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Wednesday, July 2, 2003


James Marsters, who plays Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, is providing a guest-voice in MTV's Spider-Man animated series.

Marsters plays Sergei, the leader of Pterodax, a group of villains. Sergei is joined by Boris and Aleksei.

Other voices of villains created for the series include Eve as Cheyenne/The Talon, Harold Parino as Turbo Jet, Tara Strong as Christina, David DeLuise as Jack and Mack, Gina Gershon as Shikata, Kathy Griffin and Jeremy Pive as the twins Roxanne and Roland Gaines and Stan Lee as Frank Elson.

Other guest voices include Ed Asner as Officer Barr, MTV personality SuChin Pak as Empire 1 newscaster Alison Tomita and Keith David as FBI Agent Mosley. Asner did the voice of J. Jonah Jameson in Fox Kids' Spider-Man, and David was the voice of Spawn in HBO's Spawn animated series.

In other Spider-Man news:

* MTV has released a preview tape of the series to the press. It is of "Sword of Shikata," the second episode to be shown on Spider-Man's premiere night, Friday, July 11.

The episode guest-stars Gershon as Shikata, a warrior with a deep sense of honor who is out to kill Spider-Man.

* Look for more on Spider-Man and "Sword of Shikata" on Thursday here in The Continuum.


Cartoon Network has released its programming schedule for August, which includes descriptions of four new episodes of Teen Titans.

Here's a rundown of the Teen Titans episodes (all airing at 9 p.m.):

Saturday, August 2: "Divide and Conquer"- Cyborg quits the Teen Titans after getting into an argument with Robin, and allowing Cinderblock to escape. Cinderblock returns to his mysterious boss Slade with his prize: a sleeping inmate who becomes the monstrous Plasmus whenever he is awakened. Can the Teen Titans handle the Plasmus without Cyborg on their side?

Saturday, August 16: "Forces of Nature"- Dark clouds blow in, bringing Thunder and Lightning, two stormy brothers looking for a good time. Unfortunately their idea of fun is wrecking everything in sight. Meanwhile after one of Beast Boy's practical jokes misfires, Beast Boy learns his lesson. Can Beast Boy teach Thunder and Lightning his lesson before Slade harnesses the brothers' power to unleash a monster?

Saturday, August 23: "Sum of His Parts"- Cyborg is reminded he's not completely human, when his power cell dies during a wild junkyard battle with the Amazing Mumbo. The Titans fear Mumbo has taken their friend, and search the city for Cyborg. But Fixit, a cybernetic hermit who finds and repairs broken things, finds Cyborg. When repairs are complete, will Cyborg be human at all?

Saturday, August 30: "Nevermore"- Raven's creepy tantrum of crackling black energy leaves Dr. Light begging for mercy, and the Titans see a new side of Raven- her temper. But, when Cyborg and Beast Boy find a Mysterious Mirror in Raven's room, they're suddenly transported to a strange nightmare world that's somehow connected to Raven. Will Raven be able to guide the boys home, or will her "personal issues" destroy them all?

Following is a rundown of Cartoon Network's other Marvel and DC shows:

X-MEN: EVOLUTION (All airings at 10:30 p.m.)

"Survival of the Fittest" on Monday, Aug. 4; "Shadowed Past" on Tuesday, Aug. 5; "Grim Reminder" on Wednesday, Aug. 6; "The Cauldron, Pt. 1" on Thursday, Aug. 7; "The Cauldron, Pt. 2" on Sunday, Aug. 10.

"Growing Pains" on Monday, Aug. 11; "Power Surge" on Tuesday, Aug. 12; "Badda Bing, Badda Boom" on Wednesday, Aug. 13; "Fun and Games" on Thursday, Aug. 14; "Shadowed Past" on Saturday, Aug. 16; "The Beast of Bayville" on Sunday, Aug. 17.

"Adrift" on Monday, Aug. 18; "On Angel's Wings" on Tuesday, Aug. 19; "African Storm" on Wednesday, Aug. 20; "Joyride" on Thursday, Aug. 21; "Grim Reminder" on Saturday, Aug. 23; "Walk on the Wildside" on Sunday, Aug. 24.

"Operation Rebirth" on Monday, Aug. 25; "Mindbender" on Tuesday, Aug. 26; "Shadow Dance" on Wednesday, Aug. 27; "Retreat" on Thursday, Aug. 28; "The Cauldron, Pt. 1" on Saturday, Aug. 30; "The Cauldron, Pt. 2" on Sunday, Aug. 31.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (All airings at 5 p.m.)

"War World, Pt. 1" on Monday, Aug. 4; "War World, Pt. 2" on Tuesday, Aug. 5; "The Brave and the Bold, Pt. 1" on Wednesday, Aug. 6; "The Brave and the Bold, Pt. 2" on Thursday, Aug. 7; "Fury, Pt. 1" on Friday, Aug. 8.

"Fury, Pt. 2" on Monday, Aug. 11; "Legends, Pt 1" on Tuesday, Aug. 12; "Legends, Pt. 2: on Wednesday, Aug. 13; "A Knight of Shadows, Pt. 1" on Thursday, Aug. 14; "A Knight of Shadows, Pt. 2" on Friday, Aug. 15.

