Preacher by Steve Dillon
Preacher #3

Steve Dillon was a British comic book artist, who is especially known for his collaborations with writer Garth Ennis. He was born in London, and attended Icknield High School, where he first showcased his talents in a school comic book. At age 16, he was hired by Marvel UK to draw comic stories for Hulk Weekly and the 'Nick Fury' strip. By the early 1980s, he was drawing serials for Doctor Who Weekly and Warrior, such as 'Laser Eraser and Press Button'. Notable during this period was his creation of the character Abslom Daak. He was a regular in 2000 AD magazine throughout the 1980s, drawing mainly 'Judge Dredd' and 'Rogue Trooper' stories, but also 'Hap Hazzard' and 'Tyranny Rex'.

Judge Dredd by Steve Dillon
'Judge Dredd' (2000 AD #405, 1985).

Between 1988 and 1995, he edited the comic magazine Deadline with Brett Ewins. The magazine launched the careers of a new generation of British comic book artists, including Jamie Hewlett, Philip Bond, Nick Abadzis, D'Israeli and Steve's younger brother Glyn Dillon. By the late 1998s, Dillon was also working for the US market, starting with the DC mini-series 'Skrewer' in cooperation with Ewins, and then issues of the 'Animal Man' comic. Dillon's biggest success came when he teamed up with Garth Ennis to work on the 'Hellblazer' comic book for DC/Vertigo between 1992 and 1994. and then launch the acclaimed 'Preacher' series between 1995 and 2000.

He was one of several cartoonists to make a contribution to 'Spitting Image. The Giant Komic Book' (Pyramid Book Ltd & Octopus Publishing Group, 1988), a comic book based on the satirical puppet TV show 'Spitting Image' by Peter Fluck and Roger Law.

After 2000, Dillon has worked mainly for Marvel USA on mainly 'Punisher' related titles such as 'Punisher Marvel Knights' (2000-03), 'Punisher vs. Bullseye' (2005-06), 'Punisher War Zone' (2009) and 'PunisherMAX' (2010-12), but also 'Supreme Power: Nighthawk' (2005-06), 'Bulleye: Greatest Hits' (2005), 'Wolverine: Origins' (2006-08) and 'Thunderbolts' (2013). Preacher was made into a TV show by AMC in 2016, starring Dominic Cooper. Dillon is credited as co-executive producer on 10 episodes of this series.

Steve Dillon lived in Ireland for a few years in the 1980s, but returned to England in the 1990s and settled in Luton. Steve Dillon passed away in New York City on 22 October 2016, at the age of 54.

Punisher War Zone by Steve Dillon
'Punisher War Zone' #6.

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