Thursday, January 16, 2003
HULK MOVIE UPDATE
Marvel Enterprises provided The Continuum with a list of some of its licenses for the upcoming The Hulk movie.
"The Hulk is a summer movie event that will transcend beyond the theatre," said Russ Brown, executive vice president, consumer products, promotions & media sales. "That is why Marvel has aligned itself with partners that will extend the fantasy through a whole range of apparel-related products suited for youngest Hulk fan to the oldest admirer of this classic tale of conflict.
"The Hulk, as with all of Marvel's Super Heroes, lends itself particularly well to toy-related merchandise. What we look for from our licensees, is the development of products that truly extend the movie experience to the homefront. And we are confident that this toy line will do just that through a whole range of diverse merchandise."
Toy Biz, of course, is the master toy licensee, and has already released action figures as well as foam-padded Hulk Hands.
Other toy licenses include that will unveil products at Toy Fair include:
* Fotoball: footballs, basketballs, baseballs, etc.
* MGA Entertainment: handheld games, figural walkie talkies, table top pinball, etc.
* Pressman Toy Corporation: board games, puzzles, etc.
* Rand: bicycles, inflatables, toy fishing rods, etc.
* Sport Fun: skateboards, scooters, etc.
* Unique: party favors, kazoos, paddle ball sets, etc.
* US Playing Card: playing cards, stickers, etc.
There are more than 15 apparel licenses, including the following:
* Accessory Time: adult and kids watches, etc.
* Briefly Stated: boxers, men's loungewear, A-shirts, etc..
* Buster Brown Shoe Company: boys shoes.
* Children Apparel Network: kids' embellished tops, swimsuits, etc.
* Fruit of the Loom: kids'/toddlers' packaged underwear.
* Changes: T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc.
* NTD Apparel, Inc.: men's/boys' screen-printed tops, boys' screen-printed bottoms, etc.
* Wormser Company: boys' pajamas, boys;' nightshirts, blanket sleepers, etc.
* J.W.E. Silk, Inc.: girls'/juniors' sleepwear, ladies screen-printed sleepwear, etc.
* Berkshire Fashion: gloves, mittens, scarves, ponchos, etc.
* H3 SportGear: caps, knit hats, visors, etc.
In other Hulk news:
In its 2003 preview released to the media, Universal Pictures has included two images from The Hulk. The images show Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, apparently about to transform into the Hulk and eating dinner with Betty Ross, who is played by Jennifer Connelly.
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DARK HORSE COMICS FOR APRIL
Dark Horse Comics has released its solicitation information for April.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Adventures of Superman #612, Batman #611, JLA/The Spectre: Soul War #1, Sleeper #1, Supergirl #78, Wildcats Version 3.0 #6 and Y: The Last Man #7.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Amazing Spider-Man #49, Fantastic Four #65, Uncanny X-Men #418, Daredevil #42, Weapon X #5, Captain America #8 and Paradise X: Ragnarok #1.
DAREDEVIL MOVIE UPDATE
The image above shows Ben Affleck as Daredevil. To the left is Jennifer Garner as Elekta.
Click on the images for larger and fuller images.
Below are sheets provided in the press kit for Daredevil, the X-Men sequel and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
In other Daredevil news:
* Wal-Mart stores will be having in-store promotions beginning in early February where customers can take the "Daredevil challenge." The promotions tie in with products from Kraft and Nabisco.
* Look for more Daredevil movie news soon here in The Continuum.
STATIC SHOCK UPDATE
Kids' WB! will follow up the third-season premiere of Static Shock with a week of daily repeats.
The episodes will air at 3:30 p.m. each day.
Episodes include "Shock to the System," the series' premiere, on Monday, Jan. 27; "Power Play" on Tuesday, Jan. 28; "Brother-Sister Act" on Wednesday, Jan. 29; "Static Shaq," featuring the Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal, on Thursday, Jan. 30; and "The Big Leagues," guest-starring Batman and Robin, on Friday, Jan. 31.
A new episode, "Gear," will air on Saturday, Feb. 1.
In related news, David Chylstek, the director of "The Big Leagues," has been nominated for an Annie Award for his work on the episode.
MARVEL UPGRADES ULTIMATE TITLES COVERS
In what it calls a "response to the many requests of comic book retailers and Marvel readers," Marvel Comics announced that beginning with titles on sale Feb. 5, the covers to all the Ultimate titles will be upgraded to a new, thicker paper stock, while maintaining their new high-gloss finish.
The first Ultimate title featuring the new cover stock will be Ultimate Spider-Man #36, the latest chapter of the Ultimate Venom story arc.
"Thanks to our retail partners we learned of, and then confirmed that we had a problem and found a way to resolve it," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada.
"Although the new cover stock on the Ultimate titles was actually
the same stock used on the entire Marvel Universe line, the high-gloss film
laminate gave the illusion of it being thinner, because the added weight of
the laminate forced the corners to flop. We're confident that the upgrade in
paper stock will be the perfect solution."
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