Comic rights owner DC has been minting NFTs for a while, but primarily collectible characters. It has evolved into selling the comics as DC Collectible Comic (DC3) NFTs through its DC Universe, starting October 27 with a Superman comic.
However, Batman: The Legacy Cowl #1 has already been released as its first collectible comic on the blockchain. It was available exclusively to its existing ‘Bat Cowl’ NFT holders, although some owners are re-selling them.
After officially launching its standalone marketplace earlier this year, its initial drop in April was for the ‘Bat Cowl Collection‘ with over 200,000 collectibles influenced by 83 years of Batman. The marketplace currently still lists over 11,000 NFTs from this collection, starting at a price of $548.
In contrast to the massive Bat Cowl drop, the Superman #1 comic will only have 3,000 available at a price of $9.99.
While DC released other digital collectibles following the Bat Cowl Collection, DC3 is its latest attempt to make comic books readable on a digital platform.
In 2021, in celebration of DC Fandome 2021 – DC’s global online fan event – DC dropped digital collectibles for free, in partnership with Palm. All the NFTs, including the latest ones, are minted on the Palm network, an Ethereum sidechain. In December 2021, Palm NFT Studio announced it raised $27 million in its Series B funding, led by Microsoft’s venture fund M12.
Meanwhile, DC’s main competitor Marvel, collaborated with the VeVe Digital Collectibles App to sell NFT collectibles and comics for fans of the Spider franchise. DC character NFTs have also been available on their app since 2021 – when the comics firm did a licensing deal with VeVe.