Heroes and Villains: E.A. Henson on the Retirement of George Perez

A literal Titan of the comic book industry has announced his retirement… George Pérez, one of the greatest to have every hoisted the pencil and pen.

I sincerely hope that some of the publishers he’s worked for are planning the mother of all retirement parties for him at this moment. It’s hard to imagine anyone more deserving of one when you take his notable contributions into consideration. Avengers, The New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths…he’s literally done it all.

For me, the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of Pérez‘s work is the cover to Crisis #8. A defiant Barry Allen gripping a defeated Psycho Pirate and ready to face down an unseen foe, under the text “THE FINAL FATE OF THE FLASH.” Things looked grim for The Flash but Pérez had drawn it in such a way that one would think he may make it out okay. But then he had to go and draw the rest of the issue. The page where Barry Allen makes the ultimate sacrifice (you know the one) scarred many a comic reader, myself included.

George Perez

Pérez‘s unparalleled linework and attention to detail undoubtedly catapult him into the category of Greatest Of All Time. I have never seen another penciler draw crowd scenes that come anywhere close to what he could do. I’d say this retirement is well-earned.

Back in my convention-going days Pérez was a fixture at the big Chicago event I attended annually. While I never had anything for him to sign, it was always a joy to see him do sketches and interact with fans as he was easily one of the most gregarious creators on the convention floor. He’’s going to be missed out there but his body of work will more than make up for that.

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