Anyone who is tied into hip-hop culture knows that rap and comics have had a symbiotic relationship since day one. This fall, Marvel sets to prove that statement true by reissuing five of its seminal works with covers that invoke classic hip-hop albums.
Marvel doesn’t hold back on this one, synergizing hip-hop with some of the biggest stars in their world. Some of the standout covers include Spider Man, Ant Man and Deadpool.
Upon viewing the images you can tell that Marvel spent a lot of time studying the culture of hip-hop to find the perfect character matchups. For example, The first issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool is reimagined by Dave Johnson as Eric B. & Rakim’s 1987 debut album, Paid In Full. The color scheme and attention to style details really make this card standout.
Another example is the Ant-Man cover inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic Ready to Die. For starters, this card is time relevant, as Ant-Man has been adapted in a new Paul Rudd-starring summer flick. Theme wise, the cover plays on a time in the Ant-Man storyline in which when the Avengers’ smallest member was just a little-known ex-scientist. The colors are bold and vibrant. I love the design schemes as well.
It is great to see Marvel branch into the hip-hop world in good taste. Financially this could reap big rewards for both platforms as well. Rappers would love to play roles in comic book movies! You could also see more rappers involved in the soundtracks for comic book movie adaptations.
These covers have the potential to open a lot of doors in both worlds. Hopefully this will be welcomed with open arms from members in both communities.