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cover:  George Perez
Date: May 2012
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    "Title" (22 pages)
    writer:  Paul Levitz
    art:  George Perez
    Scott Koblish
    Kevin Maguire
    colors:  Hi-Fi Colour
    Rosemary Cheetham
    letters:  Charlie Mangual 
    editor:  Robert Harras
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    Paul Levitz's thoughts on George Perez's retirement

    posted Jan 20, 2019, 1:51 PM by Vu Sleeper

    Paul Levitz writes:

    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (Apr 2012)
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    George Perez announced his 'retirement' from comics the other day, after probably drawing five or six lifetimes worth of them if we tally up the number of characters drawn, designed, and universes built...not even counting his work as a writer. I've known George since we were both fanzine kids--he was doing some of his earliest art for my Brooklyn pal Jim Glenn's zines--so I watched his career with special interest.

    Most, ahem, sane, artists avoid doing the titles that have armies of characters. George lived for those challenges. When Dick Dillin passed away suddenly, George rushed to take up the challenge of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, literally interrupting everything else he was working on to finish the story Dick had just started when his heart gave out.

    His TEEN TITANS and CRISIS work with Marv Wolfman literally gave a dramatic rebirth to the DC Universe at a time when we desperately needed it, and his WONDER WOMAN stories coming out of those events are still, to me at least, the best run that character ever had (don't even ask me about why my brief run was an unmemorable as it was).

    I didn't get a chance to collaborate with George at length until our WORLDS' FINEST stories, which were a delight. Just sorry we didn't get to do more.

    The thing about George is he poured it all onto the page. Not only the incredibly detailed line work you saw, but his sweat and soul. With no disrespect to anyone, I'm not sure there was a harder working artist of my generation. So hard working that he pushed himself to the point of collapse several times. I'm not saying the health problems that he's made public over the years are a direct result of his hard work and self-imposed pressures, but this is a guy who gave it all for his readers. And did it all with a smile the happiest of puppy dogs would be jealous of.

    Happy retirement, George, may it be healthier than you expect, and full of good experiences. And I hope to see your smile on the convention circuit more times before we're done.

    Worlds' Finest #1 Cover Auction Begins August 28th

    posted Aug 25, 2015, 8:09 PM by Vu Nguyen

    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (Apr 2012)
    DC Comics

    From, thanks to Ilke


    Item description:
    Primary Artist Name: GEORGE PEREZ
    Year: 2012
    Brief Description of the Item: with prelim, overlay and final Power Girl design
    Starts At: $1
    Auction Start Date: 8/28/2015 8:00:00 PM

    ComicLink Comments:

    This is the cover for the first issue of World's Finest, a revival of the classic team-up title featuring New 52 versions of Power Girl and the Huntress. Power Girl and the Huntress were both created during the late 1970s as younger members of the esteemed Justice Society of America, the original Golden Age hero team who lived on the parallel world, Earth-Two. Power Girl was the Earth-Two version of Supergirl, cousin of the Golden Age Superman and the Huntress was the daughter of the Golden Age Batman and Catwoman. The characters were popular and survived in altered histories after Crisis on Infinite Earths merged Earth-One and Earth-Two together in 1986.

    When DC relaunched their continuity in 2011 with the popular New 52 line, a separate Earth-Two was once again introduced, but with a very different history than the previous one. On this Earth, Power Girl was actually Supergirl and Huntress was actually Robin. However, they are both forced to leave Earth-Two and come to the main New 52 Earth, where they adopt the identities of Power Girl and the Huntress. The title World's Finest was revived because that book for decades served as the team-up title for Superman and Batman. Since this book featured classic characters in a classic title, it needed a classic artist so George Perez was brought on board.

    George Perez is one of the most acclaimed comic book artists of the last 40 years. He made his mark very early in his career in the mid-1970s, penciling both Avengers and Fantastic Four, two of Marvels top titles. He brought a whole new level of detail to the comic book industry and a legion of devoted fans soon followed. Perez went to DC in 1980 where he spent the next decade perfecting his craft and making comic book history with New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths .

    With the "Second Wave" of the New 52 launching Wednesday, May 2, DC Comics, via its blog The Source has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at artwork by George Perez and Kevin Maguire for "Worlds' Finest" #1 written by Paul Levitz. The unlettered, uncolored pages showcase Huntress and Power Girl as they recall their Earth 2 identities as Robin and Supergirl.

    "'Worlds' Finest' reminds me of an old Churchill line about 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,'" writer Paul Levitz told the Source. "I hope readers will have as much fun unwrapping as we did layering the secrets through the issues. Our heroines have fascinating backstories and complex lives already in their young years, and we'll be sharing connecting fragments every issue."

    Check out the pages of "Worlds' Finest" #1 below and stay tuned to CBR for more on the DC's "Second Wave" of the New 52.

    thanks to Ilke and ES


    Paul Levitz reveals Worlds' Finest secrets

    posted Mar 12, 2012 2:19 PM by Vu Sleeper [ updated Mar 12, 2012 2:20 PM ]

    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (May 2012)
    PAUL LEVTIZ Reveals More WORLDS' FINEST, EARTH 2 Secrets
    By Vaneta Rogers, Newsarama Contributor posted: 08 March 2012 06:09 pm ET

    There's one distinction DC wants to make about their new Worlds' Finest comic: There's a good reason for the strange apostrophe placement.


