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Dynamite Announces Perez As “Darkman” Cover Artist

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Dynamite Announces Perez As “Darkman” Cover Artist

Official Press Release


Runnemede, NJ, May 30, 2006 –* Dynamite Entertainment announced
today more details concerning their upcoming comic book series featuring
Darkman – and the cool creator Cover artist is . . . . . . . George
Perez! The comic book series is being developed through an agreement
with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, licensor for the
Darkman franchise.


“This is a BIG one,” explained Dynamite Spokesperson J. Allen. “We were
able to get George to sign on for this special event before he signed
his exclusive to DC. We’re grateful that he left space for us in his
schedule to provide some “dynamite” covers for the launch of Darkman!
Right now, we’re waiting on pins and needles to see George’s cover to
the rest of the event series! This is bigger than big! This is DYNAMITE!”


The company previously announced that Darkman would launch as part of
a special cross-over with the Sam Raimi helmed Army of Darkness, a
cross-over that we hope the fans love as much as the creators putting it
together do, featuring the writing of Kurt Busiek with Roger Stern, who
will be joined on the cross-over launch by artist James Fry. Issue #1 is
being offered now in Previews Magazine, in the Dynamite Entertainment
section!


“George is now officially the icing on the cake,” concluded Allen. “Stay
tuned for more details!”


ABOUT THE DARKMAN FRANCHISE


The Darkman franchise began with the 1990 film directed by Sam Raimi,
starring Liam Neeson as scientist Peyton Westlake, and was followed by
two made-for-video sequels.

Scarred and badly burnt after criminals attack and demolish his
laboratory, doctors are forced to destroy Westlake’s nerve endings, thus
giving him incredible strength and making him oblivious to pain. He
becomes Darkman, a hero who seeks revenge upon corrupt developer Louis
Strack, Jr. (played by Colin Friels) and mobster Robert G. Durant
(played by Larry Drake), the men responsible for destroying his life. To
hide his scarring and blend into crowds, Westlake wears synthetic skin
that dissolves in light after a certain amount of time, which he also
uses to disguise himself as other people.


Darkman II: The Return of Durant


The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed
sequel to the hit motion picture. Hard Target’s Arnold Vosloo stars as
Darkman, and Larry Drake reprises his role as the sadistic villain
Robert G. Durant./


Co-starring Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue), Darkman II: The Return of Durant
is filled with nonstop action, suspense and special effects which leave
you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


Darkman III: Die Darkman Die


Arnold Vosloo returns as Dr. Peyton Westlake, a.k.a. Darkman, the
crime-fighting master of disguises. In this action-packed adventure,
Westlake matches wits with underworld drug-dealing villain Peter Rooker
(Jeff Fahey), who will do anything to unmask the secret of Westlake’s
superhuman strength.


Agreeing to an experimental operation on his ravaged body, Westlake is
flung into a vicious game of survival for himself, his priceless
research and the lives of two innocent people. One false move and he
will be locked into darkness forever.


From Executive Producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, creators of the
original film, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, like its predecessors, is
jam-packed with surprises, staggering special effects and never-ending
thrills.


About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global
licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of
the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios
Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world’s
leading media and entertainment companies in the development,
production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a
global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and
Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a
valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion
picture company, significant television production operations, a leading
television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal
is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.


ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several
best-selling titles and properties. Beginning with their Army of
Darkness comic book series – launching as the #1 independent comic in
July of ’04 – and recently ranked the #1 selling Independent Horror
comic — and continuing to their best-selling Red Sonja series – issue
#0 alone selling over 240,000 copies and ongoing issues and one-shots
recently ranked among the best-selling titles in unit sales and dollar
volume – and not only has Dynamite consistently released Red Sonja as
THE top selling single comic outside of Marvel and DC Comics, Dynamite
successfully places more titles in the Top 100 than most non-Marvel,
non-DC publishers. Dynamite’s new monthly Battlestar Galactica series is
the company’s first major launch of ’06, debuting with an impressive
175,000 copies in initial orders sold for the introductory #0 issue.


Now, in addition to the ongoing Red Sonja and AOD series, DYNAMITE is
preparing and launching the all-new Painkiller Jane series from creators
Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti; the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and
John Cassaday, Battlestar Galactica with Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor,
Classic Battlestar Galactica, the Re-Animator, Highlander ,have launched
Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom with Luke Lieberman and Peter David and a Red
Sonja Vs. Claw cross-over with DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, Dynamite
has more on the horizon!/


In addition to the creators mentioned – Dynamite works with some of the
most high profile creators in comics, including Alex (Justice) Ross,
John (Astonishing X-Men) Cassaday, Michael (Superman/Batman, Aspen
Comics) Turner, Jim (All-Star Batman) Lee, Michael (Red Sonja) Avon
Oeming, Mike (Red Sonja/X-Men) Carey, Jim (Justice) Kruegar, Greg (The
Incredible Hulk) Pak, Brett (Serenity, The Lone Ranger) Matthews – as
well as working with up and coming new talent and enhancing strong
creators!


The company also produces new and classic material from such creators
as Paul Gulacy, Doug Moench’s Six from Sirius, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo
Risso’s Borderline and other titles, Jim Starlin Dreadstar, in addition
to reprint editions of classic Red Sonja material and more.


For updated information on Dynamite Entertainment and their titles,
please visit the Dynamite website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com Dynamite Entertainment is a
subsidiary of Dynamic Forces, Inc.

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