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TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2006

FANTASTIC FOUR TO CARTOON NETWORK

Marvel Studios on Tuesday released a new image from the Fantastic Four animated series.

As previously reported, the show will air on Cartoon Network. The Continuum has learned the first animation is coming back on the series, which is targeted for a fall start.

Co-produced by Marvel Studios and Moonscoop, Fantastic Four will combine a mix of 2D and 3D animation. The initial season broadcast commitment for the series on Cartoon Network is 26 half-hour episodes.

The domestic deal, announced on Tuesday, makes Cartoon Network the global home for the Fantastic Four animated series. Late last year, the broadcaster struck a deal with Moonscoop to carry the series in all territories outside the U.S.

"Cartoon Network is the perfect home for the Fantastic Four. The network has established itself as one of the top providers of high-quality animation entertainment. Their commitment to this series will further Marvel's mission to drive consistent, high-profile exposure and excitement for The Fantastic Four franchise worldwide," said Michael Helfant, president and COO of Marvel Studios. "The television series furthers our aggressive strategy to fully support our characters through feature films, DVDs, video games, merchandising and television animation."

This will mark the fourth animated series featuring the FF, following one produced by Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s; a short-lived show on NBC that replaced the Human Torch with H.E.R.B.I.E. the Robot; and two seasons in the mid-1990s as part of the syndicated Marvel Action Hour.

Marvel's Avi Arad is an executive producer on the new show.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 26, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Wolverine #41, Black Panther #15 and Incredible Hulk #94.



REBECCA ROMIJN TALKS X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

Rebecca Romijn, who is playing Mystique for the third time, said she went through the makeup process some 20 times for X-Men: The Last Stand.

"It's been the same four women for all three movies," Romijn said during an appearance on the syndicated Live! with Regis and Kelly on Tuesday. "It's funny, because we've obviously gotten to know each other pretty well. It's a pretty intimate situation. It's incredibly laborious putting it on. It takes seven hours.

"And the maintenance of it is crazy. It's all silicone prosthetics stuck all over my body. Taking it off is like ripping off giant Band-Aids."

Romijn, whose role in X-Men: The Last Stand is smaller than X2 but pivotal, said the costumes had certain time restrictions.

"It's pretty fragile," she said. "It falls about."

Romijn was also featured on E! News Live on Tuesday. And above is an image from NBC from Romijn's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week.

Romijn isn't quite through with the blue paint, as her character gets sprayed in the new WB series Pepper Dennis.

Look for more on X-Men: The Last Stand soon here in The Continuum.



SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Ariel Olivetti is the artist of the first of four Superman Returns prequel comic-books, The Continuum has learned.

The 40-page book, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, is called Superman Returns: Krypton to Earth. Like all of the four books, the story is by director Bryan Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.

The book will ship on June 7, and will be followed by Superman Returns: Max Kent on June 14, Superman Returns: Lex Luthor on June 21 and Superman Returns: Lois Lane on June 28.

Adam Hughes is providing all four covers.

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DIAMOND SELECT TOYS

Diamond has provided The Continuum with a rundown of upcoming Diamond Select Toys.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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ULTIMATE FF COVERS

Marvel Comics has announced that Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 will feature two variant covers.

The first variant is a sketch variant to Greg Land's original cover. The second is a "zombiefied" take on Fantastic Four #1 by Arthur Suydam, who has provided all the covers for Marvel Zombies.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 kicks off "Frightful," which will feature the return of Dr. Doom and the debut of the Ultimate Frightful Four, the zombie FF escaping from their prison in the Baxter Building and Johnny Storm getting some devastating news.

Click on the thumbnails above for larger images. All three covers for Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 will go on sale on May 24.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is the variant cover by Adam Kubert for Wonder Woman #1. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Although they aren't series regulars, both Cosmic Boy and Triplicate Girl will appear in the upcoming Legin of Super Heroes animated series.

* Wong will be a character in the Doctor Strange animated movie, The Continuum has learned.

* Rick Remender will write Dynamite Entertainment's upcoming Classic Battlestar Galactica series. His first arc will be four issues.

"The BSG premise is one of the most fascinating possible Sci-Fi high concepts to play off of," Remender said. "Homeless and left to the void of space after watching the destruction of your entire civilization -- these are real stakes that give birth to the kind of constant high stress/high drama that makes for very entertaining storytelling. You also have such distinct and iconic characters with so much presence. For one, I'm pretty jazzed to get a swing at Starbuck and Commander Adama's dialogue."

* 360ep and John Taddeo, creator of Zoom Suit, announced that 360ep would represent Zoom Suit for licensing and publishing opportunities.

* Coming Wednesday: 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.

* Thursday, March 30: Krypto the Superdog, Ms. Marvel, Aquaman TV pilot, First Looks and Cyberforce.

* Wednesday, March 29: Teen Titans, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel/Panini deal and Devil's Due.

* Tuesday, March 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four sells out, Justice League Unlimited and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 27: IDW Publishing for July, Blade: The Series, Image Comics First Looks, Rex Mundi to Dark Horse and Nova.

* Sunday, March 26: V for Vendetta, Superman/Batman, Smallville and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 25: Ultimate Avengers, First Looks, E-Man Returns and Trailer Park of Terror. Pirates

* Friday, March 24: The Simpsons go live-action, Tommy Lee Edwards on Bulletpoints, First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man variant.

* Thursday, March 23: X-Men: The Official Game, Aspen Comics For June, The Batman and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 21: DB Pro for June, Gen13's Talent Caldwell, Legion of Super Heroes animation, Witchblade animated and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 20: From Wizard World L.A.: Blade, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Universe and Civil War panels.

* Sunday, March 19: V for Vendetta tops box office and, from Wizard World L.A.: DC Universe, WildStorm/Vertigo/CMX and X-Men panels.

* Saturday, March 18: From Wizard World L.A.: Hellboy's Doug Jones, Superman Returns, DC Comics panel, Marvel's Cup 'O Joe panel and Mondo Marvel panel.

* Friday, March 17: February sales, Marvel animation roundup, V for Vendetta, Family Guy and Iron Man press conference.

* Thursday, March 16: Devil's Due for June, Oni Press for June and Smallville.

* Wednesday, March 15: Superman Returns comics, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 14: Marvel Comics for June, Image Comics for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 13: DC Comics for June, DC trade paperbacks for July/August, Archie Comics for June, Legion of Super-Heroes animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, March 12: V for Vendetta's Joel Silver, Chris Batista talks 52, Ape Entertainment's U.T.F. and Jenna Meets 100 Girls.

* Saturday, March 11: Superman DVDs, Smallville, The Simpsons and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, March 10: Justice League Unlimited, Marvel Comics First Looks, Narwain's Miserere and Dead @17.

* Thursday, March 9: Legion of Super Heroes animated, Superman DVDs, Aspen Comics' Shrugged and First Looks.

* 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.




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