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‘Preacher’ co-creator Steve Dillon passes away

Dillon was just 54.


April Siese

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Posted on Oct 22, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 6:01 pm CDT

Preacher co-creator Steve Dillon passed away in New York City. The prolific graphic novelist and artist, whose work on both Preacher and the Punisher were genre-changing, was just 53 years old. His brother confirmed his death in a tweet early Saturday morning.

Long considered a comics prodigy, Dillon landed the job of a lifetime when he was 16, drawing lead story art for Marvel UK’s Hulk Weekly debut issue. It was his work on Preacher that defined his legacy and earned him an Eisner nomination. Dillon’s work revamping the Punisher with Welcome Back Frank set the course for an epic return whose impact is still felt to this day.

Fans and colleagues alike have taken to social media to mourn the loss of such an iconic artist.

Update 12:56pm Oct. 22: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Dillon was 54 and not 53 when he passed away.

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*First Published: Oct 22, 2016, 12:20 pm CDT