Legendary Comic Book Artist George Pérez Announces Terminal Cancer Diagnosis
On Tuesday, living comic book legend George Pérez announced via social media that he was recently diagnosed with inoperable, stage 3 pancreatic cancer.
Below is an abridged text from his announcement:
On November 29th I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer.
It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year. 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 medical system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course and I will enjoy whatever time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of 40 years, my family, my friends and my fans.
This is not a message I enjoyed writing, especially during the Holiday Season, but, oddly enough, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit more now than I have in many years. Maybe it’s because I am enveloped in the loving arms of so many who love me as much as I love them. It’s quite uplifting to be told that you’ve led a good life, that you’ve brought joy to so many lives and that you’ll be leaving this world a better place because you were part of it.
To paraphrase Lou Gehrig: ‘Some people may think I got a bad break, but today, I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.’
Pérez officially retired from comics in 2019 due to health concerns, but has still been actively creating, including doing sketches and commissions. Following the diagnosis, he is now in the process of refunding any outstanding work that he will not be able to complete. He will, however, try to set up a final public appearance and signing, with hopes of saying goodbye to as many fans as possible. Pérez also intends to set up a new Facebook account (@TheGeorgePerez) where fans can reach out and connect with him.
Over his career, George Pérez contributed to a number of beloved characters and storylines, including The Avengers, Wonder Woman, The New Teen Titans, and Infinity Gauntlet.
On a personal note, Pérez’s Crisis on Infinite Earths for DC Comics was one of the first comics I remember reading as a kid. I recall borrowing my brother’s copy of issue 8, featuring Barry Allen’s sacrifice while fighting the Anti-Monitor. I later sought out every other Crisis On Infinite Earths book I could scrounge up. Even at a very young age, I could tell that there was something special about it, and that comics could be something more than what I had previously imagined.
We want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to George Pérez for his remarkable body of work, and for his enduring commitment to his fans. God bless you sir, and may He grant you and your family peace, love and grace as you complete this final arc.
Source: Comics by Perch