Ms. Marvel #1 by Jenny Frison (based on Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)Marvel is having fun with a new series of more than 50 variant covers that are all homages to classic hip-hop album covers. 

“For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel EIC Axel Alonso said in a press release. “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.”

Apparently, I just haven’t been paying attention folks, or it could be because I’m not a comic book reader, so help me out; what’s this ongoing dialogue between Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture that he’s referring to? Enlighten me.

While I may not know comic books, I do know hip-hop – at least, the hip-hop I grew up with in the late 1980s/early 1990s, so I was able to immediately identify what classic album covers these Marvel interpretations are paying homage to. What about you?

The move is part of the comic book giant’s plans to reissue some of its classic titles, which will happen this fall. This is just an early peek at what’s to come.

All-New Hawkeye #1 by Sanford Greene (based on Pete Rock & CL Smooth's Mecca and the Soul Brother)X-MEN #1Doctor Strange #1 by Juan Doe (based on Dr. Dre's The Chronic)Squadron Supreme #1 by Mike Del Mundo (based on Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang)The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 by Mark Brooks (based on Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die)Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Mike Del Mundo (based on A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders)Sam Wilson: Captain America #1 by Mahmud Asrar (based on A$AP Rocky's Long. Live. A$AP.)The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 by Phil Noto (based on Tyler the Creator's Wolf)