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Monday, June 25, 2001


Peter David told The Continuum that he will likely be adapting the Spider-Man movie in novel form for Del Rey Books.

"Unless something very drastic occurs, I'll be writing the novelization for the Spider-Man movie, yes," David told The Continuum. "I wanted to get involved because what I'd heard about the film, and the pictures I'd seen, made it look like an exciting project and I wanted to be a part of it."

David has worked on film adaptations before, including Batman Forever. Steve Saffel, a former editor at Marvel, is a senior editor at Del Rey who will oversee the Spider-Man book. Del Rey also adapted the X-Men movie last year in a book by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.

David visited the Spider-Man set in New York in April.

"My hopes for the film are very high," he said.

Look for a full account of David's visit in his But I Digress column in the Comics Buyer's Guide.

In other Spider-Man movie news:

* Probably the most complex scene in the movie is a Times Square sequence, which took many meetings to figure out.

"It was a running joke," producer Laura Ziskin told The Continuum. "'Let's have a Times Square meeting.' And we'll be having Times Square meetings in post."

* Below are some images that Sony has posted on the official site, including Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn.


TNT has released loglines and images for the next three episodes of the Witchblade television series.

Here's a rundown:

Tuesday, June 26: "Diplopia"

Sara and Jake investigate the murder of a prominent Soho art dealer whose killer may be connected to the myth of the Witchblade. Sara struggles to bridge the gap between her job as a detective and her responsibility to the gauntlet when the Witchblade takes on a new form.

Guest-stars include John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman), Laila Robins (Dominique Boucher), Anthony Lemke (Isaac Sullivan), Rory Feore (Robert Foster), Peter Cockett (Chris Pollack) and S. Austin-Olsen (Dr. D'Angelo).

Tuesday, July 3: "Sacrifice"

Sara's latest investigation draws her into the underground music scene, where a handsome alternative rocker (Kim De Lury) may be the leader in a Celtic sacrificial rites homicide case. The Witchblade uncovers clues that suggest this frontman might have been a medieval Celtic bard who was Sara's lover in another lifetime. Will the allegations accusing him as a possible murder suspect keep Sara away from her chosen destiny to be with the only true love she has ever known?

Other guest-stars include Paulino Nunes (Brian Reilly), Marni Thompson (Iona), Nestor Serrano (Captain Dante), Junior Williams (Jamie Vaughn), Jean Yoon (Coroner's Asst.), Sandra Jackson (Debra Mason) and John Hensley (Gabriel Bowman).

Tuesday, July 10: "Legion."

Roger Daltrey guest stars as a Catholic priest who gets caught in the crossfire of controversy alleging the Vatican and the Nazis might have been allies during WWII. Pez and Jake are on the case.

Other guest-stars include Paul Robbins (Edward Nolan), Sandrine Holt (Sandrine Malraux), Noah Danby (Detective Burgess) and Jessica Booker (Mary McGovern).

The following images are from "Diplopia" and "Sacrifice." Give them a click for full, larger images.


Marvel Knights imprint editor Stuart Moore told The Continuum that the Marvel Knights title is being canceled.

"The book is being temporarily replaced by an anthology title called Marvel Knights Double-Shot, featuring two stories per issue -- kind of in the old Strange Tales format," Moore told The Continuum.

"And then we'll probably relaunch it in some form."

The final issue will likely be Marvel Knights #15. This is the first title from the Marvel Knights imprint to be canceled.


Steve Pugh, recently artist of Generation X, will be one of two artists on Marvel Comics' mature readers Blade ongoing title.

"I'm scheduled to draw the second story arc starting the art work sometime around October," Pugh told The Continuum.

"Details are still in the air, but it's a great opportunity to be part of the new line, and work with some great guys too. Very, very cool."

The book will be written by Marc Andreyko. The first story arc will be drawn by Manuel Guitierrez.


CrossGen Comics has hired former DC Comics Editor Tony Bedard as its newest writer.

Bedard will begin work immediately on the upcoming title Negation and will soon assume the writing responsibilities on Mystic, taking over for Ron Marz, allowing Marz to concentrate on the upcoming title, The Path.

Bedard has worked in comics since he began as an intern at Valiant Comics in 1992. During his time at Valiant, Bedard moved up the editorial ladder, eventually rising to executive editor. At Valiant he wrote extended runs on Magnus Robot Fighter, Rai, and Psi-Lords as well as issues of Turok and Shadowman. After Valiant he continued writing freelance at Broadway Comics and Malibu Comics. He then took the position of senior editor at Crusade Entertainment and wrote Shi: The Series and Tomoe. Most recently, Bedard worked as an editor for DC Comics, working first on the JLA line and then moving to the Vertigo line.

"Working at CrossGen is an exciting challenge that I'm really looking forward to" Bedard said. "The opportunity to write full-time as well as utilize the editorial skills I've developed over the years to help chart the course for this company's future is a dream come true. There is something very special happening in Tampa and I'm ecstatic that I can be a part of it"

"Tony adds another great element to our writing team," said Barbara Kesel, CrossGen head writer. "He's an excellent storyteller whose skills as a writer have been underutilized up until this point. Plus, his editorial skills add another dimension that, as we grow, is becoming more and more crucial. That combination of resources made him our first choice to fill this position. Now that our staff writer needs are set for the next year, we'll be resuming the development of our Associate Writer program."


