities. His parents married in October 1954 and subsequently moved to New York, where Jorge worked in the meatpacking industry while Luz was a homemaker. Also, he had a sibling; a younger brother namely David (born in May 1955). Both brothers aspired at a young age to be artists with George beginning to draw at the age of five.
Perez completed his schooling and college at the local school and college of America.
George Pérez Career Timeline
- George Pérez's early career involved with the comics was being an assistant of Rich Bucklers in 1971. Rich Buckler was an American comics artist and penciller, best known for his work on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four in the mid-1970s.
- Next, he made his professional debut in Marvel Comics' "Astonishing Tales" #25 (Aug. 1974) as penciler of an untitled two-page satire of Buckler's character Deathlok.
- During the short period of time, he became a Marvel regular, penciling a run of "Sons of the Tiger" whose author was Bill Mantlo.
- After that, he came to public fame with Marvel's superhero-team comic "The Avengers".
- Soon, he illustrated several other Marvel titles, including "Creatures on the Loose", featuring the Man-Wolf; "The Inhumans"; and "Fantastic Four".
- Writer Roy Thomas and Pérez crafted a metafictional story for "Fantastic Four" #176 (Nov. 1976).
- He drew the first part of writer Jim Shooter's "The Korvac Saga", which featured nearly every Avenger who joined the team up to that point.
- Writer David Michelinie and Pérez created the Taskmaster in "The Avengers" #195 (May 1980).
- Next, he began working for their rival DC Comics "The New Teen Titans" while drawing for "The Avengers". "The New Teen Titans" was launched in a special preview in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980).
- After four years, he left the work of "The New Teen Titans" to focus on his next project with Marv Wolfman, DC's 1985 50th-anniversary event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths".
- Next, he inked the final issue of Superman (issue #423) in September 1986, over Curt Swan's pencils, for part one of the two-part story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" by writer Alan Moore.
- Later, he drew the cover for the "DC Heroes" roleplaying game (1985) from Mayfair Games as well as the cover for the fourth edition of the "Champions" roleplaying game (1989) from Hero Games.
- After then, he played a key role in the 1987 reboot of the Wonder Woman franchise. He worked on the title for five years, leaving as an artist after issue #24, but remaining as a writer up to issue #62, leaving in 1992.
- He returned to the character in 2001 and co-wrote a two-part story issue #168-169.
- He returned as co-plotter/penciller of The New Teen Titans with issue #50 (Dec. 1988), with the series being renamed "The New Titans".
- He was involved with Superman at various times over his career, including his tenure on Justice League of America years before.
- In "Action Comics" #544 (June 1983), he designed Lex Luthor's trademark battlesuit.
- He pencilled "DC Comics Presents" #61 (Sept. 1983) which featured a Superman/OMAC team-up.
- Also, he inked John Byrne's pencils for the Superman/Wonder Woman story in "Action Comics" #600 (March 1988).
- He briefly wrote Adventures of Superman, providing plots for issues #457–59 (Aug. 1989 – Oct. 1989).
- Because of a heavy workload, while doing both "Wonder Woman" and "Superman" at the same time, he left "Action Comics" with issue #652 (April 1990).
- In 1992, he was a guest inker on Deathstroke the Terminator issues #10–11.
- Later, he signed on to pencil the six-issue limited series "Infinity Gauntlet" for Marvel Comics, which was written by Jim Starlin in 1991.
- Because of the debacles over "War of the Gods" and "The Infinity Gauntlet", he began to gain a reputation as a creator who could not finish projects as planned.
- He then worked with independent comic book publishers Malibu Comics, drawing "Break-Thru" and "Ultraforce" (both titles were part of Malibu's Ultraverse imprint), and also worked at Tekno Comix drawing "I-Bots".
- In the 1990s, he worked on several projects, including working on the Jurassic Park comic, Sachs and Violens, and Hulk: Future Imperfect.
- In October 1996, he returned to DC Comics for "Teen Titans. Teen Titans" vol. 2 which ended in September 1998.
- He had a stint as a writer of "Silver Surfer" vol. 2 #111–123 (December 1995 – December 1996).
- He finally returned to a major ongoing title for the third series of "The Avengers", written by Kurt Busiek where he worked for three years.
- After that, he alongside Busiek and produced the long-awaited JLA/Avengers inter-company crossover, which saw print in late 2003.
- Later on, he began writing and illustrating "Crimson Plague" in the year 1997.
- In the 2000s, he started working for the new publisher "CrossGen" where he pencilled for the issues of "CrossGen Chronicles" whereas his main project for the company was pencilling "Solus" which was canceled.
