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Marvel Hip-Hop Variants Pay Homage To LL Cool J, Will Smith, & More [PHOTOS]

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*UPDATE 7* More hip-hop variant covers! This time, LL Cool J’s Momma Said Knock You Out, Will Smith’s Big Willie Style, Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, and Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme are pushed through the Marvel filter. Check ’em out below!
Punisher #1 (artwork by Tim Bradstreet)
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Hyperion #1 (artwork by Lazymills)
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Nighthawk #1 (artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz)
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Deadpool #2 (artwork by Mike Hawthorne)
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*UPDATE 6*: Another set of covers courtesy of Axel Alonso! This time Missy Elliot’s Supa Dupa Fly, Future’s DS2, Curren$y’s Verde Terrace, Drake’s Nothing Was The Same, and also some leftovers from August, including Clipse’s Lord Willin’, Redman’s Dare Iz A Darkside, The Geto Boys’ Ghetto Boys, and Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic, all get the Marvel treatment.
Black Widow #1 (artwork by Phil Noto)

 

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All New Inhumans #1 (artwork by Marco D’Alfonso)

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (artwork by Dave Johnson)

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Silver Surfer #1 (artwork by Cliff Chiang)

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Web Warriors #1 (artwork by Damion Scott)

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Carnage #1 (artwork by Ariel Olivetti)

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 Uncanny X-Men #1 (artwork by Greg Land)
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Captain Marvel #1 (artwork by Marguerite Sauvage)

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*UPDATE 5: More dope variant covers inbound! This time Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Yasiin Bey’s (fka Mos Def) The New Danger, Tupac’s Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ, Souls of Mischief ’93 Til Infinity, & RUN D.M.C. King of Rock all get the Marvel treatment. The Black Panther cover was revealed last week when Marvel announced that essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing T’Challa’s yearly series starting in the spring, but it’s so on point we’re showing it here again.*

Black Panther #1 (artwork by Brian Stelfreeze)

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Silk #1 (artwork by Woo Chui Lee)

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Daredevil #1 (artwork by Alex Maleev)

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X-Men #1 (artwork by Afua Richardson)

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Rocket & Groot #1 (artwork by Khary Randolph)

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*UPDATE 4: Axel Alonso revealed five new covers paying homage to Snoop Dogg’s Doggy Style , Ice Cube’s Death Certificate, Method Man’s Tical, and Digable Planets’s Blowout Comb, via Entertainment Weekly yesterday (September 21).*

WeirdWorld #1 (artwork by Juan Doe)

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Old Man Logan #1 (artwork by Tim Bradstreet)

 

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Red Wolf #1 (artwork by Mike Del Mundo)

 

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Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #1 (artwork by Javier Pulido)

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*UPDATE 3: Axel Alonso has even more Marvel x hip-hop variant covers for us. He revealed three more covers inspired by Kool Keith’s Black Elvis/Lost In Space, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, & Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx respectively via Twitter today (September 11).*

Venom: Space Knight #1 (artwork by Mike Choi)

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Guardians of Infinity #1 (artwork by Marco Rudy)

 

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The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (artwork by Mahmud Asrar)

 

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*UPDATE 2: Through Billboard, Marvel revealed three more variant covers for Thor, Hercules, and Contest of Champions earlier today (July 31) in the style of MF Doom & Madlib’s Madvillainy, Lil’ B’s Black Flame, and GZA’s Liquid Swords, respectively.  

The Mighty Thor #1 (artwork by Mike Deodato Jr.)

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Hercules #1 (artwork by Theotis Jones)

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Contest of Champions #1 (artwork by Denys Cowan [pencils], Bill Sienkiewicz [inks], & Chris Sotomayor [colors])

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*UPDATE: Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso revealed three new variants to fans to drool over in an interview with Mass Appeal Magazine today (July 24)*

Illmatic – Nas (Spider-Man #1) 

 

 

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Illadelph Halflife – The Roots (All-New All-Different Avengers #1) 

 

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Mecca and The Soul Brother – Pete Rock & CL Smooth (All-New Hawkeye #1)

 

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It’s no secret that hip-hop and comics go together better than most things in this world; a fact that Marvel confirmed earlier this year with their Run The Jewels variant covers for Deadpool and Howard The Duck. Later this year, they’re taking that relationship to the next level.

Marvel announced today that it’s going to be releasing at least 50 new #1s, each with a hip-hop homage variant cover. “For years, Marvel Comics and Hip-Hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso proclaimed in a press release. “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.”

A handful of the variant covers have premiered online today and feature homages from across the hip-hop spectrum, past and present. Check out some of our favorites below.

The Chronic – Dr. Dre (Dr. Strange #1 artwork by Juan Doe)

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Wolf – Tyler, The Creator (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 artwork by Phil Noto)

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Long.Live.A$AP – A$AP Rocky (Sam Wilson: Captain America #1 artwork by Mahmud Asrar)

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Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest (Amazing Spider-Man #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo)

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Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent (Invincible Iron Man #1 artwork by Brian Stelfreeze)

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Ready To Die – The Notorious B.I.G. (The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 artwork by Mark Brooks)

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Enter The 36 Chambers – Wu-Tang Clan (Squadron Supreme #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo)

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Return To The 36 Chambers – Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Howard The Duck #1 artwork by Juan Doe)

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill (Ms. Marvel #1 artwork by Jenny Frisson)

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3 Feet High & Rising – De La Soul (Extraordinary X-Men #1 artwork by Stanford Green)

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Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (Spider-Man & Deadpool #1 artwork by Dave Johnson)

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