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Thursday, January 26, 2006

BLACK PANTHER/STORM NEWS CONFERENCE

Marvel Comics staged a telephone news conference on Thursday, centering on the upcoming wedding of Black Panther and Storm. Black Panther writer Reginald Hudlin and Storm writer Eric Jerome Dickey were featured.

For highlights, with more than a dozen images, CLICK HERE.

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DC COMICS' 52

DC Comics has announced that 52, its weekly series starting on May 10, will feature a cover price of $2.50.

The weekly DCU series is written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid, with layouts by Keith Giffen and covers by J.G. Jones.

The first four issues will feature art by Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose. In addition, beginning with Week 2, the series will include the 10-part back-up feature "The History of the DC Universe," written and pencilled by Dan Jurgens with inks by Art Thibert.

"This is one of the most extraordinary and challenging projects ever to come from DC Comics," said Dan DiDio, Senior VP -- Executive Editor, DCU. "We are the only publisher that has the ability to deliver quality and excitement like this on a weekly basis."

"We've been working with Diamond and the retail community to help retailers stock 52 appropriately and to make it an event that will bring fans into comics shops each and every week," said Bob Wayne, DC's VP-Sales. "With that in mind, we will not collect or reprint any chapter of 52 until the final issue is published in 2007."

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 1, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Uncanny X-Men #469, The Sentry #5, Spider-Girl #95, X-Men: The End -- Men and X-Men #2, Underworld #1, New Excalibur #4, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #12, Marvel Romance Redux #1, X-Factor #3 and I (Heart) Marvel: My Mutant Heart.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Batman and the Monster Men #4, Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3, The Exterminators #2, Hard Time Season Two #3, Thunderbolt Jaxon #1 and Y: The Last Man #42.

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V FOR VENDETTA GOES IMAX

IMAX and Warner Bros. have announced that the V For Vendetta film will be simultaneously released to IMAX and conventional theatres on March 17.

Produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers, directed by James McTeigue and starring Natalie Portman, V For Vendetta will be digitally re-mastered through IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

The addition of V For Vendetta gives IMAX five new digitally re-mastered Hollywood films -- including two in IMAX 3D -- scheduled to be released day-and-date to IMAX theatres this year.

"We're excited to give fans the opportunity to experience V For Vendetta in IMAX's spectacular format," Silver said. "The clarity and immersive quality of The IMAX Experience adds a dynamic dimension to the film's powerful visuals, breathtaking action and multi-layered storytelling."

Look for more on V for Vendetta soon here in The Continuum.



KICKERS, INC./NEW UNIVERSE PREVIEW

To promote its upcoming Untold Tales of the New Universe specials, Marvel Comics will include an eight-page Kickers, Inc. story in New Avengers #16.

Marvel is removing all advertising from that issue, which goes on sale on Feb. 15.

In addition, Amazing Fantasy #19, which goes on sale on March 22, will include an eight-page Spitfire story.

On Thursday, Marvel released a preview of the Kickers, Inc. story as well as the covers to the Untold Tales of the New Universe titles Nightmask, Justice, Psi-Force, Starbrand and DP7.

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics' The Runaways Vol. #1 HC, collecting all of the issues #1-18 of the series' first volume, has made the Top Ten list for Best Books for Young Adults for 2006, as named by the American Library Association. Runaways is the only graphic novel to make the list.

Marvel is offering a new X-Men/Runaways story as part of Free Comic Book Day offering.

* According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS has ordered a pilot based on the Image Comics' Ultra, by the Luna brothers. Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall wrote the script.

* Dynamite Entertainment has announced an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to produce comics featuring Xena. Creative teams and launch dates will be announced.

* Coming Friday: 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.

* Saturday, Jan. 21: X-Men: The Last Stand, HBO/Cinemax for March, Narwain's Albert and First Looks.

* 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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