Comic Alert: ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’

Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree has thoroughly covered the history of the genre in its first two volumes since debuting in 2012.

This summer, the comic series will begin monthly releases. Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984 will kick off the monthly transition and will feature Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, The Fat Boys and more. It will also offer variant covers for the very first time.

Each cover will be inspired by Marvel’s 25th Anniversary cover promotion from 1986. Hip Hop Family Tree #1 will be re-released in August in conjunction with the latest volume.

“If you would have told me a year ago that we were going to publish a monthly comic book for the first time ever, with variant covers no less, I would have made a face,” associate publisher Eric Reynolds said in a press release sent to Complex. “But Ed is a singular talent, and Hip Hop Family Tree has proven to be a singular property. When Ed first floated the idea of a comic book series, we jumped. I knew he could pull it off in the way that few ever could.”