Birdman isn’t the only one in hip-hop with a Marvel cover. Rap twosome Run the Jewels have been cartoonized for two issues of Marvel Comics’ Issue 45 of Deadpool and Issue Two of Howard the Duck.
“We didn’t know it was happening,” El-P told Rolling Stone. “We just got told it was happening and we were like, ‘You can’t be serious, that’s not possible, how is that even possible?’ Then they showed us the covers. And it’s fucking crazy.”
Killer Mike says that’s not exactly how things went and that he could recall a conversation Marvel had with their management team. Either way, he was stoked about the cover. “I was dancing around the room in my Polo underwear,” he said.
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said he got inspired to use the signature pose after watching his son celebrate winning a football game.
“Seeing the way that my 11-year-old son and his friends were improv-ing off of this really vibrant, iconic image. . .It got me thinking. If you’ve got this movement around the world from Bangladesh to Taiwan, people are doing their interpretations of this logo, and I got these roughnecks doing it on the sideline of a football game. . .Maybe Marvel could weight in on this and have some fun.”
Peep the two covers below.