Steve Dillon in 2015
22 March 1962|
London, England, UK
|Died||22 October 2016
New York City, New York, U.S.
Dillon was born in London in 1962 and raised in Luton, Bedfordshire. He was the oldest of three siblings, a sister younger by three years, Julie, and a brother younger by nine years who is cartoonist/costume designer Glyn Dillon.
While attending Icknield High School, Dillon first realised his potential as a serious comic book artist during the production of a school comic book called Ultimate Sci Fi Adventures with school friends Neil Bailey & Paul Mahon in 1975. His first strip in this comic was "The Space Vampire". This was followed by the Escape from the Planet of the Apes series.
Dillon got his first professional work at the age of 16, drawing the title story in the first issue of Hulk Weekly for Marvel UK, later working on the Nick Fury strip. In the 1980s he also drew for Warrior and Doctor Who Magazine, where he created the character of Abslom Daak. He did a considerable amount of work for the comics 2000 AD and Warrior.
Along with Brett Ewins, Dillon started the seminal comic magazine Deadline in 1988, which continued for another seven years and was instrumental in supporting young, underground, comic artists such as Jamie Hewlett as well as championing and supporting new bands of the period such as The Senseless Things and Blur. Deadline is highly regarded for bringing underground comics and graphic novels into the mainstream during the 1990s. and can be considered as a precursor for publications such as Loaded and Dazed and Confused, as well as defining and promoting the nascent Britpop movement of the time.
In mid-1989, Dillon met writer Garth Ennis, with whom he would eventually have his most notable professional collaborations. During a social gathering about a year later in Dublin, Ennis recalls, "After everyone else had passed out, we sat up 'til dawn and killed off a bottle of Jameson, talking about what we wanted to do in comics- what we thought could be done with them, what the medium was for. I can recall a sort of mutual 'Oh yes, you. You’re the one. You get it.' This was to pay off handsomely in the years to come." With Ennis, Dillon worked on Hellblazer and, later, on Preacher which concluded in 2000 after 66 issues. Dillon also created the character Dogwelder, featured in Ennis's series Hitman.
Dillon's younger brother, concept artist Glyn, announced on social media on October 22, 2016 that Dillon had died in New York City. The cause was complications of a ruptured appendix. His death was met with an outpouring of grief and a number of tributes from the comics creator community, as well as the following statement from DC Group editor Marie Javins: "To say working with Steve was a pleasure doesn't begin to describe his gentle nature, or his easygoing demeanor. I worked with him from 1991, long before Preacher, up to his most recent covers for Sixpack and Dogwelder, but his impact on the comics industry resonated most through his interpretation of Jesse Custer and company. 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."
Dillon's long-time collaborator Garth Ennis paid tribute to Dillon thus: "The last time I saw Steve was late last Saturday night in New York, walking down fifth avenue to his hotel after saying goodnight outside Foley's. It could have been the end of any one of a thousand nights. It’s not a bad last memory to have. Steve was best man at my wedding and my good and dear friend. I think he probably taught me more about what that word means than anyone else."
The first episode of season two of Preacher is dedicated to Dillon.
