The folks who brought us Archie Meets the Punisher and Spiderman on the Ren & Stimpy Show have crossed over into the sports realm to bring us an even more bizarre alternate universe -- one in which LeBron James has won multiple rings.
Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for "LeBron: King of the Rings," a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at ESPN.com.
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The comic imagines what would happen if LeBron actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, "not two, not three ... not seven" championships.
The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows LeBron's journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Warriors legend Rick Barry and picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks.
Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title -- with the Cavs, no less -- King James finally announces his retirement.
Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNation poll on ESPN.com.
The comic was announced at Saturday's New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong. "We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career," Wenger said in an interview with Marvel.com. He also pointed to his "personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well" as part of his inspiration for the story.
Read the full interview at Marvel.com.