Just Announced: The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition

The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition

One of the most admired artists in comics history, the late Steve Dillon is rightfully considered to be one of the definitive 2000AD artists, with his extensive work for The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic including pencils on “A.B.C. Warriors”, “Bad Company”, “Judge Dredd”, “Harlem Heroes”, “Ro-Busters”, “Rogue Trooper” and “Tyranny Rex”.

As an artist who set the standard for what comics could be, Rebellion was delighted to announce, at New York Comic Con, that 2000AD will be publishing a collection of his stunning original artwork for the next volume of their Apex Editions.

The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition contains pages from throughout his 30+ year career working at 2000AD, including his art on “Rogue Trooper” and “Harlem Heroes”. His prolific and defining work on “Judge Dredd” is showcased with a range of stories, including his incredible artwork for the classic “Block Mania”, alongside the “Emerald Isle” storyline, one of his first collaborations with Garth Ennis.

Also included in this book is the complete art for Alan Moore’s sole “A.B.C. Warriors” story, “Red Planet Blues”, with painted colour byWatchmen artist John Higgins.

The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition
The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition
The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition
The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition

The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition will be released in 2024 both as a Standard Edition available from comic book stores via Diamond Distribution and the 2000AD webshop; and as a webshop-exclusive edition with special slipcase.

The Apex Edition series is a deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition reproducing his original art pages at their actual size. Each page of this book has been scanned directly from Steve Dillon’s art and presents each page as if you were looking at it in person.

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, about 15 years ago. Photo courtesy Garth Ennis
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, circa 2001. Photo courtesy Garth Ennis

Steve Dillon (22 March 1962 – 22 October 2016) is one of the best-loved artists to have ever put pencil to paper. Reaching international superstardom as a result of his work on DC/Vertigo’s Preacher, which he co-created with frequent collaborator Garth Ennis, he remained one of the most in-demand artists in comics throughout his career, redefining characters including The Punisher.

Having previously made his name as a hugely popular writer and artist for 2000AD, he was the creator of both Hap Hazzard and the Irish Judge Joyce: he also wrote several stories for the Prog over the years, including Future Shocks and Rogue Trooper.

Measuring a huge 19 x 14 inches, this is a landmark collection of some of Dillon’s most admired artwork from a storied career in comics, running across 128 incredible pages. With this posthumous release of his artwork, he rightfully takes his place amongst other masters of the form, including Kevin O’Neill, Brian Bolland and Mick McMahon. 

• The Steve Dillon Apex edition is released on 19th June 2024, with pre-orders available now on the 2000 AD webshop

Read Garth Ennis tribute to Steve Dillon, published on downthetubes in 2016

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