(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
April 20’s Avengers #55 features a heartfelt tribute to artist George Perez, arguably the most iconic Avengers creator of all time, and it was drawn by the greatest Avengers artist of all time – George Perez.
The special tribute, almost certainly the effort of long-time Avengers editor Tom Brevoort, is found after the main story that features Earth’s Mightiest Heroes taking on a brand new member.
Titled “George Perez: Once an Avenger … The page is entitled “George Perez: Always an Avenger”. It features Captain America sitting at Avengers Mansion, silently raising glasses to Perez.
The art was originally featured in 2004’s Avengers Finale, which was exactly what it sounds like – a special postscript to the ‘Avengers Disassembled storyline that immediately preceded the New Avengers relaunch that changed the course of Marvel Comics history. The special, written by Brian Michael Bendis with the help of several big-name artists was intended to mark the end of their first incarnation.
The sequence drawn by Perez was originally the Avengers paying tribute to teammates that died in battle over the years. To honor its creator, the original dialogue was removed.
In December 2021 Perez shared news with the comic book community that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and subsequently announced his plans to live out his remaining days celebrating comic books with his friends, co-creators, and fans, of which there are thousands of the former and millions of the latter.
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