    Paul Levitz: Yeah, they arrive here as Robin and Supergirl, as a result of events of the first issue of Earth 2. They landed here five years ago, and they were pretty young.

    We're picking up their story in the first issue of Worlds' Finest in the present day. George Pérez is drawing the "now" stuff. And then Kevin Maguire is drawing "then" stuff.

    So Kevin gets to draw them arriving as Robin and Supergirl, the first moments as they're trying to figure out, "where the hell are we, and what's going on here?" And how they began to build lives.

    DC Comics, what's wrong with you?
    posted Mar 12, 2012 1:54 PM by Vu Sleeper

    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (May 2012)
    People who knows me, they know that I'm a huge DC fan.  Lately, I really hate the new DC.

    THE NEW 52: Where exactly is the new 52 heading and why do all the costumes look the same?  I understand this was an effort to gain new readers, but when all your merchandise/ads/cartoons are using the "classic" costumes, it doesn't make any sense to me.  If a child gets a comic from Subway or a cereal box, those characters aren't available to buy on the current comic racks.

    CREATIVE TEAMS: Just when you're feeling comfortable with a writer or artist, they're suddenly thrown out (or in some cases, the books are cancelled).   Here's the thing: sometime storytellers need to take time to build characters, you can't just condense them to fit neatly in a three issue story.  DC said this was by design, possibly designing it around the trade model of collecting comics every six issues.

    LOGO: Wow, seriously.  Do normally people actually see "DC" at a glance?  No. No one I know actually like the new logo.  Sure, I get it; you're trying to show off the interactive-ness of the logo, but newsflash: you guys publish 2D comic books. 

    DIGITAL: DC's Digital Comics are still super expensive, full price ($2.99) for the latest issue.  This just discourages me from buying their comics. I only get their digital books if I buy a combo pack.  Marvel Comics is doing it right: they give you the digital version if you buy their $3.99 books.

    BEFORE WATCHMEN: I love Alan Moore. That recluse went out of hiding to denounce DC's plans to make prequels to Watchmen.  My favorite quote was how he said as far as he knew; Moby Dick never got a sequel.   To me, the Watchmen are purely a Moore/Dave Gibbons creation and if there are more stories to tell, it would have to be from Moore and Gibbons.  I think everyone would agree that this is purely a money-making scheme.  Remember when DC wanted to release actions figures on the 14th or 15th anniversary?  Really?

    NEW WEBSITE: This is really a matter of opinion, but I simply hate the redesign.  The website looks like it's taking a note from the unreadable Newsarama and CBR websites.  All these sites are a mess, there are 1000 things happening on the same page.  I guess people really love these "busy" websites.  I don't.  Now I have to click click click click "read more".

    I know DC has gone on to the next generation of comic readers. Aging fans, like me, are left behind.  Have I really turn into an old man, screaming get off my DC lawn?   I guess it's just driving me crazy that these aren't the same characters that I know and love.  Even if you disagree or agree with Power Girl's boob costume, you have to know this upset many, many, many boys/men (and some women).

    - Vu


    Worlds' Finest #1 Cover
    posted Feb 10, 2012 11:05 AM by Vu Sleeper [ updated 17 hours ago ]


    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (May 2012)
    First Look – WORLDS’ FINEST #1 Cover
    Friday, February 10th, 2012 by Alex Nagorski

    (Art by George Perez)


    Worlds' Finest #1 character studies by George Perez
    posted Feb 5, 2012 1:00 PM by Vu Sleeper [ updated Feb 5, 2012 7:17 PM ]

    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (Apr 2012)
    Just finished the cover for WORLD'S FINEST #1, which is now being colored. Since I can't show the cover until DC releases the image, here are some rough character studies showing the two lovely young ladies I've asked to be my inspiration for the likenesses of Huntress and Power Girl. The Huntress is inspired by my dear friend and cosplayer supreme Margie Cox and Power Girl is based on another friend named Jana who models professionally under the name JC Marie. I am grateful that they both agreed to do this and I hope I will do them justice in the series.


    George Perez will draw Worlds' Finest

    posted Jan 12, 2012 4:43 PM by Vu Sleeper


    WORLDS' FINEST #1 (Apr 2012)
    Seven things to know about DC Comics' new wave of books
    By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

    There may not be 52 more new books in the upcoming second wave of DC Comics' "The New 52" relaunch from the fall, but there's a new emphasis on world building and, possibly even more intriguing for comic-book fans, world meshing.


    Crisis on multiple Earths. Parallel worlds have been in DC's wheelhouse for a while, and they waited till the second wave to really get into the nitty-gritty of heroes from other Earths. Writer James Robinson reteams with the Justice Society for the new series Earth 2, which is being drawn by Nicola Scott, while Huntress and Power Girl are stranded on our world and want to return to theirs in Worlds' Finest, written by Paul Levitz with art by George Perez and Kevin Maguire in rotating story arcs. "What does that mean to be exiles from that Earth 2?" Harras says. "We thought it'd be a nice thing to bring this concept back and to really, as we did with the 52 initially, reconceive it and freshen it up."