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About Michael Turner

By Hervé St-Louis
June 28, 2008 - 19:30


Michael Turner was born in Crossville Tennessee, on April 21 1971 a small city under 9,000 inhabitants. In 1994, Turner moved to California to pursue a career as a comic book artist. He started working at Top Cow Productions, the comic book imprint published by Image Comics and founded by Marc Silvestri. There he started working on backgrounds, and in 1995 was the main artist on new series Witchblade, a comic book about New York City Police detective that comes across a gauntlet of power worn by several notable women before her. The comic book was a success and encouraged Turner to create his own creator-owned series Fathom in 1998.

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Fathom is a series about Aspen, a humanoid girl who can live underwater and comes from a race known as the Blue. The series was once one of the highest selling one in North America. It was published from 1998 to 2002 when Turner learned of his cancer. Several mini-series have been published since then.


In 2002, Turner was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma cancer in his right pelvis. After extensive surgery, cancer treatments and a recovery Turner decided to leave Top Cow Productions and create his own company Aspen MLT. Moving Fathom with him and working on new series, like Soulfire and Ekos, Turner was sued by Top Cow Productions that alleged that Fathom, Soulfire and Ekos were their properties. Turner and Top Cow Productions settled the case out of court where it seems that Turner retained the rights to all his creations.


Turner’s artwork combines superficially the line work of artist Jim Lee, with a touch of the crispiness and vibrancy of Marc Silverstri. Of course, Turner specialized in drawing beautiful women. Towards the later years, Turner’s work took a more chaotic line quality similar to inker Art Thibert’s work. It also showed the influence of manga and animé as it relates to his characters’ faces and eyes. Turner was responsible for illustrating several DC Comics comic book covers for the Flash and the mini-series Identity Crisis and drew a story arc in the comic book series Superman/Batman. He also worked on variant covers for Marvel’s Supergirl Civil War mini-series and the Wolverine: Origins series. Many of Turner’s covers had similar compositions, featuring line ups of characters standing one to another.

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Turner’s artwork has served as the inspiration for several DC Direct action figures but also statues about his characters such as Kiani, a character in the Fathom comic book. Turner postponed work on some comic book assignments because of a cancer relapse. Turner died on June 27, 2008 from cancer.

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