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Marvel Comics Meet Hip-Hop in Amazing Classic Album Cover Homages

They're beautiful

picture-23080-1414630131James Grebey // July 14, 2015

While recent Marvel movies might be celebrating classic rock (Awesome Mix Vol 1., anyone?) the current crop of comics are all about hip-hop. After kicking off the year with some amazing Run the Jewels-themed comic covers, Marvel is going all-in with a series of more than 50 variant covers that are all homages to classic album covers. “For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief and known hip-hop fan Axel Alonso said in press release. “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.”

A handful of the covers have been revealed ahead of time, and they’re spot-on. Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel in particular makes for a great Lauryn Hill, while current Captain America Sam Wilson does his best A$AP Rocky. 50 Cent, meanwhile, probably wishes he had Tony Stark’s money. See all the covers that have been released so-far below, along with the artists behind them. Try to see if you know the album each is referencing. We’ll include links the the answers underneath.

(And if you’re wondering why all the comics are #1, it’s because Marvel is in the middle of this totally bonkers event called Secret Wars that’ll result in a reboot of the whole universe. Comics are crazy.)

Invincible Iron Man #1 by Brian Stelfreeze

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Ms. Marvel # 1 by Jenny Frison

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Sam Wilson, Captain America #1 by Mahmud Asrar

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 by Phil Noto

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Extraodrinary X-Men #1 by Sanford Green

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Dr. Strange #1 by Juan Doe

dr strange

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Howard the Duck #1 by Juan Doe

howard the duck

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Mike Del Mundo

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Squadron Supreme #1 by Mike Del Mundo

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The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 by Mark Brooks

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Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 by Dave Johnson

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