Marvel Entertainment is back to showing off its hip-hop credentials via a new partnership with Universal Music Enterprises that will see artwork created for the company’s Hip-Hop Variant cover program repurposed as actual album artwork for a number of reissues.
The first three releases from the combination of Marvel and UMe’s Urban Legends imprint will be 50 Cent’s 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, LL Cool J’s 1990 album Mama Said Knock You Out and GZA’s second solo album, 1995’s Liquid Swords. (Artwork for the three come from, respectively, Brian Stelfreeze’s Invincible Iron Man No. 1 cover, Tim Bradstreet’s Punisher No. 1 and Denys Cowan’s Contest of Champions No. 1.)
Each release will be available in two editions: a double color vinyl Variant Cover Collector's Edition that replaces the original artwork with the Marvel tribute, and a Deluxe Variant Cover Collector's Edition, which includes both a limited edition of the comic book that originally featured the cover artwork as well as a 3D lenticular print of the Marvel art. Each deluxe edition will be limited to 3,000 copies.