Disney-owned ESPN and Marvel have merged the worlds of comic books and college football with the launch of custom-illustrated covers for four of the upcoming playoff games launching over Labor Day weekend.
Featuring the school mascots facing off, the illustrations depict:
- Oregon State vs. Ohio State by artist Juan Doe and inspired by the Marvel comic book title “Civil War II (variant)
- Louisville vs. Alabama by artists Ron Lim, Roberto Poggi, Carlos Lopez and inspired by the Marvel comic book title “Invincible Iron Man #66
- Miami vs. LSU by artists Yvel Guichet, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and inspired by the Marvel comic book title “The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #29
- Washington vs. Auburn by artist Ariel Olivetti and inspired by Marvel comic book title “Civil War II #1
This marks the fifth consecutive year that ESPN and Marvel have teamed up to create one-of-a-kind artwork that pays homage to classic Marvel covers.
The two companies also created two behind-the-scenes videos that highlight the artists throughout their creative process of bringing the illustrations 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.