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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar contributing to special Marvel Comics project

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was announced on Wednesday as a contributor to an upcoming project by Marvel Comics. According to Bleeding Cool, the Los Angeles Lakers legend will co-write an original story for Marvel Comics #1000, a series celebrating the brand’s 80th anniversary.

Abdul-Jabbar has recent experience dipping his pen into comics. In 2017, he served as co-author for Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, a mini series published by Titan comics. Abdul-Jabbar will team with Raymond Obstfeld, his co-writer on Holmes, and Mattia De lulis on his collaboration for Marvel Comics #1000.

The 72-year-old began writing professionally in the mid-1980s while helping the “Showtime” Lakers to a whopping five championships alongside Hall-of-Fame co-star Magic Johnson. His first book, an autobiography titled Giant Steps, was written in 1983. He subsequently wrote multiple books on civil rights, black culture, and war, in addition to penning tens of essays in various publications. Abdul-Jabbar, an outspoken advocate of civil rights dating back to his playing days, recently came out in support of current NBA players like LeBron James, who faced criticism from Donald Trump for his views on the President’s rhetoric and policies.

Abdul-Jabbar is generally considered one of the five best basketball players of all time. A six-time MVP and 19-time All-Star, both records, he won six championships over his 20-year playing career, first with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 under the name Lew Alcindor. He took his Muslim name shortly thereafter.

Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, a record unlikely to be broken unless James gets there before his career comes to a close.