Finally — the top pick!
Comics great George Perez announced his retirement in January (click here) and we’ve been celebrating his illustrious career across 13 days with the TOP 13 GEORGE PEREZ COUNTDOWN — ranking his best work going back to his professional beginnings in the 1970s. I’m personally most familiar with Perez’s DC output, so I’ve enlisted 13th Dimension contributor Anthony Durso to make the daily picks. (He also made that fancy banner.) Get your arguments ready, folks! — Dan
Pick #2 was Crisis on Infinite Earths. Next up on the countdown — the final pick:
1. JLA/AVENGERS (aka AVENGERS/JLA)
In 1983, the 21 pages that George Perez had drawn for the Roy Thomas/Gerry Conway-scripted JLA/Avengers were shelved, as editorial disputes between DC and Marvel Comics caused the book’s cancellation. 20 years later, the ice had thawed and DC and Marvel agreed to co-publish a new JLA/Avengers miniseries written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Perez. At the time, Perez was under exclusive contract to CrossGen Comics. But a clause in his contract allowed him to draw JLA/Avengers should that project ever become available again. (A belated thank-you to the now defunct CrossGen.) After all, could anyone other than George Perez do this book, ahem, justice? The artist took what he did 18 years prior on Crisis on Infinite Earths and amplified it. Not only did the then-current respective Justice League and Avengers rosters team-up, but Busiek and Perez had EVERY incarnation of both teams represented in some way, shape, form or costume. Plus, all of the villains that the JLA and Avengers had ever faced made it too. If this is the last DC/Marvel crossover ever published — and to date, it is — it’s the perfect way to go out with a bang! — Anthony Durso