Huh. Every year, ESPN magazine releases a special “Body Issue”, celebrating the peak physical form of the world’s finest athletes with oodles of nude and semi-nude pictures. This year’s issue will get a special helping hand from some of Marvel’s mightiest men and women.
The 2015 Body Issue will come with a special insert titled “The Superhero Edition”, featuring pieces of art from a variety of Marvel artists—including the likes of Alex Maleev, Sara Pichelli, Mike Deodato, and more—depicting nine different superheroes in various states of undress: Scott Lang’s Ant-Man, Daredevil, Medusa, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Iron Fist, She-Hulk, Luke Cage, and The Incredible Hulk:
Cor blimey, phwoar, crikey, and so on and so forth.
The endeavour is meant to be an artistic take on comic’s portrayals of the human physique, which often comes under fire for myriad reasons—a celebration of anatomically accurate art, as well as drawing ridiculously good looking fictional people. Here’s Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso on why Marvel are serving up a slice of beefy superhero art:
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.
Plus, it’s not exactly like Marvel have needed an excuse to draw their characters in the near-nude before.
ESPN will also bundle in a “digital sketchbook” on their website that goes behind the scenes on the drawing of each image, letting you see all the pencil work and the process of creating each piece bit by bit, with some artists commentary.
ESPN’s Body issue will be available tomorrow, July 10th. You can check out a few more previous of the art at the link below.
[Via Comic Book Resources]