Former NBA superstar Tim Duncan has never been one to hide his comic book fandom. When it came time for the all-star and his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Macias to name their first child together, the couple decided on a name very familiar to fans of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Quill, as in Peter Quill. You know -- Guardians of the Galaxy's Star Lord!
Along with Duncan being a fan of comics, Macias is also an ardent writer. "My girlfriend, she also writes a lot too, so it’s like a pen quill,” Duncan commented on Road Trippin' with RJ and Channing. “It’s a combination of all the things."
In 2015 the former San Antonio Spur raffled a custom Punisher-themed car — a 2013 Dodge Challenger — crafted by his BlackJack Speed Shop for charity, earning $60,000 for ChildSafe, a child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit located in San Antonio.
The car — and Duncan himself — appeared on a retailer variant cover of Marvel’s “The Punisher” #11, released in 2014 and illustrated by Mike Choi. The cover features Duncan as an auto mechanic handing over the keys to a car, which sits in the background, with one of his NBA Championship rings on full display. At the time the cover was released, it was announced the plan was to auction the car to benefit a San Antonio-based charity.
(via Fox Sports)