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Wonder Woman

One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Perez's resume contains a who's-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in the 80s and his work on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and WONDER WOMAN to his mega-successful JLA/AVENGERS, George's work has thrilled comics fans for over 3 decades.

Издательство: "DC Comics" (2015)

Формат: 190x285, 640 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-4012-5547-3

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George Pérez

Infobox Comics creator



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birthdate = birth date and age|1954|06|9
location = New York City, New York
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nationality = American
area = Penciller, Inker, Writer
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notable works = "Crisis on Infinite Earths"
"New Teen Titans"
"Wonder Woman"
awards = Eagle Award, 1979, 1980, 1986, 2000
Inkpot Award, 1983
Jack Kirby Award, 1985, 1986

George Pérez (born June 9, 1954) is an illustrator and writer of comic books born of Latin-American (Puerto-Rican) descent. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics, mainly published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style, with a strong emphasis on group superhero action scenes.

Biography

Pérez's family moved from Puerto Rico in the 1940s. Like many of the immigrants from Puerto Rico, they were poor and settled in the Bronx, where there was and is a large Puerto Rican community (barrio). Pérez's parents became factory workers. Eventually, they moved to Flushing, Queens, New York. Pérez often visited a comic book store called "Mike's Comic Hut" there. He became fascinated with comic books and their illustrations.

Early career

Pérez's early work included "Sons of the Tiger" (a serialized action-adventure strip published in Marvel's long-running "Deadly Hands of Kung Fu" magazine and authored by prolific comics writer Bill Mantlo. He and Mantlo co-created the White Tiger, a character that soon appeared in Marvel's color comics, most notably, the Spider-Man titles. Pérez came to prominence when he started illustrating "The Avengers" for Marvel Comics, starting with vol. 1 #141. His early style seemed very much influenced by Jack Kirby, one of Marvel's leading creators from the 1960s, albeit with more realistic anatomy and a penchant for making his worlds seem bright and beautiful. In the 1970s, Pérez illustrated several other Marvel books, including "Fantastic Four", where he began working with Marv Wolfman, and "Creatures on the Loose" featuring the Man-Wolf.

The New Teen Titans

Pérez soon moved over to work for DC Comics. Following a popular stint on "Justice League of America", Pérez's career took off with the launch of "The New Teen Titans", written by Wolfman. This incarnation of the Teen Titans was intended to be DC's answer to Marvel's increasingly-popular "X-Men" comic, and Wolfman and Pérez indeed struck gold. Moreover, Pérez's facility with layouts, details, and faces improved enormously during his four years on the book, making him one of the most popular artists in comics.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Wolfman and Pérez followed this with DC's 50th-anniversary event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths", which purportedly featured every single character DC owned in a story which radically restructured the DC universe's continuity. Pérez was inked on the book by two of the best inkers in comics at the time: Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway. After "Crisis", Perez inked the final issue of "Superman" (issue #423) in September 1986.

Wonder Woman

Following "Crisis", Pérez and Greg Potter were responsible for relaunching "Wonder Woman", tying her more closely to the Greek gods and jettisoning many of the extraneous elements of her history. Pérez at first worked with Len Wein on the stories, but eventually took over the full scripting chores. While not as popular as either "Titans" or "Crisis", the book was a very successful relaunch of one of DC's flagship characters, and many fans agree that his run on Wonder Woman is one of the finest moments in his career, a stint that would last 5 years from 1987-1992.

The New Titans

Pérez returned as co-plotter/penciller with the "New Teen Titans" with issue #50 (Dec. 1988), the series again being renamed, this time to "The New Titans", as some of the characters were no longer teenagers. Issue #50 tells a new origin story for Wonder Girl, her link to Wonder Woman having been severed due to retcons in "Crisis on Infinite Earths". Pérez remained as penciller with the book through to issue #55, 57 and 60, while only providing layouts for issues 58-59, and 61, with artist Tom Grummett finishing pencils and Bob McLeod as inker (Pérez plotted issue #56 only, as well as providing cover art). Perez remained as inker for the cover art to issues 62-67 (and co-plotting the stories for 66-67) before departing from the "Titans" book once again. He would later on return to the series' final issue with #130 (Feb. 1996) providing cover art.

