American cartoonist George Perez, a character in Marvel and DC superhero comics, has died at the age of 67 of pancreatic cancer, his entourage announced Saturday.
One of his close friends, Constance Iza, wrote on the artist’s Facebook page, “George left yesterday peacefully at home with his wife, who has been his wife for 490 months, and his family.”
George Perez started at Marvel in the ’70s, working mainly on the Avengers and Fantastic Four films. The designer gradually approached the releases of DC, the big competitor of Marvel, for which he collaborated on “Young Titans” and helped re-release “Wonder Woman” in the late 1980s.
The publisher paid tribute on Twitter: “His contributions have been instrumental in developing and reinventing DC’s long and written history.”
“Our Marvel family is in mourning for their loss,” his competitor responded, stressing the importance of his work “throughout all the comics.”
George Perez announced his retirement in 2019 due to health issues.
“Total creator. Evil zombie fan. Food evangelist. Alcohol practitioner. Web aficionado. Passionate beer advocate.”