The year was 1983 and I was a 15-year-old George Perez fan who drew two posters in his honor. One full of Marvel heroes going to the right and the other full of DC characters going to the left, with all the characters’ poses mirroring each other. A comic book shop in Long Beach, CA put them both up for sale on commission basis but only the DC one was sold. To who, I had no idea.
Thirty four years later, a gentleman by the name of Stephen Csomos contacted me on social media and said he had one of my original pieces which was the first piece of art he had ever bought when he was twelve. He sent me the image and I was floored!
I told him I had a Marvel version of it somewhere but it would take me another two years to find it. Last week I finally came across the battered old drawing while cleaning out my son’s closet but it had a big tear on it. I may have a scan of it somewhere but God knows where that is. Nevertheless, I got a big kick out of seeing the other piece again.
When the comic book industry tanked in 1994 and I left it for advertising, I completely forgot about it. But now that I’m back, this serves as a nice reminder that it’s never too late to reignite an old passion or pursue a previously shelved dream. Thanks Steve!