Steve Dillon, the comic book artist who helped to create the Vertigo comic book series Preacher for DC Comics, has passed away at age of 54. His brother confirmed the news, pointing out he passed away in the city he loved, New York City. No details were given on how he passed away.
Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x
— glyn dillon (@glyn_dillon) October 22, 2016
Steve Dillon worked more with DC Comics and Vertigo Comics, adding his art style to Hellblazer, The Atom, Animal Man, Heartland, Skreemer and The Wanderers.
AMC, who have found great success with their TV adaptation of Preacher, sent out a statement on the news of Dillon’s passing.
“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. He will be missed.”
Seth Rogen also sent out his own statement on Twitter.
Devastated by the loss of Steve Dillon. My favorite comic artist who drew my favorite comics. RIP.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 22, 2016
Kevin Smith who has two shows on AMC, Geeking Out and Comic Book Men also sent out his own statement.
Legendary #Preacher co-creator & amazing artist STEVE DILLON has passed away. I had a meal with him in TriBeCa years back. Such a great guy.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 23, 2016
More of his colleagues past and present gave their condolences on the passing too
Just heard about Steve Dillon's passing. It's been so long since we've talked, but he was kind to a young writer long ago, and a good guy.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 22, 2016
We lost a giant among creators and artists today. Steve Dillon will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo. pic.twitter.com/ZpYVQBgwwf
— Vertigo Comics (@vertigo_comics) October 22, 2016
Rest In Peace, Steve Dillon. Such a humble, gentle soul.
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) October 22, 2016
One of comics greatest artists, creator of Preacher Steve Dillon has passed away. I grew up worshipping his work. Still do. He'll be missed
— Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) October 22, 2016
Worked with Steve Dillon on a single page of American Alien. Admired him for two decades before that. A genius has left us. RIP
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) October 22, 2016
Very sorry to hear about Steve Dillon. Master storyteller – brilliantly immersive, true original. Contributions to the form immeasurable RIP
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) October 22, 2016
Aw no. Steve Dillon. RIP
— Rob Williams (@Robwilliams71) October 22, 2016
Terrible news that Steve Dillon has died. I've always loved his understated, expressive style.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) October 22, 2016
Shocked and saddened by Steve Dillon's death. He was a great guy, always a pleasure to hang out with. Never lacking in laughter and smiles.
— Scott Dunbier (@sdunbier) October 22, 2016
Marvel is saddened by the passing of Steve Dillon, a great storyteller. We offer condolences to his family and remember his incredible work.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2016
We send our condolences out to the friends and family of this great talent.