Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada sent over a statement Saturday afternoon concerning the passing of artist Michael Turner yesterday. The following statement was also read to fans by Brian Bendis during the "Secret Invasion" panel at Wizard World Chicago.
In this all access world, very little remains that one could consider truly "rare." Mike Turner was one of those things. One of those rare individuals who come around once, maybe twice in a lifetime, a cut above the rest of us, special in every way, undeniably touched by god or whatever higher power you believe in.
I had the good fortune of knowing and working with Mike and because of this, I consider myself incredibly privileged as it allowed me the opportunity to have been touched by his talent and grace. And for that, I will always be thankful.
Mike, it was a rare pleasure, Godspeed!
In addition, DC Comics Executive Editor Dan Didio opened the DCU: Crisis panel held earlier today with some memories of Turner.