Just when you thought there weren’t any more great Hip-Hop albums left to pay tribute to, Marvel Comics is back with some of its best Hip-Hop Variants to date.
When the publisher kicked off this extremely popular series in 2015, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso stated that each solo artist or group would only get one Hip-Hop Variant salute, even if they had multiple classic albums. Well, now that Marvel has extended the series far longer than originally planned, it’s broken that rule numerous times, and with fantastic results.
Today, CBR has the exclusive debut of a number of new covers, including second tributes to 2Pac and Method Man, as well as the first Hip-Hop Variants for today’s superstars, Rae Sremmurd and Frank Ocean.
Also of note is the fact that comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz is back with yet another amazing Hip-Hop Variant, and for the second time he’s actually homaging his own work, as he’s the artist behind RZA’s amazing “Bobby Digital In Stereo” cover art.
The one variant that only old school fans and audiophiles will likely recognize is the homage to Masters of Ceremony’s “Dynamite” — Masters of Ceremony are best know for being Grand Puba’s group before he launched Brand Nubian with Lord Jamar, Sadat X and DJ Alamo.
Below, check out all six of Marvel’s latest Hip-Hop Variants, alongside the album cover art that inspired them.
“Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man” #1 by Sam Spratt (@samspratt) based on 2Pac’s “All Eyez on Me” (1996)
“Royals” #1 by Keron Grant based on Frank Ocean’s “Blond” (2016)
“Nick Fury” #1 by Bill Sienkiewicz based on RZA’s “Bobby Digital in Stereo” (1998)
“Luke Cage” #1 by Tim Bradstreet based on Method Man’s “Tical 2000” (1998)
“Generation X” #1 by Kevin Wada based on Rae Sremmurd’s “SremmLIfe 2” (2016)
“X-Men Blue” #1 by Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain based on Masters of Ceremony’s “Dynamite” (1988)
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