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Saturday, September 24, 2005


"A Fistful of Felt," a new episode of The Batman, is scheduled to premiere on Kids' WB! on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Weekday episodes of The Batman will include "The Big Chill" on Monday, Oct. 3; "The Cat and The Bat" on Tuesday, Oct. 4; "The Big Heat" on Wednesday, Oct. 5; "Q & A" on Thursday, Oct. 6; and "A Dark Knight to Remember" on Friday, Oct. 7.

For the network's complete schedule for the week, CLICK HERE.

In other The Batman news, the most recent DVD release from the show included a preview of The Batman vs. Dracula animated movie. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from the spot.

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Spider-Man is going to get a little help from his extended family in Spider-Man Family One-Shot, due in stores on Oct. 19.

Writer Tom DeFalco and artist Ron Lim are teaming Spider-Man with several spider-characters including Araņa, Spider-Girl, Peter Porker Spider-Ham, Spider-Man 2099 and the Scarlet Spider. Even the Spider-Mobile makes an appearance.

"If you've ever read an issue of Spider-Girl, you know that I like doing complete single-issue stories and I loved the challenge of teaming up Spider-Man, Spider-Girl and Arana," DeFalco said. "Just for fun, I also tossed in J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Porker and cameos of the Spider-Mobile, Spider-Man 2099, the Scarlet Spider and Bag Man -- HOO-HA! It's merry Marvel madness as you like it!"

DeFalco was also excited about working again with penciler Ron Lim. "I love teaming-up with Ron Lim," he said. "There is a joyous vitality to his artwork that infects each page with a wonderful frenetic madness that reminds me why I love this medium."

One of the characters that DeFalco was excited about including was Araņa. "While it's always a pleasure to play with Spider-Man, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Araņa," DeFalco said. "Some fans think that there's a competition between Spider-Girl and Araņa. There isn't. They're totally different characters and their stories are told in totally different ways -- so you can enjoy both books for different reasons!"

The book includes a 16-page story by DeFalcon and Lim, as well as reprints of Marvel Tails: Featuring Spider-Ham #1 (1983), Spider-Woman #20 (1979), Spider-Man 2099 #1 (1992), Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1, plus a tale of young Petey by Hembeck from Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual #1.

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The WB has released another image from "Arrival," the fifth-season premiere of Smallville scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. (ET).

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In other Smallville news, Inkworks has set an Oct. 28 release date for the Smallville: Season Four Premium Trading Cards.

Autograph cards will be supplied by Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Erica Durance (Lois Lane), Margot Kidder (Bridgett Crosby), Sarah Carter (Alicia Baker), Peyton List (Lucy Lane), Jonathan Bennett (Kevin Grady), Rob Freeman (Coach Quigley), Kyle Gallner (Bart Allen) and Trent Ford (Mikhail Mxyzptlk).

Other features include Pieceworks Cards (1:36 packs); Lois and Clark, a nine-card foil and embossed puzzle (1:11); and Switchcraft, six foil cards (1:17).

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To kick off 2006, Claypool Comics is reviving the event that jump-started 2005: "Jump In" issues.

Every Claypool title will feature an issue specially written and drawn for new readers. Readers will spot these issues easily, as each one will sport a special design by the cover logo: The company's mascot cat leaping into a pool, plus the boldly written words: "A JUMP-IN ISSUE FOR NEW READERS!"

Here's what the readers will see:

* Elvira, Mistress of fhe Dark #153 (shipping in January) will contain the "Jump In" tale "A Nose for Sleaze!" by Frank Strom, Eduardo Barreto and Terry Austin. In this special adventure, tabloid reporter Hank McFee goes digging for dirt at Elvira's TV station and comes across previously unrevealed secrets about her early days.

* Peter David's humorous super-team book Soulsearchers and Company #76 (January) will feature "Moving Day!" The Soulsearchers find themselves needing a new location for their headquarters. Packing up all of their mementoes of past cases leads them into reminiscencesŠand the too-real threat that one of their souvenirs still presents. The interior art is by Joe Staton and Al Milgrom, with a cover by Amanda Conner and Steve Leialoha.

* The vampire saga Deadbeats #76 (February), written and penciled by Richard Howell, will present "Wave of the Future!" a tale of blood-sucking evil. As a disaster looms over both the living and the undead of Mystic Grove, the town's vampire hunters contact the grown-up children of the town, twenty years in the future, to learn the horrible particulars of the fate they must do their utmost to prevent. The interior art is embellished by Ricardo Villagran, and the cover is pencilled by Howell and inked by Louis Lachance.

Claypool editor Howell said, "The 'Jump In' issues are a creative challenge for us, but they're incredibly important to provide easy access to new readers, encapsulate our series' cornerstone concepts, and give a concentrated dose of the trademark Claypool magic."

The "Jump-In" issues will have the same cover price as other issues--$2.50.

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* The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie will be released on UMD on Nov. 22.

* Coming Monday: TV 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.

* Monday, Sept. 19: DC Comics' and Oni Press' solicitations for December.

* 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. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* 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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