"Metamorphosis, Pt. 1" on Monday, Aug. 18; "Metamorphosis, Pt. 2" on Tuesday, Aug. 19; "The Savage Time, Pt. 1" on Wednesday, Aug. 20; "The Savage Time, Pt. 2" on Thursday, Aug. 21; "The Savage Time, Pt. 3" on Friday, Aug .22.

"Twilight, Pt. 1" on Monday, Aug. 25; "Twilight, Pt. 2" on Tuesday, Aug. 26; "The Savage Time, Pt. 1" on Wednesday, Aug. 27; "The Savage Time, Pt. 2 on Thursday, Aug. 28; and "The Savage Time, Pt. 3" on Friday, Aug. 29.

BATMAN (All airings at 1 a.m.)

"The Cult of the Cat" on Sunday, Aug. 17; "Animal Act" on Sunday, Aug. 24; "Old Wounds" on Sunday, Aug. 31.

SUPERMAN (All airings at 1:30 a.m.)

"Double Dose" on Sunday, Aug. 17; "Solar Power" on Sunday, Aug. 24; "Brave New Metropolis" on Sunday, Aug. 31.


CrossGen Entertainment on Wednesday announced switches of its colorists on several titles.

Starting with the issue #21 in August, Laura Martin will move to Negation. Martin's handpicked successor on Ruse will be Frank D'Armata, who is fresh off Crux.

Nick Bell will veer off Route 666 to help launch September's all-new pirate series El Cazador. Finally, to bring the movements full circle, James Rochelle will move from Negation to Bell's spot on Route 666.

"Ruse is tough to let go," Martin said. "The creative team was one of the best and coolest group of guys I've ever had the privilege of working with. But there comes a point when a colorist needs a change, to embrace something completely different.

"From Victorian pastels to Negation-Space psychedelics-that's about as drastic a change as I can get. I've been a big fan of the book since the Prequel, so I'm itching to dust off the Sci-Fi section of my paint box and dive in. James Rochelle set up a heck of a precedent, though--it's a little intimidating!

"But who would I trust to take care of Simon and Emma? I chose Frank D'Armata. Frank's one of the most diverse, talented, and underrated colorists at CrossGen, and he's earned his shot at a book that I love. I can't wait to see Frank bring his unique, velvety richness to the world of Partington."

"Every creative person is different," said CrossGen Art Director Bart Sears. "Some like to grab a particular book, and run with it for years--the material never gets old to them, and they keep finding ways to keep their art fresh and exciting. Others yearn for a new challenge--after working on one project for a couple of years, they feel they have done everything they can with the work, and feel like their creative progress has come to a standstill...they need a change.

"We try to work with every creator here, not only to keep the individual as happy as possible, but also to keep his or her creativity at the highest possible level. Every artist at CrossGen has improved since they started here, and--amazingly, at least to me--month after month, issue after issue, they just keep getting better."


DC Comics has announced the promotions of editors Peter Tomasi and Shelly Bond.

Tomasi, editor of DC Universe titles including JSA, Hawkman, Aquaman, JSA: All-Stars, H-E-R-O and Dr. Fate, has been promoted to Senior Editor. Bond, editor of Vertigo titles including Fables, 100%, American Century, Death: At Death's Door, Barnum, and Lucifer, and co-editor of The Sandman: Endless Nights, has been named Group Editor - Vertigo.

"Along with editing such revitalized projects as JSA, Aquaman and Hawkman, Peter has also made it his priority to work with a number of noted non-comics authors on upcoming projects," said Dan DiDio, VP - Editorial. "He's also busily developing a number of large-scale projects for next year."

"This is very exciting," Tomasi said. "I'm looking forward to helping guide the monthly JSA series to new heights as one of the tentpoles of the DC Universe, along with core heroes like Hawkman and Aquaman and the upcoming monthly Firestorm series."

Tomasi joined DC Comics in 1993 as an assistant editor. Since that time, he has been an instrumental part of such series as Kingdom Come, Hitman, Spectre, and many others. Before coming to DC, Tomasi worked in film and video production.

Bond first came to DC as an Assistant Editor in 1993, just as the Vertigo line was being launched. Before arriving at DC, she was an editor at Comico: The Comic Company, a video/film editor, and a talent agent. Some of her notable projects at Vertigo have included The Invisibles, House Of Secrets, Deadenders, Terminal City, Scene Of The Crime, Heavy Liquid, Grip, Vertigo Pop!: Tokyo and Bangkok, as well as The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad and Proposition Player.

"Shelly has brought her pop culture sensibility, keen eye for talent, and shrewd editorial style to many books over the years," said Karen Berger, VP - Executive Editor, Vertigo. "She brought Bill Willingham back to DC, and, as co-editor on Endless Nights, landed European superstar artists Milo Manara and Miguelanxo Prado for this prestigious project."

"I'm really lucky to have been a part of the Vertigo imprint since its inception," Bond said. "I look forward to keeping the marketplace loaded with more groundbreaking Vertigo comic books and graphic novels."


  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Director Charles Brownstein announced that the CBLDF Board of Directors has selected Chuck Rozanski to be the 2003 Defender of Liberty. Rozanski joins past winners Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, George Perez and Brian Pulido as recipients of the Fund's highest honor.

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