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July 05, 2008


Comic book artist

Michael Turner, a leading contemporary comic-book artist who was known for the highly stylized covers he created for major titles and for drawing shapely female characters with curves as commanding as their superpowers, has died.

Mr. Turner died June 27 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications related to cancer, said Vince Hernandez, editor of Aspen MLT, the Santa Monica publishing company Mr. Turner founded in 2003.

Through his company, Mr. Turner created online comic adaptations for the NBC series Heroes and published his own titles, including the best-selling Fathom, a deep-sea story about a female superhero with water-based powers.

"He was definitely one of the most popular and influential comic-book artists working right now," said Andrew Farago, curator of San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. "He was very, very much in demand as a cover artist on high-profile projects."

Since 2000, Mr. Turner had battled a bone cancer, which hindered his ability to do the sequential art required of comic-book storytelling and was one reason he turned to drawing covers.

Ryan Liebowitz, general manager of the Golden Apple Comics store in Los Angeles, said Mr. Turner's name was synonymous with special-edition covers that often became collectibles.

"He was doing just the covers for the biggest and best projects - Justice League for DC or Civil War for Marvel," Mr. Liebowitz said.

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