Dynamite Announces Perez As "Darkman" Cover Artist

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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!"


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 GroupUniversal 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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