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TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006

COMING WEDNESDAY

Animation news, First Looks, Superman Returns -- and much more!!!

MARVEL PRESS CONFERENCE: MOON KNIGHT'S CHARLIE HUSTON

Moon Knight writer Charlie Huston said that he is on board for the first 12 issues of the title, and then possibly could do more.

"I'm actually writing those issues now, what will comprise the second arc of the series," Huston said. "Beyond that, it's going to be contingent. I'd like to stay with it. I'm having a really good time, and I have an affinity for the character. And I certainly have a backlog in my mind of stories that I'd like to tell.

"But I really make my living as a novelist and it's really going to be contingent entirely upon on what my schedule will allow."

Huston made the comments on Tuesday during a Marvel telephone press conference. For the complete rundown of highlights, CLICK HERE.

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND UPDATE

Famke Janssen, who is returning as Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand, said originally her character's return was a secret.

"It's like a soap opera, I came back," she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. "The funniest part was that when we were shooting, we had a lot of people from the press coming and they wanted to keep it a secret that I was back, so every single time anybody from the press would come over, they would shove me in a closets or in anywhere the hallway, so they wouldn't give it away.

"All of a sudden, I was driving in L.A. and I saw these massive billboards with my character on them. And I thought, 'I guess it's OK to talk about it.' Before, I wasn't allowed to say anything."

The same clip of Jean Grey and Wolverine that was shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live preceded her appearance. Janssen, who made her outfits for her dog Licorice on the set, was given an X-Men dog suit by DeGeneres.

In other X-Men news:

* Ian McKellen will be a guest on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday night, Janssen will be a guest on the show on Friday night and Anna Paquin will be a guest on Tuesday, May 23.

* Look for X-Men reports from New York later this week here in The Continuum.

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SUPERMAN RETURNS SET VISIT: CHRIS LEE

The Continuum today continues its series of stories from its visit to the set of Superman Returns last July in Sydney, Australia.

This installment is a question-and-answer with executive producer Chris Lee.

For an edited transcription of the interview, CLICK HERE.

In other Superman Returns news, DC Comics has announced that its tie-in books with the film will be released as a mini-series, rather than as one-shots.

Following is a rundown:

* Superman Returns Prequel Book 1: Krypto to Earth features a story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, with a script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and art by Ariel Olivetti. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 7.

* Superman Returns Prequel Book 2: Ma Kent features a story by Singer, Dougherty and Harris, with a script by Marc Andreyko and art by Karl Kerschl. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 14.

* Superman Returns Prequel Book 3: Lex Luthor features a story by Singer, Dougherty and Harris, with a script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and art by Rick Leonardi and Nelson. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 21.

* Superman Returns Prequel Book 4: Lois Lane features a story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, with a script by Andreyko and art by Wellington Dias and Doug Hazlewood. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 28.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 31, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Son of M #6 (updated lettered version), Runaways #16 and Storm #4.

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* To the right is the back box art from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman -- The Complete Third Season, due on DVD on June 20. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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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, May 4: Ultimate Fantastic Four, Justice League Unlimited, X-Men: The Last Stand, Lords of Avalon to DB Pro and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 3: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Loos and 100 Bullets video game.

* Tuesday, May 2: Justice League DVD, Marvel First Looks, DB Pro's The Highwayman, Sin City Marv bust and DC Comics' second printings.

* Monday, May 1: IDW Publishing for August, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, April 30: X-Men: The Last Stand, Teen Titans, Alias Comics' The Vindicators and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, April 29: X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Krypto the Superdog and First Looks.

* Friday, April 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man movie, Smallville, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Wolverine and Claypool Comics for August. Free Shipping on orders $40 and above.

* Thursday, April 27: Spider-Man on Cartoon Network, Activision's Marvel Alliance, Ed Brubaker extends exclusive and First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 26: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Wolverine: Origins and Smallville.

* Tuesday, April 25: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Kids' WB!, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Infinite Crisis and Anita Blake.

* Monday, April 24: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel Legends, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Turner panels at Pittsburgh Comicon and Xena creative team.

* Sunday, April 23: DC's One Year Later panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, The Librarian and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 22: Spider-Girl panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, Image Comics' Task Force 1 and First Looks.

* Friday, April 21: Conan, Virgin Comics for July and Alias First Looks.

* Thursday, April 20: Devil's Due for July, Alias for July, Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Superman: Brainiac Attacks.

* Wednesday, April 19: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks, Witchblade #100 and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, April 18: Marvel Comics for July, Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW sell-outs.

* Monday, April 17: DC Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Archie Comics for July and Moon Knight.

* Sunday, April 16: Absolute Dark Knight, Ultimate Avengers and Emily Edison.

* Saturday, April 15: The Simpsons, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes animated and Transformers: Evolutions.

* Friday, April 14: Storm's wedding dress, Superman movies on Cinemax, Family Guy, Aspen Comics for July, Big Bang Comics and March sales figures.

* Thursday, April 13: DB Pro for July, Moonstone Books for August, Justice League Unlimited, Tom DeFalco press conference, Archie First Looks and DC Comics' second printings.

* Wednesday, April 12: Superman Returns, DC Comics' second printings, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks, Marvel Legends and Skye Runner.






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