On July 23, 2021, Jose Delbo, in collaboration with Apollo NFT Studios, will release one of his most significant collections to date on MakersPlace celebrating the one year anniversary of the iconic “Death … No Escape” NFT comic book. The collection titled “Death … Reanimated” will be an eight-piece NFT series that will bring the “Death … No Escape” comic book to life in a whole new way. The drops, which will be split over two separate drop dates, will feature six limited edition pieces that will come with a hand signed limited edition print with augmented reality, a seventh piece, “Death … Reanimated,” which will be an edition of 250 NFT bringing “Death … No Escape” to life in a unique comic short film format, and an edition of one piece featuring the inked art used to create the original “Death… No Escape” cover. The drop will also feature various rewards for past Jose Delbo collectors.
The release of “Death … Reanimated” comes one year after the Argentinian born artist made a life changing decision. Delbo, who started his career at 16 and illustrated comic books for DC and Marvel such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, the Transformers, the Thundercats, as well as other classics like Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and the Yellow Submarine comic book for the Beatles, just to name a few, had a conversation with his grandson at the beginning of 2020, where Delbo learned all about the blockchain and how NFTs might be the future of art.
At that moment, Delbo, who had always dreamt of creating his own comic book, had finished creating what would become his first original comic book, “Death … No Escape.” The comic was unique in that there was very little text and the story was told almost entirely through the art. But when the comic was finally completed, Delbo faced a problem. He had never self published before and was unsure of the best way to do so so that his comic would be enjoyed by readers everywhere.
However, after his discovery of NFTs, Delbo decided that this was the perfect way of publishing his new comic and he decided to create his first NFTs. Delbo teamed up with MakersPlace to do just that and on July 23, 2020, he released the first editions of his comic. This release was one of the first, if not the first time, an original comic book was premiered on the blockchain. Unlike most comics which have hundreds of thousands of editions, Delbo decided to release the “Death … No Escape” comic as an edition of 250 to keep it scarce.
The release was incredibly well received by the blockchain community and after just a couple months of releasing the comics in small batches, they were sold out, with the final 20 comics selling out in a day for 1 ETH each. To Delbo, this NFT release would be his most significant as it would allow him to finally realize a lifelong dream. But no one, including Delbo, could have imagined what would happen in the next several months. NFTs became the focus of the digital and traditional art world and with that, Delbo became one of the most well-known artists in the space.
Delbo’s success ushered in a new wave of traditional comic artists joining the space, bringing with them many of the heroes we know and love. Soon the entire comic community was paying attention as comics became a staple of the NFT space. The major studios began to enter the space bringing NFTs to the mainstream comic book community. And Delbo became one of the hottest comic artists in the world at the ripe age of 87.
As Delbo’s NFT releases and collaborations continued to break NFT and comic art records, Delbo proceeded to develop the Death character. Delbo partnered with some of the top artists in the space like Pr1mal Cypher, Mark McKenna, Vúho Studios, and Anna Zhilyaeva to depict the Death character in all new ways. Death became a staple in the comic NFT community.
For the last several months, Delbo has been working closely with his grandson’s company, Apollo NFT Studios, to create the next chapter in the Death saga. With Delbo’s original concept and a team of top 3D modelers and animators, Delbo and Apollo NFT Studios have aimed to reimagine the Death comic for the digital age. The end result will be sure to amaze and Delbo has described the new series as one of his most significant given that he was able to work directly with his grandson on it and the fact that it takes his Death concept into what he believes is the future of comic art.
“Death … Reanimated” will be a collection of eight pieces that will be released on MakersPlace on two separate dates starting with the launch on July 23, 2021 – the one year anniversary of “Death.. No Escape”. The drop will be unlike anything Delbo has done before. There will be limited edition NFTs, signed physical pieces, augmented reality, collector rewards, and an edition of 250 pieces that will reimagine the “Death… No Escape” comic for the digital age.
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