Artist Michael Turner Dead

The global comics community is still small enough that writers and artists who I’ve never met, somehow seem like old friends. I grew up reading artist Mike Wieringo’s fun and energetic pencils on Flash and Spider-Man and when he died last year, I was quite emotional. I felt the same way upon discovering Michael Turner’s death. His pencils on the new Supergirl’s introduction in the pages of Superman/Batman re-energized me about the DC Comics Universe. His covers have been seen everywhere over the last few years from Identity Crists to Marvel’s powerhouse Civil War. You noticed his work on the stands, and with his own studio, Aspen Comics and properties like Fathom, his creative output for a man suffering from cancer since 2000 is extraordinary and a testament to his dedication.

Condolences be sent to:

Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230

Uncanny X-Men #500

500 is a number worth celebrating, especially in the comics world. Marvel have given us two sketch variants for this milestone, rather than risking a fire by trying to light 500 candles. One is from one of the best lady-pencillers in the biz, Terry Dodson. (Drool at his work here)

… and one is from prolific cover artist Michael Turner. (More drooling to be had here.)

And if that wasn’t enough Alex Ross and Greg Land also offer up wraparound covers. Now for the rest of the info: Featuring the debut of the series’ new writing team, Eisner-winner Ed Brubaker and Eisner-nominee Matt Fraction, and the series’ superstar art team, Greg Land and Dodson, this is the issue that no X-Fan can afford to miss as X-Men: Manifest Destiny begins! This extra-sized anniversary issue kicks off with a longer lead story as the X-Men adjust to their new home in San Francisco , but soon find a familiar face threatening their new beginning! How do the Sentinels, Magneto and Master Mold tie into all this? Find out in Uncanny X-Men #500!

The X-books often bring out the best in creators (as you can see above) and this historic issue may just be the place to get familiar with some ol’ mutant mates.

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