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Friday, November 11, 2005


According to figures released by Diamond Distributors on Friday, DC Comics overtook Marvel Comics for the No. 1 positions in dollar share and unit share.

DC had 36.96 percent of the dollar share to 32.43 percent for Marvel and 39.12 percent of the unit share to 37.64 for Marvel.

Infinite Crisis #1 was far and away the top-selling book, followed in the top 10 by House of M #7, New Avengers #12, Justice #2, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1, Uncanny X-Men #465, Villains United #6, JLA #120, Amazing Spider-Man #525 and JLA #21.

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Titles include Sonic X #3 from Archie Comics, Black Harvest #1 from Devil's Due Publishing and Daredevil vs. Punisher #6, Mutopia X #5 and Weapon X: Days of Future Now #5 from Marvel Comics.


Activision and Marvel Entertainment jointly announced on Friday that the companies have expanded their long-term, broad-based strategic alliance by signing a multi-year extension to their current video-game licensing agreements for the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises through 2017.

This agreement replaces all previous agreements between the companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Activision has extended its exclusive worldwide publishing rights to two of Marvel's most renowned properties for interactive entertainment software products for console, PC and handheld platforms. The original agreements were set to expire in 2009.

Activision's Spider-Man and the X-Men video games rank among the company's most successful franchises, having sold more than 25 million units across all platforms to date.

"This announcement further underscores the strength of our relationship with Marvel and reinforces our leadership position in the superhero genre," said Mike Griffith, President and CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. "Spider-Man and the X-Men are two of the most popular entertainment franchises today and some of the most coveted characters in interactive entertainment. This agreement will allow us to continue developing exceptional games based on these legendary characters well into the future."


Fox has released two promotional images for upcoming episodes of The Family Guy.

"The Courtship of Stewie's Father" will air on Nov. 20.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When Stewie intensifies his efforts to kill Lois, she thinks he is acting out and orders Peter to spend more time with him. Meanwhile, Chris does some bonding of his own when he develops a friendship with Herbert after breaking his window."

"The Fat Guy Strangler" will air on Nov. 27.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"After discovering she has a brother named Patrick (guest voice Robert Downey Jr.) whom she never knew about, Lois takes the family cross-country to meet him -- only to discover he's in a mental institution. Patrick seems sane, so Lois checks him out of the asylum to live with the Griffins. Meanwhile, Peter, urged to lose weight by his doctor, starts a Society for the Acceptance of Fat Men. But when a fat man is strangled in Quahog, Peter and his Fat Society live in terror, and all fingers point to Patrick."

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* Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker will air Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7:15 a.m. on Cinemax. Spider-Man 2 will air on on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9:20 a.m. and 7:45 p.m.

* Dynamite Entertainment is launching a new Painkiller Jane series in February. The book is written by creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada, with art by Lee Moder. Covers for the first issue will be by Quesada and Palmiotti, Moder, Amanda Conner, Billy Tan and Adam Hughes.

* Elektra's Jennifer Garner was nominated in the female action star and female TV star categories for the People's Choice Awards. Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage was nominated in the male movie star category.

The awards will be presented on Jan. 10 in Los Angeles.

* Below is a first look at the second line of Hellboy Comic Action Figures from Mezco, due next year. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Coming Saturday: First Looks -- 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.

* Sunday, Nov. 6: Marvel and Aspen panels at Wizard World Texas and Thomas Haden Church as the Sandman.

* Saturday, Nov. 5: Painkiller Jane movie photos, Dark Horse Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 4: Marvel and DC panels at Wizard World Texas and Amazing Fantasy #15.

* Thursday, Nov. 3: Superman Returns, First Looks, Red Sonja trading cards and Claypool Comics for February.

* Wednesday, Nov. 2: Fantastic Four animated, Marvel and DC First Looks, Cartoon Network schedule and Ultimates' traitor.

* Tuesday, Nov. 1: DC news roundup, Marvel and Alias First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man. Free Shipping from!

* Monday, Oct. 31: Ghost Rider movie's Blackheart, Ultimate X-Men, new Star Wars comic and Fell goes back to press.

* Saturday, Oct. 29: The Batman, Teen Titans and Family Guy.

* Friday, Oct. 28: Ultimate Avengers, Stephen King at Marvel, Smallville and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, Oct. 26: Marvel First Looks, Smallville and more.

* Tuesday, Oct. 25: Smallville trading cards, DC First Looks, Magdalena movie, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, Blue Water's upcoming projects, Dreamwave's editorial team, Peter David on Fallen Angel and Archie Comics for January.

* Monday, Oct. 24: Smallville, Teen Titans, Top Cow's V.I.C.E., Image First Looks and Alias Comics for January.

* Saturday, Oct. 22: Smallville ratings and First Looks.

* Friday, Oct. 21: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Oni Press for January, Devil's Due First Looks and Marvel in the Middle East.

* Thursday, Oct. 20: Devil's Due for February, Marvel's New Mangaverse, Supergirl #4 variant, Marvel First Looks and Justice League Unlimited.

* Wednesday, Oct. 19: Savage Dragon and Marvel and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, Oct. 18: Marvel and Image Comics for January, DC First Looks and DC exclusives Don Kramer and Dale Eaglesham.

* Monday, Oct. 17: DC Comics for January, New Excalibur and Brian Pulido.

* Sunday, Oct. 16: Motor City Comic Con panels featuring Grey DeLisle (voice of Wasp from Ultimate Avengers) and Ron Garney.

* Saturday, Oct. 15: Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, Oct. 14: Sin City DVD, September sales, Maximum Fantastic Four, The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror," The Batman, Scott Allie talks The Fog and First Looks.

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