Legendary artist and Eisner Hall of Fame member George Perez has shared the heartbreaking news that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer.
“It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year,” he said on Facebook. “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 over 40 years, my family, friends and my fans.”
Perez asked fans and anyone else who wanted to reach out to him to use his Facebook page, rather than contacting him or members of his family directly. He also said he hopes to make one last public appearance so he can “be photographed with as many of my fans as possible, with the proviso that I get to hug each and every one of them. I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles as well as tears.”
Perez, whose career included legendary, character-defining runs on New Teen Titans, Justice League of America, Avengers and more, retired from creating comics in 2019 for health reasons.
You can read his entire post below. Everyone here at Smash Pages is devastated by the news and send our best to Perez, his family, his friends and his fans. When I picture the Justice League, the Avengers or the Teen Titans in my head, they’ll always be drawn by George Perez.