LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Studios, Inc. (www.PlatinumStudios.com), an entertainment 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 worldwide comic book entertainment company, the KISS Comics Group (www.KissComicsGroup.com). This is the first time KISS will be producing its own comic book-based characters; this co-run venture will enable KISS and Platinum Studios to publish and expand the comic book characters' images onto numerous multi-media platforms including print, mobile, online, film, television and licensed merchandise products. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070130/LATU064 ) KISS 4K, the story of the transformation of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the other KISS band members from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits, is the first branded property released by KISS Comics Group. KISS 4K will debut as the world's largest comic book priced at $50. Limited edition preview book, character merchandise and mobile comic art are available now online at www.KissComicsGroup.com. This is the first comic book-based property to simultaneously launch all of its merchandise in the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. "We have been talking with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley about doing something together for years and when Gene approached me with the idea of creating the KISS Comics Group co-venture, we knew we could build something massive," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinum Studios' founder and chairman. "Platinum Studios has been working with independent comic book creators for years creating record breaking box office numbers and comic book sales. With more than 4,000 KISS fan sites worldwide supported by cross generations of fans, we have a built-in global audience for the KISS Comics Group." "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 will be handling worldwide licensing for KISS Comics Group and for KISS 4K on behalf of the co-venture. Characters from Platinum Studios library of more than 3,800 will appear in the KISS books. About Platinum Studios www.platinumstudios.com Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. Platinum Studios' library contains more than 3,800 characters and a full range of genres and styles including DrunkDuck.com, the largest Web comics community. With deals in place with some of the entertainment and new media's top players, Platinum is a recognized leader in the creation of new content across all media. For more information, please see www.platinumstudios.com. About KISS Catalogue Ltd www.kissonline.com For 34 years, KISS has been and continues to be the juggernaut of licensing and merchandising. Through its own company, KISS CATALOG, it has leveraged its iconic name and world famous logo, images and makeup designs to produce the most extensive range of licensed products of any rock band in history. For more information, please see www.kissonline.com About Signatures Network www.signaturesnetwork.com Signatures Network is the leading entertainment licensing and merchandising company, holding the merchandising and marketing rights to more than 125 top celebrities, entertainment properties and lifestyle brands including: KISS, The Beatles, John Lennon, U2, Madonna, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Woodstock, among many others. For more information please visit www.signaturesnetwork.com.
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