Marvel, in collaboration with the rap group, Run The Jewels, will be releasing two unique variant covers to celebrate the one of the currently most distinctive and celebrated names in rap.
Deadpool #250, by Skottie Young, and Howard the Duck #2, by Mahmud Asrar, will feature Deadpool, Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon, as they display their love for this rap group by replicating their socially iconic logo on these variant covers.
First debuting on RollingStone.com, Axel Alonso talks about his awareness of the “tag the jewels” movement and how he was first introduced to its cultural significance by one of his son’s football games. “He caught a touchdown pass that won the game. And on the sidelines, he took off his glove and he pointed at it and his friends were going “Run them jewels fast,” Alonso tells RS, quoting the chorus to RTJ’s ‘Close Your Eyes.’
“Seeing the way that my 11-year-old son and his friends were improv-ing off of this really vibrant, iconic image…It got me thinking. If you’ve got this movement around the world from Bangladesh to Taiwan, people are doing their interpretations of this logo, and I got these roughnecks doing it on the sideline of a football game…maybe Marvel could weight in on this and have some fun.”
Run The Jewels, featuring El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded Run The Jewels 2 collaborative LP last year.
Tapping into the creative synergy they’d discovered on their 2013 debut, Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with a set of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop, garnering limitless critical accolades including album of the year nods from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Newsweek, SPIN, Complex, and more.
You can get their hands on these two variant covers exclusively in comic shops this April!
HOWARD THE DUCK #2 RUN THE JEWELS VARIANT Cover Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
DEADPOOL NUMBER 250 (a.k.a. DEADPOOL #45) RUN THE JEWELS VARIANT Cover Art by SKOTTIE YOUNG