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Thursday, April 1, 2004

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Alpha Flight #2, Amazing Spider-Man #506, Avengers/Thunderbolts #2, Captain America & The Falcon #2, Exiles #45, New X-Men #155, Thor #77, Uncanny X-Men #442, Wolverine #13 and Wolverine: The End #3.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include The Authority #11, Enginehead #1, Hard Time #3, The Monolith #3, My Faith in Frankie #4, Plastic Man #5, The Sandman Presents: Thessaly -- Witch For Hire #3, Swamp Thing #2 and Y: The Last Man #21.



HELLBOY MOVIE UPDATE

John Hurt is a dead ringer for Professor Broom in the Hellboy movie, creator Mike Mignola said.

"John Hurt as Broom looks exactly like the character in the comic book," Mignola said. "At times I thought I must have looked at a photo of Hurt when I drew this guy. It was spooky."

Hurt, who has starred in such films as Alien and The Elephant Man, said he came aboard Hellboy for two reasons.

"Guillermo (del Toro) is a director I admire tremendously," Hurt said. "Also, it's the kind of movie I'd never made before -- a fantasy piece with touches of human emotion."

Broom, an expert in the occult, rescued Hellboy and decided to raise him as a son.

"Broom anchors the story," said producer Lloyd Levin, "and it was our tremendous good fortune to get John Hurt to play him. He gives the character a kind of gravitas. He makes Hellboy understand that, in life, even the oddest creature has a purpose."

In other Hellboy news:

* Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Tom Manning, appeared on Live! with Regis and Kelly on Thursday.

"We opened it two days aga and people were actually screaming," Tambor said.

Tambor described his character as the "cranky pants" of the movie, and a scene featuring his character and Hellboy was shown.

Look for more Hellboy news on Friday here in The Continuum.





DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHES ARMY OF DARKNESS

Devil's Due Publishing has added a new packaging company, Dynamite Entertainment, to its roster and in July will release Army of Darkness #1.

Army of Darkness #1 features the creative powers of writer Andy Hartnell and artist Nick Bradshaw and cover artists Marc Silvestri, J. Scott Campbell, Ben Templesmith. Other Dynamite packaged projects, scheduled for later this year and also included as part of the overall relationship with Devil's Due, include brand-new projects from such creators as John Byrne and Jim Starlin.

"I've been nothing short of incredibly impressed with what Josh (Blaylock, president of Devil's Due Publishing) has put together since striking out on his own," said Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamic Forces. "When we got the license for the comics -- as part of the package with our license to do trading cards, lithos and statues -- we knew we needed to have a cool publisher release the dynamite series. Now, with the creative teams involved, we're ready to send Army of Darkness straight to the top of the sales charts."

Said Blaylock: "Army of Darkness is something we've wanted to do for a long time, and I'm psyched that Nick chose us as a packaging partner. Adding legends like John Byrne and Jim Starlin to the list was icing on the cake, and I can't wait to see what they do. It's an honor to have them published under my label."

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NEW ANGEL EPISODE

The WB has announced that the Wednesday, April 14 episode of Angel will be "Underneath."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Hoping that Lindsay (guest star Christian Kane) has information on the Senior Partners' ultimate plans, Angel (David Boreanaz), Spike (James Marsters) and Gunn (J. August Richards) track him down in a bizarre and terrifying suburban hell. Meanwhile, a nearly invincible stranger (guest star Adam Baldwin) sent by the Senior Partners, infiltrates Wolfram & Hart looking for Eve (Sarah Thompson)."

Skip Schoolnik directed the episode, which was written by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft.

Look for more Angel news soon here in The Continuum.

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Wednesday, March 24, including DC first looks and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 23, including an interview with John Singleton, director of the Cage movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 22, including coverage of Spider-Man 2 and Punisher panels at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 20, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, March 19, including Image Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 18, including Marvel Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 17, including DC Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 16, including DC solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 15, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 13, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 11, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 10, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 9, including Image Comics' The Ride, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 8, including Dark Horse solicitations for June and an interview with wrtier Tony Bedard, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, March 7, including CrossGen news from MegaCon, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 6, including Hellboy and Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, March 5, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 4, including Marvel first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 3, including Marvel and DC first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 2, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 1, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Feb. 28, including first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Feb. 27, including Dreamwave Productions' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Feb. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Feb. 25, including Marvel's solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

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