Last January, Marvel made news with a couple of variant comic covers that paid tribute to the hip-hop stars Run the Jewels, but that was not the end of their hip-hop homage.
When the Marvel line reboots in October after the conclusion of the massive Secret Wars event, several of the new issues will have alternates honoring hip-hop albums. The albums in question range from the classic (Dr. Dre’s The Chronic) to the recent (A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP).
Dialogue between hip-hop and Marvel comics has existed for years, dating back to Ghostface Killah naming his debut album after Iron Man and rapper Daniel Dumile donning the mask of Dr. Doom for his MF Doom persona. As the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates said in a 2009 profile of Dumile, “a rap album is an autobiographical comic book, whose author styles himself as a twisted, oft put-upon antihero.”
“For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop have been engaged in an ongoing dialog,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a press release. “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.”
Check out some of the covers below.