UPDATE: Check out some more variant covers that pay homage to Future & Zaytoven, Masta Ace, Czarface, Consequence, and Blackalicious.
Future & Zaytoven’s Beast Mode as Unleashed #1 (artwork by Mike Deodato & Frank D’Armata)
Czarface’s Every Hero Needs A Villain as Thanos #1 (artwork by Mike Del Mundo)
Consequence’s Don’t Quit Your Day Job as Slapstick #1 (artwork by Rahzzah)
Masta Ace’s Sittin’ On Chrome as Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 (artwork byWilfred Santiago)
Blackalicious’ Blazing Arrow as Hawkeye #1 (artwork by Marco Rudy)
Another day, another variant. Today, Marvel shows love to Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson, MC Lyte, Schoolboy Q, and The Insane Clown Posse in their latest release of hip-hop variant covers. Check them out below:
Tyler the Creator’s Goblin as Rocket Raccoon #1 by Mike Deodato & Frank D’Armata
MC Lyte’s Lyte As A Rock as Great Lakes Avengers #1 by Damion Scott & Nathan Fairbairn
Action Bronson’s Rare Chandeliers as Solo #1 by Theotis Jones
Insane Clown Posse’s The Great Milenko as Foolkiller #1 by Jeffrey Veregge
Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP as Doctor Strange and The Sorcerers Supreme #1 by Juan Doe
UPDATE: Playboy has unveiled the next handful of Marvel hip-hop variant covers, featuring homages to Big Daddy Kane, Kevin Gates, Salt ‘n Pepa, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, & Wu-Tang Clan. Check them out below.
Infamous Iron Man #1 (artwork by Anthony Piper)/Big Daddy Kane’s Long Live The King
Jessica Jones #1 (artwork by Jeff Dekal)/Kevin Gates’ Islah
Cage! #1 (artwork by Marco D’Alfonso)/LL Cool J’s Bad
Ultimates #1 (artwork by Risa Hulett)/Salt ‘N Pepa’s Hot Cool Vicious
Champions #1 (artwork by Rahzzah)/Wu-Tang Clan’s Iron Flag
Nova #1 (artwork by Christian Ward)/Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book
We all went crazy last year when Marvel announced their initiative to make covers inspired by hip-hop album art. That first wave kicked off a sales boom and ushered in a more racially diverse team to work on the books, including esteemed names like Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Yesterday (July 18), Fuse announced that a second wave of rap-inspired covers is coming this fall and debuted the first three. Album artwork from King Mez (Black Panther #7), Earl Sweatshirt (Mosaic #1), and Desiigner (Doctor Strange #1) inspired these first new covers, which you can drool over below:
(artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz)
(artwork by Infinte Mind War)
(artwork by Marco D’Alfonso)
King Mez in particular was beyond excited to be involved with the new cover: “Growing up a huge comic book fan, it was a dream to come true to even be a part of this,” the North Carolina emcee told Fuse. “Black Panther at that? Mannn, it was automatic when Marvel reached out. Really cool way to have LLTK immortalized like that. Hope we get to do a variant collab on my new project too.”
Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso echoed these sentiments: “It’s about two creative art forms shouting out to each other. Hip-hop is the backbeat for any number of people who are writing, drawing and editing these comic books.”
More covers are sure to drip out over the course of the next few months, but if you’re still itching for the first wave of covers, Marvel’s still got you covered. The entire first wave will be released in a hardcover book on October 4 with a foreword written by Coates. What a time to be reading comics.