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Perez provided inks/finishes for the lead story in "Action Comics" #600 in 1988, over John Byrne's pencils which featured Superman and Wonder Woman teaming-up. From 1989-1990, Pérez later had a stint working on Superman, writing & pencilling "Action Comics" (and providing cover art for every issue he worked on). Pérez had first worked on the second annual issue of "Action Comics" (published in 1989) before taking over that title when it was brought back as a regular monthly series with issue #643 (July 1989). His work duties on "Action Comics" would change from writer/penciller, to co-writer/breakdowns, and towards the end restricted to providing breakdowns, with writer Roger Stern scripting stories. Artists Brett Breeding and Kerry Gammill provided finishing art from Pérez' breakdowns (Issue #646 was the only issue during his run where he was not involved with interior work of any sort, except for doing the cover art). Pérez managed to provide pencils & inks for an 8-page sequence for issue #650 (Feb. 1990). Pérez also had a short stint working on another "Superman" title, writing "Adventures of Superman", providing plots for issues #457-459 (Aug. 1989-Oct. 1989), and inks for issue #461 (Dec. 1989). Due to an already heavy workload while doing both "Wonder Woman" and "Superman" at the same time, Pérez left "Action Comics" with issue #652 (April 1990) being his last.

War of the Gods / Infinity Gauntlet

Unfortunately it was during this run in 1991 that Pérez hit a snag working with DC. Pérez has stated that since the storyline's inception (which ran through the "Wonder Woman" comic and crossed over into others), he had trouble writing the "War of the Gods" storyline, mostly due to editorial problems. [ [http://vu.morrissey-solo.com/moz/perez/info/ci104.htm "David Anthony Kraft's" Comics Interview #104 ] ] Pérez felt that DC wasn't doing enough to celebrate Wonder Woman's 50-year anniversary. To make matters worse in his eyes, DC didn't place "Wonder Woman" in newsstand distribution, which meant that the comic book could only be found in comics specialty shops. Pérez had also built up a plot to marry the characters Steve Trevor and Etta Candy in his final issue. When he discovered that DC editors had decided to not only pass the "Wonder Woman" title's writing to William Messner-Loebs but also have Messner-Loebs write the final wedding scene, Pérez quit the title and separated himself from DC for several years.

Also in 1991, Pérez signed on to pencil the six-issue limited series "Infinity Gauntlet" for Marvel Comics, which was written by Jim Starlin. However, due to the turbulence happening concurrently with "War of the Gods", this was a very stressful personal period for Pérez, and he was not able to finish penciling the entire run of "Infinity Gauntlet", leaving the project part way through issue #4. The "Infinity Gauntlet" editorial team decided to find a replacement artist to finish the miniseries, and Ron Lim was the artist chosen (although Pérez offered to remain on as the inker over Lim's cover art for the remainder of the miniseries).

Because of the debacles over "War of the Gods" and "Infinity Gauntlet", it was during this time that Pérez began to gain a reputation as a creator who could not finish projects as planned. Furthering that impression, he went on to work with independent comic book publishers Malibu Comics, drawing "Break-Thru" and "Ultraforce" (both titles were part of Malibu's Ultraverse imprint), and then working at Tekno Comix drawing "I-Bots". However, despite being paid well by both publishers, he had no enthusiasm drawing the characters, and lost interest in drawing the titles.

The 1990s and beyond

In the 1990s, Pérez left the spotlight, although he worked on several popular projects, most notably at Marvel Comics with "Sachs and Violens" and "Hulk: Future Imperfect", both written by Peter David. Pérez first returned to DC Comics in fall 1996, returning to another incarnation of the "Teen Titans". "Teen Titans" (vol. 2) was written & penciled by Dan Jurgens, with Pérez as inker for the first 15 issues (of its twenty four-issue run). The series debuted in October 1996, and ended in September 1998. Jurgens' run was unpopular with readers due to the use of new characters that had no ties with previous incarnations of the team.

Pérez finally returned to a major ongoing title for the third series of "The Avengers", written by Kurt Busiek, where he remained for nearly three years, again receiving critical and fan acclaim for his polished and dynamic art. After leaving the book, he and Busiek worked to produce the long-awaited "JLA/Avengers" inter-company crossover, which saw print in late 2003. This provided closure for Pérez, since a [http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/38/ JLA/Avengers crossover was originally supposed to be published in the 1980s] , but differences between DC and Marvel forced the comic to be canceled. As the artist on the story, he had drawn approximately 21 pages of the crossover, which were not been published until recently.Fact|date=September 2008

Perez has one creator-owned comic, the unfinished "Crimson Plague". A science fiction story about an alien with ultra-toxic blood, the first (and for years, only) issue was published in the late Nineties by the now defunct Event Comics. In 2000, the original first issue was published by Image Comics (under the Gorilla imprint) with additional material and pages, with a follow up issue published soon after. Due to the extreme high costs of being a self publisher, which ended up being a financial burden (and putting himself in major debt), Perez ended "Crimson Plague" a second time. It is unknown if Perez intends to do anything else with the comic.

