Death of designer George Pérez, figure of Marvel and DC heroes

This cartoonist helped revive “Wonder Woman” in the late 1980s. He is also the co-author of “The Infinity Gauntlet”, which served as the inspiration for “Avengers: Infinity War”.

American cartoonist George Pérez, a figure in Marvel and DC superhero comics, died at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer, his entourage announced on Saturday.

“George left yesterday [vendredi, NDLR] peacefully, at home, with by his side the one who was his wife of 490 months and her family”, wrote on the Facebook page of the artist one of her close friends, Constance Eza.

Originally from the Bronx, George Pérez started drawing at the age of 5. He started at Marvel in 1973, at the age of 19 and worked on the Avengers, the Fantastic 4 and imagined with screenwriter Bill Mantlo the first Puerto Rican hero, White Tiger.

Impressive style

George Pérez impresses readers with his extremely meticulous and detailed style, and his ability to draw a multitude of characters in the same box while preserving the personality of each.

In 1980, Pérez was poached by DC publishing, Marvel’s great competitor, for which he collaborated on the Young Titans (The New Teen Titans). Its narrative arc, written by Marv Wolfman, is a huge success.

In 1985, he drew Crisis on Infinite Earths, from a screenplay by Marv Wolfman. A twelve-episode mini-series designed for the fiftieth anniversary of DC Comics, with unexpected deaths, which reshuffle the cards of the universe.

The cover of issue 7 of Crisis on Infinite Earthswhere a weeping Superman cradles the lifeless body of his cousin Kara Zor-El is one of the most famous comic book covers in history – and one of the most imitated.

Reinventing Wonder Woman

On the strength of this success, George Pérez helped to relaunch wonder woman in 1987. Associated with Len Wein and Bruce Patterson, he reinvents the character imagined in 1941 by William Moulton Marston – his work will serve as a model for recent films with Gal Gadot.

Become the specialist in crossovershe alternated from the 1990s between DC and Marvel and co-signed in particular with Ron Lim and Jim Starlin The Infinity Gauntlet (1991), which served as inspiration for Infinity War and Endgame.

We also owe him the mini-series Hulk Future Imperfect (1992), from a screenplay by Peter David, where the Hulk confronts an elderly, insane version of herself in an apocalyptic future.

“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 the comics”.

George Pérez announced his retirement in 2019 due to health issues. His disappearance comes a week after that of Neal Adams, another huge DC Comics designer, who helped revolutionize Batman.