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Friday, December 12, 2003


Dark Horse Comics has released its solicitation information for March.

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Kirsten Dunst, who is returning as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 2, said she is encouraged by the sequel.

"It's going to be cool, I think," Dunst said on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday. "The movie looks a lot better. You get more into the characters now."

Dunst talked about the Peter-Mary Jane dynamic in the sequel.

"He's staying pretty childish, and my character's grown up a lot, and taking more of stance with him because he's never there for her," Dunst said.

Asked by Letterman if Mary Jane and Peter progress romantically, Dunst said, "Now, I'm fed up with him, and he's never there for me. And I'm moving on, and I'm getting married basically. I'm getting married to an astronaut in this one."

In other Spider-Man movie news, Columbia Pictures and Marvel announced that the first trailer for the film will premiere online, exclusively at Yahoo!, streaming to fans around the world beginning on Monday at 12:01 a.m. EST.

Visitors to the Yahoo! front page will be able to click on the Spider-Man banner and for the trailer. experience a top-quality stream of the film's teaser trailer.

The trailer is set for prominent placement globally on the front pages of international Yahoo! properties in 13 countries including United States of America, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

"This will be the first wave of our global launch for one of the most anticipated films of 2004," said Geoffrey Ammer, President, Worldwide Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. "The worldwide demand for images and materials from Spider-Man 2 is nearly insatiable and, given that such a large segment of the opening weekend audience for the first film was influenced by our interactive campaign, what better way to reward that loyalty than by sharing these exclusive images with fans around the world on the Internet. Thanks to our solid relationship with the people at Yahoo!, we are taking full advantage of our capability to host this global premiere for the enjoyment of our fans worldwide."

"We are pleased to leverage the global reach of Yahoo! For the worldwide phenomenon of Spider-Man," said Jim Moloshok, Yahoo! Senior Vice President, Media, Entertainment, Information & Finance. "Yahoo's audience around the world is made up of the same entertainment consumers who stand in line for a movie on opening weekend, and the Yahoo! network is the ideal place to give the fans their first peek at Spider-Man's newest adventures."

Following its online premiere, the new trailer will segue into U.S. theaters on Wednesday where the studio is targeting such films as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.


Duel Masters #4 from Dreamwave Productions will contain an exclusive card, which will be playable in the North American Duel Masters Trading Card Game from Wizards of the Coast. The comic will be released in February, and the TCG is to be released in March.

"Not only is this card going to be a super collectible it also means a lot to us and we are very excited to show one of the first North American playable Duel Masters card even before the actual TCG is launched," said Roger Lee, vice president of Dreamwave.

The first issue of Duel Masters, which sold out in less than one week, featured a sneak peek card insert of an extremely collectible Japanese trading card.

Plans are underway for Duel Masters action figures from Hasbro and a Duel Masters Gameboy game from Atari. In addition, Wizards will launch an online Duel Masters club on, and more details about the Duel Masters TV series will be announced shortly.


Astonish Comics has announced a new story arc in the continuing adventures of Herobear and the kid.

When the first chapter wrapped up, secrets revealed in the life of the young hero Tyler and his magical toy, Herobear. Now Mike Kunkel's two-time Eisner Award winning comic book returns with a new story offering even more surprises and adventure.

Herobear and the kid: Saving Time #1 ($3.50, 48 pages, black and white with spot color) is the first issue in a new three-issue story that features Tyler attempting to protect his butler, Henry, from the mysterious and maniacal Von Klon and his collection of strange toys. Being a normal kid is hard enough -- worrying about the annoying Bullio Brothers, dealing with substitute teachers who give you detention, being nervous around the beautiful Vanessa -- but now Tyler has to save his trusted butler on top of everything else. Good thing Tyler has the best friend in the world, Herobear.

"I have been extremely anxious," Kunkel said, "to move forward on Herobear and the kid's next chapter. I have some very fun surprises in store for Tyler's world that I hope the fans will like. I also think fans will like the special 'in-between book' with some extra secrets and scribbles."

The "in-between book" will feature an extra six pages that tell the story of what happens "in-between" two of the pages of the regular story, plus an additional four pages of artwork (a total of 10 extra pages). This special companion book to Herobear and the kid: Saving Time #1 will be available on a limited basis; specialty retailers who place an order of 25 or more copies of the first issue will receive the "in-between book" free.

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Mega Man #4 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Dreamwave Productions. The issue is written by Brian Augustyn, with pencis by Patrick Spaziante and colors by Anthony Washington.

Here's how Dreamwave describes the issue:

"This issue features the secret master villain who has menaced Mega Man, Dr. Light, and the entire population of great Mega City all along is finally unmasked! But once revealed, the desperate archenemy will mount an attack of unprecedented scope and immense destruction. With his inventor and father-figure among the missing, Mega Man has to fight alone to save the day. Can the brave Blue Bomber rescue a captive Dr. Light from a rampaging giant intent on flattening everything in its path?"

Mega Man #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.


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  • New England Comics in April will release WW2: Tobruk #1, written and drawn by Rod Lewell. The book will cost $3.95.

  • Saturday's episode of Teen Titans on Kids' WB! ranked among the top 10 broadcast and cable programs in Tweens 9-14 (3.8 rating/24 share) and Male Tweens 9-14 (5.9/32), and ranked among the top seven broadcast programs in Kids 2-11 (2.5/13), Kids 6-11 (3.4/18), Boys 2-11 (3.7/18) and Boys 6-11 (5.3/26).

  • Continuing its relationship with the ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots) Fund, Dynamic Forces has announced a fund-raising bust premiere of Morbius. Standing just under 9 inches tall, close to 10 inches front to back and 8 inches side-to-side, the bust was designed by Chris Lauria and sculpted and painted by Joy and Tom Snyder. It will cost $89.99.

  • Cartoon Network has adjusted its lineups for January. X-Men: Evoluton will air Monday-Thursday at 9:30 p.m., and Justice League will air those days at 10 p.m.

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


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