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Thursday, November 14, 2002

NEW THOR ARTISTS

Marvel Comics on Wednesday announced that brothers Ben Lai and Ray Lai are the new artists of Thor.

The brothers, whose art was last seen in Radix, will split the art duties, with Ben providing pencils and Ray inks. Their first issue will be Thor #61, on sale on March 5.

"They've got a nice, detail-oriented style, and their storytelling is strong and sharp," Thor editor Tom Brevoort said. "When I looked at their version of Colossus in Ultimate X-Men #26, I saw that they excel at depicting massive, powerful characters -- which Thor is certainly packed with!"

Dan Jurgens continues as writer.

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include New X-Men #134, Ultimate Spider-Man #31, Amazing Spider-Man #47, Weapon X #3, Incredible Hulk #47, Daredevil #39, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #50, Truth #1 and Spider-Man: Get Kraven #5.

DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include JLA/JSA Secret Files & Origins #1, Superman: Day of Doom #2, Superman The Man of Steel #132, The Filth #6, Y - The Last Man #5, Lucifer #32 and Forever Maelstrom #1.

DAREDEVIL MOVIE UPDATE

Joe Pantoliano, who plays Ben Urich in Daredevil, said that playing bad guys is more fun.

"I just did Daredevil with Ben Affleck and I play a New York Post reporter, an investigative reporter," Pantoliano said during an appearance on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. "And I always show up after Colin Farrell (Bullseye) has all the fun.

"So it really is much more interesting to play the bad guys."

Pantoliano, who played Ralphie on HBO's The Sopranos, said he had a few previous roles as good guys, "But they're so boring."

X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE

X-Men: Evolution Boyd Kirkland provided The Continuum with an update on the show's production.

"We are putting the finishing touches on this week's episode, 'Self-Possessed,' and it looks awesome!" Kirkland told The Continuum. "Show # 39, 'Under Lock & Key,' also looks great, and is still being edited, as is #40, 'Cruise Control,' also a very fine-looking show.

"All of these are good stories, ranging from very dark and dramatic to lighter and fun, with interesting plot and character developments. Fans have some great stuff to look forward to!"

Kids' WB! on Wednesday announced pick-ups for new seasons of What's New Scooby Doo?, Ozzy & Drix, íMucha Lucha!, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. The network has yet to announce a fourth season for X-Men: Evolution.

Look for more news on X-Men: Evolution soon here in The Continuum.

FIRST LOOK: VAMPIRELLA #14

Vampirella #14 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Harris Comics. The issue is written by Ben Raab and illustrated by Manuel Garcia and Jimmy Palmiotti, with covers by Garcia and John McCrea.

Here's how Harris describes the issue:

"Concluding the monumental events in "The Wilding Sanction." Komodo shows his true colors and Vampirella take a hit. Tied up beyond ability, it takes a step into the hellish teaming with a disembodied murdered to get Vampirella back on the fighting side. The loss, though, may be too much to bear."

Vampirella #14 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

GIVE'EM A CLICK

BRIEFLY

  • Next week's JLA/JSA Secret Files & Origins #1 features sample artwork from George Perez from JLA/Avengers. The crossover remains unscheduled, but writer Kurt Busiek on Wednesday told The Continuum it's "coming along just fine, so far."

  • Fox has released another promotional image from "Large Marge," the Sunday, Nov. 24 episode of The Simpsonns.

  • "Ryan," Tuesday's episode of Smallville, ranked No. 1 for the hour in persons 12-34 (4.8 rating/13 share), females 12-34 (5.1/15) and female teens (5.4/19), and also was No. 1 for the night among teens 12-17 (5.4/18), and male teens (5.3/16). Smallville posted substantial gains over the equivalent night a year ago, building 33 percent in persons 12-34, 32 percent in adults 18-34 and 31 percent in adults 18-49. Smallville had 7.4 million total viewers, up 24 percent from last year.

  • Coming Friday: Spider-Man news - and much more!!!


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