Marvel dropping RUN THE JEWELS variant covers
It’s always nice to know that people get you and what you’re about. And so it’s been dope today. No less than five people have pushed this news along to me today as I worked. Ya’ll beautiful. As beautiful as these FUCKING RUN THE JEWELS VARIANT COVERS OH FUCK YES.
Rolling Stone has debuted a pair of Marvel Comics variant covers that pay an homage to critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. “Deadpool” #45 and “Howard the Duck” #2 will each feature alternate cover artwork that riffs on the group’s fist-and-gun logo.
Mahmud Asrar handled the cover for “Howard the Duck,” which features the titular character and Rocket Raccoon doing Run the Jewels’ gesture. “Deadpool’s” homage comes courtesy of Skottie Young and prominently displays the most powerful jewels in the Marvel Universe — the Infinity Gems. “They couldn’t say ‘yes’ [to this assignment] quick enough,” said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso.
As revealed in the Rolling Stone article, the development both surprised and excited Run the Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike.
“We didn’t know it was happening,” said El-P. “We just got told it was happening and we were like, ‘You can’t be serious, that’s not possible, how is that even possible?’ Then they showed us the covers. And it’s fucking crazy.”
“I knew it was happening potentially,” added Killer Mike, “but when it came all the way through, I was dancing around the room in my Polo underwear.”