Syndicated Superhero Signs Super Endorsement Deal; Captain Ribman And Buzzwacket Form 'Swat Team' to Eliminate House Flies; Challenge Issued to Fly Swatter Manufacturers

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from RibMan, Inc.

    LAWRENCE, Kan., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally syndicated comic strip
 and advice column superhero Captain RibMan has landed the largest fly swatter
 endorsement contract ever with the maker of Buzzwacket fly swatters.  Captain
 RibMan has now joined other cartoon superheroes endorsing commercial products
 for a fee -- the syndicated Superhero paid in the low double figures for the
 endorsement.  This agreement seeks to significantly reduce houseflies in the
 United States by elevating the profile of the most effective fly swatter ever
 invented.
     Captain RibMan and Buzzwacket, the maker of the largest fly swatter on the
 market, have challenged the fly swatter industry to a high stakes duel:
     "I challenge all fly swatter manufacturers to a 'winner take all'
 fly-swatting competition.  The American public has a right to know what fly
 swatter is the most effective.  Disease-carrying flying insects are a
 significant public health issue.  Hopefully, a forward-thinking national
 television show will broadcast this event as a public service," says
 Buzzwacket creator, Rich Dileo.  "The winner will be declared, 'the winner.'
 The loser cleans up the mess."
     Says Dileo, "My fly swatter, if used by all Americans, would significantly
 reduce the use of environmentally unfriendly insect sprays.  It would also
 make me a very wealthy man."
     "Blockbuster mergers of this magnitude are infrequent: Michael Jackson and
 Pepsi, OJ and Hertz, Monica Lewinsky and Weight Watchers and now Captain
 RibMan and Buzzwacket," explain Captain RibMan creators John Sprengelmeyer and
 Rich Davis.  "Buzzwacket and Captain RibMan have teamed up to become the
 greatest flying insect SWAT team on the planet (Earth)!"
     Sprengelmeyer and Davis produce two of the most popular college newspaper
 features, Captain RibMan comic strips and "Ask Captain RibMan" advice columns.
 Both features frequently employ the help of celebrity guest stars.  Named by
 Yahoo! Internet Life magazine as "Best Online Comic Strip- 2001," both the
 strip and advice column can be found at:
 
     http://www.supercomics.com
 
     Captain RibMan is syndicated in college newspapers by Tribune Media
 Services and on the web by uclick.com.
 
     Buzzwacket's web address is: http://www.buzzwacket.com .  Ace Hardware
 stores carry Buzzwacket fly swatters.  Owner and creator, Rich Dileo, is an
 entomologist.
 
 

SOURCE RibMan, Inc.
    LAWRENCE, Kan., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally syndicated comic strip
 and advice column superhero Captain RibMan has landed the largest fly swatter
 endorsement contract ever with the maker of Buzzwacket fly swatters.  Captain
 RibMan has now joined other cartoon superheroes endorsing commercial products
 for a fee -- the syndicated Superhero paid in the low double figures for the
 endorsement.  This agreement seeks to significantly reduce houseflies in the
 United States by elevating the profile of the most effective fly swatter ever
 invented.
     Captain RibMan and Buzzwacket, the maker of the largest fly swatter on the
 market, have challenged the fly swatter industry to a high stakes duel:
     "I challenge all fly swatter manufacturers to a 'winner take all'
 fly-swatting competition.  The American public has a right to know what fly
 swatter is the most effective.  Disease-carrying flying insects are a
 significant public health issue.  Hopefully, a forward-thinking national
 television show will broadcast this event as a public service," says
 Buzzwacket creator, Rich Dileo.  "The winner will be declared, 'the winner.'
 The loser cleans up the mess."
     Says Dileo, "My fly swatter, if used by all Americans, would significantly
 reduce the use of environmentally unfriendly insect sprays.  It would also
 make me a very wealthy man."
     "Blockbuster mergers of this magnitude are infrequent: Michael Jackson and
 Pepsi, OJ and Hertz, Monica Lewinsky and Weight Watchers and now Captain
 RibMan and Buzzwacket," explain Captain RibMan creators John Sprengelmeyer and
 Rich Davis.  "Buzzwacket and Captain RibMan have teamed up to become the
 greatest flying insect SWAT team on the planet (Earth)!"
     Sprengelmeyer and Davis produce two of the most popular college newspaper
 features, Captain RibMan comic strips and "Ask Captain RibMan" advice columns.
 Both features frequently employ the help of celebrity guest stars.  Named by
 Yahoo! Internet Life magazine as "Best Online Comic Strip- 2001," both the
 strip and advice column can be found at:
 
     http://www.supercomics.com
 
     Captain RibMan is syndicated in college newspapers by Tribune Media
 Services and on the web by uclick.com.
 
     Buzzwacket's web address is: http://www.buzzwacket.com .  Ace Hardware
 stores carry Buzzwacket fly swatters.  Owner and creator, Rich Dileo, is an
 entomologist.
 
 SOURCE  RibMan, Inc.