Platinum Studios provided CBR News this morning with information and images pertaining to the company's new venture with rock icons KISS. In collaboration with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's own merchandising company, Platinum will be publishing the title "KISS 4K," the first KISS comics property to be managed by KISS themselves. Variety reports that the Destroyer Edition of "KISS 4K" #1 will be the largest-sized comic book ever printed, priced at $50, and will be unveiled at the Wizard World Los Angeles Convention this March. After the launch of "KISS 4K," characters from the book will appear weekly online. Additionally, other characters owned and/or licensed by Platinum Studios will appear in "KISS 4K." A second title will follow featuring four teenagers who "talk about shopping and are about as dysfunctional as anyone until something happens to them and they get to wear the KISS makeup and look good doing it," Gene Simmons said.
Official Press Release
Beverly Hills, Calif. – Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment and comic book company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, and KISS Catalog Ltd., the billion-dollar merchandising empire created and managed by original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, announced the creation of a new comic book entertainment company, the KISS Comics Group. This is the first time KISS will be producing its own comic book-based characters.
The line kicks off at the Wizard World Los Angeles Convention on March 16-18, 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be present to promote the debut of KISS 4K #1, Destroyer Edition. The Destroyer Edition will be a super-sized largest comic book EVER printed, and the ongoing KISS 4K monthly series will begin in May. Newcomer Ricky Sprague writes KISS 4K, with #1 art by the hyper-talented painter, Kevin Crossley. Rodolfo Migliari (Freshmen) is the cover artist. Tickets and additional information on the Wizard World Los Angles Convention can be found at wizardworld.com.
KISS 4K tells the story of the transformation of the KISS band members into eternal, evil-fighting spirits. However, once they transform, they are unable to transform back into their human forms. Fans can get a sneak peak at KISS 4K images today at www.KISSComicsGroup.com and images are available for mobile download at www.PlatinumStudiosMobile.com .
"Gene Simmons approached me with the idea of launching KISS Comics Group and working together has simply been incredible," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinum Studios' founder and chairman. "Platinum Studios has been working with independent comic book creators for years; KISS' worldwide legion of fans spans an enormous age range, providing this new company with a given global audience."
"We've had licensed KISS comic books before but never our own imprint and never with the wide reach across so many multi-media platforms," said Gene Simmons, a founding member of KISS. "Paul Stanley and I are personally involved in all day-to-day decisions and we are looking forward to extending the KISS legacy, images and sound to our fans around the world."
"As the iconic KISS characters have continued to evolve far beyond our beginning in rock music, we have always looked for the ideal situation for a KISS comic book outlet that was as far reaching as we originally conceived and intended. Platinum fills that slot perfectly," said KISS co-founder Paul Stanley.
Signatures Network and Dell Furano, which already handle worldwide licensing for KISS Catalogue Ltd, will be handling worldwide licensing for KISS Comics Group and for KISS 4K on behalf of the co-venture.
Fans can get the Limited Edition Collectors Preview book of KISS 4K and order Launch Edition KISS 4K merchandise including t-shirts, hats, mugs and posters at www.kisscomicsgroup.com or www.kissonline.com while supplies . In addition, Launch Edition Preview images of KISS 4K are available for mobile download at www.PlatinumStudiosMobile.com .