Founder of Marvel Cinematic Universe launches Ekos Genesis Art collection
David Maisel, the pioneering founder of Marvel Cinematic Universe, has announced the launch of the Ekos Genesis Art Collection from Mythos Studios, an intellectual property entertainment company that he founded. The digital art collection features original works from the late comic book artist Michael Turner and his frequent collaborator Peter Steigerwald.
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The collection is now on view in a virtual gallery at ekos.io, and each NFT is built on the original line art of Michael Turner and adds color inspired by different elements such as the Pop Art movement, black light posters, or neon lights. The NFT collection features characters from series such as Fathom and the eponymous Ekos, Turner’s final project that was not released at the time he died.
Maisel has been a fan of Turner’s work for a long time and started collecting it in 2003. He further stated:
“We’ve worked so hard to create this Ekos Genesis Art Collection and we’re now extremely excited to give people a chance to own this Ekos-inspired 1-of-1 original hand-crafted digital art. This wouldn’t be possible without Web3,”
In May, the Ekos Genesis Art Collection will kick off a Dutch auction of 995 1/1 NFTs, which will last 88 minutes. Bidding will start at 10 ether (ETH), then drop by 0.5 ETH every four minutes until the price hits 0.5 ETH. Finally, it will drop to 0.2 ETH for the final eight minutes of the auction, provided the collection has not already sold out. Prior to the Dutch auction, interested buyers can place a deposit for the NFTs starting on April 24th.
The first 100 early deposits will receive an Early Collector Bonus of an additional NFT from a separate collection of “Ekos Genesis Art Portraits.” The collectors who qualify for one or more bonus NFTs will be able to select their specific pieces of art in an order that prioritizes the earliest deposits. The top six collectors overall, at the end of the auction period, will be rewarded with one of six unique NFTs featuring art generated from the same Fathom cover art from the 2021 sale.
Not the first NFT success from the Marvel founder
The Ekos Genesis Art Collection is Maisel’s latest foray into the world of NFTs. In 2021, a two-piece digital collection of Turner’s work that featured the original line art and published colored cover of the first issue of Fathom sold for $100,000.
David Maisel is also scheduled to be a featured speaker at Consensus 2023, which will be held on May 2 at 10 a.m. PT, the same day the Dutch auction for the Ekos Genesis Art Collection begins. This will be Alegre’s first public appearance since assuming the position of CEO at Yuga Labs.
Mythos Studios owns a 50% stake in Aspen Comics, as well as the underlying intellectual property. The company is a major player in the entertainment industry, producing movies and TV shows based on popular comic book characters.