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We received an email from Denis Vural of Adidas Global Sports Marketing in Amsterdam alerting us to three new promotional comics featuring some of soccer/football’s greatest stars portrayed by three ace cartoonists. Here’s the links:

Adebayor by Jae Lee
Stevie Gerrard by JG Jones
Kaka by Ryan Benjamin

We’ve attached some screenshots below, and these are definitely a step up from Rick Barry and Dr. J and Joe Namath’s Dingo Boots. The heroic/mythological angle really works for “the beautiful game.” What’s next Ronaldo by Alex Ross?
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Comments

  1. Charles Knight says:

    Why is Stevie Gerrard a red head on that cover?

  2. jeff bartoletti says:

    Jack Davis drew that Rick Barry and Dr. J strip. And Benjamin, Lee and Jones aren’t a pimple on Davis’ fanny.

  3. I smell a Harvey!

  4. Torsten Adair says:

    Barry and Irving endorsed Spalding basketballs.

  5. I think we could use a rugby, roller derby, or even a wrestling comic now. ;)

  6. And then there were the “O-Men” comicbooks Oregon produced for high school prospects, showcasing them succeeding as University of Oregon football stars.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/andy_staples/06/19/recruiting.main/

    Of course, the NCAA has since put the kibosh on that sort of recruiting tool.

    My favorite sports bio-comic? Spire Comics’ “Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys”. (Hey, Barbour Publishing! Collect those old stories!)

  7. And then there were the “O-Men” comicbooks Oregon produced for high school prospects, showcasing them succeeding as University of Oregon football stars.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/andy_staples/06/19/recruiting.main/

    Of course, the NCAA has since put the kibosh on that sort of recruiting tool.

    My favorite sports bio-comic? Spire Comics’ “Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys”. (Hey, Barbour Publishing! Collect those old stories!)

    Hmm… First Buster Brown, then Salamander, now Adidas is printing comics. Who next, Manolo Blahnik?

  8. Does Emmanuel Adebayor kick people in the face in his comic the way he does in real life?

  9. hcduvall says:

    That’s Gerrard power. He changes hair color instead of spewing lightning or music.

    I think he got screwed in the lottery.

  10. Dave Ziegler says:

    Yeah, Barry & Dr. J. were Spalding guys. OJ Simpson was shilling the boots, under the psuedonym “OJ Dingo”…

  11. Hey, the artists are credited above the writers.

  12. I hope the guys were paid proper rates reflective of an Adidas advertising budget for their work and not “merely” the standard comic book page rates you’d receive from Marvel or DC for comparable work. This job would’ve gone through a major global ad agency working on Adidas branding, not some small start-up company.

    The Jae Lee one looks pretty hot.

  13. Mr. Pope, a libertarian like yourself should know that in business you rip people off for however much you can get away with. In other words, comic illustrators=perfect targets.

  14. Mr. Harker, this is why we have invented contract/intellectual property lawyers who, if they have years of experience, will be able to fairly negotiate on the behalf of their clients. I am not sure how much experience you have had in this area personally however your sneering is duly noted.

  15. …or the comic illustrators could always take it up with their union.

    ..oh wait, nevermind.

    And for the record, moneywise my experience has mainly been with ripping myself off.

  16. I like Jae Lee well enough, but Adebayor can suck it.

    Also, the gods demand a Lionel Messi comic drawn by his fellow Argentine Eduardo Risso.

  17. michael says:

    So, are these gonna be ongoing from Adidas? And who is the publisher?

  18. Randolph Hoyte says:

    I quite like these, most notably the Steven Gerrard one. There must be something in the air with sports comics, as I have (I hope this is not seen as too much of a shameless plug, if so, sorry!) just resumed publishing a football webcomic at http://untitledfeeltheroar.blogspot.com. It will be update a page a week every week for the foreseeable future if anyone is interested!

Trackbacks

  1. […] Heidi at the Beat caught this: A series of promotional comics from Adidas featuring some of the world’s best footballers. Well, actually it’s just Steven Gerrard and Zidane who count as world’s best, Kaka & Adebayor just make up the numbers really. But they’re Adidas men so get to be in their own comic. […]

  2. […] The Beat writes about three promotional comics from Adidas featuring star soccer athletes (or, as the rest of the world calls it, football). The first cover, featuring a Jae Lee depiction of Emmanuel Adebayor, looked oddly familiar (and it seems I’m not the only one who sees a resemblance). […]

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