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Comics 411: Farewell to George Pérez

January 23, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
George-Perez Wonder Woman

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Now, on with the show!

Last week we asked, “Is Marvel Going Too Far With Thanos??”. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Iain: “Thanos has been a seller himself for a long time. That Infinity Gauntlet became a trilogy… and one where Thanos is already being humanized…. is complete testament to that. They’ll keep pushing him until sales slump. that’s the only metric that really matters. The things you’re pointing to have been around since that series.”

chunkylover69: “I didn’t feel that the adding of Thanos’ children in 2013 Infinity served to humanise him- as his whole goal upon discovering their existence was to kill them, going so far as to cull entire species children of a certain age to ensure it Herod style. It also served to introduce the Black Order who are great additions. It is too early to decide if the upcoming book is a step too far, only reading it will tell.”

s1rude: “Interesting that Steve counts Thanos Rising as a plus and Infinity as a negative. For me, even as huge Jason Aaron fan, it’s the opposite. I’m okay with knowing the Mad Titan has kids (he then tries to kill), but I didn’t really need to see Young Thanos at school, getting the serial killer origin story.

As to overall fatigue, I’m not worried about it. As long as Marvel doesn’t make him central to every line-wide crossover or shoehorn him into other people’s books, folks who love the purple guy can pick up his series & appearances and folks who’ve had enough can pass.”

D-Unit: “I don’t think so. He’s popular now, so comics are a business, makes sense for them to do more with him. Never really cared for him as a character in the comics or cartoons, but like what they did with him in the MCU”

loineli: “Yeah, there’s some Thanos fatigue for me personally. The team behind the new series is solid so I might check it out later, but I’m in no rush to read it.

I guess the sales numbers will tell if there’s fatigue at a larger scale.

After this series, it might be a good idea to shelve him for a while and then bring him back with a bang later?”

San-X: “The 2013 infinity was just a small set piece in Secret wars prelude anyway.

In an era where every villain is complex humanised as well as empathised entity with no real goal, comic book Thanos is different.”

Mr.Greed: “Thanos needs to be retired. He has appeared in everything and inam tired of it. I like Thanos but this is getting out of hand”

To read all the comments or to read last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we say…

Farewell to George Pérez!

George Pérez is retiring from comic book work. A career that started as an assistant to Rich Buckler in 1973 is coming to an end and I thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to his impressive career. Pérez’s professional debut came in Marvel Comics’ Astonishing Tales #25, drawing an untitled two-page satire of Buckler’s character Deathlok. It didn’t take long for Pérez to gain attention and he was soon the artist on a run of “Sons of the Tiger”, back up in the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. He and Bill Mantlo co-created the White Tiger, the first Puerto Rican superhero.

Over the years Pérez become famous for his runs on Justice League of America, New Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Infinity Gauntlet, Avengers, Avengers Vs. JLA, and a number of others. I first was exposed to his artistry on the New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. When it comes to Crisis, I can’t think of any other artist that could have pulled it off as expertly as he did.

Pérez announced his retirement on Facebook and says his health issues, including his eyesight, are the reasons for stepping down.

DATE : JANUARY 19, 2019
FROM : George Pérez

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.

In regards to convention sketches, I will need to cut back on those as well. While I will no longer sketch at the conventions themselves, I will, through my art agent Spencer Beck of The Artists Choice, be taking orders for 5 ( FIVE ) con-style head sketches, per convention day that I am in attendance which will be done at home to be collected at the conventions. Fans placing orders must be personally present to pick up the piece , NO PROXIES. The price for these will be a good deal pricier than in the past, going for $100 each, but please take some solace that all the monies I earn for these sketches, as well as my appearance fees, will be donated to various charities. To place an order, or for initial details, please contact Spencer / The Artist’s Choice directly at [email protected] Any changes or further announcements will be made by Spencer and myself on his website theartistschoice.com/perez.htm and on my fan website george-perez.net

Furthermore, for those that are interested … although I will only be attending about six conventions this year and one make up convention in 2020 ( *** see below for complete schedule ) 2019 will more than likely be my last year touring this great land meeting so many great fans. As the next decade begins, I have two shows, Dragon Con and Fetish Con that have personal meaning to me which I intend to attend yearly unless circumstances prevent it … but, for all intents, 2019 will wind down that part of my career as well. The good news is, even though I will not be sketching at the shows, I will still be autographing and be available for photo ops, and, as has been my policy throughout my career, I will not be charging for either.

In closing, please don’t feel sorry for me about all these life and career changes. Thankfully I earn more than enough income through royalties to have a comfortable life wherein I may never need to work again. Unless, of course, something really tempting comes along and I’m given sufficient lead time. Hey, you never know.

Long story short, I will be just fine. I’ve had a wonderfully good run doing exactly what I have wanted to do since I was a child. Now I can sit back and watch the stuff I helped create entertain whole new generations. That’s a pretty nice legacy to look back on.

And so much of that is thanks to all of you, the GREATEST fans in the world. I am humbled and forever grateful.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy 2019 and beyond,

UPDATE: Mr. Perez will not be accepting requests until approximately 30 days before each specific show. Sketches will be approved at one per person, family or address. First come, First serve. So , please check back 30 days before the show. He will only be doing 9 x 12 head shots and they must be paid for in full at the time the order is accepted.

I can honestly say George Pérez is a big reason I’m a comic book fan today. His artwork marked a number of periods of my fandom and I’ll miss his distinct style gracing the newstand. Pérez deserves every accolade he receives and I hope his retirement is worthy of his decorated career.

What’s your favorite title of cover of Pérez’s?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!