Move over Superman, Batman and even Aquaman.
Coming to a comic book store near you, it's "the Mailman."Not only has Karl Malone led the Utah Jazz to back-to-back Western Conference championships, but he's now a comic book super hero.
"A company in L.A. called and asked me if I wanted to have my own comic book and be a super hero," Malone said. "I said, `Well, two things, I don't want to get killed and I don't want to get scratched up or nothing.' If you're a super hero you're not supposed to get killed or scratched or shot. You're supposed to defy the odds."
The comic book company has sent faxes to Malone with the art-work and storylines to see that he approves of it. So far he likes what he sees.
So what does the comic-book Mailman do - beside hammer dunks, shoot turnaround jumpers and pick-and-roll?
After being frozen in arctic ice for years, Malone is revived in the far-future to battle robots and alien pirates who plague mankind. He then saves the world, of course. After all, isn't that what super heroes are known for?
"I have some supernatural powers," said Malone. "I drive a big Dodge truck and I just go from place to place to get rid of criminals - which is what I wish I could do as my real job."
In addition, the Mailman in the comics doesn't have any weaknesses.
"I don't wimp out with kryptonite or anything," Malone explained. "I don't have anything that zaps my energy."
Malone says another difference between his comic-book self and the real deal is that the comic book character is out to save the world, while the real Malone is only after an NBA championship for the state.
The Mailman comic books are not available yet but should be in the near future.
The comic book is put together by writer Brett Lewis and artist John Paul Leon, an acclaimed illustrator who has worked on titles such as Batman and The X-Men.