Today, the comics industry and medium lost one of its great when Steve Dillon, the co-creator of Preacher, passed away at 54.
Dillon was an established pro in the United Kingdom during the 1980s working for British comics magazines like Warrior, Doctor Who Magazine, and 2000 AD, and eventually launching his own magazine, Deadline.
Dillon was brought to American audiences via his work on Hellblazer for DC Comics imprint Vertigo Comics. Dillon and writer Garth Ennis went on to create the critically-acclaimed series Preacher for Vertigo.
Dillon also created the character Dogwelder, who debuted in the pages of Hitman. Dillon recently returned to DC Comics to provide covers for Six Pack and Dogwelder: Hard Travelling Heroz, a new miniseries written by Ennis.
Just as Dillon’s comics industry colleagues have been mourning his death on social media today, so too is DC Comics marking his passing. Marie Javins, Group Editor, DC Entertainment. offered this statement:
“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.”
DC Comics also provided all six of Dillon’s covers for Six Pack and Dogwelder: Hard Travelling Heroz, which represent Dillon’s last work for DC Comics. All six covers can be seen in the gallery below.
You can enjoy more of Dillon's iconic artwork here.