'STAR TREK'S' WALTER KOENIG SIGNS WITH MALIBU COMICS TO WRITE NEW SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK SERIES, 'RAVER'
LOS ANGELES, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In what will further bolster interest in Malibu Comics among "Trekkers" nationwide, the rapidly growing comic book publisher has signed an exclusive arrangement with "Star Trek" co-star Walter Koenig to publish his self-penned new superhero series, "Raver," it was announced today by Scott Rosenberg, president of Malibu Comics. The late April debut of "Raver" will precede by only several weeks the launch of Malibu Comics' much-anticipated series based on the new hit television show, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." "Raver," a three-issue, full-color series illustrated by noted "Spiderman" artists Dan and David Day, will represent the first superhero comic book series written by Koenig, who played Russian navigator Chekov in the original "Star Trek" series and in six subsequent feature films. To support the high-visibility debut of "Raver," Malibu Comics has arranged for a promotion, whereby specialty retail outlets throughout the nation will vie for the chance of being among the three which Koenig will personally visit, either the weekend of April 23 or April 30. "Raver," to be available with an enhanced prism cover for $2.95, or in a newsstand version for $1.95, finds the universe in a state of rapid decay, with the planets able to support life quickly becoming overly populated. With a desperate need existing to create habitable new planets, an unlikely man named Norman Walters of Grinnell, Iowa, is selected to be the "Johnny Appleseed" of this crusade and is granted superhero powers in the form of an alter-ego named "Raver." "I was trying to find something where I could combine super powers with psychology," Koenig says. "I have an orientation that always returns to psychological motivations." Late last year, Malibu Comics -- the only comic book publisher to be represented by a Hollywood talent agency (ICM) -- scored a major industry coup by being selected to publish the comic book version of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." With both "Raver" and "Deep Space Nine" set for back-to-back launches, Malibu Comics is making a strong promotional and marketing outreach to "Star Trek" enthusiasts in particular, working closely with the many fan clubs, newsletters and conventions spawned by the "Star Trek" phenomenon over the years. Beyond his work as an actor, Koenig has appeared in numerous stage productions and television shows. In addition, he has written episodes for several television series, as well as four original screenplays. Koenig also wrote a science fiction novel entitled "Buck Alice and the Actor Robot" and authored the non-fiction book, "Chekov's Enterprise." Malibu Comics publishes comic books spanning such diverse stylistic arenas as superheroes, humor, horror, science fiction, television and film adaptations, fantasy and adventure. Based in Westlake Village, Calif., the company is a division of Malibu Comics Entertainment, which also develops and creates video games. -0- 4/14/93 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Call contact to interview Walter Koenig./ /CONTACT: Peter Berk of The Lippin Group/L.A., 213-965-1990, or Mitch Zamarin of The Lippin Group/N.Y., 212-986-7080, both for Malibu Comics/
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