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Paul Levitz's thoughts on George Perez's retirement

posted Jan 20, 2019, 11:51 AM by Vu Sleeper
Paul Levitz writes:

WORLDS' FINEST #1 (Apr 2012)
DC Comics

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.