Friday, February 6, 2004
X-MEN: EVOLUTION DVD
X-Men: Evolution -- Powers Revealed, the sixth volume in the DVD series based on the animated series, will be released by Warner Home Video on Tuesday.
The DVD will feature four episodes from the second season of the show, which ran four seasons on Kids' WB! and is currently airing on Cartoon Network.
"The Evolution series was originally created to adapt our X-Men characters for a younger demographic, but due to the great storylines and engaging characters that appear in each episode, we have found a much wider fan base," said Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige. "These X-Men tales are sure to please even the most ardent X-Men fans."
Episodes on the DVD include:
"The Beast of Bayville" In an attempt to quell his growing animal instincts, Bayville High teacher Hank McCoy tests a serum on himself, and unleashes the beast within.
"Adrift" During Scott's visit to Hawaii, he manages to rescue his brother Alex, who has been pulled out to sea on his surfboard during a terrible storm.
"On Angel's Wings" A new mutant named Angel, with designs to become a guardian angel for all those in need, appears in New York during the Christmas holiday. Although his intentions are honorable, his actions bring unwanted attention.
"African Storm" Just as Evan's slacker attitude prompts the decision to send him back to his parents, Storm's state of mind is questioned when she hallucinates that ghostly shadows are haunting her. Or perhaps she's not hallucinating...
DVD features include Stan Lee: The Original X-Man, Inside Xavier's Institute hosted by Wolverine, Character Bios and X-Men: Evolution trailer.
Click on the thumbnails above for menu shots from the DVD.
IMAGE, CROSSGEN FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four- and six-page previews of titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Witchblade #73, Street Fighter #5 and Route 666 #20.
MARVEL, ELECTRONIC ARTS TEAM UP
Electronic Arts and Marvel Enterprises announced on Friday that they have entered into an agreement, whereby EA will develop a new generation of fighting video games pitting super heroes from the Marvel Universe against a new, original set of EA heroes.
Under the multi-year agreement, EA has been granted a license to develop and distribute fighting games featuring the Marvel Super Heroes. Additionally, EA has granted Marvel the exclusive rights as worldwide licensing agent for all consumer products and media licensing for the new EA heroes. Marvel will publish new comic books introducing the EA characters. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for EA to create new characters for fighting games that can be exploited through our global merchandise licensing machine to fuel sales in many other product categories," said Allen Lipson, President and CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
"It's a unique opportunity, partnering with Marvel to bring their renowned Super Heroes into original videogame environments, as well as providing us an opportunity to create new heroes that will live in games, comic books and other licensing or media opportunities that Marvel presents," said John Riccitiello, President and COO for Electronic Arts.
"Fans of both traditional Marvel comics as well as video games have a lot to be excited about as they will be able to fight it out between established Marvel Super Heroes and EA's new heroes in original scenarios."
THE SIMPSONS UPDATE
Fox has released two promotional images from an upcoming episode of The Simpsons featuring Simon Cowell from American Idol.
The episode is titled "Smart & Smarter" and is scheduledto air on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"American Idol host Simon Cowell is sure to steam up Springfield when he parodies himself as a tough school admissions committee member who grills Maggie."
Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images and look for more Simpsons news on Saturday here in The Continuum.
DARK HORSE TO BUY STUDIO PROTEUS
Dark Horse Comics has announced it will purchase manga publishing and production house Studio Proteus under a pending agreement.
Dark Horse has worked with Studio Proteus co-publishing manga since the publication of Dark Horse's Outlanders in 1988, and together they have produced nearly 60,000 pages of material. The acquisition will also include all Studio Proteus manga previously published with Eclipse and Innovation. Studio Proteusą Toren Smith will retain the company's name.
"We have had a fantastic run with Toren Smith and Studio Proteus," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse President. "With the assistance of Studio Proteus we have presented some of the finest manga properties ever produced, including Lone Wolf and Cub, Akira, Oh My Goddess, Blade of the Immortal, and Ghost in the Shell, among others. We look forward to Toren's assistance on future manga projects."
"Manga sales have exploded over the last five years," Smith said. "We've seen 20 percent and 30 percent growth each year. Frankly, the manga marketplace has gotten too big for a little guy like me to handle. I felt it was best that the business end of things transfer over to a company with the resources and experience to deal with this large and challenging new market."
Smith will not be leaving manga behind. "I'm not sure I could handle the withdrawal symptoms," he joked. "I'll be translating select titles for Dark Horse, such as Blade of the Immortal, and working with them as a consultant."
Offered as two separate pieces, they combine to form one seamless Battle Diorama. Each retails for $95. Click on the thumbnails above for larger images.
"The level of taste, sophistication and style that Bendel's represents is ideal for our movie," said Catwoman producer Denise DiNovi. "Catwoman celebrates a woman's innate confidence and flair, as does the store."
"The main thing is to create a line of books that follow the same design template," Oni editor Jamie S. Rich said. "With all the covers by Christine and Guy and a more uniform trade dress, we'll be taking a step in the right direction. The new size also makes the book even more appealing to the burgeoning manga market."
Other than that, the contents will remain exactly the same. Written by Jen Van Meter and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley, the second series focused on Zero, the youngest Hopeless-Savage, and her burgeoning teenage love life. Special flashback sequences were also drawn by Norrie, Andi Watson and Chynna Clugston-Major, with chapter breaks by Terry Dodson.
The new edition of Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero will arrive in comics stores in early March. It will be 128 black-and-white pages and will cost $11.95.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Jan. 31, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 30, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 29, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 28, including Marvel solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 27, including Kevin Nash talking about The Punisher movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 26, including movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 3, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 1, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
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