Also in the late Nineties, Perez provided artwork for various titles for CrossGen. Although he provided covers, pin-ups and pencils for various titles, his main project was penciling the interiors for "Solus". Although intended to be an ongoing series, it only lasted for eight issues before it was canceled due to CrossGen's bankruptcy. In May 2006, Perez illustrated the cover art to one of the alternate covers to the Direct Market release of the annual "Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide" (36th edition) featuring "Wonder Woman". He recently came off a successful opening run on DC's "The Brave and the Bold" (vol. 2, 2007-present) with writer Mark Waid. Perez also worked on Infinite Crisis, the follow up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, as a fill in artist. He is currently working on "Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds", meaning he has worked on every chapter of DC's official Crisis trilogy. He is also working with Marv Wolfman on a direct-to-DVD movie adaptation of the "Judas Contract" story arc from "Teen Titans". However work on this project has stalled.

He is currently co-chairman of the board of comic industry charity The Hero Initiative.

Bibliography

Comics work includes:

*"Action Comics" #600, 643-652; Annual #2
*"Adventures of Superman" #457-459 (plots only), #461 (inks only)
*"The Brave and the Bold" (Vol. 2) #1-10
*"Crisis on Infinite Earths" #1–12
*"Crossover Classics: The Marvel/DC Collection Vol. 1" TPB (1992) (cover artist)
*"" #1-5
*"History of the DC Universe" #1–2
*"Infinite Crisis" #1-7 alternate covers and partial interior
*"JLA/Avengers" #1–4
*"Justice League of America" #184–186, 192–197, 200
*"The New Teen Titans" vol 1, #1–4, 6–40; Annual #1–2
*"The New Teen Titans" vol 2, #1–5, "The New Titans" #50–61
*"Superman" #423 (inks only)
*""
*"Wonder Woman" vol. 2, #1–62; Annual #1–2
*"Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide" #36 (Direct Market edition alternate cover art featuring "Wonder Woman")
*"Uncanny X-Men" vol. 1, Annual #3
*"The Avengers" vol 1, #141–162, 167–172, 194–196, 198–202; Annual #6, 8
*"The Avengers" vol 3, #1–15, 18–25, 27–34; Annual 1998
*"Crimson Plague" #1–2 (unfinished, published several times)
*"Fantastic Four" vol 1, #164–167, 170–172, 176–178, 184–188, 191–192
*"Hulk: Future Imperfect" #1–2
*"Teen Titans" (vol. 2) (inker, issues #1-15)
*"Infinity Gauntlet" #1–4
*"Sachs and Violens" #1–4
*"Silver Surfer" vol 3, #111-#123 (as writer)
*"Untold Tales of Spider-Man" #16 (Dec. 1998) (cover art inker only)
*"Youngblood Battlezone" vol 1, #2 (pages 42-45 only)

Awards

Pérez won a 1979 Eagle Award (along with Jim Shooter, Sal Buscema, and Dave Wenzel) for Best Continued Story for his work on "The Avengers" #167, 168, 170-177. In 1980 he won the Eagle Award for Best Comicbook Cover for "The Avengers" #185. He won the Eagle Award for Best Artist (Penciller) in 1986 and 2000.

Pérez received an Inkpot Award in 1983.

His work (with that of Marv Wolfman and Romeo Tanghal), earned "The New Teen Titans" #50 a nomination for the 1985 Jack Kirby Award for Best Single Issue. His work (with that of Marv Wolfman) earned "Crisis on Infinite Earths" the 1985 and 1986 Jack Kirby Award for Best Finite Series.

Trivia

* George Pérez is noted for often using a technical pen when inking. Unlike standard ink-dipped pens, technical pens tend not to allow the variety of line widths typically expected in comic book inking. This gives Pérez-inked work an unusual look.

*In 2005, an animated version of Pérez made a cameo appearance in the "Teen Titans" animated series episode called "Go", which was an adaptation of "New Teen Titans" #1 and in the episode "For Real" André LeBlanc attacks a bank called "Bank of Pérez".

*In "City of Heroes", a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG about superheroes, an entire Zone within the game (Perez Park) is named after him.

ee also

*List of Puerto Rican writers
*List of famous Puerto Ricans
*Puerto Rican literature

Notes

References

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External links

* [http://www.collectortimes.com/2000_06/Clubhouse.html Interview with George Pérez]
* [http://www.george-perez.com/ George Pérez fan site]
* [http://users.rcn.com/aardy/comics/awards/index.html Comic Book Awards Almanac]
* [http://www.galacticast.com/2006/05/17/attack-of-the-50-ft-george-perez/ Galacticast video interview with George Pérez]

succession box | title="Action Comics" artist| before=multiple
after=Bob McLeod| years=1989–1990
succession box | title="Wonder Woman" writer| before=Trina Robbins
after=William Messner-Loebs| years=1987–1992
succession box | title="Silver Surfer" vol 2. writer| before=Mike Lackey
after=J.M. DeMatteis| years=1995–1996
succession box | title="The Avengers" vol. 3 artist| before=N/A
after=John Romita, Jr.| years=1998–2000
succession box | title="Brave and the Bold" vol. 2 artist| before=N/A
after=Jerry Ordway| years=2007–2008

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