Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab Now

by Mr. Long/Short

679505_spider-gwen-1-ramos-hip-hop-variant-150x150 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab NowI have long felt that Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants are under-appreciated in the collector community. The meteoric rise of Spider-Man #1 (as I discussed here) is evidence that there is a lot of opportunity in this part of the market. In this article, I discuss ten Hip-Hop variants that have big return potential.

It is important to understand the history of these covers because there is some controversy around them. The ordering details for these books required that retailers purchase a certain amount of the cover A before they could participate in the Hip-Hop variants. These pre-order requirements were often very high and sometimes tied to unrelated books. As a result, there was a tendency for these covers to be under ordered. There are several important books that came out as Hip-Hop Variants. I touch on ten of them below.

Champions #1

Anybody that reads my pieces on a regular basis will know how positive I am on Champions. This is a priority property at Marvel. The cast of characters is the future of Marvel Comics. This cover features several key characters, most of whom have their own books on this list. I will discuss them below.

Totally Awesome Hulk #1

733653_totally-awesome-hulk-1-asrar-hip-hop-variant-198x300 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab NowFor me, this cover is much cooler than the main cover. This book has Amadeus Cho’s first appearance as Hulk. Marvel continues to support this character even though he goes by the name Brawn now.

676127_vision-1-del-ray-hip-hop-variant-195x300 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab NowThe Vision #1

This book contains the first appearance of Viv Vision. Of all the books on this list, this one is the most expensive, currently selling for around $25. I do not expect it to stay there very long. The cover by Del Ray is extremely eye-catching. Tom King’s Vision series is already hot due to the upcoming Disney+ WandaVision show. Some collectors do not realize that this book is part of Tom King’s legendary run.

Nova #1

I have got a lot to say about Sam Alexander, but I will not be able to get to that in this article. Stay tuned for a detailed piece on Sam Alexander in the future. There are two different books to buy here one from 2015 and one from 2016. For whatever reason, the one from 2016 is really difficult to find. I say grab them both now if you can. Sam Alexander seems to be the version of Nova that Marvel is getting behind.

Ms. Marvel #1

I think everybody knows by now the huge potential Kamala Khan possesses. In order to get this book, retailers needed to purchase 175% of what they ordered for Ms. Marvel #16 just to be eligible to buy this cover. This cover pays homage to the album ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’. I love the art here done masterfully by Jenny Frison.

Silk #1

766108_silk-1-hip-hop-variant-198x300 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab NowAll characters tied to the Spider-Verse are picking up heat right now. I think there is a lot of potential in the cover as it is much cooler than cover A. I just saw it for the first time a few months ago. Cindy Moon is going to show up in Enter the Spider-Verse 2 and from there the sky is the limit for her.

698868_america-1-veregge-hip-hop-variant-2nd-printing-195x300 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab NowAmerica #1

I have mentioned this book before and it one of my top 10 favorite covers. There is a rare second print that I would snatch up if I were you. The first and second prints would look amazing side by side (pairing of covers is an idea I plan to discuss more in the future). This is the first issue of America Chavez’s solo series, another character with a massive future at Marvel.

Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Gwen is going to hit ‘Miles Morales’ hype levels here very soon if she hasn’t already. Everybody seems to forget about this variant. This is the first issue of her first solo series. There were probably more than 30 variants for this book but this one seems scarcer than most with only 38 on the census.

Hawkeye #1

Kate Bishop. Do I really need to say more? This is her first solo series and there are not many characters cooler than her. She is getting a Disney+ show that everybody seems to have blocked out of their memory for now. When that hits, it will be a game-changer for this character. There is something beyond cool about characters wearing headphones (I’m looking at you Ghost-Spider).693629_now-hawkeye-1-rudy-hip-hop-variant-198x300 Ten Marvel Hip-Hop Variants to Grab Now

Invincible Iron Man #1

I’ve written about my love for this book in other articles. Riri Williams has more potential for super-stardom than almost any other character on this list. She has the appeal to reach the heights of Miles and Spider-Gwen. This could be my favorite of all her covers.


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There is gold to be mined in Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants. I’ve just scratched the surface of the opportunity in this article. There is a lot more to be said about these wonderful books. Thanks for reading.

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Nick June 19, 2020 - 9:54 am

Great article!

The Don June 19, 2020 - 10:22 am

With the Spider-Man #1 (Granov Hip Hop Variant) hitting astronomical sales numbers. Surprised you left this one off the list:


Mr. Long/Short June 19, 2020 - 11:19 am

I talked about that book well before it went ballistic. Please see this link.


T La Ross June 20, 2020 - 10:56 am

Yep. I found one for $8 due to your article. Thanks!

T La Ross June 19, 2020 - 11:14 am

1st Lady Hellbender is in that Totally Awesome Hulk book too.

Mr. Long/Short June 19, 2020 - 12:01 pm

Good call. I missed that point. Thanks for bringing it up!

wafdawg June 19, 2020 - 11:36 am

Just purchased a Silk 1 on ebay for $14.99 and seller canceled the order. A lot of those types selling books. If some pays your buy it now price then sell it. Not the first time that has happened to me. Joke. Great info. He’s probably reading you.

Mr. Long/Short June 19, 2020 - 1:03 pm

That is really really poor form for a seller. I hate hearing that sort of stuff. Sorry.

T La Ross June 20, 2020 - 11:02 am

There’s a seller on ComicCollectorLive that has in his shipping description something along the lines of “If you purchase more than one of any comic I have, assume I am going to look and see what it’s selling for on Ebay and cancel any sale if my price is lower.”
I don’t like it but ya gotta respect the honesty.

RJ Taylor June 25, 2020 - 7:33 pm

OMG! LOL! Wow… Touche

The Don June 19, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Mr. Long/Short, my link refers to this book: All New All Different Avengers #1 (Cheung Hip Hop Variant)

With Miles front and center.

Mr. Long/Short June 20, 2020 - 2:58 pm

That is a great book. For me it doesn’t carry the weight of the other ones that listed but a great book none the less.

steve centonzo June 19, 2020 - 1:53 pm

would you consider running an article which shows them all?

Mr. Long/Short June 20, 2020 - 2:57 pm

That would be a long one. I think there are 135!

Neil Craven January 18, 2021 - 5:53 pm

I dont suppose you know of a list of them all please?
I have tried for months to find one so I know how many I need 🙂

James Langlois June 19, 2020 - 8:56 pm

What about – Venom 25 Marvel Skan Srisuwan Amazing Spider-Man 300 or the other Skan I love – Web Of Venom Carnage Born 1 Marvel Skan Srisuwan Variant Amazing Spider-Man 361.. I love these books and Skan is a really talented artist and if Marvel were smart, they would give him his own comic or have him work on a franchise that needs to be revised and brought back to life… Like maybe Sub-Mariner… That would be awesome…

Luke June 19, 2020 - 10:12 pm

This is a totally awesome post L/S!!! Really enjoyed reading the insight and happily managed to hunt these books down, mostly at cover price (lucky me).

Mr. Long/Short June 20, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Thanks for reading and the kind words.

Derek December 28, 2020 - 4:45 pm

You mention that Amerca #1 Hip Hip 2nd print is a rare book. Do you have any supporting info? I’ve not been able to find any print run info about it, only CGC census.

Derek January 2, 2021 - 11:15 pm

Curious about the America #1 2nd print Hip Hop. How did you determine how rare this specific issue is?


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