George Perez has died at 67…
UPDATED 5/7/22: The great George Perez has died at the age of 67. This countdown first ran after he announced his retirement in January 2019 — but obviously it holds up today. You can also click here for THE GEORGE PEREZ INTERVIEWS, in which the artist discusses every one of the picks below. Plus, click here for our complete index of Perez features. — Dan
George Perez’s artwork first grabbed my attention in 1980 with DC Comics Presents #26 – the issue that gave us a sneak preview of The New Teen Titans.
He’d been around for years before that, but that’s when I was indoctrinated. That series meant the world to me and I was obviously thrilled when Perez and NTT writer Marv Wolfman joined forces for the senses-shattering Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985.
Naturally, I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
Perez announced his retirement from comics this month and he will be dearly missed. We’ve already celebrated his career by asking comics pros to pick their fave Perez covers. (Click here to check it out. You’ll dig it.)
But I wanted to take things further with a look at Perez’s greatest overall work, so I enlisted 13th Dimension contributor Anthony Durso to engineer the TOP 13 GEORGE PEREZ COUNTDOWN. (I was a DC kid and Anthony has a broader view of Perez’s career.) So, over 13 days, we’ll be unveiling a new entry until we get down to #1.
Oh, and you can bookmark this post, because we’ll be adding links to each installment below.
And thank you, George, for everything.
13. The Infinity Gauntlet. Click here.
12. Fantastic Four. Click here.
11. Firestorm. Click here.
10. The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect. Click here.
9. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. Click here.
8. The Brave and the Bold. Click here.
7. Justice League of America. Click here.
6. Wonder Woman. Click here.
5. Who’s Who Covers. Click here.
4. The Avengers. Click here.
3. The New Teen Titans. Click here.
2. Crisis on Infinite Earths. Click here.
1. JLA/Avengers. Click here.
January 25, 2019
That’s really impressive cover art!
December 9, 2021
I’m one of those rare fans for whom George’s work on the Fantastic Four is their favorite. My first issue of the FF was 167, with Ben and the Hulk teaming up AGAINST the FF. I was hooked on his art from page 1. I’ve been a huge fan of George ever since – but his work on the FF will always remain my favorite.
May 8, 2022
Sad couple of weeks in the comics world. Crisis notwithstanding, top on my list is his JLA run 184–196, 200 and the Firestorm backup stories in the Flash he did in the early 80s. The New Gods crossover and Red Tornado origin two parter are still among my all-time favorite stories.
May 8, 2022
I have almost all of those !!