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Friday, Oct. 6, 2000

WAGNER TALKS ULTIMATE TEAM-UP

Matt Wagner told The Continuum that he will be teaming with writer Brian Michael Bendis for the start of Marvel's third Ultimate comic book.

"We're going to do the initial launch of a book that would be very much in the spirit of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Fanfare," Wagner said. "The working title is Ultimate Marvels: Spider-Man Andâ¤| and, obviously, each issue would feature a character teaming up with the Ultimate Spider-Man.

"We're going to kick it all off with a two-part story that features Spider-Man and Wolverine."

Wagner said he expects to receive a script next week.

"My first gig for Marvel after nearly 20 years in the biz," Wagner said.

In addition to Wagner, Bendis confirmed the following artist line-up: Steve Rude, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, Phil Hester, Dave Gibbons, Terry Moore, Mike Allred, Dan Brereton, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr., Jon Totleben, Zander Cannon, Mike Avon Oeming, Phil Jimenez, Jim Mahfood, David Mack and Rick Mays.

Bendis said that Hester will provide a one-issue Hulk story and Allred a two-issue Inhumans story. Previously, it has been reported that Gibbons will draw Fantastic Four and Russell will draw Doctor Strange.

"The other artists and characters we are keeping under wraps," Bendis said.

Bendis said that, following Wolverine, initial story arcs will feature the Inhumans, Hulk, Fantastic Four and Iron Man.

"It's going to be real who's who," Bendis said. "The greatest hits package of Marvel Comics. Marvel Comics has the best toy box with the best toys in it."

As far as his take on the Ultimate team-ups?

"Because of Spidey's young, impressionable age, many of the visiting characters will do more than just team up with him," Bendis said. "The interaction will leave Peter with new ideas and responsibilities to ponder. Peter will also share a sense of awe with us the reader's as he is introduced to these colorful characters. Sometimes he will even suffer a little hero worship (Wolverine, Captain America).

"It'll be a mix of debuts and first-time meetings."

Bendis said the artists are picking the characters with which they want to work.

"When I look at this list it shocks the hell out of me," Bendis said. "This series will use these fantastic icons to show the ultimate audience how artistically diverse the art of comics can be using these fantastic icons."

Bendis said there are no fixed rules to bringing characters into the book.

"In an attempt to leave the structure of the series open creatively, we won't have any door closed to us," he said. "Some issues may focus on an origin while others focus on the first time meeting of a couple of Marvel icons in this exciting and free Ultimate Universe.

"The tone can range from deadly serious to down right silly."

Bendis said that appearances of characters in the book could spin off into separate titles. "It is being discussed," Bendis said.

SUPERNATURAL LAW MOVIE UPDATE

Jackie Estrada of Exhibit A Press told The Continuum on Thursday that work continues on the script for the Supernatural Law live-action from Universal Pictures.

"Mike McCullers is doing a rewrite, with input from the director, Harald Zwart," Estrada said. "The rewrite is due in some time next week. Nothing can get underway until casting is taken care of, and Universal is apparently looking at a lot of different people.

"And, of course, everything could be affected by the threatened SAG strike."

The initial script was written by S.S. Wilson and Steve Mazur with a pass by Marti Noxon. Hopes are for production to begin early next year.

NOCTURNALS: TROLL BRIDGE BREAKDOWN

Oni Press has provided a breakdown of the artists and a preview of Dan Brereton's Nocturnals: Troll Bridge, a 48-page one-shot that ships on Oct. 18.

Brereton wrote the book and provided the cover. Steve Purcell did the back cover.

Here's how the artists break down:

Pages 1-6: Art by Ted Naifeh, lettering by Sean Konot.

Pages 7-11: Art and lettering by Stan Sakai (featuring Usagi Yojimbo).

Pages 12-16: Art and lettering by John Heebink.

Page 17: Art by Bruce Timm, lettering by Konot.

Pages 18-20: Art by Jill Thompson, lettering by Konot (featuring Scary Godmother).

Pages 21-25: Art and lettering by Eric Jones, additional dialogue by Landry Walker (featuring Lil' Gloomy).

Pages 26-30: Pencils by Joyce Chin, inks by Arthur Adams, lettering by Lois Buhalis.

Pages 31-33: Art and lettering by Kieron Dwyer.

Pages 34-36: Art by Stephen DeStefano, lettering by Konot, additional gags by Paul Dini (featuring Jingle Belle).

Pages 37-41: Art and lettering by Jay Stephens.

Pages 42-43: Art by Dan Brereton, lettering by Konot.

Page 44: Art by Adam Warren, lettering by Konot.

HERE'S A FIRST LOOK AT THE ISSUE

FIRST LOOK: NIGHTWING #50

Nightwing #50 will ship on Wednesday from DC Comics. The issue is written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Greg Land and Jose Marzan Jr. and a cover by Land and Karl Story.

Here's how DC describes the issue:

"An extra-sized issue finds Nightwing at a crossroads. He must make a difficult decision which could affect the kind of hero he chooses to be in the future. Dudley Soames - the twisted psychopath known as Torque - has been going down a path of insanity ever since his head was twisted 180 degrees by the behemoth known as Blockbuster. Soames finally loses it and takes Arnot, and the entire Bludhaven Police Headquarters, hostage. It's now up to Dick Grayson to set things right, and he prepares himself for the ultimate face-off against Soames in order to free the hostages. But before he can do anything, Dick first must decide which uniform he's going to wear in order to get the job done most effectively. Will he adopt his daytime identity of Bludhaven rookie cop, or will he tackle Saomes in his nocturnal identity of Nightwing?"

Nightwing #50 will be 48 pages and will cost $3.50.

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FIRST LOOK: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #585

Adventures of Superman #585 will ship on Wednesday from DC Comics. The issue is written by J.M. DeMatteis, with aart by Mike Miller and Jose Marzan Jr.

Here's how DC describes the issue:

"Superman has his hands full with keeping Metropolis intact. Lex Luthor attempts to use the city's technology to terraform the rest of the country in his bid for presidency. Satanus tries to control the city's soul by using Superman's friends and foes to get it. And a mysterious Native American woman just wants to take Metropolis back for her people."

Adventures of Superman #585 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

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FRANCO IN SPIDER-MAN MOVIE?

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that James Franco is in talks to play Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man live-action movie.

In the movie, like the comics, Harry is the son of Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin.

Franco was linked to possibly play Peter Parker and Spider-Man before Tobey Maguire was cast in the role.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Franco will also star with Robert De Niro in Franchise Pictures' City by the Sea.




BRIEFLY

  • Dynamic Forces' next show on the Home Shopping Network will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 3 a.m. (ET).

  • Kids' WB! won the Saturday morning network ratings last week, with solid performances from Static Shock and Batman Beyond. Static Shock posted a 3.3/13 at 10:30 a.m. in Kids 2-11 and ranked among the top 10 programs for the morning in Boys 2-11 (4.2/16) and Boys 6-11 (4.6/18). At 11 a.m., Batman Beyond outperformed all time period competition in Boys 6-11 (4.6/20) and its broadcast competition in Kids 2-11 (2.9/13), Kids 6-11 (3.6/16) and Boys 2-11 (3.8/17).

  • ToyBiz's remote control Wolverine figure/motorcycle and figure from the X-Men movie is now in stores.
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