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Hip hop culture always had a strong connection with comic books. From Superman references on “Rapper’s Delight” to GZA’s Liquid Swords comic book-inspired album cover to Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree, graphic art has always had a solid place in the culture.

In 2016, Marvel Comics released a hardcover version of Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 1, an incredible collection of hip hop-inspired Marvel comic covers. Featuring amazing artwork from designers like Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Jim Cheung, Mike Del Mundo, Sanford Greene, Jenny Frison, Phil Noto, Mahmud Asrar, Damion Scott, Tim Bradstreet, Keron Grant, Ed Piskor and more, the book reimagines classic hip hop album covers by Wu-Tang Clan, Clipse, The Roots, 2Pac, Nas, De La Soul and plenty more.

From Guardians of the Galaxy on a Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde to lonely Drax doing his best Kid Cudi impersonation, here are the top 50 best Marvel hip hop variant covers.

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50. Howard the Duck

Artwork designed by: Juan Doe

Inspired by: Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, released in 1995

49. Guardians of the Galaxy

Artwork designed by: Shawn Crystal

Inspired by: The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, released in 1992

48. Carnage

Artwork designed by: Ariel Olivetti

Inspired by: Redman – Dare Iz a Darkside, released in 1994

47. Rocket Raccoon and Groot

Artwork designed by: Khary Randolph

Inspired by: Run-D.M.C. – King of Rock, released in 1985

46. Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!

Artwork designed by: Javier Pulido

Inspired by: Digable Planets – Blowout Comb, released in 1994

45. Uncanny Avengers

Artwork designed by: Jason Pearson

Inspired by: Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show, released in 1987

44. Venom: Space Knight

Artwork designed by: Mike Choi

Inspired by: Kool Keith – Black Elvis/Lost in Space, released in 1999

43. Karnak

Artwork designed by: Kaare Andrews

Inspired by: Schoolly D – Saturday Night! – The Album, released in 1986

42. Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Artwork designed by: Wilfred Santiago

Inspired by: Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep, released in 1994

41. Ms. Marvel

Artwork designed by: Jenny Frisson

Inspired by: Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released in 1998

40. All-New, All-Different Avengers

Artwork designed by: Jim Cheung

Inspired by: The Roots – Illadelph Halflife, released in 1996

39. Ultimates

Artwork designed by: Mike Deodato

Inspired by: Fugees – The Score, released in 1996

38. Weirdworld

Artwork designed by: Juan Doe

Inspired by: Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle, released in 1993

37. Black Panther

Artwork designed by: Brian Stelfreeze

Inspired by: Jay-Z – The Black Album, released in 2003

36. All-New Hawkeye

Artwork designed by: Sanford Greene

Inspired by: Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother, released in 1992

35. Spider-Woman

Artwork designed by: Natacha Bustos

Inspired by: Big Pun – Capital Punishment, released in 1998

34. New Avengers

Artwork designed by: Ed Piskor

Inspired by: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – The Message

33. Punisher

Artwork designed by: Tim Bradstreet

Inspired by: LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out, released in 1990

32. X-Men

Artwork designed by: Afua Richardson

Inspired by: Souls of Mischief – 93 ’til Infinity, released n 1993

31. Nova

Artwork designed by: Eric Canete

Inspired by: J. Cole – Born Sinner, released in 2013

30. A-Force

Artwork designed by: Adam Hughes

Inspired by: N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988

29. Guardians of Infinity

Artwork designed by: Marco Rudy

Inspired by: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly, released in 2015

28. Silk

Artwork designed by: Whoo Chul Lee

Inspired by: Mos Def – The New Danger, released in 2004

27. Captain America: Sam Wilson

Artwork designed by: Mahmud Asrar

Inspired by: A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP, released in 2013

26. Drax

Artwork designed by: Mike Choi

Inspired by: Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, released in 2010

25. Doctor Strange

Artwork designed by: Juan Doe

Inspired by: Dr. Dre – The Chronic, released in 1992

24. Black Knight

Artwork designed by: Gyimah Gariba

Inspired by: Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, released in 2006

23. Web Warriors

Artwork designed by: Damian Scott

Inspired by: Clipse – Lord Willin’, released in 2002

22. Black Widow

Artwork designed by: Phil Noto

Inspired by: Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly, released in 1997

21. Illuminati

Artwork designed by: Brittany Holloway-Brown

Inspired by: Ice-T – Power, released in 1988

20. Amazing Spider-Man

Artwork designed by: Mike Del Mundo

Inspired by: A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders, released in 1993

19. Power Man & Iron Fist

Artwork designed by: Theotis Jones

Inspired by: Mobb Deep – The Infamous, released in 1995

18. Daredevil

Artwork designed by: Alex Maleev

Inspired by: 2Pac – Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, released in 1993

17. Uncanny Inhumans

Artwork designed by: Damion Scott

Inspired by: OutKast – Aquemini, released in 1998

16. All-New Wolverine

Artwork designed by: Keron Grant

Inspired by: DMX – Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, released in 1998

15. Red Wolf

Artwork designed by: Mike Del Mundo

Inspired by: Method Man – Tical, released in 1994

14. All-New X-Men

Artwork designed by: Ed Piskor

Inspired by: Camp Lo – Uptown Saturday Night, released in 1997

13. Invincible Iron Man

Artwork designed by: Brian Stelfreeze

Inspired by: 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’, released in 2003

12. Astonishing Ant-Man

Artwork designed by: Mark Brooks

Inspired by: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die, released in 1994

11. Old Man Logan

Artwork designed by: Tim Bradstreet

Inspired by: Ice Cube – Death Certificate, released in 1991

10. Starbrand & Nightmask

Artwork designed by: Keron Grant

Inspired by: Gang Starr – Hard to Earn, released in 1994

9. Totally Awesome Hulk

Artwork designed by: Mahmud Asrar

Inspired by: Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, released in 1995

8. Mighty Thor

Artwork designed by: Mike Deodato

Inspired by: Madvillian – Madvillainy, released in 2004

7. Uncanny X-Men

Artwork designed by: Greg Land

Inspired by: Geto Boys – The Geto Boys, released in 1990

6. Spider-Man

Artwork designed by: Adi Granov

Inspired by: Nas – Illmatic, released in 1994

5. Contest of Champions

Artwork designed by: Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz

Inspired by: GZA – Liquid Swords, released in 1995

4. Extraordinary X-Men

Artwork designed by: Sanford Greene

Inspired by: De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising, released in 1989

3. Spider-Man & Deadpool

Artwork designed by: Dave Johnson

Inspired by: Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full, released in 1987

2. Spider-Gwen

Artwork designed by: Humberto Ramos

Inspired by: Slick Rick – The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick, released in 1988

1. Squadron Supreme

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Artwork designed by: Mike Del Mundo

Inspired by: Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), released in 1993

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