Revered comic book artist George Perez announced his retirement yesterday. Looking back over his voluminous body of work, I realize how his art was such an inspiration to me growing up as a young creator of fiction.
George Perez illustrated a lot of fantastic comic book covers over the course of his illustrious career. These were my favorites…
#10. Crisis on Multiple Earths, vol. 5
Solemn and foreboding.
#9. The New Teen Titans, vol. 1, #71
I love this one because it looks like a hungover Nightwing is left to clean up after a particularly raucous party.
#8. The New Teen Titans, vol. 1, #39
Sure, the abandoned foreground costumes have become a bit of a chestnut, but back then it was shocking and new. Love the little touch of having some of the pieces hanging off the Titans logo.
#7. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, vol. 1
This team-up with Dave McCaig featuring one of comicdom’s most woefully under-appreciated members of a woefully under-appreciated team.
#6. The New Teen Titans, vol. 1, #13
#5. Avengers, vol. 1, #166
THE run that first introduced me to the wonder of comic books.
#4. The New Teen Titans, vol. 1, #36
For a series that centered on teenagers, Titans could get incredibly dark – and this cover does a great job of reflecting the title’s more adult tone.
#3. The Infinity Gauntlet #1
Thanos has never looked so formidable.
#2. The Korvac Saga
When ten year old me first read this arc, it blew my mind.
#1. Crisis on Infinite Earths, vol. 1, #7
Boy, no comic book cover has ever equaled the emotional impact of seeing a weeping Superman holding a lifeless Supergirl in his arms.
Hey, George, thanks for the memories!