EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – It’s Morphin time at select comic shops in southern New England.
Jason David Frank, better known as Tommy Oliver, the original Power Rangers Green Ranger, is making stops at small shops as part of his Power Ranger Protection Plan, which he created during the pandemic.
As a business owner himself, Frank said he understands the effects of the pandemic on small businesses and the difficulty of obtaining Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans.
It was then that he decided to create his own version of the PPP, as well as go on a comic book tour to help bring in customers and give fans a chance to meet him.
“This whole quarantine thing was driving me crazy, so I decided to get on a motorbike, hit the road, drop by some comic book stores and I was like, ‘Hey, do you have any books? greens about rangers? Do you have any other comics? so I decided to go buy and sign all the books and leave and they wanted me back so I found a program,” a- he explained.
His Northeast tour started earlier this week in New Hampshire, and he headed south.
Frank will be at Toy Vault at Emerald Square Mall on Friday night, then at Warwick Mall on Monday.
Here’s how it works: Fans are given a “ticket” which acts as their number in the queue, and then they receive a 10-minute alert when it’s time to meet Frank. Autographs and photos will be available for purchase.
Even though the end time for the event says 5 p.m., Frank said he would stay until the “last mask standing.” If you have a ticket for the event, you will meet him.
“I have the best fans in the world,” he added. “It’s very exciting to see the older kids and the little ones coming too.”
Once an event is over, Frank takes some of the proceeds and donates it to the store. Merchandise is also left with stores to help generate revenue.