SAN DIEGO, CA â€“ December 19, 2011 â€“Â Ape EntertainmentÂ andÂ Classic Media,Â a global media company with a portfolio of some of the Casper the Friendly GhostÂ® andWhereâ€™s Waldo?Â®, today announced the digital comic debut ofÂ Richie RichÂ®, â€œthe poor little rich boy,â€ in the Apple App store.Â The app will feature the digitally restored and color corrected original master copies of the comic as well as new adventures under the title ofÂ Rich RescueÂ for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Developed by Ape Entertainmentâ€™s digital partnerÂ iVerse Media, theÂ Richie RichÂ digital comic app is free to download and features a preview of the first issue at no additional cost. The app includes four full-color issues of the all-newÂ Rich RescueÂ series for $1.99 each and theÂ Richie Rich ClassicsÂ series for $.99, each with a color cover, one 5-page story in color and the rest in classic black and white.
Ape Entertainmentâ€™s newÂ Rich RescueÂ series features an updated look that emphasizes the characterâ€™s altruistic side as the worldâ€™s richest kid becomes a globe-trotting adventurer who uses his wealth to help people in need around the world. These new adventures are available digitally within the app as well as in print at local comic book shops nationwide.
â€œI grew up reading Richie Rich comic books and am proud that Ape Entertainment is now offering the first-ever digital version of this classic on iOS,â€ said Brent E. Erwin, Ape Co-Publisher. â€œWorking with Classic Media and iVerse has been an extremely great experience and weâ€™re looking forward to offering fans another way to enjoy Richie Rich.â€
The first four new adventures include:
- Richie RichÂ®: Rich Rescue, Issue #1: â€œThe Boon Under The Bay!â€Â â€“ Story by Bill Williams, Art by Marcelo Ferreira & Dustin Evans, Cover by Jack Lawrence â€“ After learning of a long lost treasure buried deep beneath the waters of the pacific south coast, Richie and the gang investigate, only to learn that there are other interested parties privy to the prizes, including a mysterious enemy and his band of modern day pirates! Also included: A brand new â€˜classic styleâ€™ Richie Rich story â€œOf Demise and Menâ€ by his creator, Sid Jacobson with art by Ernie Colon and more Rich Rescue stories, â€œWelcome to Rich Rescueâ€ and â€œProfessor Keenbeanâ€™s Cornerâ€
- Richie RichÂ®: Rich Rescue, Issue #2: â€œThe Pursuit of Pesos!â€Â â€“ Story by Buddy Scalera, Art by Marcelo Ferreira & Dustin Evans, Cover by Jack Lawrence â€“ While on a mission in South America, Richie and the gang stumble on a map that leads to ancient ruins and a conquistadorâ€™s mystical, long-hidden treasure! When Reggie accidentally triggers an ancient time traveling device, it launches the crew back to the time when the ruins were first builtâ€¦and dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Will Richie Rich be able to figure out how to get the gang back to the present, or will they be trapped in the pastâ€¦forever!Â Also included: â€œMa Ma My iRonaâ€, â€œHello Fellow Hostages, Are You Ready to Rock?â€, and another â€œProfessor Keenbeanâ€™s Cornerâ€
- Richie RichÂ®: Rich Rescue, Issue #3: â€œJustÂ DessertsÂ Desertsâ€Â – Story by Quinn Johnson, Art by James Silvani & Jake Myers, Cover by Jack Lawrence â€“While exploring Egypt, Richie and the gang find a previously undiscovered pyramidâ€¦built upside-down into the ground!Â Traveling into the inverted wonder is not easy, and making it even more difficult is an army of undead mummiesâ€¦.mummies who may never have been human to begin with! Also included: â€œLaughter is Not Always the Best Medicineâ€, â€œUncommon Centsâ€ and another â€œProfessor Keenbeanâ€™s Cornerâ€
- Richie RichÂ®: Rich Rescue, Issue #4: â€œYen for a Yeti!â€Â – Story by Jason M. Burns & Nate Sharir, Art by Marcelo Ferreira & Dustin Evans, Cover by Jack Lawrence â€“While hiking through the snowy Himalayas, Richie and the gang uncover a group of exotic animal poachers who have captured the elusive Yeti for profit. Vowing to rescue the creature and return it to the wild, the team learns the hard way that they arenâ€™t the only ones interested in freeing the creature. They must contend, not only with the poachers, but with a mystic order of ninja monks! Also included: â€œGive a Dog a Bone,â€ another â€œProfessor Keenbeanâ€™s Cornerâ€ and an all-new â€˜classic styleâ€™ Richie Rich story by his creator, Sid Jacobson â€œUnhappyâ€¦uh, HAPPY Birthday!â€
With the addition of app enhancements, included in the digital downloads of the comics to assist consumers in locating their nearest comic book retailer, Ape hopes thatÂ Richie RichÂ will inspire new readers to discover the exciting world of comics through their local comic book shops.
For more information, please visitÂ http://www.ApeComics.comÂ orÂ www.KiZoic.com.
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AboutÂ Richie RichÂ®
A born leader with a heart of gold,Â Richie RichÂ made his comic book debut in 1953 and went on to headline his own comic book series, syndicated comic strip, and animated TV series. Â With more than fifty comic titles and 2,000 issues under his name,Â Richie RichÂ is one of the most published cartoons of all time. The worldâ€™s richest kid was also the star of a live-action feature film and direct-to-video sequel from Warner Bros. Pictures in 1994.
About Ape Entertainment
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E. Erwin.Â Ape Entertainment is the comic book home to innovative new titles as LITTLE GREEN MEN, SCOUTS, and HEROIC. Â Ape is also the North American publisher for licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, and CUT THE ROPE. Visit Ape Entertainment online atÂ http://www.ApeComics.com.
About Classic Media
Classic Media, one of the worldâ€™s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, includingÂ Casper the Friendly GhostÂ®,Â Whereâ€™s Waldo?Â®,Â LassieÂ®,Â The Lone RangerÂ®, and new brandÂ Life With Boysâ„¢.Â Big Idea Entertainment, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of childrenâ€™s programming, including the best-selling animated series,Â VeggieTalesÂ®. Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music. Â Visit us atÂ www.classicmedia.tv