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Sunday, January 20, 2019 

George Perez is retiring from artwork

Perez, famous for his work on Avengers, New Teen Titans and Wonder Woman, among several other notable comics, is retiring from artistry because of health issues (via Batman News):
To all my loyal and kind fans who have supported me throughout the decades,

In recent months, there has been a great deal of speculation as to the future of my career, my health, my ability to draw and my future convention appearances. As a result, I would like to clear up everything first hand so that, hopefully, any rumors, speculation and misinformation can be laid to rest.

With respect to future published work in comics and such ... while I know it’s been no secret that I’ve been dealing with a myriad number of health issues (diabetes, heart ailments, vision issues, etc.), they have indeed have forced me to, for all intents and purposes, formally retire from the business of creating new comic stories.

As for home commission requests, I’m afraid that my retirement must now extend to privately commissioned drawings as well. While I am gratified that all of the customers who have received their pieces were more than pleased with the results, some even consequently commissioning more of them, it’s just becoming too much of a strain on my eyes to produce the fully rendered ink and pencil-tone pieces on a quality level that justifies the price I’m being paid for them.
It's certainly sad such a talented artist is now forced to resign from his career due to the unfortunate health issues he's been coping with, but I understand fully it's all for his benefit in the future. I do know this: it's also regrettable that, if we look at the SJWs who've flooded the industry of late, very few are bound to look to Perez as inspiration to draw from, even though he had some of the best character designs to offer when he was more active.

For now, I wish him a good retirement, and thank him for the good he did in his time for the industry, and it's a shame that one of the real talents has to abandon his career at a time when the medium could use more folks like him instead of the alarmingly untalented hacks who became more common at Marvel over the past few years.

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