Marvel stars take it off for superheroes 'Body Issue'
Bryce Harper, Odell Beckham and Natalie Coughlin are in peak physical shape as they strip down to cover ESPN’s upcoming “Body Issue.” But these superstar athletes have nothing on those inside “The Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition.”
The folks at ESPN’s sister company Marvel have imagined what their favorite superheroes look like in the buff, and it’s certainly a reminder for the rest of us to hit the gym. The magazine is an insert in the “Body Issue” that hits newsstands July 10. It features Marvel favorites like Iron Man, Daredevil, She-Hulk and even the pint-sized Ant-Man au naturel, save a few strategically drawn-in items.
“Let's face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes,” ESPN Magazine editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a statement. “Marvel's Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them."
In addition to the “Super Heroes Edition,” Marvel developed an interactive website allowing fans to see initial sketches of these crime fighters as compared to the final product. Other superheroes featured include Hulk, Captain Marvel, Medusa, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.