The tributes to artist Michael Turner keep coming in. Writer Jeph Loeb was a good friend to Turner, having worked together to bring Supergirl back to the DCU in “Batman/Superman” as well as on “Soulfire” for Turner’s Aspen Comics. This afternoon, Loeb sent along this letter about his good friend, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
|Michael Turner’s Supergirl from his collaboration with Jeph Loeb|
Mike Turner died last night. He fought the same cancer my son Sam had for eight years. He was 37 years old. His friends and family were with him.
There was never a nicer guy. There was never a greater pal. He was a friend and mentor to Sam. He’s been a big brother to my daughter Audrey.
In terms of his legacy, in addition to the dozens of covers that he did for Marvel and DC, I’m pretty sure that the only interior work he did outside of Top Cow or Aspen was the 6 issues of “Superman/Batman” that we did.
Bringing Kara back to the DC universe as she was originally intended, as Superman’s cousin, was the story we told.
Supergirl now will always have some of Mike’s joy and spark.
Doing “Soulfire” with Mike and Aspen was a blast. It was so inspiring working with him. Whatever he touched as a creator, writer or artist was the finest.
Did I mention he was the world’s greatest guy? And there is a reason why the people at Aspen, like Frank and Peter and JT, are so loyal and of such fine character. Mike brought that out in everyone.
I know you know all this, but I wanted to write to you and this is what came out.
Supergirl is crying right now.
I know that much.
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