George Pérez is a near-legendary comic book artist. He began his career as an assistant for Rich Buckler at Marvel in 1973, and went on to work on several high-profile projects over the next forty years. He is most well-known for his love of drawing crowd scenes - Crisis on Infinite Earths
featuring practically everybody in the DC Universe, or the cover of JLA-Avengers
#3 featuring every single hero who had been a member of either team up to then, or the opening arc of The Avengers
volume 3 featuring every Avenger up to that point reuniting and then getting redesigned into medieval outfits. His collaborating writers, such as Kurt Busiek
and Mark Waid
, have noted that they can use ideas that would scare away any other artist so long as Perez does the artwork.
Perez's most famous work includes:
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The famous DC Universe reboot.
- The Avengers: Pérez first penciled it in the '70s starting with issue #141, then came back in the '90s to illustrate the book's relaunch with Kurt Busiek.
- The Incredible Hulk: With Peter David, Perez drew the Future Imperfect two-issue series, which introduced the Maestro.
- Infinity Gauntlet: Pérez penciled the book for the first couple of issues, and drew the first issue's famous cover.
- JLA-Avengers, with Kurt Busiek
- Superman: Pérez wrote and drew covers for the first six issues of the book following the "DCNu" reboot, with Nicola Scott and Jesús Merino.
- The New Teen Titans, with Marv Wolfman; this became DC's most popular comic book of the period and introduced many characters and costumes that would become iconic in later years, such as Deathstroke, Raven, and Starfire.
- Wonder Woman: Perez was plotter, penciler, and co-writer on the 1987 reboot of the character, which introduced many of the powers and background elements that would be a staple of the character until the 2011 line-wide reboot.
Creator-owned work by Perez includes Crimson Plague
and the upcoming She-Devils