Comics artist Gordon Purcell won a vacation to Cancun last week on the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly television series.

Purcell was called at home by Regis Philbin and guest co-host Valerie Bertinelli for the show's trivia contest.

"I talked a little about drawing Star Trek and X-Files and Regis asked me about working so far away from New York," Purcell told The Continuum. "Plus I plugged my upcoming Kolchak: The Night Stalker comic from Moonstone coming this fall on national TV.

"And I made Valerie Bertinelli laugh -- to the envy of many men my age. Pretty good day here!"


Kids' WB! is adjusting its Monday-Thursday afternoon lineup beginning July 2, eliminating its Action Block and returning Batman Beyond.

The network will air Batman Beyond episodes at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Mondays-Thursday.

Upcoming episodes include "The Winning Edge" and "Joyride" on July 2; "Babel" and "A Touch of Curare" on July 3; "Ascension" and "Zeta" on July 4; "The Last Resort" and "Plague" on July 5; "Final Cut" and "The Winning Edge" on July 9; "Ace in the Hole" and "Armory" on July 10; "Out of the Past" and "Sneak Peek" on July 11; and "Rats" and "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot" on July 12.

Upcoming episodes of X-Men: Evolution include "Survival of the Fittest" on July 7 and "Spkyecam" on July 14.

Upcoming episodes of The Zeta Project include "Crime Waves" on July 7 and "The Accomplice" on July 14.


Tomb Raider #14 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Top Cow Productions and Image Comics. The issue is written Dan Jurgens, penciled by Andy Park, inked by Jonathan Sibal and colored by Jonathan D. Smith.

Here's how Image describes the issue:

"In part two of this action-packed story arc, Lara Croft is once again confronted with a foe from whom even she can't escape--death. In the past, the grim reaper has claimed her parents and fiancee. Trapped in the dark, dense jungle of Honduras, death's dark shadow looms anew. This time, she will not emerge unscathed."

Tomb Raider #14 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.50.



X-Force #117 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Peter Milligan, with art and cover by Mike Allred.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"New rivalries emerge as the X-Force gains some new members - each of whom is roaring to get their shot at 'The Big Time' and 'The Bad Guys.' Enter Vivisector, Saint Anna, Bloke, Phat and the enigmatic Orphan."

X-Force #117 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.



Tangled Web: The Thousand #3 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Garth Ennis, with art by John McCrea and James Hodgkins and a cover by Glenn Fabry.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The first story arc comes to a wild conclusion. The bizarre creature known as the Thousand has finally revealed his true face to Spidey - and now it's time for one of the most gruesome rumbles."

Tangled Web: The Thousand #3 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.



Ghost Rider: The Hammer Lane #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Devin Grayson, with art by Trent Kaniuga and Danny Miki and a cover by Kaniuga.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"A flaming skull. A cold metal chain. A revved-up Harley. It's been a long time since Johnny Blaze lived the life of the Ghost Rider. Now he's back, and roaring off on his most insane adventure yet. But this is a wilder, more uncontrollable Spirit of Vengeance than he's ever experienced. So if Johnny wants to live life in the fast lane, he might also end up splattered all over it as roadkill. 'I think my excitement over the character stems from my biker chick days,' said Grayson. 'I feel that he's one character who's got counterculture appeal more than pop culture appeal. So I want to give him back to these people. We need more rogues in the Marvel Universe. But he's also an everyman. He's recognizable and righteous, and people can relate to him. I find Ghost Rider tremendously appealing, and I hope other people will, too.'"

Ghost Rider: The Hammer Lane #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.



Ultimate Team-Up #5 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art and cover by Mike Allred.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Sent by a hostile power to steal Stark's advanced technology, the Mandroids appear to have succeeded - that is, unless our young web-spinner can save the day, But what chance does our flesh-and-blood hero have against an army of armored assassins? And why is Iron Man powerless against them?"

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #5 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.



Deadpool #55 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Buddy Scalera with art by Georges Jeanty and Jon Holdredge and a cover by Tim Bradstreet.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Deadpool and the Punisher - Round Two! Frank Castle killed Ma Gnucci, but will she get her final revenge? All Deadpool has to do is kill the Punisher and he gets the cash."

Deadpool #55 will be 32 page and will cost $2.25.



  • The Tomb Raider movie finished third at the box office last weekend with $20.2 million. The film has grossed $84.2 million in 10 days.

  • Helkon International Pictures and sister company Helkon SK have teamed with international partners Tri-Pictures and Eagle Pictures to purchase the property Gene Pool from comic creators Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. Wein and Wolfman are currently drafting the feature length screenplay.

    The property is described as a team of reluctant super-powered heroes who are thrown together for survival and mutual protection when they find themselves hunted and their normal existences in jeopardy.

  • CBS has announced its Saturday morning lineup for the 2001-2002 season, which will begin on Sept. 15.

    The network is again teaming with Nickelodeon, with four returning shows and two new half-hour series: Oswald and Bob the Builder. The lineup includes Oswald at 7, Dora the Explorer at 7:30, Blue's Clues at 8, Little Bill at 8:30, Franklin at 11 and Bob the Builder at 11:30. CBS News' The Saturday Early Show air froms 9-11.

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