Four new comic covers by Marvel have been released to promote marquee matchups over Labor Day weekend on ESPN and a new season of the College Football Playoff era. But rather than super heroes, ESPN and Marvel have unveiled the covers that feature school mascots facing off over Labor Day weekend. This is the fifth consecutive year that ESPN and Marvel have teamed up to create original artwork that pays homage to classic Marvel covers.
The four games featured are: Washington v Auburn, Miami v LSU, Louisville v Alabama and Oregon State v Ohio State. Each have a unique design, from the modern battle-themed cover of an LSU Tiger taking a swipe at the Miami mascot, to the retro Oregon State Beaver getting ready to tackle the Ohio State Buckeye mascot.
Additionally, ESPN and Marvel have created two behind-the-scenes videos that highlight the creative process of bringing these unique visions to life.
ESPN college football analyst and reporter Maria Taylor also joined Marvel’s Women of Marvel podcast to discuss the launch and the upcoming college football season. The episode is available now on the Marvel website.
Louisville vs. Alabama (Sept. 1)
Invincible Iron Man #66
Original artist: Gil Kane
Homage artists: Ron Lim, Roberto Poggi, Carlos Lopez
Miami vs. LSU (Sept. 2)
The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #29
Original artit: Earl Norem
Homage artists: Yvel Guichet, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Oregon State vs. Ohio State (Sept. 1)
Civil War II #3 (variant)
Original artists: Michael Cho, Claudia Davila
Homage artist: Juan Doe
Washington vs. Auburn (Sept. 1)
Civil War II #1
Original artist: Marco Djurdjevic
Homage artist: Ariel Olivetti