Hip-hop superstar and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eminem is coming back to Marvel Comics for an Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant cover which pits Eminem against Spider-Man himself in an image that pays homage to the climactic rap battle scene of Eminem’s 2002 biopic film 8 Mile, with Marvel characters like Miles Morales, Ghost-Spider, Daredevil, and Luke Cage in the audience.
“HONORED to be on the official variant of The Amazing Spider-Man (2022),” tweeted the official Eminem Twitter account (opens in new tab) on November 21, along with an announcement that the variant will go on sale Tuesday, November 22 through Eminem’s website.
The new variant is for Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Legacy #895), which was released in April and illustrated by Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado.
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Eminem is the second hip hop legend to appear on a Marvel Comics cover this month. Christopher “Notorious BIG” Wallace appeared on a variant cover to Deadpool #1, created in association with hustl., who is also working with Marvel for the Eminem cover.
5,000 print copies are available for purchase on TheHaul.com (opens in new tab) and an additional 1,000 limited print run of the spotlight version of the variant comic cover will go on sale Tuesday, November 29.
“I’ve always been a huge Spider-Man fan since I was a kid,” Eminem says in Marvel’s official announcement. “He’s definitely in my top 5… So being on a cover battling Spider-Man is such a thrill and an honor.”
Eminem, oddly enough, is no stranger to Marvel Comics.
Way back in 2009, he co-starred alongside Frank Castle in Eminem/Punisher #1, in which Punisher teams up with Eminem to take on terrorists who interrupt one of his concerts. That comic was also drawn by Salvador Larroca. Additionally, Eminem provided theme songs for Sony’s 2018 Venom film and its 2021 sequel Let There Be Carnage.
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