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Preacher Creator Steve Dillon Dies at 54

A Preacher comic panel by Steve Dillon

Steve Dillon, the co-creator and comic book artist behind Preacher and Hellblazer, has died. He was 54.

His brother, Glyn, confirmed the sad news on Saturday morning. He wrote, “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.”

Steve Dillon’s career began when he was 16, working for Marvel Comics. But he caught his big break when he teamed with Garth Ennis to create Hellblazer, a John Constantine series for Vertigo.

The two teamed up again to create Preacher, probably their most famous work. It has now been made into a television show on AMC.

DC Entertainment Group Editor Marie Javins released the following statement:

His name, along with writer Garth Ennis, is practically synonymous with Preacher. But I know him as a lovable wisecracker who enjoyed New York, and could always be depended on to deliver a sly remark. Steve had a great sense of humor; it’s fitting his last work for DC was a cover of a tin foil Dogwelder. To the rest of the world, he’s a giant among creators and artists. He will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who created the Preacher television series, posted their condolences online as well.

Dillon’s other credits include Punisher: War Zone, Ultimate X-Men, The Ultimates, and many others.