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Michael Layne Turner
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1971
Cumberland County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 2008
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Michael Turner was one of the world's most popular comic book cover artists and creator of the comic publishing company, Aspen MLT.

Michael Turner was born in Crossville, Tennessee. At a young age he discovered his talent for drawing and was also very athletic. As a teenager Turner competed and excelled in professional water skiing. Later he would also acquire instructor level experience in martial arts and scuba dive as a hobby.

In the early 90's Turner showed his artwork portfolio to Marc Silvestri of Top Cow Studios and was hired to be a background artist on Top Cow comic books. His early comic book work was on a series called "Ballistic". He co-created the comic book series "Witchblade" after working on Ballistic. Witchblade was a story about a New York female cop who fights crime with an ancient weapon. After the comic became extremely successful Turner became one of the most popular mainstream comic artists at that time.

His next comic series, Fathom, would prove to be an instant success. It debuted in 1998 and included a story that was part sci-fi, part action. Turner's work with Fathom became what he is most well known for in the comic world.

Shortly after in 2000, Turner was diagnosed with chrondrosarcoma (bone cancer). He endured months of chemotherapy and surgery which resulted in Turner losing a hip, bone and part of his pelvis.

Throughout the ordeal Turner proved to be an inspiring and uplifting patient. He had such a positive attitude that he was recommended by the doctors to speak to patients about surviving their illnesses.

In addition to being a successful artist Turner created his own comic book publishing company "Aspen MLT" (the latter part of the name representing his initials). It was formed in the early 2000's and showcased original titles which included his comic "Soulfire".

After working on Top Cow and Aspen comics titles, he would be the cover artist and penciller for the series "Superman/Batman". He also worked on DC and Marvel comics such as "JLA", "Identity Crisis", "Justice League of America", "Civil War" and "Wolverine: Origins". Turner created online comic adaptations for the NBC tv show "Heroes".

Turner passed away in a Santa Monica hospital from complications of bone cancer on June 27, 2008. He is survived by his mother Grace Crick, his brother Jake Turner, his fiancée Kelly Carmichael and the countless number of fans who admire his work. He will always be remembered for being such a dynamic spirit and for his inimitable skill.
Created by: Electra T
Record added: Dec 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82381646
Michael Layne Turner
Added by: Electra T
Michael Layne Turner
Added by: Electra T
Michael Layne Turner
Added by: Electra T
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- Lance
 Added: Sep. 21, 2012
Thank you for inspiring me to draw and leading me to discover a whole world of art that I never knew existed. RIP
- Electra T
 Added: Jan. 19, 2012
To one of the best comic book artists in the world. You will be remembered forever. Rest in Peace.
 Added: Dec. 26, 2011

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