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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006

FEBRUARY SALES

Marvel Comics had the top two books for February and topped the charts in both market and unit share, according to figures released by Diamond on Friday.

Marvel had 39.56 percent of the market share to 32.67 percent for DC Comics and 45.30 percent of the unit share to 34.30 for DC.

Astonishing X-Men #13, marking the return of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, was the top seller, followed in the top 10 by New Avengers #16, Justice #4, Supergirl #4, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #2, Amazing Spider-Man #529, Green Lantern 38, Green Lantern #9, Supergirl #5 and Uncanny X-Men #469.

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MARVEL ANIMATION ROUNDUP

Jeffrey Sams is proving the voice of Black Panther in Ultimate Avengers 2, the direct-to-DVD animated film from Marvel and Lionsgate.

Sams might be best known for his role of Terrence Cook on UPN's Veronica Mars.

Sams will be appearing at Wizard World Los Angeles on Sunday for a panel on the Ultimate Avengers voices. He will be joined by Marc Worden (Iron Man), Grey DeLisle (Wasp), Andre Ware (Nick Fury), Dave Boat (Thor) and Nolan North (Giant Man).

The panel, scheduled for noon (PT), will include a preview of Ultimate Avengers 2.

In other Marvel animation news: * To the right is a first look at the back cover packaging for X-Men: Evolution -- The Complete Third Season, due from Warner Home Video on May 23.

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* Cartoon Network has secured the rights to the 26 episodes of Fantastic Four. According to Variety, Fantastic Four will debut as a weekly series on Cartoon Network in the fall.

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V FOR VENDETTA UPDATE

V for Vendetta opens in 3,365 theaters in the United States on Friday, amid good reviews and high expectations.

According to tracking by Variety, the film could have the top opening of the year so far.

Variety also reported that V for Vendetta also "is likely to dominate internationally, launching on about 2,000 prints in 16 markets including the U.K., Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan."

In other V news:

* At the recent press junket in New York, Natalie Portman talked about the violent choices made by the film's character.

"I think the great thing about this movie is that it leaves it at a question for the audience. I think you probably feel that the cause is just but the means used are open for interpretation," she said. "Obviously, throughout history violence has been a pretty effective means to create revolution, but it's obviously not the only way."

* First-time director James McTeigue told The Continuum he was happy with the film's promotions. Television spots have emphasized Portman as well as the special effects.

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NEW FAMILY GUY EPISODE

Fox has released an image from "Sibling Rivalry," the new episode of Family Guy scheduled for Sunday, March 26.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"After a pregnancy scare, Peter reluctantly agrees to get a vasectomy. But after the operation, Peter's sex drive becomes nonexistent. When Lois packs on some extra pounds, Peter's interest is renewed and things heat back up in the bedroom until her unhealthy eating habits get the best of her. Meanwhile, Stewie's half-brother and archrival Beltram confronts him and they declare an all-out war for control over the playground."

Wallace Shawn guest-stars as Bertram.

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IRON MAN PRESS CONFERENCE

Marvel Comics staged a telephone press conference on Thursday, featuring writers Daniel Knauf and Charlie Knauf and editor Tom Brevoort.

For an edited transcription of CLICK HERE.



FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of titles arriving in stores on April 12, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Star Wars: Rebellion -- My Brother, My Enemy #1 from Dark Horse Comics and Son of M #5 from Marvel Comics.

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BRIEFLY

* Kids' WB!'s The Batman has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards. The series was nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Achievement In Sound Editing - Live Action And Animation categories.

The awards will be presented on April 28 at the Kodak Theaters in Hollywood, Calif.

* Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with a new image from Superman Returns. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

DC Comics has announced that three of its "One Year Later" issues, JSA #83, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40, and Superman #650, are being sent back to press for new printings.

* Dynamite Entertainment has announced a sell-out for Painkiller Jane #1.

* Coming Saturday: Wizard World Los Angeles 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.

* Wednesday, March 8: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Tuesday, March 7: Dark Horse Comics for June, Batman Begins on HBO, Marvel's Fantastic Four press conference, Marvel Comics First Look and Moonstone books for July.

* Monday, March 6: Superman Returns, Image Comics First Looks, Devil's Due trade paperbacks and Street Sessions.

* Sunday, March 5: X-Men: The Last Stand, Kevin Maguire talks Batman and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 4: Superman Returns, Marvel animation, Heroic Publishing for June and First Looks.

* Friday, March 3: Eternals, Marshall Rogers on Black Rider, Doctor Strange, Justice League Unlimited, New Avengers: Illuminati and Devil's Due First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Thursday, March 2: Superman DVDs, Marvel First Looks, Archie First Looks, Anita Blake comics and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, March 1: Cartoon Network Upfronts, Marvel Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 28: Marvel/Diamond Select, X-Men: The Last Stand's David Gorder, Speakeasy Comics shuts down, The Simpsons and Spider-Man & Friends action figures.

* Monday, Feb. 27: V for Vendetta's Natalie Portman and from New York Comic-Con: X-Men: The Last Stand, Ultimate Universe and WildStorm.

* 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.

* 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.




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