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Thursday, October 21, 2004


Marvel Comics will release its solicitations for January on Friday at 5 p.m. (ET).

Check back here then for a complete rundown, with cover images.


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

Titles include Amazing Fantasy #5, Amazing Spider-Man #513, Black Widow #2, Daredevil #66, Excalibur #6, Mystique #20, Powerless #5, Wolverine #21 and X-Men #163.

Look for more first looks this week here in The Continuum.


David Gorder, associate producer of the Fantastic Four movie, said the filmmakers are very happy with their choice to go with a real Thing, as opposed to a CGI version.

"We do what looks the best, and we're really happy we went with prosthetic makeup, rather than a CG character," Gorder said during a tour of the Fantastic Four art department earlier this week in Vancouver, British Columbia. "As you know, some people were disappointed with the CG of the Hulk. That's actually probably a more expensive way to do a character.

"Although I liked the Hulk and I think Ang Lee did a great job of what he was trying to bring to the screen, I think the CG elements aren't quite there yet to make it real. It still looks a bit like a video game. Once the technology advances, we probably will be able to do all CG characters and make them look real.

"But we wanted to go with the makeup. Ralph Winter and myself have worked with Rick Baker on The Planet of the Apes and the people are doing the Thing makeup worked for Rick. Spectral Motion is the makeup effects house that's designing the look of the Thing and the Thing suit, which is latex foam."

Gorder said the costume is cumbersome for star Michael Chiklis, who is rigged up with cooling elements for when he's not shooting.

"He actually looks like he's part of the Matrix," Gorder said. "He's got tubes going in his head. A little rock piece comes out and the put the air conditioner on his head. And then he's got water tubes that go up the sides and throughout the costume to cool his central body down so he doesn't overheat."

Chiklis can't sit down while he's in the Thing suit because it will rip.

"He has a plotform that he leans back, like Hannibal Lechter in The Silence of the Lambs," Gorder said. "They doctor him up and fix his makeup."

One of the pieces of art in the office show The Thing from behind -- naked. Gorder said that leads into one a humorous moment in the film.

Look for more on Fantastic Four on Friday here in The Continuum.

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Ovi Nedelcu's Pigtale, a bimonthly ongoing series, begins in January from Image Comics.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"Pigtale tells the story of Boston Booth, an amateur private investigator in Portland, Oregon, as he tries to deal with a life turned upside down by financial and professional turmoil. Things take a dramatic twist for Boston when he is introduced to Clyde, an intelligent talking pig desperate to escape from his evil step-brother, Taxx, a wolf hell-bent on destroying Clyde, and taking over the city while he's at it."

Said Image Comics publisher: "Pigtale is one of those books that fall out of the sky and you have to wonder, 'Where the hell did this guy come from?,' And I mean that in the best possible where-have-you-been-all-my-life kind of way.

"This guy is, simply put, incredible--and I've got a strong feeling about this one. Generally, when that happens--it's a book that catches readers and retailers by surprise and they come back at me a few month later and say to me, 'why didn't you TELL ME this was going to be good?' well, we do--and we will. And like Flight, Ultra, The Walking Dead, Firebreather and Invincible before it--I think readers and retailers alike are simply going to fall in love with this book."

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  • Fox has released the accompanying promotion image from The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XV" special episode that will air Sunday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

  • Based on consumer response to its action role playing game X-Men Legends, Activision announced that the company is developing a sequel with Raven Software. "For 40 years Marvel's X-Men have captivated consumers worldwide and today the brand is stronger than ever," said Ron Doornink, CEO of Activision Publishing. "X-Men Legends is already on track to be the best selling game in the franchisešs history."

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

    * For Thursday, Oct. 15, including Blade: Trinity news and Image Comics solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 14, including Marvel and IDW news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 13, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 12, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 11, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 9, Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 8, Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 7, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 6, including Marvel and DC first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 5, including Wolverine movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 4, including Lady Death news, CLICK HERE.

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