Variant covers for comic books are all the rage, even to the point where it is a rarity if a comic released doesn’t offer at least one different cover. Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics have had some interesting themed variant covers for various months (movie posters, action figures, etc.). This October, Marvel is planning on recognizing hip-hop music and pay homage to some iconic album covers from the genre.
Theotis Jones remixes “Hercules” with Lil B’s Black Flame; Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkewicz remix “Contest of Champions” with GZA’s Liquid Swords); Dave Johnson remixes “Spider-Man/Deadpool” with Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full
Natacha Bustos remixes “Spider-Woman” with Big Pun’s Capital Punishment; Eric Canete remixes “Nova” with J. Cole’s Born Sinner; Mike Deodato remixes “Mighty Thor” with Madvillain’s Madvillainy
Mike Choi remixes “Drax” with Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager; Gyimah Gariba remixes “Spidey” with Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV; Afu Chan remixes “Spider-Man 2099” with the GOOD Music compilation & Kanye West’s Cruel Summer
Tradd Moore remixes “Star-Lord” with 100s Ivry; Jason Pearson remixes “Uncanny Avengers” with Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush the Show); Damion Scott remixes “Uncanny Inhumans” with Outkast’s Aquemini
Adi Granov remixes “Spider-Man” with Nas’ Illmatic; Mike Del Mundo remixes “Squadron Supreme” with Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang; Phil Noto remixes “Squirrel Girl” with Tyler the Creator’s Wolf
Brian Stelfreeze remixes “Iron Man” with 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin; Jenny Frison remixes “Ms. Marvel” with Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Mahmud Asrar remixes “Captain America” with A$AP Rocky’s Long. Live. A$AP.
Mike Del Mundo remixes “Amazing Spider-Man” with A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders; Mark Brooks remixes “Ant-Man” with Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die; Juan Doe remixes “Dr. Strange” with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Dave Johnson mixes “Spider-Man/Deadpool” with Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full
Jim Cheung remixes “All-New, All-Different Avengers” with The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife; Sanford Greene remixes “All-New Hawkeye” with Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Mecca and the Soul Brother; Keron Grantmixes “All-New Wolverine” with DMX’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
Sanford Greene remixes “Extraordinary X-Men” with De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising; Shawn Crystal remixes “Guardians of the Galaxy” with The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde; Juan Doe remixes “Howard the Duck” with Ol Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers
In all, over 50 different covers will be made available for their October releases. In time, I’m sure we will have access to a preview of each title offered, but at least for now we can admire the eleven brilliantly-made covers and some of the original hip-hop album covers…