Latest Marvel Hip-Hop Variants Homage Drake, Missy Elliott & More

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 at 10:46am PDT | Updated: October 2nd, 2015 at 10:55am

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Meagan Damore, Assistant Editor

In four new covers, Drake, Missy Elliot, Future and Curren$y get the Marvel hip-hop treatment in variants for "Silver Surfer," "Black Widow," "All-New Inhumans" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which have been revealed by MTV.

Cliff Chiang throws it back to Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" for the "Silver Surfer" #1 variant; Phil Noto pays tribute to Missy Elliot and "Supa Dupa Fly" with a "Black Widow" #1 variant; Dave Johnson channels Curren$y's "Verde Terrace" album with the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." #1 hip-hop variant; and Marco D'Alfonso takes inspiration from Future's "DS2" album for an "All-New Inhumans" #1 variant.

"We knew that we were doing a variant to coincide with every number one launch that was part of this All-New All-Different Marvel Now launch," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso explained. "So these [covers] will encompass every book that's launched between October and April. Since most of these titles come out in those first few months, we've been able to preview 3-4 every week."

As to whether a hip-hop artist will get a chance to pen their own Marvel story, Alonso said, "I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility at all. I know that I've had creative flirtations with hip-hop artists in the past. What's more important to me is that more and more people -- I despise the term people of color but I'll use it, because it’s a shorthand -- more and more people of color feel that they understand that there's a place for them here. That they can see more writers and artists as our talent pool expands, that look like them and have the same experiences as them."

Silver Surfer Hip Hop Variant mtv 1443712553Drake Silver Surfer
"Silver Surfer" #1 Hip-Hop by Cliff Chiang; Homage: Drake’s "Nothing Was the Same"

Black Widow Hip Hop Variant mtv 1443712551missy elliott black widow cover
"Black Widow" #1 variant by Phil Noto; Homage: Missy Elliott’s "Supa Dupa Fly"

Agents of SHIELD Hip Hop Logo mtv 1443737118Curren y SHIELD album cover
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." #1 variant by Dave Johnson; Homage: Curren$y's "Verde Terrace"

All New Inhumans Hip Hop Variant mtv 1443712549Future DS2 Inhumans
"All-New Inhumans" #1 variant by Marco D'Alfonso; Homage: Future's "DS2"

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