Marvel hip-hop covers collected in free book

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This year, Marvel Comics has released a series of comic book cover variants that pay tribute to classic hip-hop album covers. Some of the albums that Marvel used as inspiration include Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Vince Staples’ Summertime 06, A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP, De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders and Run the Jewels’ Run the Jewels 2.  Because of the popularity of the hip-hop cover variant series, Marvel is releasing a free, 32-page book featuring reprints of 14 of the cover images.

“The hip-hop variants were a really special initiative that caught fire in the outside world,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a New York Times story. “We thought this was a great opportunity to highlight that and make it available to fans for free.”

The comic will be available in participating stores on January 6. That’s a bit late to appear in our Holiday Gift Guide, but a cool after-holiday gift for the hip-hop fan you know. Check out some of the covers below.

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