Media Release — The world’s best super heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man—have all achieved greatness, but there’s a new comic book star on the block who wants to make history unlike any other…and his name is LeBron James!
Marvel Entertainment and ESPN The Magazine are proud to officially unveil LeBron: King of The Rings, an all-new, full-color, ten-page comic debuting exclusively in ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview on newsstands Friday, October 19. Two years ago, LeBron James predicted he would win not one, not two, not three … but seven NBA titles. What if he was right? In their second collaboration, The Mag and Marvel Custom Solutions have united to create LeBron: King of the Rings, an epic tale of zombies, clones, holograms, bionics and a star who will stop at nothing to fulfill his promise.
“Collaborating with a creative and innovative partner such as Marvel allows us the opportunity to provide fans a fun and unique way to experience sports,” said Editor in Chief of ESPN The Magazine, Chad Millman. “We are both proud and excited to bring our first ever comic to the marketplace and hope both (NBA and comic book) fans will be too.”
LeBron: King of the Rings springs from the minds of ESPN’s Ty Wenger and Otto Strong, acclaimed writer Christos Gage and fan-favorite artists Mike Deodato, Scott Eaton, Greg Land and Terry Dodson. Featuring a cover by Adi Granov, this is the first comic book created in collaboration by Marvel Custom Solutions and ESPN The Magazine.
“The undeniable synergy between ESPN and Marvel Comics is on full display in ‘LeBron: King of the Rings’,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics. “Professional athletes, with their super-human abilities and character flaws, are the closest thing to real-life super heroes, and in the NBA none stands taller than LeBron James. Whether you root for — or against — the Miami Heat in its quest to achieve those rings, this story will make you laugh, wince and cheer.”
“Whether you come for the wit and commentary of ESPN’s basketball insiders, or the fantastic storytelling skills of Marvel’s all-stars, LeBron: King of the Rings has something for everyone,” said Bill Rosemann, Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “A true dream team has assembled to take you on a wild ‘What If?’ journey sure to have NBA and comic fans buzzing.”
This week, don’t miss your chance to get the most-anticipated, can’t-miss insight on the upcoming NBA season and an exclusive new comic book, LeBron: King of the Rings, in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. To learn more please visit ESPN.com.