DC comics artist and writer George Perez, who illustrated New Teen Titans and helped relaunch Wonder Woman, has died at the age of 67, the comic book publisher announced Saturday.
The South Bronx native died peacefully alongside his wife of pancreatic cancer, Variety reported.
“George Pérez had a dynamic and incredibly expressive art style,” said Jim Lee, DC’s editor and chief creative officer, in a statement.
“His art was the perfect storytelling canvas for some of the most important events in DC history. While he will be sorely missed, his work will live on with countless fans, as well as all the talent he has influenced over the years.”
The writer, co-plotter, penciller and inker worked with writer Marv Wolfman on the iconic New Teen Titans series in the 1980s. According to DC, Perez was also credited as the “artistic force” behind the 1985 crossover series Crisis on Infinite Earths, which celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary and streamlined continuity between its titles
Perez was also involved in the 1987 remake of Wonder Woman, which helped “bring the character closer to her roots in Greek mythology.”
He also designed the iconic suit for Superman villain Lex Luthor in Action Comics for the Man of Steel.
In 2003-2004, he illustrated the DC Comics-Marvel crossover JLA/Avenger, starring superheroes from the Justice League of America and the Avengers.
“Like all comic book fans, who always made him so overjoyed whenever he met him at an autograph session or at a convention, I will always cherish the time I got to spend with George,” said Marie, DC Editor-in-Chief Javins.
“He was a unique person who brought so much joy to the world and we are all better off knowing George and his amazing work.”
According to his close friend Constanze EsaA public memorial service has been scheduled for the MEGACON Orlando on Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.