Steve Dillon was a comic book artist, best known for his work with writer Garth Ennis on Hellblazer, Preacher and The Punisher.
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1. Steve Dillon was born in 1962 in Luton, Bedfordshire.
2. His younger brother by nine years is cartoonist Glyn Dillon.
3. While attending Icknield High School, Dillon first realised his potential as a serious comic book artist during the production of a school comic book called Ultimate Sci Fi Adventures with school friends Neil Bailey & Paul Mahon in 1975.
4. His first strip in this comic was “The Space Vampire”.
5. This was followed by the Escape from the Planet of the Apes series.
6. Dillon got his first professional work at the age of 16, drawing the title story in the first issue of Hulk Weekly for Marvel UK, later working on the Nick Fury strip. In the 1980s he also drew for Warrior and Doctor Who Magazine, where he created the character of Abslom Daak.
7. He did a considerable amount of work for the comics 2000 AD and Warrior.
8. Along with Brett Ewins, Dillon started the seminal comic magazine Deadline in 1988, which continued for another seven years and was instrumental in supporting young, underground, comic artists such as Jamie Hewlett as well as championing and supporting new bands of the period such as The Senseless Things and Blur.
9. Deadline is highly regarded for bringing underground comics and graphic novels into the mainstream during the 1990s and can be considered as a precursor for publications such as Loaded and Dazed and Confused, as well as defining and promoting the nascent Britpop movement of the time.
10. Together with author Garth Ennis, Dillon worked on Hellblazer and, later, on Preacher which wrapped up in 2000 after 66 issues.
11. Dillon also created the character Dogwelder, featured in Ennis’s series Hitman.
12. Preacher was made into a critically acclaimed TV show in 2016, starring Dominic Cooper.
13. Dillon is credited as co-executive producer on 10 episodes of the series.
14. Dillon’s younger brother, concept artist Glyn Dillon, announced on social media on October 22, 2016 that Dillon had died in New York City.
15. Sources indicate that he was suffering from an unspecified illness.
16. His passing was met with an outpouring of grief and a number of tributes from the comics creator community, as well as the following statement from DC Group Editor Group Editor Marie Javins: “To say working with Steve was a pleasure doesn’t begin to describe his gentle nature, or his easygoing demeanor. I worked with him from 1991, long before Preacher, up to his most recent covers for Sixpack and Dogwelder, but his impact on the comics industry resonated most through his interpretation of Jesse Custer and company. His name, along with writer Garth Ennis, is practically synonymous with Preacher, but I know him as a lovable wisecracker who enjoyed New York, and could always be depended on to deliver a sly remark. Steve had a great sense of humor, it’s fitting his last work for DC was a cover of a tin foil Dogwelder. To the rest of the world, he’s a giant among creators and artists. He will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo.”
17. Tributes immediately poured into Twitter, with people expressing shock over Dillon’s death and admiration for Dillon’s talents.
18. The cause of death was not immediately known.
19. The Manhattan Medical Examiner’s office had not yet returned a call seeking the official cause of death.
20. Bleeding Cool reported of Dillon, “We knew he’d been sick in recent years but, of late had been teetotal. He’d slimmed down dramatically and his workload was ramping up… He still hit the bars, though now with a glass of lemonade, and remained the life and soul.”