All June comics will feature a double-page spread in honor of the legendary artist’s 68th birthday on June 9
Alex Ross, Dan Jurgens, José Luis García-López, Jim Lee, Nicola Scott, Phil Jimenez, Todd McFarlane, Walter Simonson and many more Honor Pérez
DC will celebrate the 68th birthday of George Pérez, one of the titans of the comic book industry, with a two-page spread featuring some of his most beloved characters in each of its June periodicals. Working from a layout designed by Dan Jurgens, some of the biggest names in the industry including Jim Lee, Walter Simonson, Alex Ross, Dave Gibbons, Todd McFarlane, Daniel Sampere, Jerry Ordway, Nicola Scott and more others, collaborated in the colored diffusion.
“When I was asked to come up with a design and layout that would honor George Pérez and his many incredible contributions to DC Comics over the years, I was truly honored,” said Dan Jurgens. “I have admired George’s work since I first saw him and have had the good fortune to work with him in different capacities, on a number of projects. Most importantly, I got to see the way George treats fans and readers, always smiling, gregarious and approachable. It was a joy to see this cover come together and I’m sure everyone who contributed feels the same way.
The tribute features the following DC characters that Pérez is best known for, as well as the man himself, drawn by a number of the industry’s top artists and colored by Hi-Fi:
The Monitor and the Anti-Monitor – Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Trigon – Todd McFarlane
The Specter – Alex Ross
Darkseid – Walter Simonson
Firestorm and the Justice League Satellite – Scott Kolins
Ares & Hippolyta – Phil Jiménez
The Cheetah and the Amazons – Colleen Doran
Lady HIVE & HIVE Agents – Scott Koblish
Vigilant – Dave Gibbons
Cheshire – Joelle Jones
Blood Brother – Darryl Banks
Black Fire – Mike McKone
Gizmo & Mammoth – Klaus Janson
Shimmer – Bruno Redondo
Psimon – Mikel Janin
Neutron & Jinx – Dan Mora
The Legion of Super-Heroes – Francis Manapul
The Justice Society of America – Jerry Ordway
Power Girl & Huntress – Kevin Maguire
The Justice League of America (and background) – Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
Superboy-Prime & Alexander Luthor – Ivan Reis
Supergirl – Gary Frank
Omen – Adam Hughes
Outcast – Daniel Sampere
Jericho & Kole – Nicola Scott
The new Teen Titans, Deathstroke & George Pérez – José Luis García-López
Accompanying the broadcast on a separate page will be a key highlighting the characters and artists who participated.
In addition to being included in all DC June issues, the tribute will also be featured as a variant cover for Dark Crisis #7. Each issue of the Event Series will feature cover art highlighting a previous Crisis event in DC’s history, beginning with the defining genre. Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez for issue #1. Additional artwork and details on each of the covers will be announced at a later date.
“George Pérez is one of my all-time favorite comic storytellers. To say he’s a ‘great entertainer’ is an understatement,” said Dark Crisis writer Joshua Williamson. “His work on the original Infinite Earths Crisis inspired so much from my love for DC Comics. When I saw DC editors pull together this incredible piece with so many amazing legendary artists celebrating George, I’m not going to lie, it was moving. And now it’s an honor that this tribute is a cover for dark crisis.”
A special version of Dark Crisis #7 variant cover will be available for sale by The hero initiative to raise money for one of Pérez’s favorite charities. Pérez is a founding board member of the Hero Initiative and chaired its disbursement committee.