Marvel Kicks It Old School with Classic Hip-Hop Album Variant Covers

Tue, July 14th, 2015 at 9:38am PDT | Updated: July 14th, 2015 at 9:38am

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Albert Ching, Managing Editor

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Following the popular Run the Jewels-themed variant covers unveiled earlier this year, Marvel is once again pairing its superheroes with hip-hop -- this time on an even bigger scale. As part of the October "All-New, All-Different Marvel" relaunch of new #1s, the publisher is preparing more than 50 variant covers homaging classic albums like "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (along with newer ones like Tyler the Creator's "Wolf"). The first handful were unveiled Tuesday on Uproxx and Buzzfeed.

"For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief and noted hip-hop fan Axel Alonso said in a press release. "Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces."

Mike Del Mundo homages A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders"
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Mark Brooks homages The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die"
Doctor Strange Hip Hop Variant
Juan Doe homages Dr. Dre's "The Chronic"

Extraordinary X Men Hip Hop Variant
Sanford Green homages De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising"
Howard the Duck Hip Hop Variant
Juan Doe homages Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version"
Iron Man Hip Hop Variant
Brian Stelfreeze homages 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Sam Wilson Captain America Hip Hop Variant
Mahmud Asrar homages A$AP Rocky's "Long. Live. A$AP."
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Mike Del Mundo homages Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"
Phil Noto homages Tyler, the Creator's "Wolf"

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