ESPN’s Naked Avengers


Every year, ESPN has a “Body Issue” where it celebrates the amazing bodies of athletes.  It’s a time when they stop to admire the vast potential of the human form and unapologetically stand in awe of the athletes who’ve pushed their physiques to profound frontiers.  It is also one of the few times I pay attention to the publication for what I think should be obvious and very naked reasons.

This year, was a spectacular goody bag filled with geeky surprises.  ESPN asked Marvel to create naked illustrations of some of their super-powered heroes for an insert they like to call: The Superhero Edition.  Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief stated:

When comic book artists imagine the physical ideal, they have to start somewhere – and let’s face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes.  Marvel’s Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them.

Damn right, Axel and thank the Marvel Gods (not to mention talented artists) for bringing these 9 Naked Avengers into focus.  That image of Luke cage and Daredevil just does naughty things to my brain.  It’s a shame the artist didn’t keep sketching.  Finger’s crossed that the X-Men strip down next year!  Why?  Because reasons!


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