Turner D Century true identity is Clifford F. Michaels who was the son of a millionaire's chauffeur. His father's employer was Morgan MacNeil Hardy who was responsible for rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Morgan was disturbed by the degeneration of manners in the subsequent decades and retreated with Clifford after his father had past away. Morgan took Clifford and raised him as a surrogate son and taught him to idealize the earlier times.
Turner D Century would appear in San Francisco, preaching about the virtues of the good old days. He believed the only way to restore the old values was to raze the new ones. Turner would burn down anything or anyone in sight that he viewed immoral. This led to direct conflict with Spider Woman
where Turner managed to escape and vanished for some time.
Turner D. Century was created by JM DeMatteis
, Steve Leialoha
and Bruce Patterson
in 1980. He first appeared in Spider Woman # 33.
Mayor Story Arcs
Versus Spider-Man and Dominic Fortune
Turner would later reappear in New York where he created a time horn that would unleash ultra-sonic soundwaves that would attack the nervous system of all those under the age of sixty-five. This led to a confrontation with Spider Man
and the aging Dominic Fortune
. Turner allegedly killed Spider Man from a blast with his time horn and then he unleashed his time horn on innocent people on the streets. Dominic Fortune intervened and started to fight with Turner until he suddenly collapsed. Turner was about to blast more people with his time horn until he was stopped by Spider Man. Apparently the time horn was strong enough to cause unconsciousness but not kill. Turner's time horn was destroyed and he was apprehended by the police.
Death by Scourge
Turner D Century and a group of other criminals are later killed by the assassin Scourge
at the Bar with No Name. Arnim Zola
created numerous proto-husks from DNA samples of deceased heroes and villains including Turner D. Century whom he called his Corpse Corps. These resurrected husks would secure riches to fund his genetic experiments but come into conflict with Deadpool after Animus
steals some files from him. The merc with a mouth shoots Turner in the left knee causing him to ignite the Porcupine
on fire with his umbrella flamethrower. Deadpool would use Turner as a human shield when Thornn
fires his explosive thorns and Mr. Umbrella Man is killed upon impact. Deadpool destroys most of the proto-husks and defeats Arnim Zola.
Ressurection for a Time
Currently the Hood
has resurrected some of the victims killed by the Scourge of the Underworld including Turner D. Century. The Hood has augmented the abilities of some of these resurrected criminals which makes them much more dangerous. The Hood told his new army that the Scourge was secretly the Punisher
and he has ordered them to eliminate Frank Castle. The spell that brought them back to life only lasts thirty days and only the Hood can extend their lives.
Abilities & Paraphernalia
Turner D Century had no superhuman powers but had certain gadgets and weapons including an umbrella that concealed a flamethrower and rode a tandem bicycle that could fly.