Legendary comic artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 54, but he leaves a lasting mark on popular culture.
The New York Times reports Dillon has passed away due to a ruptured appendix, which was initially misdiagnosed as food poisoning. Dillon worked on several influential projects throughout his career, but is likely best known for his artwork in Garth Ennis’ acclaimed 66-issue run of Preacher. The series, which follows a Texas preacher who receives supernatural powers and goes on a (literal) search for God, was an indie comic hit — and has since been adapted as a TV series on AMC. Dillon’s art gave the saga a distinctive look that stands out to this day.
Dillon started his career in comics at the age of 16, working for Marvel UK (a British imprint of the U.S. publisher), and has drawn for characters such as Judge Dredd and The Punisher over the years. But his real break came in 1992 when he latched onto Hellblazer with Garth Ennis, and the duo would go on to make some of the coolest and darkest comics of the era. The team launched Preacher in 1995, and it ran until 2000.
His passing has hit the comic industry hard, and the world has lost an amazing talent. Many of the greats have taken the time to say their farewells.