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Tuesday, June 1, 2004

MARVEL'S MARY JANE

Sean McKeever, writer of Marvel's new Mary Jane series, told The Continuum that the book is a "straight teen drama."

"There's bit of Spider-Man in here and there, but it really is a straight-forward teen drama," McKeever said. "It's not a super-hero comic. It's not a science-fiction comic."

The new monthly series, which debuts on June 12, features the characters in their high school years, after Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man.

"It's set in high school, sort of its own continuity, where Mary Jane goes to high school with Flash Thompson and Liz Allen and Harry Osborn and this nerdy kid named Peter Parker," McKeever said. "And they all hang out at the Coffee Bean.

"It's kind of a spin on the old Amazing Spider-Man issues where they were hanging out together, but now it's in high school.

"What's nice about it is I can look at those Amazing books which I read as a kid and get a glimpse of the characters, and I can do my own take on them. I can flush them out in a way that I'd like to and that also respects the characters as they are. It's kind of refreshing to be able to do what I want with a character like Flash Thompson, to make him three-dimensional. I'm sure it's the same kind of pleasure (Brian) Bendis gets with Ultimate Spider-Man."

Mary Jane is part of Marvel's youth movement with its Marvel Age imprint.

"With all-ages books, when you put that all-ages stamp on the book, it's kind of like the kiss of death because people go, 'Oh, it's watered down,'" McKeever said. "But with Mary Jane, it's all ages in that really good sense. Maybe not necessarily in the way with The Simpsons is and all the layers and all that, but it's something I think is very entertaining and light that anybody can enjoy.

"It's a comic that they're marketing to teen girls, but it's a comic book that adults -- men and women -- came read as well. It's got a really broad appeal, I think."

Takeshi Miyazawa is providing the art. "I've been seeing the art, and it's really beautiful stuff," McKeever said.

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SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE

Marvel Enterprises announced on Tuesday that it has "amicably" resolved its pending court disputes with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Pursuant to the settlement, Marvel will undertake additional responsibilities with respect to Spider-Man Merchandising L.P., the joint venture through which Marvel and SPE license merchandising rights with respect to Spider-Man motion pictures. As a result, Marvel will be required to consolidate into its own financial statements the financial results of the joint venture's operations. While the consolidation will increase Marvel's licensing revenues and operating expenses starting in the second quarter of 2004, Marvel is maintaining its current 2004 operating income guidance at this time.

The two companies will continue their relationship on future chapters of Spider-Man, including Spider-Man 3, currently slated for release on May 4, 2007, as well as other previously announced development projects based on Marvel characters, such as Luke Cage and Ghost Rider, slated for release in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

In other Spider-Man news, look for the Burger King campaign to start on June 28.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE

Edward Asner is reprising his voice role of Granny Goodness for Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited series.

Asner did the voice of Granny Goodness in the two-part episodes "Little Girl Lost" and "Legacy" of Kids' WB!'s Superman series.

As previously reported, Asner, 74, has also done the voice of Hephestus for Justice League Unlimited.

The actor has done numerous voice roles, including Officer Barr in MTV's Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson in Fox Kids' Spider-Man.

Justice League Unlimited debuts on Aug. 7 on Cartoon Network. Look for more Justice League news soon here in The Continuum.

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REFLUX COMICS' THIRD ISSUE

Reflux Comics #3, entitled Alien Exile, is scheduled for an August release and will feature a cover by Rob Donnelly.

Along with the regular contributions from Matthew K. Manning, Cory Petit and Matt Loux, Reflux Comics #3 features new stories from Vito Delsante, Abby Denson, Jacob Chabot and A. David Lewis.

Alien Exile features "I'm Madly In Love" by Delsante and Michel Fiffe.

Here's how Relux describes the story:

"The story entails a love that truly hurts. Gordon loves Hannah and he will do anything not to stray away from her. Tempted by beautiful women in his daily life Gordon tries to keep his mind on Hannah by biting his lip until it bleeds and throwing himself down a flight of stairs. His passion for Hannah has no bounds and if he can control himself, Gordon may one day marry her."

"Subterranean Road Sick Blues" is by Joe Flood and Dave Brennan. On the run from the Robo-Hobo and his pals, Bill makes a mad dash back to his Subterranean home and tells Cricket and Frankie that its time to go on a quick vacation. However, the trip leads them right to the Robo-Hobos and forces them to confront the cliche spouting machines.

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BRIEFLY

  • Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of Dimension films' Sin City, Variety is reportng. Dawson, whose credits include Men in Black II and Josie and the Pussycats, will take part in the third and final segment.

  • Coming Wednesday: DC news -- and much more!!!

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Wednesday, May 26, including an interview with Catwoman producer Denise DiNovi, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Sunday, May 23, including Marvel's Avengers and Cup 'o Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, May 22, including Marvel's solicitations for August, CLICK HERE.

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