Steve Dillon has died at the age of 54, according to his brother, Glyn:
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
Dillon was best known for Preacher (1995-2000), which he co-created with Garth Ennis and which, presumably, got him a lot of new fans when it was turned into a television show earlier this year. He also drew critically-acclaimed stories on The Punisher, also with Ennis, and he was currently working on a reboot of the title with Becky Cloonan. He began his career at age 16 and was an influential force in the British comics scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. For me, the height of his career didn’t come on Preacher, but on Ennis’s Hellblazer (1992-1994), which is an amazing run of stories. Dillon was particularly good at drawing real people, whose gruffness hid their real emotions, which came out at infrequent but powerful times. He was less successful with actual superheroes, but he still was able to ground them in a way that not many artists could. Plus, he created Dogwelder, who is perhaps the greatest character in DC’s long history, so there’s that.
Raise a glass of lemonade to Dillon today!