(AllHipHop News) Marvel has closely tied its comic book aesthetic to Hip Hop in recent years. The iconic company released numerous variant covers with their characters as stand-ins for rap stars, and the soundtrack for The Black Panther movie was filled with contributions from contemporary Hip Hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Travis Scott.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Entertainment entered into a partnership with Universal Music Enterprises to create exclusive artwork for a series of reissued albums. LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out, GZA’s Liquid Swords, and 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ will be the first three LPs to get the superhero treatment.
Mama will feature Tim Bradstreet’s Punisher No. 1, Sword will feature Denys Cowan’s Contest of Champions No. 1, and Get Rich will feature Brian Stelfreeze’s Invincible Iron Man No. 1. Each deluxe version (which includes a limited edition of the comic book and a 3D lenticular print of the Marvel art) will be limited to 3,000 copies.
"Marvel comics have always occupied a special place in the hearts of hip-hop fans — both media continue to serve as source of expression, escapism and inspiration for generations of super fans around the world," stated UMe president/CEO Bruce Resnikoff.