Famed ‘Wonder Woman’ comic book illustrator George Perez dies at age 67

Sad news emerged in the world of comics this weekend, amid word that legendary artist and illustrator George Perez, perhaps best known for his work on Wonder Woman, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 67, as Variety reported.

The tragic passing was confirmed in a social media post written by Perez’ good friend, Constance Eza, who informed fans that he was “not in pain” at the end of his life and was fully aware that he was “very, very loved.”

“We are all very much grieving, but at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. To know George was to love him; and he loved back. Fiercely and with his whole heart,” Eza declared.

As Fox News noted, Perez’ death comes just months after he informed the world of his rather dire diagnosis, explaining on social media, “I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, but after weighing all the variables and assessing just how much of my remaining days would be eaten up by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medial system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course… .”

Perez gained fame for the detailed renderings he provided for an impressive list of superhero storylines that included The New Teen Titans, The Avengers, Wonder Woman, and more, according to Variety.

Those achievements and others earned Perez a number of noteworthy honors, such as two Jack Kirby Awards, four Eagle Awards, an Inkpot Award, as well as a lifetime achievement Inkwell Award.

In addition to the staggering success he attained professionally, Perez also devoted his time and talents to The Hero Initiative, a charity aimed at providing medical and healthcare assistance to those employed in the comic book industry, serving as co-chair of the organization’s board and as a member of its Disbursement Committee.

Paying tribute to the man Perez was professionally and personally, Eza reminded those whose lives he touched that “[h]is art, characters and stories will be revered for years to come. But, as towering as that legacy is, it pales in comparison to the legacy of the man George was. George’s true legacy is his kindness. It’s the love he had for bringing others joy – and I hope you call carry that with you always.”

Also left to mourn Perez’ passing is his wife, Carol Flynn, as well as countless admirers of his work and legacy, many of whom will surely pay their respects at a memorial event scheduled to occur later this month at Orlando”s MegaCon convention.