Steve Dillon: Choose Dredd, Preacher and Punisher comedian artist dies

Steve Dillon comic strip

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Steve Dillon, the legendary British comedian e-book artist, identified for his work on Preacher, Punisher, and 2000AD’s Choose Dredd has died aged 54.

His brother Glyn confirmed the loss of life on Twitter, saying his “huge brother and hero” had died in New York Metropolis.

Dillon was a prolific artist who started skilled work at age 16, drawing for Marvel UK’s Hulk journal.

He was finest identified for his US collaborations with author Garth Ennis, creating basic cult comedian titles.

In his Twitter profile, Dillon, initially from Luton, describes himself as: “A comic book e-book bloke. Co-creator/Artist of Preacher. Co-founder/Editor of Deadline journal. Artist on Punisher, Choose Dredd and lots of others.”

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© Rise up/2000AD

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2000AD’s Choose Dredd was one in every of Dillon’s epic comedian characters within the 1980s

He was born in Luton in Bedfordshire in 1962. When he was 16 he launched into his first skilled job, drawing the character Nick Fury for Hulk Weekly.

Within the 1980s his profession began to take off and he repeatedly contributed to Physician Who Journal, creating the character Abslom Daak.

Extra work adopted and he was on the comedian anthology Warrior from its inception in 1982.

He additionally drew for the British sci-fi and fantasy comedian 2000AD, the place he was maybe best-known for his work as an artist on Choose Dredd.

Dillon arrived in the US within the late 1980s, the place a few of his hottest strips have been created.

The Hollywood Reporter says it was at DC’s Vertigo imprint that he collaborated with creator Garth Ennis, first on the critically acclaimed Hellblazer after which on Preacher.

Vertigo Comics paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “We misplaced a large amongst creators and artists right this moment. He might be missed by all of us right here.”

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Rogue Trooper was one other of Dillon’s basic comedian strips

The Preacher strip impressed the US tv sequence of the identical identify. In a press release, TV firm AMC mentioned: “Steve Dillon was an enormously proficient illustrator who, with Garth Ennis, created a cult basic comedian we have been so proud to deliver to tv.”

Dillon and Ennis then labored collectively on a number of sequence of the Punisher at Marvel, who’ve described the artist as “a fantastic storyteller” on Twitter, and mentioned they may bear in mind his “unbelievable work”.

On his weblog of British comics, Lew Stringer who describes himself as one in every of Dillon’s “legions of followers”, paid tribute, saying he had: “A pure expertise for drawing pages that have been straightforward on the attention and advised the story fantastically with a improbable drawing potential.”