After creating comic book renditions of 50 hip hop albums last year, Marvel is set to release a second wave of hip hop inspired comic book covers this fall. The first three albums to start it off are projects from the new generation of hip hop. “Black Panther” #7, created by Bill Sienkiewicz’s, is stylized after King Mez’s “Long Live the King”; “Mosaic” #1, created by Marco D’Alfonso, is inspired by Earl Sweatshirt’s debut mixtape “Earl”; and “Doctor Strange” #1, created by Theotis Jones, is inspired by Desiigner’s hit song, “Panda”.
“It’s about two creative art forms shouting out to each other,” Marvel 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.”
King Mez stated, “Growing up a huge comic book fan, it was a dream to come true to even be a part of this. Black Panther at that? Mannn, it was automatic when Marvel reached out. Really cool way to have ‘LLTK’ immortalized like that. Hope we get to do a variant collab on my new project too.”
“Doctor Strange” #1 is set to release on September 28th and “Black Panther” #1 and “Mosaic” #1 are scheduled to release on October 12th. The hardcover collection, “The Hip-Hop Covers,” will be released in October featuring a foreword by “Black Panther” writer and National Book Award/MacArthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Below are some of the past covers Marvel has recreated.
Dave Johnson, “Spider-Man/Deadpool” with Eric B. & Rakim’s – Paid in Full
Adi Granov, “Spider-Man” with Nas’ – Illmatic
Phil Noto, “Squirrel Girl” with Tyler the Creator’s – Wolf
Damion Scott, “Uncanny Inhumans” with Outkast’s – Aquemini
Jenny Frison, “Ms. Marvel” with Lauryn Hill’s – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill