Marvel To Publish Free Collection Of 14 Of Their Hip-Hop Variant Covers

Amazing Spider-Man #1 artwork by Mike Del Mundo (A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders)

Much has been made of Marvel's recent decision to publish a publish of variant covers for their comics featuring Marvel-themed versions of famous hip-hop covers.

There have been allegations of appropriation, and of outright theft, but it hasn't stopped them from being popular.

Well on January 6th (same day as Secret Wars #9 is finally published) The New York Times reports that Marvel will be giving away a free collection of 14 of the covers, as part of new sampler.

They quote occasional Bleeding Cool contributor Joe Illidge as saying,

The bigger issue is the lasting promise of Marvel's commitment to diversity, which is of greater import and impact than the Avengers posing like the Roots.

And Marvel EIC Axel Alonso as saying,

"Whenever we do something that's new or controversial, you can anticipate that there will be negative feedback first and foremost out of the gate…That's what happens when you make Thor a woman, Ms. Marvel Pakistani or Captain America black. You can't be deterred by that. All we can do is put our best foot forward and let the actual work speak for itself."


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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