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19 of Marvel’s Hip Hop Variant Covers — and the Originals That Inspired Them

Dr Strange The Mystic Dr Dre The Chronic

Dr. Strange’s “The Mystic” looking a lot like Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”

Marvel Comics has gone hip hop with a series of variant covers coming out this October, and rap fans are already freaking out over them. Mass Appeal Spoke with Marvel’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, who revelaed how big this project really is:

Every single #1 that is tied to our current campaign, All-New Marvel Now!, will have one. So there will be about 55-60 covers. All-New Marvel Now! is a campaign where there are new #1s across the board – from Spider-Man to Squirrel Girl to stuff we haven’t announced yet, like Black Panther. What’s been released so far is just the head of the spear.

All-New All-Different Avengers art by im Cheung (The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife)

All-New All-Different Avengers art by im Cheung, tribute to The Roots’ “Illadelph Halflife”

Alonso adds that the hip hop/comics crossover has been received enthusiastically:

These covers have been embraced by the hip hop community. 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.

All-New Hawkeye #1 art by Sanford Greene (Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Mecca And The Soul Brother)

All-New Hawkeye #1 art by Sanford Greene, tribute to Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “Mecca And The Soul Brother”

Nas told Mass Appeal, “I grew up on Marvel Comics. They helped open my imagination, expanded my love for illustrated art, and even helped me with my writing. This is a dream in real life. Now my 6-year-old son is a huge Spider Man fan. He’s going to love this!”

All-New Wolverine #1 by Keron Grant, tribute to DMX’s "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood"

All-New Wolverine #1 by Keron Grant, tribute to DMX’s “Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood”

Amazing Spider-Man #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo, tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders"

Amazing Spider-Man #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo, tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders”

Ant-Man #1 artwork by Mark Brooks, tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die"

Ant-Man #1 artwork by Mark Brooks, tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die”

Doctor Strange #1 artwork by Juan Doe, tribute to Dr. Dre's "The Chronic"

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"

Extraordinary X-Men #1 artwork by Sanford Green, tribute to De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising”

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 variant cover by Shawn Crystal, tribute to The Pharcyde's "Bizarre Ride II"

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 variant cover by Shawn Crystal, tribute to The Pharcyde’s “Bizarre Ride II”

Howard the Duck #1 artwork by Juan Doe, tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard's "Return to the 36 Chambers The Dirty Version"

Howard the Duck #1 artwork by Juan Doe, tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Return to the 36 Chambers The Dirty Version”

Invincible Iron Man #1 artwork by Brian Stelfreeze, tribute to 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin’"

Invincible Iron Man #1 artwork by Brian Stelfreeze, tribute to 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”

Ms. Marvel #1 artwork by Jenny Frison, tribute to Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

Ms. Marvel #1 artwork by Jenny Frison, tribute to Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”

Sam Wilson Captain America #1 artwork by Mahmud Asrar, tribute to A$AP Rocky's "Long.Live.A$AP"

Sam Wilson Captain America #1 artwork by Mahmud Asrar, tribute to A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP”

Spider-Man #1 variant cover by Adi Granov, tribute to Nas’ "Illmatic"

Spider-Man #1 variant cover by Adi Granov, tribute to Nas’ “Illmatic”

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 variant cover by Dave Johnson, tribute to Eric. B & Rakim’s "Paid In Full"

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 variant cover by Dave Johnson, tribute to Eric. B & Rakim’s “Paid In Full”

Squadron Supreme #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo, tribute to Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the 36 Chambers"

Squadron Supreme #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo, tribute to Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the 36 Chambers”

STAR-LORD #1 Hip Hop variant by Tradd Moore (lines) and Val Staples (colors), tribute to 100s "IVRY"

STAR-LORD #1 Hip Hop variant by Tradd Moore (lines) and Val Staples (colors), tribute to 100s “IVRY”

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 artwork by Phil Noto, tribute to Tyler, the Creator's "Wolf"

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 artwork by Phil Noto, tribute to Tyler, the Creator’s “Wolf”

Uncanny Avengers #1 by Jason Pearson, tribute to Public Enemy's "Yo! Bum Rush the Show"

Uncanny Avengers #1 by Jason Pearson, tribute to Public Enemy’s “Yo! Bum Rush the Show”

Uncanny Inhumans #1 variant cover by Damion Scott, tribute to Outkast's "Aquemini"

Uncanny Inhumans #1 variant cover by Damion Scott, tribute to Outkast’s “Aquemini”

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