Marvel Debuts Lil B, MF Doom & GZA Inspired Comic Covers: Exclusive

In the comics realm, crossovers are as common as a superhero delivering a cheesy riposte while fighting a bad guy. There are crossovers between titles, universes and even different comic book publishers.

This year, however, saw the ultimate collision of awesome when Marvel met hip-hop via a series of comic covers that paid homage to classic rap albums.

Today, Billboard is excited to reveal three new covers in that series. Above, cast your wondering gaze upon Contest of Champions recast as GZA's cover art for his classic Liquid Swords album (one of the finest solo Wu-Tang Clan outings ever). This cover art was done by Denys Cowan (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks) and Chris Sotomayor (colors), and will be available in October.

Above, see The Mighty Thor rendered as MF Doom & Madlib's underground masterpiece Madvilliany; below, check out Hercules done in the style of Lil B's Black Flame mixtape. Theotis Jones created the Lil B art, while Mike Deodato Jr. did the Madvillian homage. Both of those will be on sale in November.

"The outpouring of love from hip-hop fans, global music-centric websites, as well as musical luminaries like Nas, Run the Jewels, Posdnuos, Questlove, DMC, and Pete Rock speaks volumes about the ongoing cross-cultural dialog that prompted these homage covers," Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso tells Billboard. "That dialog will only increase as readers get the full picture of Marvel's offerings in the coming year, and see what lurks beneath the covers."