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Saturday, December 13, 2003


Firestorm will appear next season on Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series, The Continuum has learned.

According to various sources, Firestorm will be one of numerous DC heroes appearing in Season 3. Others include Captain Atom, Atom, Black Canary and Green Arrow.

A representative of the Cartoon Network earlier this week could not confirm any of the guest stars or a possible name change to Justice League Unlimited for the third season. It's likely Warner Bros. Animation will not officially release information about the show for several weeks.

In other Justice League news, the Christmas-themed "Comfort and Joy" episode will air on Cartoon Network Saturday at 10 p.m. (ET), followed by the "Holiday Knights" episode of Batman: The Animated Series.

Paul Dini, who wrote both shows, recently previewed "Comfort and Joy" at Wizard World Texas. To read what he had to say, CLICK HERE.


Soon after their debut, both of the first two issues of Rob Zombie's Spook Show International have sold out from Diamond Comics Distributor.

"The demand for Spook Show International is beyond anything we could have anticipated," said MVCreations' Val Staples. "The combination of Rob Zombie's pulp horror story flare and unique, eye-catching art from super talented artists like Kieron Dwyer and Gene Colan has made for a book that is intriguing to fans of all comic genres."

A second printing of the first issue is already available for retailers. Featuring a new cover from Kieron Dwyer, MVCreations indicated that it won't be long before the second printing is gone as well.

"My goal with Spook Show was to create a monster comic that captures the spirit of the goofy 60s style horror I grew up with, like in The Munsters or The Addams Family, mixed with classic style horror from comic magazines such as Creepy and Eerie," Zombie said. "I want the readers of Spook Show to feel like they've joined a secret monster club. And so far the feedback I've received suggests that they do. The fans are now referring to themselves as Spook-Heads."

A second printing of the second issue is already underway, featuring a new cover from EJ Su (Voltron, Cloudfall, Tech Jacket).

"Spook Show has been a great success in achieving one of our biggest publishing goals: reaching non-traditional comic fans," Staples said. "Interest from specialty markets and online orders alone has been incredible, and reorders for direct market sales are strong and steady. Rob has been an amazing hands-on creator. He has been very vocal about his project and stops at nothing to help create awareness of Spook Show International."

Spook Show International has been featured in Rolling Stone, Kerrang, Wizard and countless other publications. Art from the comic has also been featured on programs like The Tom Green Show.

Part of Spook Show's success has been Rob's knack for blending various styles of entertainment into one cohesive story. Horror may be the main classification for Spook Show, but it encompasses Action/Adventure, Comedy, and Science Fiction. The book takes elements from classic horror, sci-fi, and even secret agent films of yesteryear and puts them into a new and engaging format.

"Spook Show is really beginning to hit its stride," Zombie said. "By our fourth issue I've really been able to focus on the breakout characters like El Superbeasto and Suzi X. The response to these characters has been overwhelming, so expect some amazing things in the issues to come."

Spook Show has been expanded to a regular monthly series. "We wish all projects had the energy and flow of Spook Show," Staples said. "We look forward to publishing Rob's ideas as a regular series and hope the comic will continue to reach new readers and fans."

But Spook Show doesn't stop at the comic. Plans are in the works for a Spook Show International related album that ties directly to the elements of the comic. The world currently being developed inside the pages of Spook Show International will transcend to Rob's own creative music stylings. Rob Zombie and MVCreations have high hopes for exposing Spook Show to a wider audience, allowing for more fans to enjoy Rob's ideas in a comic where Rob continually ups the entertainment ante with every issue.

"As a result of the growing Spook Show cult following, I've decided to begin releasing a series of CDs under the Spook Show International banner," Zombie said. "These albums will feature monster style Halloween rock in the vein of the comic book. The fictitious bands mentioned in the comic will become a reality such as Bobbie Wolfgang and his Moloko boys and the Coffin Breaker Six. This project will definite bring our Spook Show Cult to a new level."

Spook Show International will become a regular series with #6, and offers an incentive cover from painter Dan Brereton to commemorate the expansion of the series.


A standard edition of Blade II will be released on DVD on Feb. 3 from Warner Home Video.

Unlike the first release -- which was a two-disk set -- this version will just have one. The packaging is also different, with a tighter image of Blade.

The standard edition will have a suggested retail price of $19.97.

Blade II, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Wesley Snipes as the Marvel Comics vampire hunter, brought in $86.8 million at the box office.

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Rick Friedberg director of Spy Hard has optioned the a screenplay by Stefan Petrucha based on his original comic book Lance Barnes: Post Nuke Dick for an advance against a potential six figures.

Friedberg, a TV commercial and music video director, also directed a series of satirical golf videos starring Leslie Nielsen and the "Wish Bank" episode of the revived Twilight Zone series.

Matt Frewer, whose credits incolude Max Headroom, Stephen Spielberg's Taken and Generation X, is attached to star as Lance, and Scott Billups is attached as Visual Effects Supervisor.

Lance Barnes: Post Nuke Dick was a four-issue mini-series from Marvel's original Epic Line that chronicled the adventures of the guilt-ridden detective and his one-legged secretary, Peg, in the mutant-laden and funny remnants of a near-dead mankind. Art was by Barry Crain.

Moonstone Books plans to re-release the original series as a trade paperback in 2004, with an all-new painted cover by Joel Naprstek and an all-new text adventure by Petrucha.

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Tim Bruckner, sculptor for DC Direct, has extended his exclusive agreement with DC Comics for one year. Bruckner is currently working on a new Wonder Woman Statue based on designs by Adam Hughes.

"DC Direct is really hitting its stride," Bruckner said. "There's a sense of discovery, of challenge, of trying to do new things in new ways and generate excitement.

"I wouldn't even consider upping again if it weren't for Georg Brewer. He has an unerring eye, the patience of a saint and the diplomatic skills of a Disraeli. It makes what I do easier and better. That's a primary motivation for me, to know that relationship continues, with the help of Ed Bolkus and Shawn Knapp."

"Tim is an integral part to the success of our line," said Brewer, DC's VP -- Design & Retail Product Development. "His efforts on The Kingdom Come and Batman: Hush action figures helped bring the talents of Alex Ross and Jim Lee to sculptural life. Tim is a versatile talent, equally at home with statues or action figures, and we're going to throw some new challenges his way in the coming year."

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  • Fox will broadcast the first X-Men movie, released theatrically in 2000, on Monday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

  • CrossGen Entertainment on Friday released a preview image from Abadazad, the new fantasy series by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • Word on a possible fifth season of X-Men: Evolution probably won't come until after the holidays.

  • According to writer Peter David, Dreamwave's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will end with #7.

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


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

    * For Monday, Dec. 8, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 6, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 5, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Tuesday, Dec. 2, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 1, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 29, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Thursday, Nov. 27, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 25, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Nov. 23, including Hellboy movie news from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 22, including the DC Comics and Devil's Due panels at Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Nov. 21, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Nov. 20, including Image Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 19, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Monday, Nov. 17, including Astro Boy news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 15, including Wonder Woman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Nov. 14, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Nov. 13, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

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