- He illustrated Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (36th edition) featuring Wonder Woman in May 2006.
- He drew the first ten issues of DC's "The Brave and the Bold" (vol. 2) in 2007.
- Further, he worked on Infinite Crisis, a follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, as a fill-in artist.
- He also worked on "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" in 2008–2009, contributing to every chapter of DC's Crisis trilogy.
- In the year 2005, an animated version of Pérez made a cameo appearance in the Teen Titans animated series episode titled "Go".
- DC launched a new Superman series written by Perez in September 2011.
- He was also the inker of the new "Green Arrow" series.
- In July 2012, Pérez stated his departure from Superman as a reaction to the level of editorial oversight he experienced which included inconsistent reasons given for rewrites of his material, the inability of editors to explain to him basic aspects of the New 52 Superman's status quo (such as whether his adoptive parents were still alive), and restrictions imposed by having to be consistent with Action Comics, which was set five years earlier than Superman, a situation complicated by Action writer Grant Morrison has not been forthcoming about their plans.
- From September 2014 to December 2016, he wrote and drew six issues of his own creation "Sirens" which was published by BOOM! Studios.
- In January 2019, he announced that he was formally retiring due to various health issues, and would continue to produce only a limited number of convention-style head sketches on commission, and attend a limited number of conventions.
Awards and Achievements
- Won a 1979 Eagle Award (with Jim Shooter, Sal Buscema, and David Wenzel) for Best Continued Story for his work on "The Avengers" #167–168 and 170–177
- Won the Eagle Award for Best Comicbook Cover for Avengers #185
- Won the Eagle Award for Favourite Artist (penciller) in 1986
- Received an Inkpot Award in 1983
- DC Comics named Pérez as one of the honorees in the company's 50th-anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great in 1985
- His collaboration with Wolfman earned Crisis on Infinite Earths the Jack Kirby Award for Best Finite Series in both 1985 and 1986
- Won several Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards
- Won the "Favorite Artist" award in 1983 and 1985 and "Favorite Penciler" in 1987
- Won the "Favorite Cover Artist" award three consecutive years 1985–1987
- Awarded the Inkwell Awards Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA) for his lifetime achievement in inking in 2022
Who was George Pérez married to?
George Pérez was a married man. He tied a knot with his beautiful wife whose name goes by Carol Flynn. The duo had no children. His sexual orientation was straight and he was not gay. Prior to the death of George, the duo was enjoying their life a lot and their love bond was very strong.
How much was George Pérez Net Worth?
George Pérez was a comic book artist and writer who had made a vast amount of money throughout his career. He was a wealthy man with an impressive net worth. As of 2022, the net worth of Pérez is estimated to have $3 Million at the time of his death. He was the comic artist for both, Marvel and DC which made huge sales around the world. Thus, he was also making a huge amount of salary from his professional work. Whereas the exact amount of his earnings is still a mystery. His main source of wealth is from book career. Being rich, he preferred a simple lifestyle. He had left a massive impact on people's lives with his work.
How tall was George Pérez?
George Pérez was a handsome artist whose body type was average. His hair color was bald and his eye color was light brown. He stood at the height of 5 feet 8 inches of 1.77 m or 177 cm. Whereas his body weight and other body measurement are still to get unfolded yet.
George Pérez Health and Surgery
George Pérez revealed in October 2013 stating that he would soon undergo laser and injection surgeries to address hemorrhaging in his left eye that had effectively made him blind in that eye. By June 2014, the procedures were not yet completed, but his condition had improved to the point and he was able to resume his work. In May 2017, he was again admitted to a hospital with chest pains due to a heart attack while traveling to a convention, and had a coronary stent fitted. By January 2019, he was dealing with multiple health issues, including diabetes and problems with his vision and his heart. It was on 7th December 2021, he revealed on his Facebook page that on November 29, after having undergone surgery for a blockage in his liver, he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. Given a prognosis of 6 to 12 months, he chose not to pursue treatment.
In early 2022, both DC and Marvel included tributes to him and his work in their comics, and jointly approved a limited-run reprint of the 2003 JLA/Avengers story he illustrated (long tied up by disagreements between the rival publishers), as a benefit for the Hero Initiative.
Trivias About George Pérez You Need To Know.
- George Pérez was initially involved in the comics by being an assistant to Rich Bucklers in 1971.
- In 2022, Pérez was awarded the Inkwell Awards Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA) for his lifetime achievement in inking.
- He had no child from his marriage.
- Both of his parents were from Caguas, Puerto Rico.
- Both, George and his brother, David, aspired at a young age to be artists with George beginning to draw at the age of five.