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Comic Book Artist Steve Dillon Dies at 54

Dillon frequently collaborated with writer Garth Ennis, including runs on Hellblazer and the Punisher, and co-creating the iconic Preacher comic.

News of Steve Dillon’s death broke Saturday on Twitter, with his younger brother Glyn Dillon sharing the sad news.

Other than the fact that he passed away in New York, no other details have been shared regarding Dillon’s death.

A Brief Overview of Steve Dillon’s Career

Dillon’s work in comic books started early, at age 16, in the debut issues of Hulk Weekly (for Marvel’s U.K subsidiary) drawing Nick Fury. During the years that followed his debut in the UK, his art appeared in stories for 2000 AD (including working on Judge Dredd), Doctor Who Weekly (where he created the character of Abslom Daak) the Warrior anthology series, and a chapter in Alan Moore’s Miracleman series.

Dillon arrived in the US in the late 80s, working on the DC Entertainment miniseries Skreemer, and contributing art to Animal Man and The Atom. He also came on with DC’s Vertigo label, which is where he did some of the work he’s most remembered more. Here, he and Garth Ennis teamed up for an acclaimed run on Hellblazer (from 1992 – 94), before co-creating Preacher (1995 – 2000).

Ennis and Dillon also worked together over at Marvel on The Punisher, helping to reinvent and inject new life into the character. Dillon also contributed artwork to a number of other Marvel titles, including Wolverine: Origins and Thunderbolts. Most recently, Dillon had been providing art for the newly re-launched Punisher series being written by Becky Cloonan.

Reactions to Steve Dillon’s Passing

Featured Image: Dillon’s Artwork for AMC’s Preacher TV series

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