- Doctor Who:
- Throwback: The Soul of a Cyberman (in Doctor Who Weekly #5–7, 1980)
- The Stolen TARDIS (in Doctor Who Weekly #9–11, 1980)
- The Ogrons (with Steve Moore, in Doctor Who Weekly #13–14, 1980)
- Abslom Daak (with Steve Moore, in Doctor Who Weekly #17–20 & 27–30, 1980)
- Ship of Fools (in Doctor Who Weekly #23–24. 1980)
- The Moderator (in Doctor Who Magazine No. 84 & 86–87, 1984)
- Ro-Jaws' Robo Tales: Final Solution (featuring Abelard Snazz, with Alan Moore, in 2000 AD #189–190, 1980)
- Mean Arena (in 2000 AD #199–200, 1981)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 205, 1981)
- Mean Arena (in 2000 AD #218–223, 1981)
- Ro-Busters (in 1982 2000 AD Annual, 1981)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD #243–244, 1981)
- Laser Eraser and Pressbutton (in Warrior #1–3 & 5–11, 1982–83)
- Marvelman (in Warrior No. 4, 1982)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD # 305–307 & 322–328, 1983)
- Laser Eraser and Pressbutton (in Warrior No. 15, 1983)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 353, 1984)
- Doctor Who (in Doctor Who Magazine No. 84, 86–87, 1984)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD #374-75, 1984)
- ABC Warriors: Red Planet Blues (in 1985 2000 AD Annual, 1984)
- Rogue Trooper (in 2000 AD #379–380, 1984)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD #404–405, 408–409, 443 & 450, 1985)
- Diceman (in Diceman #4–5, 1986)
- Rogue Trooper (in 2000 AD #495–499, 1986)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 505 & 511–512, 1987)
- Rogue Trooper (in 2000 AD #520–531, 1987)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD #535–539, 1987)
- Hap Hazzard (in 2000 AD No. 561 & 567, 1988)
- Tyranny Rex (in 2000 AD #566–568, 1988)
- Rogue Trooper (in 2000 AD #568–572 & 574-75, 1988)
- Tyranny Rex (in 2000 AD #582–584 & 1988 Sci-Fi Special, 1988)
- Hap Hazzard (in 2000 AD No. 588, 1988)
- Rogue Trooper (in 2000 AD #598–600 & 602-03, 1988)
- Bad Company: Simply (with Peter Milligan; Pencils: Brett Ewins in 2000 AD No. 601, 1988)
- Hap Hazzard (in 2000 AD # 609–610, 1989.)
- Rogue Trooper: Cinnabar (in 2000 AD #624–630 & 633-35, 1989)
- Harlem Heroes: Series Two (in 2000 AD #671–676, 683–699 & 701–703, 1990)
- Rogue Trooper (in 1991 Rogue Trooper Annual, 1990)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 703–706, 1990)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 727–732, 1991)
- Judge Dredd (in 2000 AD No. 783–785, 1992)
- Hap Hazzard (in 2000 AD No. 1164, 1999)
- The Wanderers (DC Comics, initial redesigns which were abandoned but were published in DC Focus, 1988)
- Skreemer (6 issue mini-series, DC Comics, 1989)
- Animal Man (#29, 33–38, 40–41, 43, 45, 47–50, DC Comics, 1990–92)
- Hellblazer (#49, 57–58, 62–76, 78–83 DC Comics/Vertigo, 1992–94)
- The Atom Special (#1, DC Comics, 1993)
- Preacher (66 issues, Vertigo, 1995–2000)
- Heartland (1 issue, Vertigo, 1997)
- Preacher Special; Cassidy: Blood and Whiskey (1 issue, Vertigo, 1998)
- Preacher Special; Tall in the Saddle (1 issue, with John McCrea, Vertigo, 1999)
- Sixpack and Dogwelder (#1-6 covers, DC Comics, 2016–2017)
- Car Warriors (4-issue miniseries for Epic Comics)
- Punisher Marvel Knights (12 issues, Marvel, 2000–2001)
- Punisher Marvel Knights (26 issues, Marvel, 2001–2003)
- Ultimate X-Men No. 58 (Marvel Comics, 2005)
- Supreme Power: Nighthawk (6 issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, 2005–2006)
- The Ultimates 2 Annual #1 (Marvel Comics, October 2005)
- Bullseye: Greatest Hits (5 issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, 2005)
- Punisher Vs. Bullseye (5 issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, 2005–2006)
- Wolverine: Origins (#1–25, Marvel Comics, 2006–2008)
- Punisher War Zone (with Garth Ennis, 6-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, February–March 2009)
- X-Men: Hope (with Duane Swierczynski, One-Shot, Marvel Comics, 2010), reprinting:
- PunisherMAX #1–22 (with Jason Aaron, Marvel Comics, January 2010 – February 2012)
- Thunderbolts #1–6, 12 (with Daniel Way and Charles Soule, Marvel Comics, February 2013 - May 2013, September 2013)
- Punisher (with Becky Cloonan, Marvel Comics, May 2016 – October 2016-his death)
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