Last year, the comic industry lost one of its most exemplary storytellers, artist George Pérez. During his illustrious career at Marvel Comics, George’s talents graced the pages of Avengers, Fantastic Four, and many more. His contributions to some of comic books’ most inspirational sagas like Infinity Gauntlet and his seminal run on New Teen Titans will ensure his artwork will live on for generations for fans to enjoy, and later this year, Marvel Comics will celebrate that impact with a new line of variant covers. Working with his estate, Marvel Comics has collected rare drawings from George’s archives and starting in June, these pieces will beautifully restored, colored, and showcased on the covers of select Marvel releases. These covers spotlight George’s legendary depictions of Marvel’s greatest heroes, giving fans an opportunity to reflect on his groundbreaking work on the genre.
“George Pérez may no longer be with us, but his work is immortal. And so it’s a delight to be able to share these seldom-seen pieces by George done throughout his career with all of his legions of fans,” Marvel VP Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said.
“George loved his fans. He loved meeting them and he loved drawing for them. His joy was evident in every smile, hug and stroke of his pen,” Constance Eza of The George Perez Trust shared. “We are beyond thrilled and grateful that Marvel has conceived of this cover program to showcase some of his commissioned works to be enjoyed by fans the world over. We miss him terribly, but his art is part of a legacy that will continue to resonate for years to come. We hope you enjoy these never before published covers!”
The GEORGE PÉREZ VARIANT COVERS will also be available as Virgin Covers. Check out five of the covers now, including non-final sketches, and look for them on your favorite titles throughout the year. For more information, visit Marvel.com.