Official Press Release
Runnemede, NJ – December 20, 2005 – Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp and DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT are proud to announce a new ongoing comic book series featuring the HIGHLANDER franchise. The new DYNAMITE comics will feature popular HIGHLANDER characters from both the film and television series, with the initial launch following the events from the first movie.
The original HIGHLANDER film (1986, 20th Century Fox) starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, a Scottish clansman born in 1518, who learns that he is an immortal being who must use his wits, and sword, to battle against other immortals, in a deadly game where the survivor will claim “the prize” and decide the fate of mankind. Tutored in the art of sword fighting by his fellow immortal Ramirez (Sean Connery), Conner finds himself pitted against the evil Kurgan (Clancy Brown), culminating in a final battle in New York City in 1985.
This now cult classic film has led to four HIGHLANDER feature films, Home Videos and DVD’s, an animated series, fourteen original books and successful licensed merchandise. The HIGHLANDER franchise also includes the popular HIGHLANDER: The Series (119 one hour episodes over 6 seasons), starring Adrian Paul as Connor’s cousin, and fellow immortal, Duncan MacLeod. The HIGHLANDER television series has since lived on in widespread syndication and distribution on VHS and DVD.
“HIGHLANDER is such a rich and wonderful universe that we are thrilled to be able to add the characters, films and shows to our growing line of great comics. We plan to take advantage of next year’s 20th Anniversary of the first film by launching our series. This first series will be going back to the beginning with the first movie! For our retailing partners, this is a great opportunity as we will be working with David Anderson to promote the comic on their website, and in e-mailers and mailings to millions of fans! There will be a huge amount of awareness for this series! ” commented DYNAMITE SPOKESPERSON J. ALLEN. “There can be only one HIGHLANDER comic book series and it’s found its home at Dynamite!”
Allen concluded by adding: “We’re working on the final scripts now and selecting our artists for the opening arc. We will be offering the comic once we have the first couple of issues complete and ready for distribution. What we do know, is that the first book will have a beautiful painted cover by Gabriel Dell’Otto and that future covers will feature the artistic talents of John (Astonishing X-Men) Cassaday, Billy (X-23) Tan, Mel (Red Sonja) Rubi, Lee (Painkiller Jane) Moder, Will (Red Sonja/Thulsa Doom) Conrad, Guiseppe Camo (Captain Atom) Camuncoli and more covers by Gabriel (Secret War) Dell’Otto! And there may be even more surprises. Just check out the “dynamite” cover artists on other Dynamite Entertainment publications for some hints!”
About Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp
Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp, the a multi-award winning global turnkey organization, partnered with Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., providing merchandising, product development, manufacturing and direct marketing of quality licensed entertainment properties sold direct-to-consumer through catalog, Internet, television, print and inbound/outbound telemarketing. They host eCommerce stores and create print catalogs for properties such as: HIGHLANDER® (Film and TV series), Marvel®, THE LORD OF THE RINGS(tm), ALEXANDER(tm), Xena: Warrior Princess(tm), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys(tm), and Conan®. For additional information visit the Davis-Anderson web site at http://www.davisanderson.com.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite is home to some of the most exciting and best-selling comics and properties in comics. Current titles feature the Army of Darkness, Red Sonja and the soon-to-be-released Battlestar Galactica, Painkiller Jane, Re-Animator and Highlander.
Dynamite collected editions include Six From Sirius, Red Sonja (new and Classic), Eduardo Risso’s Borderline and the Army of Darkness.
For updated information on Dynamite entertainment and their titles, please visit the Dynamite website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com.
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