Slam-Girl was a creation of Stan Lee, of Marvel Studios fame. Created and forgotten 20 years ago, she has been revived from the dead and made into an NFT series.
Updated Oct 01, 2022: NY ComicCon 2022 will run from the 6th to the 9th of October, and the curator of the Slam-Girl NFTs will be signing posters in the eBay booth.
Marvel has pumped out some incredibly profitable and iconic superheroes in their time. On the roster are hotties such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, the Hulk, and all of those sexy X-Men. Is it hot in here or…?
Behind the Marvel magic was creator Stan Lee, who has some impressive superheroes under his belt.
One character, created by Lee, however, didn’t quite make it to the big time. Instead, she ended up on the cutting room floor. Called Slam-Girl, she is a never-before-seen character.
While created over two decades ago, Slam-Girl is considered to be a new character. She was a collaborative effort between Stan Lee and his creative partner, comic book artist Will Meugniot.
In her story, she came to be a superhero thanks to taking a sip of a radioactive ‘Old Spider Bite’ Lite Beer. Imagine what would have happened had she slammed a full-strength beer!
Post-sip she was imbued with a range of superpowers she now reluctantly accepts.
Shirrel Rhoades is a former Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment. He is now the Director of Stan Lee Holdings. Rhoades told BeInCrypto that Stan Lee handpicked him to succeed him as publisher. “When Marvel was purchased by Ike Purlmutter (and before he sold it to Disney), he fired all the executives — including Stan and me. Shortly thereafter, Stan started a Hollywood animation studio producing entertainment for the internet. During that time, Marvel realized its mistake in firing Stan and ‘bought’ him back as a highly paid part-time employee. Meanwhile, Stan’s animation studio – Stan Lee Media – fell victim to the bursting of the dot-com bubble.”
Rhoades says that the company’s properties lay dormant until his collector friend purchased all the assets and asked him to curate them. “When I discovered Slam-Girl among them, I amazed. Although I’ve written two college textbooks about the history of comic books, I had never heard of Slam-Girl.”
Rhoades sought out Will Meugniot, the one-time Marvel animator who co-created the super-hero character with Stan.
“We agreed to work together to bring her to the public as an NFT (to start with). Slam-Girl was created by Stan and Will in August 2000, and the company went under in January 2001. So Slam-Girl was never officially launched. She was Stan Lee’s ‘lost’ superhero. We thought Stan’s parody of his own Peter Parker/Spider-Man character was worth sharing with fans. And here she is, about to make her debut at the New York Comic-con.”
Rhoades said, “I felt like Indiana Jones discovering the lost Ark!”
Here is the original pilot.
Slam-Girl was the first character written to live in a place called Stanleyville.
The early metaverse
Stan Lee, the creative force behind Marvel, was early into the game when the internet first rose to life. His internet company, called Stan Lee Media rose to life in 1999. It employed 150 writers and animation specialists. The realm where the new characters were going to live was in cyberspace… an early Metaverse. However, the project collapsed after the dot com bubble burst.
All of the characters created at the time lay in hypersleep for 20 years. When Slam-Girl was rediscovered, the records showed that she was created to be an internet-age slacker for a new generation of digital enthusiasts.
Slam-Girl will make her next appearance at NYC Comic Con as an NFT series. It is now four years since Marvel founder Stan Lee passed away.
The NFT collection shows Slam-Girl fighting four of her enemies. Her nemeses are, of course, from The League of Evil Bastards.
While NFTs have had their “tulip bubble” moment, and are no longer the compelling investment they once were, brand names can still get moderate success selling collections.
Another offering besides Slam-Girl is a new concept called Fully Charged. This features twin siblings Jax and Rocki. They are an ethical hacking team who think they are just collecting NFTs and in-game tokens. Alas. They in fact have been accidentally buying and selling the world’s biggest weapons on the Dark Web. This leads them to discover that they have superpowers. Of course!
The two collections will be available on eBay starting October 4 for US, UK and Germany-based fans.
Dawn Block is the VP of Collectibles at eBay. She said that brand new and unique superheroes from the comic industry were a good fit for eBay, as it “has an unmatched inventory of collectibles, both digital and physical.”
Lin Dai is the CEO and Co-founder of OneOf. He said they were keen to bring the vision of the legendary Stan Lee to life with NFT technology, as well as brand-new Web3-native superheroes. “The ‘Participate To Own’ model has never before existed in the comic industry, connecting fans with characters that they own and storylines that they imagine.”
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