Legendary comic book imprint Marvel is paying homage to the great American art form of hip-hop by reworking some of its most recognizable album cover artworks, substituting prominent rappers for some of our favorite comic book heroes.
Initially launching the series in the fall of 2015, Marvel is back with the second installment of hip-hop variant album covers, this time taking on classic artwork for records by the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Daddy Kane, Chance the Rapper, Salt 'n Pepa and others.
Hip-hop and the comic book universe have long shared many thematic intersections.
Wu Tang's RZA has gestured towards the Fantastic Four villain Silver Surfer as an inspiration for his persona. Ghostface Killah, also a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, has intermittently assumed the pseudonym "Tony Starks" in an homage to one of his favorite comic heroes, Iron Man. MF Doom literally named himself after the Fantastic Four's arch-nemesis, Dr. Doom.
Marvel has promised to continue exploring this format throughout the fall, so keep your eyes peeled hip-hop heads and comic nerds!