Digital collectibles marketplace VeVe introduced on August 28, the “Marvel Artworks” collection, which is part of the platform’s partnership with the comic book giant. The project aims to airdrop Non-Fungible Token (NFT) versions of covers by three of Marvel’s artists.
The collection will feature both old and new comics of some of the most beloved superheroes in the Marvel pantheon.
A “silent auction” that was held on VeVe’s own platform from August 29 – September 2, also featured 1-of-1 limited edition NFTs of Spider-Man and Black Panther that were listed at an opening bid of $1,500 each.
Here are the titles and the artists behind the artworks:
Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Skottie Young
One of the NFTs feature a variant cover of the Amazing Spider-Man by Skottie Young. Young is a cartoonist known for his work with Marvel for the past two decades. His portfolio includes writing and drawing covers for beloved characters such as Deadpool, Rocket Racoon and Giant-Size Little Marvel, to name a few.
“The initial drawing of Spider-Man was done digitally. I printed that out in light blue onto a 11×17 Bristol board and finished it traditionally with brush and ink. Skottie Young stated, adding “Finally, the original piece of art is scanned back into my computer and digitally colored.”
Black Panther #25 by Brian Stelfreeze
Included in the auction is Brian Stelfreeze’s cover image from the final issue of Black Panther volume 7, which marks the end of the team up with author Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Best known for his work on the Wakandan King’s relaunch for Marvel Comics, Stelfreeze is one of the most prolific artists in the industry. He has done covers of DareDevil and X-Men, as well as DC Comics characters such as Batman and Catwoman. On top of that, Stelfreeze is also the co-writer and artist for the Wildstorm Comics’ Matador miniseries.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25 by Sara Pichelli
The new Spider-Man Miles Morales is one of the most well-loved superheroes to come out in recent years. Co-created by Italian comics artist/animator Sara Pichelli, the web-slinging teenager from Brooklyn, is one of the entries on the Marvel Artworks series.
Pichelli graduated from the International School of Comics in Rome, Italy. Subsequently, she worked in the animation industry before becoming a layout assistant for IDW Publishing. IDW is the creator of comic versions of TV shows such as Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
After winning Marvel’s contest ChesterQuest, Pichelli started working with Marvel on several titles including X-Men and Namora. Eventually, she landed the main artist role on volume 2 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man.
What is VeVe?
VeVe is an app-based marketplace for premium digital collectibles. Most of the NFTs and other assets on the platform are limited edition artworks. Using the VeVe app, users can purchase, sell, trade, upgrade, and customize art pieces, as well as showcase them on social media and virtual showrooms.
In 2022, the platform became active in collaborating with comic book entities such as Marvel. Before releasing the Marvel Artworks collection, VeVe ventured into superhero territory with “I Am Groot” NFTs, which they launched on August 10 on the app (available for iOS and Android).
Since NFTs are central to the existence of Web3 games, VeVe’s partnership with a company like Marvel will have a positive impact on the struggling industry. For decades, these entertainment brands have established a solid grasp on the mainstream crowd. Bringing X-Men and the Avengers to the blockchain could help spark a new wave of adoption in the near future.