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Michael Turner: A Collectibles Retrospective

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Last Friday, the comic book world lost a great young talent when Michael Turner passed away. Michael was the founder of Aspen MLT and the creator of the Fathom comic series. He also is well known as a popular artist for Witchblade, Superman / Batman, and many modern classic comic covers. He had been battling cancer since his diagnosis in March of 2000 and finally succumbed to it at the age of 37.

Michael Turner was an amazingly talented creator and influenced a generation of artists in his relatively short time in the business. He’ll definitely be missed, and here’s a retrospective look at some of the awesome collectibles that have been produced based on his art and characters.

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Fathom Aspen Statue
Michael Turner’s signature character is Aspen Matthews from his Fathom comic series, so it’s only fitting that the list starts there. Sculptor extraordinaire Clayburn Moore created this 15″ limited edition statue of Aspen underwater, based on art by Turner himself.

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Red Sonja Statue
Dynamite Select produced this 35th Anniversary Red Sonja statue, based on Michael Turner’s cover for the Red Sonja #1 comic. The 13″ statue features the red haired warrior standing over her latest conquest, a giant slain snake.

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Aspen Comics Kiani Statue
Standing over 18″ tall and limited to 1200 pieces, this statue is based on one of Michael Turner’s own characters, Kiani, from his Aspen Comics brand. The Lava variant show here was even more limited, with only 300 pieces produced. Both statues have Kiani leaping atop a translucent cast base.

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Supergirl Statue
Michael Turner brought Supergirl back into DC Comics with his run on the Superman / Batman comic series. To commemorate the new look he gave the character, DC Direct produced this 10″ statue.’

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Superman / Batman Action Figures
Also inspired by Michael Turner’s issues of Superman / Batman was a series of action figures from DC Direct. Among other superhero mainstays, the line released toys of not only Turner’s reinvention of Supergirl, but also his evil “Corrupted Supergirl” after she fell under Darkseid’s influence.

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Fathom Mini Busts
This series of mini busts features three of Michael Turner’s characters from Aspen Comics in 5″ to 5.5″ collectibles. Included in this line were Aspen Matthews, Cannon Hawke, and Kiani.

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Soulfire Grace Statue
From Michael Turner’s Soulfire comic comes this amazing statue of Grace. She’s become extremely hard to find in either her regular or platinum variant edition and now is a highly sought collectible for many Turner fans.

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DC Identity Crisis Action Figures
DC Direct released two series of action figures based on Michael Turner’s art from the Identity Crisis mini-series. Featuring Turner-designed likenesses, characters such as Batman and Deadshot were produced.

To see all of the art and figures listed above in full form, just check out the gallery below and click any of the images to enlarge.

“The Collector’s Corner” is a special weekly installment of Officially Cool written by guest author Jason Dorough of www.Mechazilla.com and Fandomania.com. Jason is an avid collector of cool geeky gear and one of the internet’s authorities on things that are “Officially Cool”. Be sure to check back every Wednesday here on Film School Rejects, as Jason will be bringing you the best collectibles that the world has to offer.

Jason is originally from Atlanta, GA, and like many children of the 80's, his youth was a mixture of Star Wars, He-Man, and GI Joe. He has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and has been working in the comics and collectibles industry since 1999. Jason is a lifelong fan of toys and collecting and runs the collectibles blog www.Mechazilla.com. His favorite movies include the Star Wars saga, Kill Bill, Sin City, Can't Hardly Wait, and Garden State, and he's a complete TV addict for loads of series including Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Alias, Dexter, Buffy, and Doctor Who. His comics tastes run in the Marvel vein, and Daredevil and Elektra hold special places in his heart. He currently lives and works near Universal Studios and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

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