George Pérez, legendary Marvel and DC artist, announces that he has less than a year to live

Legendary comic book artist George Pérez has delivered terrible news in his Facebook profile: On November 29, I received confirmation that after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have stage 3 pancreatic cancer. It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months and a year.. The cartoonist explains that he has been offered chemotherapy or radiation but has decided that he wants “let nature take its course” and enjoy “of the time that I stay as long as possible” with his wife, family, friends and fans.

George Pérez was born in 1954 in the South Bronx of New York, to Puerto Rican parents. He began his career in comics as an assistant to Rich Buckler (‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Astonishing Tales’). He soon joined the Casa de las Ideas team with various titles. He was the creator of White Tiger and began to make a name for himself drawing the Avengers. She came to work for Marvel and DC at the same time and left her mark on hugely important stories like ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, ‘The New Teen Titans’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘The Infinity Gauntlet’ and many more.

He wants to say goodbye to his fans

Almost three years ago, he announced that he was retiring from the industry due to various health problems such as diabetes or loss of vision in one eye. In his message he confirms that he is working to return the money to those who had paid for sketches that he will no longer be able to finish, but intends to organize “one last public appearance” where he wants to take pictures with his fans and sign all the comics he can. “I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles and tears” writes.

Since he posted the message, the comment area of ​​his Facebook has been filled with expressions of affection from followers and fellow professionals, such as the creator of Deadpool Rob Liefeld or the writers Kurt Busiek and Brad Meltzer, who affirm: No other artist has had such an impact on my life. He needed to say it out loud. One of the real high points of my career was writing a ‘Justice League 0’ page just so you could draw it. And what did you do when you found out? You gave me the page. I love you very much. And thanks”.

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