San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Punisher comic book series as announced by the Black Jack Speed Shop Facebook page on Sept. 17.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Punisher comic book series.
Duncan owns a Black Jack Speed Shop -- a car garage in San Antonio, Tex. --- which made the announcement on its official Facebook page on Sept. 17:
"OK Tim Duncan and Punisher fans: this is what you have all been waiting for! Thank You to our Friends at Heroes and Fantasies, Marvel Comics and Gunn Automotive group. We are proud to announce a very special release of the Punisher featuring TD!!! Tim and BlackJack will also be building a replica of the car featured in the comic! Want to win this Car??? All of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to a local San Antonio Charity! Stay tuned to Win!!! #blackjackspeedshopbuilt"
MySanAntonio.com's DanMcCarney added more details in his Sept. 17 blog:
"The Spurs' resident comic book geek will be featured on a special batch of variant covers for an upcoming issue of Marvel Comics' The Punisher, whose trademark death head's logo adorns one of Duncan's knee braces (Duncan is also a fan of another Marvel character, Deadpool, a wise-cracking mutant mercenary).
"The cover was rendered by Mike Choi, a Judson and and University of Texas graduate who, according to his biography, spent three years as an IT consultant before quitting to pursue a career in art. He's since done prominent work for both DC and Marvel, including the upcoming cover featuring his hometown's biggest athletic hero as a grease monkey (Notice that Choi took care to give Duncan's championship ring prominent replacement).
"The issue, with Duncan's only appearance coming on the cover, will be released on Oct. 25. The Dodge Challenger featured on the cover is being replicated by Duncan's specialty auto BlackJack Speed Shop, and will be unveiled on the same day for charitable auction.
"Raymond Terrazas, the PR and events manager for local comic book shop Heroes and Fantasies, said his store and BlackJack have been working for about a year to pull the whole endeavor off.
"'It being brought to life, using a local artist, was pretty cool,' he said."
Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman weighed in on Duncan's new endeavor:
"Throughout his career, San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan has been seen as the superstar who isn't very interested in being a media fixture, preferring to excel on the court and to appear in the occasional local ad. Many have praised Duncan's supposedly all-business approach, while others have criticized him (and the Spurs as a whole) for having little interest in promoting a league that has allowed him to earn more than $220 million over his 17-year career. Yet both sides seem to agree that Duncan would rather keep out of the limelight, perhaps so he can stay at home and paint Warhammer 40K figurines.
"But Duncan does have his passions, and sometimes he allows them to enter the public eye. Soon, the Big Fundamental will combine two of his biggest loves -- comic books and customized cars. In a post to the Facebook page of BlackJack Speed Shop, the customization shop Duncan owns in San Antonio, it was revealed that the future Hall of Famer would appear in an upcoming comic with 'The Punisher,' the 40-year-old Marvel Comics character...
"...As you can see, Duncan is presented as a mechanic who happens to own a gigantic NBA championship ring, which probably isn't the best thing to wear when customizing a car for a gun-wielding vigilante who sees the world as meaningless and has few compulsions about solving problems with violence. You never know what could scuff a fresh paint job.
"Duncan has made his Punisher fandom known before, most obviously via the brace he has worn on his left knee in warmups for several years (his in-game brace is just black). There's clearly an affinity here.
"Enough of one, in fact, to compel Duncan to broadcast his fandom in a public way on several occasions. He's clearly not ashamed of it and/or unwilling to let people know that he has interest in this particular subject. On certain occasions, he's not the sort of person that keeps to himself and fails to take advantage of the opportunites of his fame offers. It's just a matter of lining up the right publicity moves."
The 38-year-old Duncan has averaged 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 1,254 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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