Preacher Co-Creator Steve Dillon Dead at 54

Fan-favorite artist Steve Dillon—best known for co-creating Preacher and defining runs on The Punisher and Hellblazer—has passed away.

Reports of Dillon’s death began hitting Twitter this morning, with confirmation coming from Dillon’s brother Glyn. Details as to the cause of death are yet unknown.


Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England in 1962, Dillon’s early career began in the British comics industry, with stints in the legendary 2000 A.D. comics magazine. Writer Garth Ennis and Dillon were one of modern comics’ most beloved tandems, having first made a big splash in American comics with their work on John Constantine in Hellblazer for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and later co-creating Preacher in 1995. Ennis and Dillon went on to deliver what many say is the best-ever take on The Punisher in the mid-2000s. Dillon’s most recent work has been on an ongoing Punisher series with writer Becky Cloonan. io9 mourns the loss of this amazing talent.

Correction: an earlier version of this post had misspelled the name of Steve Dillon’s younger brother as Glynis. His first name is Glyn. I regret the error.

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Oh man, I can’t believe it. His run on the current Preacher with Becky Cloonan was amazing. I know that some people don’t like his artwork — he tends to use the same faces — but his action scenes were always great and visceral. And he was the definitive Punisher artist.