November 22, 2004

Leading UK consumer magazine publisher, IPC Media, and DC Comics, the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world, are joining forces to bring back a host of superheroes that originally appeared in classic British weekly comics such as Lion and Valiant in the 1950's and '60's.

In a deal announced today by Loaded/Uncut publisher Andrew Sumner, IPC+ director Andrew Horton and Paul Levitz, the President & Publisher of DC Comics, DC Comics will become the worldwide master licensee of the rights to produce and publish new comics material based on the IPC library of properties, including The Steel Claw, The Spider and Kelly's Eye. These new titles will be published in the United States under DC Comics' WildStorm imprint, home to the critical successes Ex Machina and The Authority.

World-renowned comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) will plot one of the first projects, a unique comic book series called Albion: a six-part, monthly series which will be scripted by his daughter Leah Moore along with John Reppion. The series will be illustrated by Shane Oakley.

Andrew Sumner says: "The fact that Alan Moore has devised Albion as a vehicle for resurrecting IPC's library of iconic British adventure heroes is the best possible outcome for our deal with WildStorm. This is the biggest piece of UK comics news in 25 years. A whole generation of British males grew up relishing the adventures of IPC's fantastically macabre superheroes and the cultural significance of their comeback, after more than two decades, is enormous."

Albion represents only one of the titles that WildStorm has planned. Future projects will involve award-winning British artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, The Originals).

DC Comics VP - Sales & Marketing Bob Wayne adds: "Helping to bring these classic IPC characters to a new generation of readers has been great fun. I'm looking forward to the response from comic book fans in the US and Canada as this British Invasion begins in 2005."

Andrew Horton adds: "This deal is a great example of Time Warner co-operation. We are re-invigorating interest in these characters and creating a platform for future value."

For further information and imagery, please contact Chris Taylor, head of Media Relations, IPC Media, Tel: 020 7261 5276 or Email: chris_taylor@ipcmedia.com

Notes to editors:

IPC Media is the UK's leading consumer magazine publisher, comprising a portfolio of almost 100 magazine brands and occupying the number one position in 16 of the sectors in which it operates. Now part of Time Inc., the publishing division of TimeWarner, the company's market-leading portfolio of magazines range from Woman, Woman's Own, Country Life and Loaded to Horse & Hound, NME, Ideal Home and Marie Claire.

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of Time Warner, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC super heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics' Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

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