Spider Reign

Muse: Melissa Reign. Photography: Eugene Recto. Makeup: Sudana.

“I smoke on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier.
The hell raiser, raising hell with the flavor.
Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan.
Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman”
– Inspektah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) ‘Protect Ya Neck’

Hip-Hop and comic books have a long history together, with many rappers referencing comic characters and stories in their personas and music. Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah a.k.a. Ironman, a.k.a. Toney Starks is taken straight from Marvel Comics’ billionaire playboy (yet spelled differently for legal reasons). His crew mate, Method Man, also takes on another alias as Johnny Blaze, the alter ego of Ghost Rider. MF Doom’s mask and name are inspired by the Fantastic Four’s arch nemesis, Dr. Doom. Jean Grae comes from Jean Grey, founding member of the X-Men, also known as Marvel Girl and Phoenix. Big Punisher of the Terror Squad was named for the antihero, The Punisher. David Banner’s stage name is pulled from The Incredible Hulk television show featuring Lou Ferrigno (in which Bruce was renamed David)… and the list goes on and on.

I met Melissa a few years ago through Kary and we were talking about shooting but nothing really panned out. I caught up with her again when she started working at Marquee and we planned a shoot.

Marvel released Hip-Hop variant covers with the reboot of their universe. I had to collect them all. I had the idea of doing a shoot featuring the comic books in a record store and dressing Melissa in a few Marvel accessories you purchase in the toy aisle. The shoot eventually grew into ordering a custom Spider-Gwen suit to Melissa’s measurements.

Location: Vegas Vinyl
Special Thanks: Ike Check

"Ready To Die" - Notorious B.I.G. x The Astonishing Ant Man
"Illadelph Halflife" - The Roots x All-New All-Different Avengers. "Watch The Throne" - Jay-Z & Kanye West x Spider-Man 2099. "Midnight Marauders" - A Tribe Called Quest x The Amazing Spider-Man. "Tha Carter IV" - Lil Wayne x Spidey. "Illmatic" - Nas x Spider-Man. "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" - Slick Rick x Spider-Gwen. "Paid In Full" - Erik B. & Rakim x Spider-Man/Deadpool. "The New Danger" - Mos Def x Silk "Lord Willin'" - Clipse x Web-Warriors. "Dare Iz A Darkside" - Redman x Carnage. "Black Elvis/Lost In Space" - Kool Keith x Venom: Space Knight.
"Midnight Marauders" - A Tribe Called Quest x The Amazing Spider-Man
"The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" - Slick Rick x Spider-Gwen
Spider-Gwen of the Marvel Earth-65 Universe is the drummer of a band named "The Mary Janes." In Spider-Man's universe, Earth-616, Mary Jane is the name of Peter Parker's love interest.
"The New Danger" - Mos Def x Silk
"Liquid Swords" - GZA x Contest Of Champions