For some it comes as no surprise that ‘art’ and ‘hip hop’ are used in the same breath. Marvel knows this and has taken the time to express that love in the form of variant covers for their upcoming ‘universe reboot’ that is occurring this coming October. With a total of over 50 new and rebooted titles, Marvel is set to drop a host of issue #1’s complete with fresh takes on many of the names and teams we geeks have held dear for years.

So, in addition to the regular art covers that you’ll see in comic book shops, you’ll also see the same issues new these hip hop themed covers like the new Muslim Ms. Marvel billed in Lauryn Hill’s ‘Miseducation’ cover artwork. My personal favorite is the Extraordinary X-Men shown as a De La Soul cover from their 3 Feet High And Rising album.


“For years, Marvel Comics and Hip-Hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialog,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces in when we unveil the first of more than fifty variant covers, each of which pays tribute to an iconic album cover from the past 30 years that shaped pop-culture over the past three decades.”

·         Amazing Spider-Man #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Del Mundo

·         Angela: Queen of Hel #1 – HIP-HOP Variant by Annie Wu

·         The Astonishing Ant-Man #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mark Brooks

·         Contest of Champions #1 – HIP-HOP Variant by Denys Cowan

·         Doctor Strange #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Juan Doe

·         Extraordinary X-Men #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Sanford Greene

·         Guardians of the Galaxy #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Shawn Crystal

·         Invincible Iron Man #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Brian Stelfreeze

·         The Mighty Thor #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Deodato

·         Sam Wilson, Captain America #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mahmud Asrar

·         Spider-Gwen #1 – HIP-HOP Variant by Humberto Ramos

·         The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Phil Noto

·         Uncanny Inhumans #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Damian Scott

·         Uncanny Avengers #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jason Pearson

Look for these additional HIP-HOP Variants coming later this fall:

·         All-New All-Different Avengers #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jim Cheung

·          All-New Wolverine #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Keron Grant

·         Carnage #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Ariel Olivetti

·         Howard the Duck #1- HIP-HOP Variant Juan Doe

·         Ms. Marvel #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jenny Frisson

·         Old Man Logan #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Tim Bradstreet

·         Spider-Man #1- HIP-HOP V ariant by Adi Granov

·         Spider-Man/Deadpool #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Dave Johnson

·         Squadron Supreme #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Del Mundo

·         Star-Lord #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Tradd Moore

·         The Totally Awesome Hulk #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mahmud Asrar

·         Web Warriors #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Damian Scott

Still, it is interesting to see how the POC geeks have received this nod. David Brother’s tumblr response to this nod was quite interesting in that it points towards a lack of diversity in Marvel’s band of writers and artists. Marvel has taken great strides in ‘diversifying’ their titles and these moves have also met their fair share of criticism. Often times the new directions with some heroes or titles have seemed unnecessary (like making Sam Wilson the new Captain America) while others have worked out well and are fantastically written (like the Muslim Ms. Marvel title). All in all, I think most comic book readers are just searching frantically for better stories.

Still, these hip hop variants are sure to get Marvel a ton of sales as hip hop fans that love comics will almost certainly attempt to ‘catch ’em all’. I know this fan will.