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MALIBU COMICS CREATES SPECIAL 'ULTRAVERSE' COMIC BOOK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Malibu Comics, one of the nation's most successful and community-minded comic book publishers, is rapidly proceeding with the creation of a special, full-length comic book featuring four popular super-heroes from its new ULTRAVERSE line which is specifically designed to raise funds for flood victims in the midwest, it was announced today by Scott Rosenberg, president of Malibu Comics. All proceeds from the special publication will be donated directly to the Red Cross.
 The "ULTRAVERSE Flood Relief Comic" will be available in mid- September through mail order only. Each issue will sell for $5, and Malibu Comics is absorbing all costs associated with production.
 In addition, Malibu will place full-page ads in its August/September releases, complete with a coupon for ordering the forthcoming release. Moreover, Malibu is approaching a wide variety of comic book trade publications and enthusiast magazines to donate ad space spotlighting the "ULTRAVERSE Flood Relief Comic" in their own pages as well.
 In a further reflection of its commitment to this cause, Malibu Comics is researching which comic book shops have been affected by the recent floods and will offer them promotional assistance, discounted books and assorted free merchandise.
 The unique new comic book is being penned by members of Malibu's editorial staff, including Hank Kenalz, Dan Danko and Tom Mason (a slide depicting the comic book's cover is available upon request). All of the individuals involved with the special issue are donating their time and talents to the project, and are working at unusually accelerated rates to ensure the book's rapid completion (most comic books take months to make the transition from conception to fruition).
 The "ULTRAVERSE Flood Relief Comic" will feature four popular characters who are a part of Malibu Comics' just-launched ULTRAVERSE, a unique fictional universe inhabited by a whole new generation of super- hero characters created for Malibu by many of the most respected and widely-followed writers and artists in the industry. In the new publication, ULTRAVERSE's "Hardcase," "Prime" and "Prototype" characters -- who share a common universe but are normally featured in their own individual comic book series -- join forces with "Zip Zap," one of the heroes from "The Strangers" series, to combat the evil "Flood," who has flooded America's Midwest with a special destructive device.
 In the interest of taste and accuracy, the storyline of the "ULTRAVERSE Flood Relief Comic" is not meant to recreate actual incidents from the recent Midwest flooding, only to convey the essence of the tragedy and thereby hopefully encourage readers to help raise funds for victims via the purchase of the publication.
 Over the years, Malibu Comics has shown a rare ability to introduce real-life elements into its fictional scenarios in an effort to help enlighten the company's primarily younger readership of world events in a format they might best understand and embrace. Along these lines, a recent ULTRAVERSE issue of "Prime" (which revolves around a young boy who can transform himself into a super hero with an adult body but still with the mind of a child) found the character tackling terrorism in Somalia.
 Since their launch in June, ULTRAVERSE titles have become among the most coveted in the comic book marketplace, with premiere issues of the new lines already considered valuable collector's items(numerous other new ULTRAVERSE characters will be introduced in the coming months). With Malibu having thus far shipped several million ULTRAVERSE titles nationwide, the company is hopeful that tens of thousands of dollars will be raised by the "ULTRAVERSE Flood Relief Comic" as a result of widespread fan interest and loyalty.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Berk (Los Angeles), 213-965-1990, or Hali Simon (New York), 212-986-7080, both of The Lippin Group for Malibu Comics/


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