In what is one of this year's most bizarre stories, the comic book icon’s blood is being used for a hand-stamped signature on several issues of Black Panther, one stack featuring Lee’s blue autograph and another with Lee’s gold autograph. The products are especially valuable considering the film’s worldwide success.
The Marvel Avenger S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip has been selling the special editions for somewhere between $250 and $500. They come with a certificate of authentication, describing the mark as a "Hand-Stamped Signature of STAN LEE using Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink." The retail store said they acquired the product from the for-profit charitable organization Hands of Respect with authorization. The special ink was reportedly made with the highest of care and standards while following the strictest of protocols and is said to have been dedicated by the aforementioned charity as a tribute to last year’s Las Vegas mass shooting.
The shocking twist is that the blood was stolen by one of Lee's business associates. Apparently, the businessman forged a document that he then took to Lee’s personal nurse. This gave him authority to order a blood sample, which he did, while none of Lee’s other associates even knew it was happening. It was reported that so much blood was taken it made the 95-year-old feel dizzy and lightheaded. The thief then allegedly commissioned pens, presumably linked to Stan and Marvel, that would contain the stolen DNA. The unidentified person also stole $300 thousand from the comic book legend. Once the store was notified they immediately removed the comics from their shelves. Check out the video below to see a report on the strange situation...