He may not be faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall building, but Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has become something of a super hero to a lot of fans after leading his team to a string of last-second, come-from-behind victories this season.
So it makes sense that Tebow has now become a comic book hero.
Well, OK, Tebow doesn’t actually have his own comic book – yet – but the controversial signal caller for the Broncos has joined the likes Spiderman and Wolverine after having his image sketched by Marvel Comics artists.
The drawings are part of collaboration by Marvel Custom Solutions and ESPN, which has taken the concept of “Tebow Time” to another level with regular coverage of the 24-year-old quarterback. They will be featured throughout the weekend on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and their NFL programming. Both ESPN and Marvel are owned by the Disney company.
The three pieces, rendered in full color, are the work of Marvel comic artists Bong Dazo, Scott Koblish and Todd Nauck and all depict Tebow in various states of on-the-field action. One shows Tebow racing downfield while a scoreboard behind him shows the “visitors” with a (temporary?) 14-7 lead with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Marvel says Tebow has been “nothing short of a super hero” for the Broncos this season due to his heroics, which makes the work of the artists appropriate.
“Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of their seats and believing that in our own lives – when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds,” said Marvel Custom Solutions spokesman Bill Rosemann.
The drawings will accompany a segment narrated by ESPN football host Chris Berman.