iBooks inks deal to publish new "Magnus Robot Fighter" comcis

Wed, April 7th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

New York, NY -- ibooks, an imprint distributed by Simon and Schuster, announced today the signing of a deal with Classic Media, the New York-based family entertainment company that is home to UNDERDOG and THE LONE RANGER, to publish new novels and graphic novels based on the classic science fiction superhero, MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER. ibooks plans to reintroduce the hero, last published by Acclaim Comics almost a decade ago, to a new generation of fans.

"Magnus is a fantastic property," said ibooks' publisher Byron Preiss. "We are thrilled to begin working with Classic Media on the revival of a hero made famous through the original Gold Key comics illustrated by Russ Manning."

Leslie Levine, head of worldwide licensing at Classic Media added, "ibooks is one of the industry's most innovative publishers. They are the perfect partner to help create a whole new series of thrilling Magnus adventures."

On the immediate plans for Magnus by ibooks, which was named the #1 standout small publisher by Publisher's Weekly for the second year in a row this month, Preiss said, "We intend to go into production with the first novel and the first graphic novel simultaneously and are embarking on discussions with talent in the field." Interested professionals can contact our editor in chief, Steve Roman, at starwarpco@aol.com.

Classic Media manages some of the world's most recognizable family properties across all media including feature film, television, home video and consumer products. The company's extensive library features a diverse collection of popular animated and live-action characters such as: Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff, Mr. Magoo, Richie Rich, Peter Cottontail, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Underdog, Little Lulu, pat the bunny, Lamb Chop and Rocky & Bullwinkle. For more information on Classic Media, visit us online at www.classicmedia.tv.

ibooks is at www.ibooks.net and its graphic novel site is www.komikwerks.com.

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