An unnamed writer for Scripps Howard News Service wonders why sports and comic books haven’t had a happier history:
There have been many comics-related premiums associated with sports stars before (like DC’s “King James” in 2004, starring Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James). And many pro athletes are avowed comics fans — notably Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat, who sports a Superman logo tattoo and starred in “Steel,” a 1997 movie based on a DC character.
So comic books are pretty well represented in sports. But going the other way — sports in comic books — is a pretty bumpy ride. There actually have been lots of sports-related comic books, but none were very successful.
Of course, the writer completely ignores manga, which has a long, and extremely successful, relationship with sports stories: Slam Dunk, I’ll, Prince of Tennis, Dokaben, Touch, Star of the Giants, and so on.