CELEBRATING STEVE DILLON’S LEGACY AS A MASTER STORYTELLER
Scores of tributes are pouring in from the comics community following the death this weekend of artist Steve Dillon, the co-creator of “Preacher” and one of the defining artists of Marvel’s “Punisher” and Vertigo’s “Hellblazer.” For those who knew him, or had met him even once, and for the many more who admired and were inspired by his work, two themes emerged: first, his friendliness, good nature and powerful humor, and second, his astonishing skill as a storyteller from a young age.
“Storyteller” is the word that’s used, even more than artist. His influence upon a generation of illustrators, both peers and up-and-comers, was substantial. On Twitter after his passing, Frank Miller described Dillon as “one of our best quiet dramatists,” while fellow “Punisher” artist Mitch Gerads wrote, “Steve Dillon was a master storyteller. ‘Preacher,’ ‘Punisher,’ all of it done with so much exceptional skill + magic. We lost one of the greats.”
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