Story   Well, we knew it was coming, but it's still incredibly sad.  One of my all-time favorites, and gone so young, too.

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I bought Avengers #141 (N'75) off the rack when it came out and immediately knew something had changed for the better though I had no idea who George Perez was but he soon became one of my favorite artists!

You took the words right out of my mouth. We've lost two titans of the industry for certain.

This was my first exposure to George Perez.

I've probably read everything he's ever drawn, since he didn't come along until I'd been reading for maybe 10 years. It's inconceivable that he's gone.

This is probably the first George Perez image I ever saw. He drew the cover to this issue -- Avengers 167 -- too, but looking at it, it barely registers in my memory. I must have bought this one coverless at a secondhand shop somewhere. When I think of George Perez, one of the first things I think of is Beast, bouncing in his bathrobe. 

The man could -- and did -- draw anything. And he represented comics with inexhaustible good humor and grace. A few years ago, I saw him at a con appearance. I think Stan Lee was still with us, but it's clear he was ailing fast. People were talking about who comics' next ambassador to the general public would be. And hearing George's joy and love for the characters and the medium, I thought there'd be no better person to fill those big shoes. I dearly wish that had come to pass -- even if he'd laid down his drawing pen forever, if he could have been the smiling, energetic face of comics for years to come, that would have been an amazing gift. 

But his presence among us for so long, and all his incredible work, is more than gift enough.



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