Marvel Comics is back at it again with another round of superhero-remodelled rap covers. This time, the new comic book variants are set to include the album artwork for Earl Sweatshirt’s debut mixtape, Earl, Desiigner’s hit single, “Panda” and King Mez’s Long Live the King.
Marvel first introduced the hip hop/superhero crossover last year as part of their All-New, All-Different lineup relaunch. Earlier releases included albums like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Nas’ Illmatic. With an overwhelming response from Marvel and hip hop fans alike, Marvel Comics has since released over 70 hip hop variant covers. Earl Sweatshirt, Desiigner and King Mez’s covers are the first Marvel has announced for its latest variant haul.
Sweatshirt’s Earl has been reworked by Marco D’Alfonso to create Mosaic #1, a variant that replaces the twisted mug originally found on his mixtape with Mosaic.
Doctor Strange #1 is Marvel’s remix of Desiigner’s “Panda” cover. Instead of a panda wearing two gold chains, Doctor Strange #1 incorporates the image of Stephen Strange rocking his Eye of Agamatto.
King Mez’s Long Live the King cover has been reimagined for the seventh issue of Black Panther. The rapper’s name has been replaced with the superhero’s name, King T’Challa, and the album title has been replaced with the words, “Long Live Wakanda,” paying tribute to the Black Panther’s home country.
“It’s about two creative art forms shouting out to each other,” Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Fuse. “Hip hop is the backbeat for any number of people who are writing, drawing and editing these comic books.”
Doctor Strange #1 hits comic stands September 28 while Mosaic #1 and Black Panther #7 are set to arrive October 12. Get your collectibles while you can!