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Friday, December 9, 2005


With the Painkiller Jane live-action movie set to debut on Sci Fi on Saturday, The Continuum caught up with the film's star, Emmanuelle Vaugier, for a brief e-mail interview.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

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Toy Biz has provided The Continuum with more images from its upcoming toy lines.

Images include Thing, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic and a Skrull from Fantastic Four Classic and Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin and Fantastic Four vs. Mole Man from Marvel Legends Masterworks.

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Dark Horse Comics on Thursday announced that, after a short stint with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola writing the monthly Conan series, Timothy Truman will take over as the regular writer on the series, as of issue #33.

Truman replaces Kurt Busiek, who moves on after a run of more than two years.

Mignola's short run on the title came about when editor Scott Allie was seeking out Busiek's replacement. Mignola suggested a bizarre and haunting adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Hall of the Dead" -- as well as encouraging Dark Horse to hire Truman as the permanent replacement.

"Truman really has the same sensibilities as Howard," Mignola said. "His stuff has that gritty, tough, action-adventure feel, but he also knows the bigger-than-life pulp-era monster stuff that comes from the old-fashioned supernatural literature. You can tell he learned that from reading writers like Howard as opposed to from reading superheroes."

"I'm absolutely thrilled that Dark Horse got Tim Truman for Conan," Busiek said. "And I'm not just saying that because I suggested him. I've been a fan of Tim's work since he did Scout, way back in the Pleistocene Era, and I think he's terrific at rough heroics in a brutal, corrupt, decadent world, which suits Conan beautifully. Heck, if it had been a choice between Tim and me, back when Dark Horse started the series, I'd have picked Tim."

Cary Nord remains as artist, and Tony Harris becomes cover artist. "Being asked to write Conan was a real surprise -- quite literally, the fulfillment of a childhood dream," Truman said. "Conan is one of the very few characters that I've ever been fannish about. I'm an unrepentant, unreconstructed Robert E. Howard fanboy and have been since I was 12 years old. Howard's Conan marked every important character that I've ever done--Grimjack, Scout, Hawkman, Jonah Hex."

Regarding his plans for the series Truman said, "I want to maintain the level of wonderful literacy and humanity that Kurt Busiek brought to the character and series, while adding my own naturally darker and more intense spin on things. I want to keep the humanity and character interactions, while at the same time injecting even more of Howard's poetic, dime-novel darkness into the mix. Luckily, we're entering a phase of Conan's career, chronologically, where it will fit really well."

After Mignola's adaptation of "The Hall of the Dead," Truman and Nord pick up plot threads laid out by Busiek, Mignola, and Howard himself, building up to one of Howard's most famous tales, "Rogues in the House."


For covers and four- to six-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Uncanny X-Men #467, Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #7, Wolverine #37 and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1.

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For covers and four- to 10-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Black Harvest #2 from Devil's Due Publishing, Star Wars: X-Wing -- Rogue Leader #3 from Dark Horse Comics and Brownsville HC from NBM Publishing.

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* Above is a first look at the completed covers to 15 upcoming Marvel Comics titles. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Due to power losses and property damage suffered by South Florida-based Across the Pond Studios during hurricanes Rita and Katrina, The Iron Ghost #5, originally scheduled for release on Wednesday, has been delayed until Dec. 28.

* Coming Saturday: Teen Titans 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, Dec. 3: Kelsey Grammer talks Isis movie, The Batman, Claypool Comics for March and First Looks.

* Friday, Dec. 2: X3, Transformers and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Dec. 1: X3, Marvel First Looks, Paul Jenkins exclusive to Marvel, Pang Bros. on Darkness movie and DC Comics stamps.

* Wednesday, Nov. 30: Marvel, Image and Dark Horse First Looks, The Simpsons DVD and Paul Storrie writes The Muse.

* Tuesday, Nov. 29: Ultimate Avengers' Captain America, The Batman and Lois & Clark DVDs, Iron Man: The Inevitable, DC Comics First Looks and Alias Comics' solicitations for February.

* Monday, Nov. 28: Jimmy Palmiotti talks Painkiller Jane, Peter David's Mid-Ohio-Con panel, Superman Returns, The Simpsons and First Looks. Narnia banner

* Saturday, Nov. 26: Tom Scioli talks Godland, Mid-Ohio-Con Hulk panel and Image First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 25: Avatar Press' February solicitations and First Looks.

* Thursday, Nov. 24: Painkiller Jane, Hellboy, The Batman and Paula Peril.

* Wednesday, Nov. 23: Marvel First Looks, Chris Claremont's next project, X-Men: Deadly Genesis second printing and Ramon Bach exclusive to Marvel.

* Tuesday, Nov. 22: Teen Titans, Krypto, DC and Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing's February solicitations.

* Monday, Nov. 21: Image Comics' February solicitations, Bomb Queen, Judo Girl and The Batman.

* Saturday, Nov. 19: Superman Returns, Smallville ratings and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 18: Marvel Legends, Oni Press for February, First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Thursday, Nov. 17: Spawn the Animation, Teen Titans and The Batman on DVD, Marvel and Image First Looks and The Portent.

* Wednesday, Nov. 16: Marvel solicitations for February, Marvel First Looks and American Splendor.

* Tuesday, Nov. 15: Planet Hulk, DC and Marvel First Looks and Daniel Acuna exclusive to DC.

* Monday, Nov. 14: DC Comics, Aspen Comics and Blue Water Productions for February.

* Saturday, Nov. 12: Heroic Publishing for February, Spider-Man/Black Cat and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 11: October sales, First Looks, Marvel/Activision deal and Family Guy.

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