Comic-book company Platinum Studios Inc. has signed a deal to make comics with KISS Catalog Ltd., the billion-dollar merchandising empire created and managed by rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS. The entities have formed a new worldwide entertainment company dubbed the KISS Comics Group, which is devoted to bringing the KISS characters to numerous platforms including print, mobile, Internet, film, television and licensed merchandising.
“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,” says Platinum Studios founder and chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. “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.”
“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,” comments KISS front man Gene Simmons.
“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,’ adds KISS co-founder Paul Stanley. ‘Platinum fills that slot perfectly.”
The KISS property has been licensed by comic-book companies in the past, but this is the first time the group will be producing its own comics based on the leather-clad and heavily made-up characters created for their stage act. The first title, KISS 4K, will tell the story of how Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the other band members were transformed from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits. Platinum says it will be the world’s largest comic book, retailing for $50. A limited-edition preview book, character merchandise and mobile comic art are currently available online at www.KissComicsGroup.com. All merchandise will launch simultaneously in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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’ vast library will also appear in the KISS books.