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Friday, March 3, 2006


Marshall Rogers told The Continuum that drawing a Western isn't "the first choice" for him, but he is enjoying working on Strange Western Starring Black Rider.

"I want to work and that's the next thing on my plate," he told The Continuum, "but I'm actually having a great time."

The book, due in August, is part of Marvel's summer Western event of one-shots. Rogers is teaming with longtime collaborator Steve Englehart on the story.

One strange element in the Black Rider story is that it's set in the Eastern United States -- in 1880s New York as Black Rider tracks down a Chinese prostitution ring.

"It gives us an interesting setting," Rogers said.

And the hardest part of drawing a Western?

"Horses," Rogers said. "Horses don't flow easily off my pencil yet. It takes more time and concentration."

Rogers said that Al Vey is inking the story and then he will go back in and do the coloring.

Rogers also noted that he and Englehart have been given the green light for another Batman: Dark Detective mini-series from DC Comics.

"Steve's plot has been approved," Rogers said. "It has Deadshot in it, and Killer Moth."

Rogers said he will be updating Killer Moth's costume. "It's the same theme," he said. "It will have sharper angles and play to his abilities."

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Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with promotional art and character sketches for Doctor Strange, a six-issue mini-series by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin.

Although the promotional art says June, the series will launch this fall, probably in October.

Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada described the series as "Ditko-eque."

"It really is a dream project for Brian Vaughan," Quesada said.

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Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with a first look at the covers to Eternals #1,

Rick Berry provides the main cover, and series artist John Romita Jr. provides the variant.

Neil Gaiman is writing the six-issue series, which debuts with a 48-page issue on June 21.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

" You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall-- so why does no one remember any of this? Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602, Anansi Boys, Sandman) is joined by superstar artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) to bring you the eagerly-awaited event of 2006-ETERNALS!! Ike Harris has dreams of adventures, love affairs and betrayals, but no one involved remembers or believes him. And who is trying to kill him to keep him from talking about it?"

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"The Great Brain Robbery" episode of Justice League Unlimited will make its Cartoon Network premiere on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Here's how Cartoon Network describes the episode:

"A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash's minds being swapped into each other's bodies."

The episode has a story by Dwayne McDuffie and a teleplay by Matt Wayne.

"'The Great Brain Robbery' was my first time scripting an episode from a Dwayne McDuffie outline," Wayne told The Continuum. "It was fun and easy; a number of the best lines in the finished episode were there before I started. Half the fun of this episode comes from Michael Rosenbaum and Clancy Brown, the voices of Flash and Luthor. They really sold the idea of mind switching."

In the episode, Oded Fehr reprises the role of Doctor Fate. Viewers might also know him as the main bad guy in Showtime's live-action Sleeper Cell mini-series.

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Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with a prewview of New Avengers: Illimunati, the 48-page one-shot due in stores on March 29.

The book is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Alex Maleev and a cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

Not only does New Avengers: Illuminati help launch the epic Planet Hulk event, but by this specialšs end, the Marvel Universe will be on a one-way road to Civil War. Made up of Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange, and Professor X, the Illuminati are the most powerful group of heroes that the world never knew existed. In one oversized special, the entire history of this super-group will be revealed...including how they are ripped apart."

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For covers and five-page previews of Devil's Due Publishing titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include G.I. Joe: America's Elite #9 and G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The Art of War #1.

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* Beckett Entertainment has promoted Gabriel Benson to the newly created position of vice president, creative affairs. The title reflects Benson's efforts to bring Beckett properties to film and television. He will continue to write and edit Beckett titles through Image Comics.

* Coming Saturday: X-Men: The Last Stand 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.

* Sunday, Feb. 26: From New York Comic-Con: Spawn, Blade TV, X-Men, DC Universe and Marvel's Cup 'O Joe.

* Friday, Feb. 24: X-Men: The Last Stand's John Bruno, Jim Lee's Batcave spread, Elephantmen, The Batman, Alias Comics First Looks and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 23: Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand's Kelsey Grammer, Claypool Comics for June and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 22: X-Men: The Last Stand press conference, new Witchblade creators, Hack/Slash movie, Aquaman TV, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 21: Ving Rhames joins Aquaman TV cast, Justice League Unlimited, new Top Cow editor-in-chief, Ms. Marvel, Planet Hulk and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, Feb. 20: X-Men action figures, Boom! Studios for May, V for Vendetta, Squadron Supreme variants, First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Sunday, Feb. 19: V for Vendetta, Dabel Brothers Production for May and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Saturday, Feb. 18: Alias Comics for May, Spider-Man action figures, First Looks, January sales and Ultimate Avengers.

* Friday, Feb. 17: Movie/TV special: Ultimate Avengers 2, Superman Returns, X-Men: Evolution, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes, Ultraviolet, Just a Pilgrim and more.

* Thursday, Feb. 16: Marvel Legends preview, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 15: Marvel Comics for May, Oni Press for May and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 14: Image Comics for May and Archie Comics for May.

* Monday, Feb. 13: DC Comics for May and, from WonderCon, Superman Returns, Frank Miller, DC Crisis and WildStorm.

* Sunday, Feb. 12: From WonderCon: Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, DC Universe and Dark Horse Comics.

* Saturday, Feb. 11: From WonderCon: Mike Mignola, Bongo Comics, Vertigo Comics, Image Comics and Boom! Studios.

* Friday, Feb. 10: X-Men: The Final Stand, Just a Pilgrim movie and First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 9: Marvel's Annihilation, Justice League Unlimited, Rising Stars: Untouchable and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mike Deodato's New Avengers and First Looks from Marvel, DC and Image.

* Tuesday, Feb. 7: Supergirl, The Batman, Dark Horse and DC First Looks and Moonstone Books for June.

* Monday, Feb. 6: X-Men movie game, Spider-Man 3's Captain Stacy, Aspen Comics for May and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

* Sunday, Feb. 5: Sin City, Heroic Publishing for May and Doctor Strange movie.

* Saturday, Feb. 4: Smallville, Alias' Valkyries and First Looks.

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