Culture & Lifestyle
Published June 10, 2019

ESPN and Marvel Redraw Comic Book History for the NFL Draft

Look through five classic comic covers updated for draftees Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Dwayne Haskins, Brian Burns, and DK Metcalf!

The unmistakable mighty Marvel style has come to the NFL!

ESPN and Marvel Comics have teamed up to craft special comic book covers commemorating a quintet of compelling competitors on the good ol' gridiron!

As seen during the live broadcast of the NFL Draft this April, these covers reference some of the most famous mags in Marvel history, from Spider-Man's debut appearance in AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15 to Captain America's first self-titled issue, CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #100! A few of the most beloved artists at the House of Ideas took that classic inspiration and transformed Kyler MurrayNick BosaDwayne HaskinsBrian Burns, and DK Metcalf into their awesomely animated Super Hero analogs.

First up: the number one overall draft pick, University of Oklahoma—and now Arizona Cardinals—quarterback Kyler Murray on a cover modeled after AMAZING FANTASY #15 by the legendary Steve Ditko!

Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray art by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto


Then, the San Francisco 49ers' number two overall pick, Nick Bosa, channels the one and only Tony Stark on a cover after INVINCIBLE IRON MAN (1968) #1 by Gene Colan!

Nick Bosa
Nick Bosa art by Mike Hawthorne and Andrew Crossley

Following his Ohio State University teammate Bosa to the pros, here's Washington D.C.-destined Dwayne Haskins on a cover after Thor's first modern appearance, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #83 (originally drawn by the King, Jack Kirby)!

Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins art by Francesco Manna and Carlos Lopez

Next up, former Florida State defensive end—and the Carolina Panthers' first round pick—Brian Burns captures the spirit of the Sentinel of Liberty on a cover after CAPTAIN AMERICA #100 by Jack Kirby!

Brian Burns
Brian Burns art by Todd Nauck and Ian Herring

And powering up like the Power Man himself, new Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf crushes with an homage to CAGE (1992) #1, originally by artist Dwayne Turner!

DK Metcalf
DK Metcalf art by Kev Sharpe, Wayne Faucher, and Jesús Aburtov