Richard Dillin was born in Watertown, N.Y. Soon after graduation from high school, he enlisted in the army. He served overseas for a year and a half with 8th Army Headquarters in Tokyo and Yokohama. Discharged from the service, he resumed his academic career at Syracuse University. He began his professional career doing portraits and magazine illustrations. He eventually turned to comics. He was a longtime artist of the 'Blackhawk' feature at Quality and DC in the 1950s and 1960s. He was the main artist of the 'Justice League of America' comic at DC in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1970s, he also drew 'World's Finest'.