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Wednesday, November 17, 2004


J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson in the two Spider-Man movies, is providing a guest-voice for the upcoming "Dark Heart" episode of Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited.

Simmons provides the voice of General Eiling, a character with a long history in the DC Universe who first appeared in Captain Atom #1. In the episode, he isn't too happy with some of the Justice League's tactics.

The "Dark Heart" episode is written by Warren Ellis and directed by Dan Riba.

The episode features at least two dozen members of the Justice League who face an extraterrestrial threat. The episode's big guest-star is The Atom, who is again voiced by John C. McGinley, star of NBC's Scrubs.

"He just does a terrific job as The Atom. He's one of my favorites," Justice League voice director Andrea Romano told The Continuum.

Look for more Justice League Unlimited news on Thursday here in The Continuum.


"Krypto" will be the 14th episode of this season of The WB's Smallville, The Continuum has learned.

As gathered from the title, the episode will feature a dog, sources have told The Continuum.

In other Smallville news, Jane Seymour, who makes her series debut as Jason Teague's mother in Wednesday's episode "Bound," appeared on CBS' The Late, Late Show to promote her arc.

"It's a young, hip, fun series," Seymour said. "And I wanted to be involved with something that's young, hip and fun.

Seymour said that, after years of playing Americans, she gets to play an English character.

"There's something very manipulative about me," Seymour said of her character. "I seem to know quite about Lana, his girlfriend, the one that has the tattoo on her back. And somehow, I end up in her dreams.

"I don't really know where it's going. All I know is that I'm in it for five episodes, and there's something suspect about her. They're not even going to let me know what happens to her."

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For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, Nov. 24, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Batman #634, Adam Strange #3, The Authority: Revolution #2, Sleeper Season Two #6.

Look for more first looks at Thursday here in The Continuum.


Marvel Comics has released a description of the new Black Panther series, by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.

Herešs how Marvel describes the book:

"The new series will create an adventure that is of epic proportions, returning to the origins of the Black Panther and his ancestral home of Wakanda, a fictional country in the heart of Africa. Wakanda has remained elusive to the modern world, despite its advancements in science and technology, as well as its vast resource of a precious fossil fuel, vibranium. Not only does Wakandašs independence block the total dominance of Africa by colonial powers, its cultural evolution has gone unchecked for centuries.

"It's from this exiting culture that Hudlin begins to tell the rich history of the Black Panther and bring him into prominence within the Marvel universe. The first six issues will recreate the legacy of the character for Marvel fans - his family history, his enemies, and his strength. The second six issues will begin to integrate the character into the Marvel universe. By the end of the second story, the Black Panther will have impacted every major character in the Marvel Universe.

"When Marvel first created the Black Panther, there was excitement and real magic in the character for me," Hudlin said. "The Black Panther is a king of a powerful yet untapped country, a son avenging his father's death, and a man educated in the finest schools. I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring back the character in a way that not only respects the original idea of Stan Lee, but also explores a side of his history that fans have never seen before."

"Reggie Hudlinšs idea to bring back the Black Panther with a storyline that repositioned the character's role from that of a niche character to much larger role in the Marvel Universe was so fresh and exciting, we were all captivated with the idea," said Joe Quesada, editor-in chief. "In fact, we see the Black Panther taking on the same kind of prominence in the Marvel Universe as Spider-Man."

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DC Comics has released a list of its trade paperbacks for March and April.

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  • Moonstone Books has released the color version of Alex Ross' cover to Grave Grrrls #1. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke are the creative team on the upcoming Justice League/Cyberforce crossover.

  • Michael Lark, newly exclusive to Marvel, will be drawing an issue of Captain America.

  • Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team-Up #5 will feature Storm.

  • Coming Thursday: Marvel news -- and much more!!!

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    * For Monday, Nov. 8, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Nov. 7, including Marvel, DC and Blade: Trinity panels from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.

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