Veteran artist Steve Dillon passed away in New York City this week, as confirmed by Newsarama from several sources. The artist attended New York Comic Con earlier this month, and was remained in the city on vacation.
"Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero,"tweeted his brother Glyn Dillon on Saturday. "He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x"
Steve Dillon is best known for his work on the DC/Vertigo series Preacher with writer (and long-time collaborator) Garth Ennis. The series ran from 1995 to 2000, and was recently adapted into a successful TV series on AMC. The artist recently relaunched Marvel's The Punisher series with Becky Cloonan.
Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England in 1962, Steve Dillon entered the comic book industry in 1975 with a comic book done during high school titled Ultimate Sci Fi Adventures. At 16, the artist was hired to draw Marvel UK's Hulk Weekly, and later transitioned to work on several UK comic book magazines including Warrior, Doctor Who Magazine, and 2000 AD. In 1988, Dillon co-founded the cult favorite magazine Deadline with Brett Ewins.
After early forays into North American comic books in the late 1980s, Dillon began working on DC/Vertigo's Hellblazer in 1992 with Ennis, eventually transitioning to their own book with the publisher, Preacher. After the conclusion of Preacher in 2000, Dillon (along with Ennis) transitioned to Marvel's The Punisher - beginning a long run on the character through various series and miniseries, and with various writers after Ennis including Cloonan and Jason Aaron.
"I have it confirmed that Steve Dillon has died," tweeted Warren Ellis, who worked with Dillon on Hellblazer, Gen13, and Global Frequency. "He was a giant, and will be much missed."