“Wow! Now that’s pretty damn shameful right there… for a dozen different reasons.” – J Scott Campbell
Michael Turner was a very popular comic book artist who died young. Artist on Witchblade, Superman/Batman and Soulfire, it was his Fathom series that garnered him most fame and started the publisher Aspen Press. However, he died young in 2008, aged 38. Which means there is a limited amount of his work for sale, and he has attracted a number of fakes as a result.
But this was a particularly detailed one. These sketches which had attracted a number of bids had been identied as fakes by friends and colleagues
The seller claimed “HIS LOT IS FROM 2006 WIZARD PHILLY COMICON WHERE I WAS A GOLD PASS HOLDER ALLOWING ME SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE ARTIST ROOM.I OBTAINED THESE AND A NUMBER OF AUTOGRAPHS LISTED IN ANOTHER AUCTION.”
And he lists his credentials for attending as well as a photo of Michael Turner from the show as evidence.
However, a close look at the photo reveals a date, 30th April 2006, which would have been closer to the Pittsburgh Comic Con. Wizard World Philly Comic Con was in June. I asked the seller about this discrepancy – and about allegations that the sketches were not by Turner and he told me,
The date stamp on my cam wasnt set right. i never met him at pittsburgh comicon. I dont think he was ever at that con ever
UPDATE: The badge Mike is wearing in the picture is from the Pittsburgh Comic Con.
There was also no response as to concerns about the validity of the sketches though. Shortly after I sent e-mails to the seller, the listing was ended.