Plus Ed Reed Cover Preview
Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Baltimore Ravens have entered into a partnership with Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors and Baltimore Magazine, to produce the 2005 game day program covers featuring the highly-acclaimed artwork of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo.

The first Capullo-McFarlane cover will debut at the home opener on Sunday, Sept. 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. The 64-page program is free to fans, and more than 60,000 programs will be distributed at M&T Bank Stadium gates. McFarlane's first entry into the Ravens Report program genre features Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"[I'm] very excited," says Reed. "Just to represent the team on the first cover is a great honor. Since before training camp began, it's been about the Ravens, and still it's about the Ravens. Hopefully, I live up to the expectations and continue to do what I'm supposed to do for my job."

Adds Sr. Vice President of Business Ventures, Dennis Mannion:

"We looked for ideas to celebrate today's Ravens in this 10th season. Greg and Todd bring a special edge by way of their artwork, and Steve (Geppi) collaborated with us to create a highly-collectible keepsake. The total collection will memorialize this 10th season in special way."

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., was established in 1982 to provide comic book specialty retailers with wholesale, non-returnable comic books and related merchandise. After more than 20 years, Diamond has emerged as the world's largest distributor of English-language comics and related merchandise, with a network of strategically-located Distribution Centers throughout the world. Log on to for more information. Geppi is also part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

Grammy and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn, is the creative force behind the covers. His international award-winning company, McFarlane Toys, is one of America's top action-figure manufacturers, including sports, pop culture and cult horror icons from music, comic books and video games. For more information, log on to

"There are a couple of fields of expertise I'm fluent in," said McFarlane. "One is sports the other is comic books. Being able to combine the two into one project puts us in a position to deliver something on both sides of the coin. Hopefully, the final project by Greg Capullo and myself will be something that both the fans and the players respond to."

This is the first game program cover created by Capullo and McFarlane. Every issue of The Ravens Report will be a highly collectible piece this year as this marks a historic first by Capullo and McFarlane.