José Delbo, an artist who illustrated the comedian e-book sequence Surprise Girl throughout the late 1970s, has made $1.85 million in an public sale promoting non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, depicting the favored heroine.
The 87-year-old Argentian, who additionally labored on Batman, Transformers, and The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine comedian e-book, collaborated with Milan-based crypto artwork duo Hackatao to supply the NFT drop, dubbed “Heroines.”
In complete, 914 particular person NFTs have been auctioned, with the tokens every that includes certainly one of seven illustrations or animated gifs depicting Surprise Girl in scenes invoking themes regarding the empowerment of ladies.
The tokens auctioned included two one-of-a-kind editions, 4 “open restricted editions” — the place an infinite quantity of NFTs will be minted solely whereas the public sale is ongoing, and one version for which not more than 10 copies might be offered.
The costliest piece offered was “Heroines – Weight of the World,” an animated gif that illustrates Surprise Girl holding the world in opposition to a backdrop invoking themes of empowerment. The bidder “888” acquired their arms on the piece for a complete of 88.888 Ether, value roughly $136,000.
The open version, “Heroines – Stand Out” , spanned 10 copies in complete, with two being reserved for the artists, seven given away to raffle winners. The final remaining copy was auctioned for 15 Ether, or roughly $23,000. All proceeds from the sale have been donated to Girls Who Code, a company that works to closi the gender hole within the tech trade.
“Heroines – Shine Shiny” was the very best performing open restricted version, with a complete of 151 copies promoting for a mixed complete of $450,000.
José Delbo illustrated the Surprise Girl comics between 1976-1981 and isn’t any stranger to the crypto world, holding a week-long exhibition of his comedian e-book artwork within the Ethereum-based digital actuality world Decentraland throughout July 2020.
Comedian e-book characters are rising in reputation within the crypto artwork markets, with Marvel formally launching a Spiderman NFT that offered for $25,000 in February of this yr.