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March 8, 2017
We know Marvel Comics for Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers. Or maybe for the more astute of our readers, we also know them for X-Force, Young Avengers and many more titles. But did you also know that they’ve been in the habit of publishing hip-hop centric comic books? If that piques your interest, keep an eye out for the latest installment of their Royals #1 series, featuring a reimagining of Frank Ocean’s Blonde on it’s cover.
Scandalously clad and demurely masked, the subject of the cover art, a woman bearing a bright-red buzz cut can be seen donned in an almost body-paint like purple suit. And just past the top of her head perches a humorous take on the title Blonde; Bald. A masterfully done parody of an equally stunning piece of source material.
Designed by Los Angeles based artist Keron Grant, who has worked on other Marvel covers that include the likes of Spiderman and Iron-Man, as well as having designed for triple-A blockbuster titles along the likes of The Matrix and Transformers, it comes to no surprise that the end result is as remarkable as it is. Keron’s work can also be seen featured on Rocawear and Nike respectively.
As an homage to Hip-hop culture, this Marvel run has already had immortalized in its pages proper members of the genre’s crème de la crème, such as Tupac Shakur, RZA and Method Man. So if you’re a fan of the culture and genre itself, this is definitely a piece of art you’d want to keep your eyes peeled for.