George Pérez, Famous Comic Book Artist Who Redefined Wonder Woman, Has Died : NPR

George Pérez, a famous author and cartoonist of comics, died Friday at the age of 67. Here the artist is seen in 2019 at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Weird Life of Stan Leeat the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

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George Pérez, a famous author and cartoonist of comics, died Friday at the age of 67. Here the artist is seen in 2019 at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Weird Life of Stan Leeat the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

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George Pérez, a famous comic book artist who helped shape the Wonder Woman persona people know today, died on Friday. He was 67 years old.

A family friend broke the news in a social media post. Pérez died peacefully at home with his wife by his side, Constance Eza said. He had an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer.

“We are all very grieving but, at the same time, incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives,” Eza wrote on Saturday. “To know George was to love him, and he loved him back. Fiercely and with all his heart. The world is much less vibrant today without him.”

In a career that spanned more than four decades, Pérez’s meticulous pencil was responsible for some of comics’ greatest heroes. He co-created The New Teen Titans at DC Comics in 1980 and drew The Avengers for Marvel Comics. He helped ink the closing of a chapter on Superman.

Pérez’s mid-’80s reboot of Wonder Woman took the superheroine back to her Greek mythology origins. Patty Jenkins, who led the wonder woman films, cited Pérez’s portrayal of the character as a major influence.

In an article recalling Pérez, DC Comics described the artist as a “writer, co-plotter, sketcher and inker”, who left his mark on the Man of Steel. Pérez designed villain Lex Luthor’s iconic purple-green war suit in action comicsand write stories for The Adventures of Superman.

After being brought in to work on DC’s New 52 version of Superman in 2011, Pérez lamented the “corporate comics”. He called his brief stint on the project “the nadir of my career” and suggested he was unhappy with the high profile changes to his contributions.

“If the fans like it, fantastic, my name is attached to it. If they don’t like it, I can’t help it, even though my name is still attached to it,” Pérez told ComicBook. com.

“George Pérez had an art style that was both dynamic and incredibly expressive,” said Jim Lee, DC’s publisher and chief creative officer. “His art was the perfect storytelling canvas for some of the most significant events in DC history. While he will be sorely missed, his work will live on with countless fans, along with all the talents he has. influenced over the years.”

After Pérez was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in late November, her friend Constance Eza kept fans updated on Pérez’s health with frequent posts on her Facebook page. Fans responded by flooding the comments with well wishes and photos they’d taken with Pérez at comic book conventions — as they did over the weekend.

“George’s true legacy is his kindness,” Eza wrote on Saturday. “It was the love he had for bringing joy to others – and I hope you will always carry it with you. Today is Free Comic Book Day. A day that George absolutely loved it and a fitting day to remember his contributions to comics and our lives. I hope you enjoy your day today thinking of him. He would have loved that.

Angela C. Hale