Joining a host of creators and fans, AMC and Vertigo have released statements mourning the loss of artist Steve Dillon, who passed away Saturday at age 54.
In addition to his many other achievements in the industry, Dillon co-created “Preacher” with Garth Ennis, the acclaimed comic book series published by the DC Comics imprint and adapted for television by AMC.
“Steve Dillon was an enormously talented illustrator who, with Garth Ennis, created a cult classic comic we were so proud to bring to television with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and our partners at Sony,” AMC’s statement reads, in part. “He will be missed.”
Rogen added his thoughts on Twitter, writing, “Devastated by the loss of Steve Dillon. My favorite comic artist who drew my favorite comics. RIP.”
Vertigo had previously tweeted a tribute, but Group Editor Marie Javins later posted more personal remarks on the Vertigo Comics Facebook page. “To say working with Steve was a pleasure doesn’t begin to describe his gentle nature, or his easygoing demeanor,” she wrote. “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.”
Dillon made his professional debut at age 16 in the Marvel UK anthology “Hulk Weekly,” and later worked on “Doctor Who Magazine,” where he created the character Abslom Daak. He contributed regularly throughout the 1980s to “2000AD,” illustrating such strips as “Judge Dredd,” “Rogue Trooper” and “Bad Company.” Dillon also launched the magazine “Deadline” in 1988 with fellow “2000AD” artist Brett Ewins.
However, Dillon is probably best known for his collaborations with writer Garth Ennis, including Vertigo’s “Hellblazer” and “Preacher” as well as Marvel’s “The Punisher.”