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RIP The Legend Michael Turner

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My heart goes out to all his fans , friends, colleagues and family. This guy has inspired me loads and Showmasters Forum goers might know me as Aspen and this truely awesome guy is the reason behind this.










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We here at Comic Book Resources are very sad to report that artist Michael Turner has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 37. Aspen Comics’ Vince Hernandez told CBR News Saturday morning that Turner passed away Friday night at 10:42 Pacific Time at Santa Monica Hospital in Calfiornia. The news spread quickly at Wizard World Chicago, during what would have otherwise been a riotous night at the hotel bar, the mood suddenly turned somber with remembrances of Turner from friends and acquaintances. A minute of silence will be observed during Wizard World Chicago Saturday afternoon.




Turner is an artist best known for his work on books like “Witchblade,†where he got his start in comics, moving on to titles such as “Black Panther,†“Superman/Batman†and his very own creator owned series “Fathom†and “Soulfire†through his publishing company Aspen Comics. A prolific artist, he’s done work for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and has provided covers to some of the best-known comics published in the last ten years, including Brad Meltzer’s “Identity Crisis.




In 2000, Turner was diagnosed with cancer -- chondrosarcoma in the right pelvis, which resulted in his loosing his hip, 40% of his pelvis and three pounds of bone. What followed was 9 months of radiation. The cancer has gone into remission and returned multiple times since he was first diagnosed.




For anyone who’s met Turner, they’re likely to tell you what a genuinely nice guy he was and how his spirit for life was higher than anyone else they had ever met. Oddly, my path crossed with Turner’s numerous times. We both live in Los Angeles, and on at least five different occasions we would run into each other at clubs or special events around the city. He seemed like the kind of guy who was up for anything and had a great sense of adventure, especially as evidenced by his love and excellence at water-skiing and martial arts.




Last year during Comic-Con International in San Diego, I invited Michael Turner out to the CBR Yacht for an interview. He was happy to come out to the boat. His colleague and friend, Vince Hernandez, called me the Saturday afternoon the interview was scheduled to say they were running late, but were on their way. I went to the end of the dock to greet them and there, off in the distance, was Michael, Vince and a friend of theirs walking slowly towards our slip. They were walking slowly because Michael was on crutches, recovering from the latest round of surgeries and treatment. It was a hot day, but there was Michael, making his way to the boat with a smile on his face. His strength of will was truly inspirational.




The resulting interview was a wonderfully sweet one. I remember talking with him about his comics, his covers, his health and much more. After the interview he and his crew hung out on the boat for a while, enjoying the calm moment away from the convention with a soda and good conversation.




Sadly, that video interview never made it on to the site (not for anything to do with Michael or the content of the interview), but we’ll make sure that video is encoded this week and published in his memory and so that all of you can see what sort of man Turner was.




Turner’s fight with cancer was truly inspirational. He fought it with dignity and grace.




More details concerning Turner’s passing are forthcoming.


Those wishing to send their condolences to Michael Turner's family are encouraged to send them to:


Aspen MLT, Inc.



C/O Michael Turner

5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111

Culver City, CA, 90230


Aspen Comics also encourages anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in Turner’s name can do so to his requested charities, The American Cancer Society or The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Such an incredible talent. The comic industry has suffered a huge loss. He was a fighter though. I know he battled cancer at least once before. As a fan, I will miss looking forward to seeing what special variant covers he would be penciling for the big two as they were always absolutely fantastic pieces, as a human being I really feel for his friends and family who have lost someone special to them at such a ridiculously young age.


R.I.P. Michael!!! You will be missed greatly!!!

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Guest nodvsgdi

He was one of the best artists in the comic industry in my opinion, just had an individual feel to his art and I will miss it - especially soulfire as if they do finish i it will not be the same without his artwork!



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