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Saturday, May 07, 2022 

George Perez, RIP

The UK Mail reported the sad news that had been expected for some time already, ever since Perez recently announced he had terminal illness from cancer:
George Pérez, whose long career included important stints writing and drawing for Marvel and DC comics, died Saturday due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

The news of the artists death at age 67 was announced the same day on his official Facebook page. [...]

Pérez had his wife Carol Flynn and other family members with him on Saturday when he died at home, according to the Facebook post.

'He was not in pain and knew he was very, very loved,' the statement said. 'We are all very much grieving but, at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. To know George was to love him; and he loved back. Fiercely and with his whole heart. The world is a lot less vibrant today without him in it.'
Interestingly, the following history is told of a creation he's credited to, along with another guy who'd worked in comicdom for 16 years before being forced out of the job due to a terrible injury:
The future artist was born in 1954 in the South Bronx to a Puerto Rican family.

He began working as a studio assistant for Marvel in the 1970s, while he was still a teenager, and he made his debut on Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974.

While with the company, he co-created White Tiger, the first Puerto Rican superhero, with Bill Mantlo.
This is something that's virtually obscured by today's PC/SJW crowd: Marvel once oversaw creation of a character who could be described as Latino, yet such characters are virtually forgotten while new characters of color are introduced solely to replace white protagonists in their costumes. As for Mantlo, as some may know, he suffered brain damage from a hit-and-run accident in 1992 while practicing roller blading in NYC, and it also destroyed his career in law. He's never fully recovered from that terrible incident, and that too is a shame.

Perez's passing is definitely a loss to comicdom, as he was one of the most talented artists from a time when political correctness wasn't as bad as it's become now, and there's only so many artists around in mainstream now who aren't making half the effort to do as good a job as Perez did in illustrations.

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