When Mr. Perez Advertise in a Facebook post In December 2021, his life expectancy was only 6 to 12 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, testimonials came quickly. It included articles such asHow George Perez Changed Comics Foreverwho noted his enjoyment of comics collaborating with superheroes, his portrayal of female characters with a variety of body types, and his positive interactions with his fans and his charitable initiatives.
Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC Comics, wrote in Instagram share. “His career is truly a testament to what one can achieve in life when one focuses individually on what one loves to do.” (Neil Adams, the comic book artist who helped revitalize Batman, died Thursday.)
Jorge Perez was born on June 9, 1954 in the South Bronx to Jorge Guzman Perez, who worked in the meatpacking industry, and Luz Maria Izquierdo, a housewife. Both were from Puerto Rican and had met in New Jersey. They survived him with his wife Carol Flynn and brother David.
Mr. Perez was a self-taught artist who began his career in 1973 as an assistant to comic book artist Rich Buckler. He received his first professional credit the following year, for a satirical two-page Marvel story about the character Deathlok.
In 1975, he and writer Bill Mantlow created the White Tiger, the first Puerto Rican superhero in the Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu series. The series editor was Mr. Wolfman, who was initially critical of Mr. Perez’s understanding of anatomy and perspective.
“He asked me years later why, considering I had problems with his art in those early days, I didn’t keep using it,” Mr. Wolfman recalled in a phone interview. “Perspective is something you can learn, but you can’t teach storytelling. George has been a natural storyteller from day one.”
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