Limited editions of Black Panther were being sold stamped with Stan Lee’s blood.
Would you like to buy Stan Lee’s DNA? Limited editions of Black Panther #1 was being sold at the Las Vegas Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. store. The comics were offered with a “hand-stamped signature of Stan Lee using Stan Lee’s solvent DNA ink”. What is this “solvent DNA ink” that is being spoken of? Ink that had Lee’s blood added to it.
Now, this would not be the first time blood was used in ink in a comic book. Back in 1977 Marvel printed a KISS special comic book in which the band members had added their own blood to the red ink. The 70’s were obviously a very different time. What may have been seen as “so metal” in the 70’s, now just feels “so biohazard”
This time, the ink wasn’t red. Lee’s signature was stamped in blue or gold ink. Not that it makes it any less distasteful. The blue version was selling for $250 with the gold going for $500. If you’re wondering why the comic book legend would agree to such a strange money-grab, Lee had nothing to do with this. He was actually a victim.
Stan’s blood was stolen. TMZ reports that back in October, a former business partner had presented Lee’s nurse with fake orders to have her draw his blood. This blood was then stolen, and then presumably used to stamp these comics.
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. responded to TMZ’s story stating, “We’re a retail store which purchased product from Hands of Respect LLC and DLK Brand Consulting LLC that appeared certified and obtained with authorization. The books were removed from our shelves immediately.”