Over the past few months, Marvel Comics has paid tribute to iconic hip-hop albums and artists throughout history by creating a series of variant covers for a number of their most popular titles. Run the Jewels, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Tyler the Creator, Jay Z, Missy Elliott, 2Pac, and Eminem are just a few of the inspirations for the House of Ideas’ latest initiative to connect with audiences outside of your local comic book shop or conventions. But it looks like another company is taking a page out of Marvel’s book by paying homage to music.
Titan Comics recently announced that they would be producing their own “Album Variant” line for the popular ‘Doctor Who’ comics featuring Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. Inspired by David Bowie, Blondie, and Bob Dylan, artist Simon Myers delivered some excellent interpretations of some of the most beloved records with a bit of Time Lord flare (which can be seen above). However, he has set his sights on Morrissey for the newest addition to the collection.
When Whovians hear the name Morrissey, they may be quick to think about David Morrissey, the actor who played the Victorian era “Doctor” Jackson Lake in memorable episode ‘The Next Doctor’ (and the Governor from ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC). Without taking anything away from that Morrissey, we’re actually talking about the singer this time around as Myers has turned to The Smiths’ album ‘The Queen Is Dead’ for the album variant for ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor’ #2.6. Based on the photo on the inside cover of the record, we’ll see David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in front of the Salford Lad’s Club when the issue is released on February 3, 2016. But before it hits shelves next month, you can check it out here alongside the official synopsis of the book from writer Nick Abadzis and artist Elena Casagrande:
The Doctor and Gabby are still caught between two factions as modern humanity is born. Neanderthals and Cro Magnons clash, and their actions will shape the direction taken by humankind in the millennia to come! Plus: Cindy discovers an alarming secret back in NYC… and in deep space, Anubis grows impatient!
What do you think of Titan Comics’ album cover variants? Do you plan on picking up the Smiths-inspired Tenth Doctor cover when it comes out? Let us know in the comments below.