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Thursday, October 16, 2003

DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Avengers/JLA #2, Batman #620, Wonder Woman #197, Birds of Prey #60, Outsiders #5, Planetary #7 and The Losers #5.



MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Uncanny X-Men #432, Amazing Spider-Man #500, Fantastic Four #505, Hawkeye #1, Emma Frost #4, X-Statix #13, The Punisher #34 and Captain America #19.



IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include WildGuard: Casting Call #2, Spawn #129, G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers #4 and Case Files Sam and Twitch #4.

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PUNISHER MOVIE UPDATE

Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Punisher movie, said that from the outset the intent was to make an R-rated film.

"Obviously, we aren't in a position to rate the film. But in terms of the intensity and in terms of the action and all of that, the intent was certainly not to make the G, PG or PG-13 version," Hurd said Sunday in Tampa, Fla., during The Continuum's visit to the set.

"That's certainly quite a distinction fron the Hulk and Spider-Man and the characters by rights that belong into a PG or PG-13 world. The Punisher doesn't."

Marvel's Ari Arad, a co-producer and son of Avi Arad, agreed.

"He's never been aimed towards younger kids," Arad said of The Punisher. "I think he was someone most people discovered later. We never wanted to try it as PG-13. It's going to be The Punisher. It's going to be intense.

"We never wanted to water it down for a younger audience."

Hurd pointed out Marvel's had "a pretty terrific history" with Blade, an R-rated franchise currently in production on its second sequel.

Although there will be a video game from THQ based on the film, the extent of merchandise won't be nearly as wide as other Marvel properties.

"The merchandise, the toys and all of that, are limited because they can only be collectibles for adult audience," Hurd said. "I think Marvel deserves a lot of credit for not pandering.

"It was never a discussion... It was to do the right thing. It was not do what makes more financial sense but isn't true to the character or the audience for the character."

In other Punisher movie news:

* To the right is a phony $100 bill that was among the hundreds used in filming on Sunday in Tampa in a scene where The Punisher forces Howard Saint's men to throw money out the penthouse window. The bill has the texture and look of genuine money, but is clearly marked as being used for a movie. Click on the thumbnail for a larger look.

* Hurd said that a composer for the film's score has yet to be determined.

* Look for more news from The Continuum's visit to The Punisher set here on Friday.

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THE SIMPSONS SEASON PREMIERE

Fox has released two images from "Treehouse of Horror XIV," the annual Halloween episode of The Simpsons that is scheduled to air on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Comedian Jerry Lewis lends his voice to Professor Frink, Sr. Jennifer Garner, star of ABC's Alias and Elektra in the Daredevil movie, guest-stars as herself.

Oscar De La Hoya also guest stars as himself in the episode.

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NEW MUTANT X EPISODE

"The Breed," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Michelle Lovretta and directed by Jorge Montesi.

For photos and a complete plot synposis, with spoilers, CLICK HERE.

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ALAN DAVIS EXCLUSIVE TO MARVEL

Veteran comics creator Alan Davis has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel Comics. His first Marvel project under the agreement will debut in the spring.

"I have been lucky enough to work on many of Marvel's greatest characters over the years and I am really looking forward to returning," Davis said. "Not in any nostalgic sense, this is about exploring new possibilities."

Davis' next project will JLA: Another Nail for DC.

"I have always produced comics that are aimed at an audience of any age that is willing to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the fantasy," Davis said. "Fun, exciting, action-packed comics with the kind of stories and characters I discovered as a young kid. The same books that held my interest through my teens, inspired my first attempts at drawing and writing, and the reason I'm still hooked after twenty years at the drawing board."

"There are certain creators whose very presence add a touch of class and professionalism to everything they do and the companies they work for; Alan Davis leads the pack in this category," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. "Since my days as a reader I've been a fan of this legendary artist's work and I'm thrilled that he's decided to make Marvel his home for the next three years. I think fans will be delighted when they hear what Alan's new project will be (I know I am) but that's an announcement for another day."

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BRIEFLY

  • CBS has released an image of Catwoman star Halle Berry during her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week. Berry's Catwoman co-star, Sharon Stone, will be a guest on the show on Monday, and Constantine star Keanu Reeves will be a guest on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

  • Fantagraphics Books has announced what it calls the "most ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip" with the complete reprinting of Charles M. Schultz's Peanuts. The strip will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety and published, beginning in April.

    Fantagraphics will launch The Complete Peanuts in a series designed by the cartoonist Seth and produced in full cooperation with United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Schulz's widow, Jean Schulz.

    Said Fantagraphics Books co-publisher Gary Groth: "Peanuts is a towering achievement in the history of comics. I canŐt think of a better way to honor SchulzŐs artistic legacy than to make his oeuvre available to the public in a beautifully designed format that reflects the integrity of the work itself."

  • Alternative Comics has announced that it will release cartoonist Allison Cole's Never Ending Summer graphic novel in February. The story is an autobiographical account that follows a group of friends through a summer filled with uncertainty and confusion. The 96-page book will cost $11.95.

  • Coming Thursday: TV news -- and much more!!!



    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Thursday, Oct. 9, including Avengers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 8, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 7, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 6, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 4, including Star Wars news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 2, including Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 1, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 30, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 27, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 26, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 25, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 24, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 23, including Angel news and images, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 20, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 19, including details on the Mutant X season premiere, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 18, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 15, including an Underworld interview, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 13, including Platinum Studios' deal with Disney, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 9, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.


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