Tuesday, April 20, 2004
MARVEL COMICS FOR JULY
Marvel Comics has released its solicitation information for July.
For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
MUTANT X UPDATE
Tribune Entertainment has provided The Continuum with information regarding "The Prophecy," a new episode of Mutant X that will air in syndication the week of May 2.
Here's how Tribune describes the episode:
"Brennan (Victor Webster) battles with a Guardian of the Prophecy (Timothy Burd) to stop the late mutant Ashlocke's plan from beyond the grave of world domination."
Monika Schnarre guest-stars as psionic mutant Riley Morgan. Schnarre's credits include BeastMaster, NightMan and Andromeda.
"The Prophecy" was written by Michelle Lovretta and directed by Tim Bond.
Look for more Mutant X news soon here in The Continuum.
SPIDER-MAN MOVIE/TV NEWS
Marvel Studios' Avi Arad said that Spider-Man 2 is more of a continuation than a sequel.
"We see all our characters two years later," Arad said during the recent Wizard World Los Angeles. "It's a bigger, better, more emotional story. We are very fortunate the same team stayed together. It's been five years with (director) Sam Raimi and (producer) Laura Ziskin and James (Franco) and Tobey (Maguire) and Kirsten (Dunst). I think we all hear the voices better.
"What you saw in the last frame of movie one, this incredible Spider-Man going up the flagpole -- we set goals for ourselves, where we want to take the movie -- we had to do much better than that."
Arad said Spider-Man 2 is a continuation from a production standpoint as well.
"We finished the first one and we started on the second one, like we are now working on the third one," he said.
In other Spider-Man news:
* Jel Sert has returned as a licensee for the sequel, again producing Spider-Man Fla-Vor-Ice.
* HBO Family will air Spider-Man seven times in June, including Friday, June 4 at 10:15 p.m.; Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, June 9 at 3:45 a.m.; Monday, June 14 at 12:10 a.m.; Thursday, June 17 at 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 23 at 12:15 a.m.
HBO Family will air Spider-Man 2: HBO First Look on Monday, June 14 at 2:15 a.m.; Thursday, June 17 at 11 p.m.; and Sunday, June 27 at 5:40 a.m.
* Buena Vista Home Video's Spider-Man '67 Classic Collection, featuring every episode from the ABC Spider-Man animated series, will go on sale June 29. The six-disc set will cost $59.99.
VAN HELSING COMIC, IMAGES
Dark Horse will release a Van Helsing one-shot, based upon the upcoming Universal Pictures film starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, on May 7.
The comic is written by Joshua Dysart, with art by J. Alexander.
Here's how Dark Horse describes the one-shot:
"What evil lurks beneath the Paris streets? Who stalks the sewers of the City of Light? Van Helsing may be the only man who can solve this mystery. Only he can end the reign of terror that plagues the city. Taking place within the Van Helsing film's chronology, Dark Horse Comics' Van Helsing one-shot begins with the title character's descent into the sewers and ends only when he discovers the mystery behind the predator who lurks there.
"Van Helsing is a 19th century hero, fighting the supernatural manifestations of chaos and evil," Dysart said. "(Editor) Scott Allie and I knew we had to pack in as much classic cinema horror reference that 22 pages could stand if we were to remain true to the property, so that's how we approached the narrative. While the film uses virtually all of the classic Universal monsters, I was able incorporate some cool villains not seen in the film for the comic book."
Said Allie: "The really high level of energy and inventiveness Stephen Sommers was committed to bringing to the film were inspirations for Joshua and Jason, who really strove to match those standards."
In other Van Helsing news, below are new images from the film. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
IMAGE'S PVP GOES MONTHLY
Scott Kurtz's PvP, published by Image Comics, will be moving from a bi-monthly to a monthly schedule beginning in July.
The move, starting with PvP #9, follows the June release of the first PVP trade paperback, which collects the first six issues.
Kurtz's online comic strip revolves around the staff of a gaming magazine (including a big blue troll intern named Skull) and their day-to-day adventures. Each issue of PvP collects 22 pages of strips in the same "sideways" landscape format as Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows.
"I can't believe I just finished my first year with Image Comics," said Kurtz. "I was so terrified the market wouldn't support a black-and-white humor book that Frank Cho didn't draw, but lo and behold, sales have been great and reaction has been overwhelming. Retailers and fans alike have been asking me to go monthly, and I finally feel secure enough to take that plunge."
"We're couldn't be happier for Scott and PvP," said Image managing editor Eric Stephenson, "and we're excited that the comic has been able to build its readership from its early days on the Web. That's not an easy feat for a humor book in today's market."
Kurtz said PvP has given him a personal creative outlet without forcing him to make editorial concessions.
"Image has fulfilled my dream of being a newspaper cartoonist but, unlike the syndicates, they aren't demanding my soul in return," Kurtz said. "When people read PvP, I want them to remember the days when they looked forward to reading the funny pages. Just like the comics page, every issue of PvP is a great jumping-on point."
PvP #9 goes on sale July 21.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, April 14, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 13, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 10, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 9, including Dark Horse solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 8, including Image news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 7, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 6, including The Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 5, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 3, including Spider-Man 2 and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 2, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 1, including Devil's Due news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 31, including Wonder Woman DVD news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 29, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 27, including Elektra, Hellboy and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, March 26, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 25, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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