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Friday, September 23, 2005


Justice League Unlimited producer Bruce Timm told The Continuum that Supergirl's new costume is part of the evolution of the character on the series.

"We'd been gradually 'maturing' Supergirl personality-wise throughout the course of the last two seasons of JLU, and thought maybe it was time to update her costume as well," Timm told The Continuum. "We debated the pros and cons of it, the deciding factor being that her belly-tee/Doc Martens 'riot grrrl' outfit was very much of its time, and since it ain't the 90's no more, we should go ahead and give her some new threads.

"And then of course it became a question of 'If we DO change it, which way do we go? Something similar to her classic Silver Age look, something completely new, or what?' Right around this time, Michael Turner re-designed her costume for the comics, and I kinda liked what he did with it, combining the animated belly-tee look with Silver Age elements.I did some sketches along those lines, pinched Ed Benes' Black Canary hairdo and voila."

Supergirl is featured in "Chaos at Earth's Core," one of two new JLU episodes beginning Saturday at 10 p.m. (ET) on Cartoon Network.

"'Chaos at the Earth's Core,' is the first animated appearance of Warlord, I'm pretty sure," producer Dwayne McDuffie told The Continuum. "It's also the first script from JLU's new story editor Matt Wayne, who hits a home run in his first at bat. This one's just a big ball of fun with a hidden city in the middle."

Here's how Cartoon Network describes the episode:

"Supergirl, Stargirl and Green Lantern go to Skartaris, the fantastic, hidden world at the Earth's core, to help free it from the rule of a brutal dictator."

Giselle Loren is providing the voice of Stargirl, and Paul Guilfoyle is providing the voice of Warlord.

The night's other new episode is "To Another Shore."

Here's how Cartoon Network describes the episode:

"Wonder Woman stumbles onto a plot to steal the powers hidden inside the 3000-year-old, frozen remains of the legendary hero, the Viking Prince."

McDuffie noted that Green Arrow is also featured in the episode.

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

Titles include Fell #2, Grounded #3, Iron Ghost #4 and Jack Staff #9.

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The Intimidators, a new monthly title from Image Comics and Jim Valentino's Shadowline, will debut in December.

The "action/comedy" series is created by Valentino, written by Neil Kleid, with art by Migule Montenegro.

Here's how Image describes the book:

"The Intimidators are America's domestic ultrahuman strike force created to handle extinction level situations that send average superheroes screaming for their lives. When their latest mission opens a rip in the space/time continuum, the Intimidators draw through an American legend missing for over 40 years: Astroman.

"Astroman is lost in a future he cannot come to terms with, as he struggles to marshal a team whose morals he objects to and methods he does not condone. But he believes that there's goodness within them all, and so on orders from the government to keep them in line, decides to remain in this era and make heroes out of each one of them. They, of course, can't wait to see him try."

"Astroman is a fish out of water superhero with outdated ideals and patriotic integrity," Valentino said. "Imagine taking a Silver Age hero like Barry Allen and dropping him into The Authority."

For all of Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.


Backbone Entertainment and Image Comics announced on Friday that Mike Mignola is providing the cover for the Death, Jr. Trade Paperback, scheduled for a November release.

"I picked up Death, Jr. for my daughter. I thought the character was very cute, and that, combined with the whole death and monsters thing would go over well with her," Mignola said. "I was right. She loved it. So how could I say no to doing the cover for the trade paperback? I couldn't."

Featuring the art of Ted Naifeh and the writing of Gary Whitta, Death, Jr. tells the story of the son of the grim reaper and his band of misfit friends. Part of the appeal of the book is the quirky cast of friends: Pandora, a little goth girl; Smith & Weston, conjoined twins; Stigmartha, a girl who bleeds when she gets nervous; and The Seep, an armless, legless, foreign exchange student in a jar.

In addition to the comic series, Death, Jr. is also an exclusive title for the Sony PSP Handheld Entertainment System. T-shirts developed by Ripple Junction are already available in stores, and action figures developed by Gentle Giant are scheduled to ship by the end of the month.

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* Kids' WB!'s new series, Loonatics Unleashed, was the No. 1 show last Saturday to help the network win the Kids 2-11 ratings.

The season premiere of The Batman placed among the top 10 programs in Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Boys 2-11, Boys 6-11, Girls 2-11, Girls 6-11 and Female Tweens 9-14, and ranked among the top 10 overall programs, including cable, in Tweens 9-14 and Male Tweens 9-14.

* Fantastic Four castmates Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon will both be guests on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday.

* Narwain Publishing has released the cover image by Billy Tucci for New Orleans and Jazz, a project benefitting relief efforts to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The book is due in December. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Runemaster Studios has announced that it is severing ties with Alias Enterprises, effective immediately.

"Our relationship with Alias initially seemed like a match made in heaven," said Runemaster's President Mike Bullock. "However, the current direction Alias is pursuing no longer fits with our vision for Runemaster Studios, so we have no choice but to part ways."

According to Runemaster, a new publisher has already been secured for a second Lions, Tigers and Bears mini-series, with the first issue of the series already nearing completion for an early 2006 release. According to Bullock, The Gimoles #2 was delivered to Alias in mid-July for release in August, but has yet to appear in stores.

* Coming Saturday: Dark Horse news -- and much more!!!

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, Sept. 17: Dark Horse First Looks and Justice League Unlimited.

* Friday, Sept. 16: The Batman, Lost executive producer writes for Marvel and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Thursday, Sept. 15: New Thunderbolts vs. New Avengers, The Losers movie and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Sept. 14: Marvel and BlueWater First Looks and The Batman.

* Tuesday, Sept. 13: Supergirl #1 third printing, new Teen Titans episodes, Top Cow's V.I.C.E. and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, Sept. 12: Underworld: Evolution, DC second printings and Ultimate Avengers.

* Saturday, Sept. 10: Sin City deluxe DVD, Heroic Publishing's Tigress and Dark Horse's Perhapanauts.

* Friday, Sept. 9: IDW solicitations for December and The Batman.

* Thursday, Sept. 8: Dark Horse solicitations for December, Fantastic Four DVD, Ultimate Spider-Man video game and The Batman.

* Wednesday, Sept. 7: Frank Miller covers All Star Batman, Ghost Rider movie and Marvel, DC and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, Sept. 6: Ghost Rider movie date, Marvel's deal with Paramount, Amazing Screw-On Head animation, Giant-Size X-Men #4 and Mitchell Breitweiser exclusive with Marvel.

* Monday, Sept. 5: X3 and Superman Returns.

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