Thursday, November 4, 2004
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Avengers Finale #1, District X #7, Iron Man #1, Marvel Knights 4 #12, Marvel Team-Up #1, New Thunderbolts #1, Nightcrawler #2, Spectacular Spider-Man #21, Thor: Son of Asgard #10 and X-Men: The End -- Dreamers and Demons #5.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Justice League: Elite #5, Challengers of the Unknown #6, Action Comics #821, Firestorm #7, 100 Bullets #55, Angeltown #1, Fables #31, Ocean #2 and Wild Girl #1.
The WB has released four new images from upcoming episodes of Smallville -- one from "Spell" and the other from "Bound".
The images above are from "Spell." Here's how the network describes the episode, which will air on Wednesday:
" After Lana (Kristin Kreuk) reads from a spell book written in the 1600s, she, Lois (Erica Durance) and Chloe (Allison Mack) become possessed by witches that had been burned at the stake. The three witches have come back seek revenge and search for the powerful Kryptonian crystals, wreaking havoc on the town in the process. Clark (Tom Welling) attempts to stop the witches but they strip him of his powers and force him to reveal the location of the crystal he hid in the cave."
The image from "Bound" is of guest-star Jane Seymour, who has signed on for a fourth-season arc as Jason Teague's mother.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"After Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) is accused of killing a young woman, Clark sets out to prove his innocence and turns to an unlikely source for help -- Lionel (John Glover). Swearing he is a changed man, Lionel offers Clark insight into the crime but he asks for something in return. Meanwhile, Lana meets Jason's (Jensen Ackles) parents and has a vivid flashback of the incident in Paris, leading her to suspect that Jason's mother was there when she got her tattoo."
"Bound" is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on Smallville soon here in The Continuum.
MARVEL COMICS TRADE PAPERBACKS
Marvel Comics has released its schedule of trade paperbacks for January-May.
For a complete rundown, CLICK HERE.
Topics Entertainment this month is releasing the newest in its line of classic Marvel Comics published in CD-ROM format. The new title, 40 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man, will collect more than 40 years' worth of Spider-Man comic books, from his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 (March 1963), as well as every monthly issue of Amazing Spider-Man - issues #1 through 500 (December 2003.)
All 501 complete full-color issues of Marvel Comics' flagship character -- more than 16,000 pages of comic books -- will be available on 11 CD-ROMs, digitally-scanned from the original paper comic books, for a suggested retail price of $49.99.
The package will include every page of every 32-page comic book exactly as originally published: cover-to-cover, all the stories written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko and John Romita, Sr. and others; all the letters pages, every "Stan's Soapbox," all the Bullpen Bulletins and even every vintage advertisement published in the comic books for more than 40 years.
The Marvel Comic Book Library, an earlier CD-ROM product from Topics Entertain-ment, has sold more than 17,500 copies since it was released in October 2003, and an earlier smaller Spider-Man CD-ROM -- released in April 2004 and containing the character's first 10 appearances -- has sold nearly 30,000 copies.
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IMAGE COMICS' TWO BITS
Image Comics has announced Two Bits, a one-shot which will feature previews of two new books -- writer/artist Mike S. Miller's The Imaginaries and Lullaby -- for 25 cents.
"It's an experiment, I'll admit," said Miller, who is heading up the production of Two Bits. "What we've decided to do is offer readers a chance to preview two high quality creator-owned titles at a price that they can pay with their leftover pocket change. We see this as a great way to not only help readers discover these great new books, but also as a means to help retailers create interest in the upcoming first issues of these books and build their base of pre-orders."
Miller said he is especially proud of the all-ages nature of both books.
"One of the best things about Two Bits is that it's designed to appeal to readers of all ages and tastes," he said. "The Imaginaries is a great superhero story about an imaginary friend whose creator no longer believes in him, while Lullaby is a cool epic about classic literary characters like Jim Hawkins and Alice (from Wonderland) told in a fun manga art style."
Two Bits will feature not only the pencil artwork from both stories, it will also have several pages of extras exclusive to the preview that will not be reprinted in the first issue of either book.
"I'm a stickler for quality and a stickler for value," says Miller. "And Two
Bits is designed to provide readers with as much of both as we can cram into
those 32 pages. We're confident that retailers who give this book a try are
going to be impressed with the results, and we hope that Two Bits will pave
the way for other creator-owned titles at Image to introduce themselves to a
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, Oct. 27, including Smallville and IDW news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 26, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 23, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 21, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Oct. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 19, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Oct. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 16, including Image news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 15, including Blade: Trinity news and Image Comics solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.
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