Last month Marvel Comics announced their new series paying tribute to the music industry. The HIP-HOP Variant Covers project is set to release a unique line of all-new #1 issues from Marvel Comics inspired by iconic contemporary hip-hop albums over the past 30 years.
With a number of impressive covers already produced for the series, which is set to supply over 50 new covers as part of their All-New Marvel Now! campaign, Marvel last week revealed three more hip-hop icons to join the front pages of comic book history. Covers inspired by DOOM & Madlib’s Madvillainy taken on by fictional superhero Thor and Contest of Champions mimicking GZA’s Liquid Swords join designs for Dr Dre, Lauryn Hill, Tyler, the Creator, Nas and Biggie.
The comic cross-over series has been received with open arms by the hip hop community, as Marvel’s Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Mass Appeal – “Already on social media we have seen endorsements from DMC, Pete Rock, Posdnuos (De La Soul), The Pharcyde, and Killer Mike came out with perhaps the biggest of all endorsements. He’s a massive comic head and he was one of the first people to weigh in on this with his excitement”.
Below are some of our favourites so far, to see the rest and the original album covers head here.
Doctor Strange #1 artwork by Juan Doe, tribute to Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”
Extraordinary X-Men #1 artwork by Sanford Green, tribute to De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising”
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 artwork by Phil Noto, tribute to Tyler, the Creator’s “Wolf”