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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SMALLVILLE'S 100TH EPISODE

Al Gough, executive producer of The WB's Smallville, told The Continuum that the death of a major character in the series' 100th episode on Thursday was something that had been discussed since the end of last season.

"We knew it was going to be a big season and we felt, certainly for the series, there needed to be a seismic shift," Gough said. "The character who we're killing off is someone we had been discussing for a while. 'What kind of role was this character to go play in the series?' and 'How can we best make use of the character's death?'"

Gough admitted he wasn't always sure Smallville would make it to 100 episodes.

"After year one we did great and year two we did better, but then you change nights and things happen and you change nights again," he said. "Part of you goes, 'Oh God, this is going to be our last season.' But now I think we have one or two more seasons in us.

"You always hope to get to 100, but it's tough to predict. The television landscape has changed so much since we started our show."

Gough said that two more seasons -- if they happen -- would pretty much wrap up Clark Kent's journey to Superman. It would also be the end to the contracts of actors on the show.

Look for more from The Continuum's interview with Gough this week, including his comments on Cyborg's appearance on the series, Brainiac's return, Dean Cain and Superman Returns.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE

Originally targeted for late spring/early summer, new episodes of Justice League Unlimited will now air beginning in February on Cartoon Network.

The first new episode will air Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 p.m. Nine new episodes, Nos. 31-39 of JLU, are expected.

Cartoon Network has yet to release specifics for the schedule.

Look for more details on this breaking story soon here in The Continuum.

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X3 UPDATE

Boyd Kirkland and Steve Gordon, who worked on the X-Men: Evolution animated series, have returned to the characters in a line of books from HarperKids based on the third X-Men movie.

"I'm doing illustrations for a couple of their early reader books for children based on the movie, following character designs by Steve Gordon," said Kirkland, who was a producer, writer and director on X-Men: Evolution, which ran four seasons on Kids' WB!.

Kirkland said the books have kept him busy the last few months, but he looks to get back into animation soon.

Kirkland worked on X-Men 3: Rogue Finds a Home and X-Men 3: Teaming Up.

Gordon, who designed most of the characters in X-Men: Evolution and did designs for the Ultimate Avengers movies, worked on X-Men 3: Meet the X-Men, X-Men 3: Beast Chooses Sides and X-Men 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Crayons.

Both of the covers above were by Gordon.

The books were written by Harry Lime and Catherine Hapka.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more news on the third X-Men film soon here in The Continuum.



SPIDER-MAN ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics on Wednesday released the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #529, as well as the cover and pages to Spider-Man Unlimited #14.

The Amazing Spider-Man cover is by Bryan Hitch and displays Spidey's new costume. The issue goes on sale on Feb. 22.

The Spider-Man Unlimited pages are from a story by C.B. Cebulski and David Finch.

"David and I kinda came up together at Marvel as I started editing him on one of his initial X-Men Unlimited stories," Cebulski said. "From there we moved over to The Call, then onto Ultimate X-Men. We've become great friends over the years and have always wanted to work together on a more creative level.

"When Marvel read my Spider-Man Unlimited script, someone mentioned it would be the perfect story for Finch to tackle. The stars must have been in alignment as it just so happened David had a hole in his schedule between New Avengers and Moon Knight that needed filling, and I'm honored he accepted the assignment. As you can tell from the pencils, I believe he had a blast drawing it!

Spider-Man Unlimited goes on sale on March 8.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 15, CLICK HERE.

Titles include I (Heart) Marvel: A.I. #1, X-Men: Apocalypse/Dracula #1, Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1 and Spider-Woman: Origin #3.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three-page previews of upcoming DC Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Bite Club: Vampire Crimes Unit #1, Thunderbolt Jaxon #1, Ion #1 and Skye Runner #1.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a look at the covers to Daredevil: Father #6, X-Statix Presents Dead Girl #2, Generation M #4, Punisher vs. Bullseye #4, Runaways #13, Sentinel Squad O*N*E #2, She-Hulk #5, Ultimate Fantastic Four #27, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #4 and New X-Men #23. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* A representative of Warner Bros. told The Continuum reports of a new Superman Returns trailer with V for Vendetta are false.

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

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* Friday, Jan. 20: Superman Returns, 2005 sales, Sensational Spider-Man, Joss Whedon talks Astonishing X-Men, Marvel First Looks and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Jan. 19: Jim Valentino on ShadowHawk, Spider-Man 3, Archie Comics for April, Aspen Comics for April, IDW First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, Jan. 18: X-Men, Marvel Knights, Marvel and DC First Looks and Oni Press for April.

* Tuesday, Jan. 17: Marvel Comics for April, Golden Globes, Dan Jurgens exclusive to DC, Family Guy at Devil's Due, Alias and Image First Looks.

* Monday, Jan. 16: DC Comics for April, Image Comics for April and Image Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, Jan. 15: Teen Titans, Smallville, Family Guy and The Simpsons. Free Shipping from WBShop.com!

* Saturday, Jan. 14: Ultimate Avengers, Strangers in Paradise and First Looks.

* Friday, Jan. 13: Top Cow First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks, December sales and Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero?.

* Thursday, Jan. 12: Black Panther/Storm wedding, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, Jan. 11: Blade TV, X3, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, Jan. 10: Dark Horse Comics for April, DC Comics First Looks, Justice League Unlimited, Moonstone Books for May and Green Lantern.

* Monday, Jan. 9: Justice League Unlimited, Marvel teams with Hasbro, Aquaman casting, SLG toys and First Looks.

* Sunday, Jan. 8: The Batman, Justice League Unlimited and Ultimate Avengers.

* Saturday, Jan. 7: Rosario Dawson's comic, Smallville, Claypool Comics for April and First Looks.

* Friday, Jan. 6: X3, Virgin Comics/Animation and First Looks.

* Thursday, Jan. 5: Marvel and DC First Looks, Superman Returns, Wolverine: Origins and G.I. Joe vs. Transformers.

* Wednesday, Jan. 4: Teen Titans, Sam Kieth exclusive to DC, First Looks and Red Sonja/Claw the Unconquered.

* Tuesday, Jan. 3: Wolverine: Origins, Justice League Unlimited, X-Factor, Parts Unknown and Dead Me Tell No Tales.

* Monday, Jan. 2: Justice League Unlimited, Iron Man animation, Jonah Hex, First Looks and Heroic Publishing for April.




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