Hip-hop and comic books have more in common than you think. Though many of your favorite MCs may look rough and rugged in their videos, some of the world's biggest rappers are down-low (and sometimes not so down-low) comic book fans.
Eminem, Ghostface Killah and Method Man regularly reference their favorite comic characters in their lyrics and recently Marvel has been showing some love back. On Wednesday (July 15), the comic book publishing (and movie) giant sent MTV News eight new variant covers, which reimagines some of Marvel's biggest heroes on the covers of some of hip-hop's greatest albums.
Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?
"For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialog," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a press release issued to us today. "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."
Check 'em out true believers.
Iron Man As 50 CentMarvel
50 Cent got shot nine times and lived to rap about it on his classic debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', so who better to pair him with than the Invincible Iron Man?
Sam Wilson As A$AP RockyMarvel
When Sam Wilson took over as the new Captain America he changed the game, sort of like what Rocky did when he dropped his first album.
The Amazing Spider-Man As A Tribe Called QuestMarvel
Taking one of the most classic superheroes ever and reimagining him on one of the most classic hip-hop covers ever is a no-brainer. Can you name all the Spidey characters that appear in the background?
Ant-Man As The Notorious B.I.G.Marvel
Taking Ant-Man and putting him in the place of Biggie Smalls is just genius.
Squirrel Girl As Tyler, The CreatorMavrel
Howard The Duck As Ol' Dirty BastardMarvel
Howard the Duck is kind of like the ODB of the Marvel universe right? This recreation of Dirty's 1995 album cover for Return to the 36 Chambers is fitting.
Extraordinary X-Men As De La SoulMarvel
De La ushered us into the daisy age on their 3 Feet High and Rising LP, and the children of the atom hope to bring us into an age where mutants and humans can live in harmony.
Squadron Supreme As Wu-Tang ClanMarvel
Squadron Supreme ain't nothin' to F' wit and Marvel proves it with this recreation of the iconic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album cover.