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Pittsburgh artist Ed Piskor works on Nike's Air Force 1 tribute to Baltimore

Matthew Santoni
| Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 3:09 p.m.
Munhall artist Ed Piskor designing the box, a comic book and a planned mural to accompany special-edition Air Force 1 sneakers commemorating the Baltimore’s role in saving the Nike shoe design.
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Munhall artist Ed Piskor designing the box, a comic book and a planned mural to accompany special-edition Air Force 1 sneakers commemorating the Baltimore’s role in saving the Nike shoe design.
Comics creator and illustrator Ed Piskor
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Comics creator and illustrator Ed Piskor

Munhall artist Ed Piskor has helped shoe giant Nike with a tribute to Baltimore, designing the box, a comic book and a planned mural to accompany special-edition Air Force 1 sneakers commemorating the city's role in saving the iconic shoe design.

Piskor, the Eisner Award-winning creator of the Hip-Hop Family Tree series who is currently writing and illustrating an X-Men series for Marvel , announced his "secret summer project" Tuesday on Twitter.

Nike's announcement said the shoes, officially the " Nike Field Air Force 1 Mid 'For Baltimore ,' " pays tribute to the city where three local retailers banded together in 1984 to persuade the company not to halt production of the shoes, which became solely available in Baltimore stores for about 10 years and remain highly sought-after by collectors and customizers for their near-infinite combinations of materials and colors.

The shoes are black with a tan rubber sole, gold "B'MORE" lettering on their straps and an "84" hang-tag. Piskor designed the boxes and a comic-book insert telling the story of the retailers and customers at Charley Rudo Sports, Cinderella Shoes and Downtown Locker Room who saved the design.

Nike's announcement said Piskor will also do a mural at the site of the former Cinderella Shoes on Baltimore's Park Heights Avenue.

The shoes will launch Sept. 30 and be carried exclusively at two of Downtown Locker Room's Baltimore locations, Mondawmin Mall and Monument Street.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or via Twitter @msantoni.

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