Marvel Salutes Desiigner, Earl Sweatshirt with Next Round of Hip-Hop Variant Covers

Marvel Salutes Desiigner, Earl Sweatshirt with Next Round of Hip-Hop Variant Covers
Marvel Comics will once again be saluting the world of hip-hop, with another round of rap album covers being remodelled to include some of your favourite superheroes. So far, honoured artists include Earl Sweatshirt and "Panda" man Desiigner.

Following last year's successful round of variant covers, it's now been revealed that the second wave starts shipping this September.

Three titles have been announced thus far, with the first to arrive being Doctor Strange #1. The variant puts a twist on the artwork for Desiigner's smash "Panda" single, but the original's gold chain-sporting bamboo muncher has been replaced by significantly less-hairy mysticist Stephen Strange, who is seen rocking his Eye of Agamatto. The comic hits stands September 28.

The other two reveals so far are variants for Black Panther #7 and Mosaic #1, which both arrive October 12. The Black Panther cover, done by illustrating legend Bill Sienkiewicz, is a take on Southern rapper King Mez's 2014 mixtape Long Live the King, though the rhymer has been replaced by the Black Panther (a.k.a. Wakandan king T'Challa). Mosaic #1, drawn by Marco D'Alfonso, replaces the twisted mug found on Earl Sweatshirt's debut mixtape, Earl.

"It's about two creative art forms shouting out to each other," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Fuse about the ongoing project. "Hip-hop is the backbeat for any number of people who are writing, drawing and editing these comic books."

Last year, Marvel reinterpreted album covers by Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and many more, swapping out the original cover stars to include heroes like Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Wolverine. The art will be bound together for a hardcover release called The Hip-Hop Covers, which will feature a foreword from current Black Panther scribe and award-winning journalist/author Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me).