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.
Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x
— glyn dillon (@glyn_dillon) October 22, 2016
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
Just heard about Steve Dillon’s passing. It’s been so long since we’ve talked, but he was kind to a young writer long ago, and a good guy.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 22, 2016
We lost a giant among creators and artists today. Steve Dillon will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo. pic.twitter.com/ZpYVQBgwwf
— Vertigo Comics (@vertigo_comics) October 22, 2016
Marvel is saddened by the passing of Steve Dillon, a great storyteller. We offer condolences to his family and remember his incredible work.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2016
Devastated by the loss of Steve Dillon. My favorite comic artist who drew my favorite comics. RIP.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 22, 2016
One of comics greatest artists, creator of Preacher Steve Dillon has passed away. I grew up worshipping his work. Still do. He’ll be missed
— Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon was one of our best quiet dramatists. Will miss him RIP https://t.co/5W7DBv2sKm
— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) October 22, 2016
Rest In Peace, Steve Dillon. Such a humble, gentle soul.
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis’ Hellblazer helped me survive high school and keep my dream of making comics alive. Rest In Peace, Steve.
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon was a master storyteller. PREACHER, PUNISHER, all of it done with so much exceptional skill + magic. We lost one of the greats.
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) October 22, 2016
For Steve Dillon pic.twitter.com/yO4WXI5jJG
— Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) October 22, 2016
Featured Image: Dillon’s Artwork for AMC’s Preacher TV series