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TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006

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PAOLO RIVERA TALKS MYTHOS

Paolo Rivera, the artist of Marvel's Mythos line of one-shots that re-tell and modernize the origins of Marvel characters, told The Continuum he will follow up August's Mythos: Hulk with Mythos: Ghost Rider.

"I start on it in a couple of weeks," Rivera said. "I should be done with it in the fall and I'm hoping it will be out by the end of the year."

Rivera admitted he wasn't well-versed in Ghost Rider lore and that the choice of the character probably has something to do with Sony's Ghost Rider movie in February.

"But it's a guy who has a skull that's on fire and rides a motorcycle, that has to be among the most fun you can do," Rivera said.

"Plus, my dad does custom motorcycles, so I'll have plenty of reference."

Rivera, who teams with writer Paul Jenkins on the Mythos line, said he enjoys the "classic storytelling" elements of Mythos.

"I also like the format of one issue per character," he said.

Being a painted comic, Mythos is a time-consuming endeavor. Rivera said he hopes to have a new issue every three or four months.

And what character would he like to work on after Ghost Rider?

"Either Iron Man or Daredevil," Rivera said. "We'll probably keep Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four for the last two."

Click on the thumbnails above for larger images from Mythos: Hulk, which is scheduled to be in store on Aug. 30.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on June 28, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Black Panther #17, Daredevil #86, Fantastic Four #538, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #7, NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #5 and Storm #5.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of upcoming Image Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Sidekick #1 and Casanova #1.

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SMALLVILLE DVD UPDATE

Warner Home Video has announced details regarding Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season, the DVD collection due in stores on Sept. 12

DVD special features include:

* Smallvillešs 100th episode: The Making of a Milestone.

* Commentary on two episodes.

* Unaired Scenes.

* Vengeance Chronicles Webisode Gallery.

Here's how Warner describes the set:

"During this exciting pivotal season: Clark faces rogue Kryptonians. Lex Luthor (today Kansas, tomorrow the world) launches a vicious political campaign. The Fortress of Solitude rises. Clarkšs love for Lana Lang deepens, and he and Lois Lane remain friendly adversaries. AC (aka Aquaman) surfaces. A spaceship mystery unfolds. A dark tragedy ­ one even Clarkšs powers canšt prevent ­ strikes. These and more key elements of Superman lore fall into place."

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A PRINCESS OF MARS VARIANTS

In addition to art of Ted McKeever, IDW Publishing's Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars mini-series will feature variant covers by Frank Cho and Mark Wheatley.

Cho will provide variants for the three issues, Wheatley the last two.

The mini-series, which launches in August, will be written by IDW editor Dan Taylor.

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"Representing the beginning of the very prolific career of legendary author Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars recounts the very first tale of pulp hero John Carter's adventures on the Red Planet. The five-issue series opens with Civil War veteran John Carter finding himself mysteriously and unexpectedly transported to the planet Mars, where he is forced to adapt to this strange and fantastic new world and all its dangerous alien beasts and warring Martian species. While trying to survive the perils of the Red Planet, Carter also tries to win the affections of a fellow captive of the Green Martians, Dejah Thoris -- a princess of Mars."

"A Princess of Mars, like most of Burroughs' literary classics, is a natural choice to adapt into a comic book series," Taylor said.

"The elements that Burroughs put into his stories lend themselves quite well to comics‹imaginative tales filled with wondrous vision. Besides, I'm not one who can pass up on good, old-fashioned, swashbuckling science-fiction adventure."

Click on the thumbnails for larger images of the covers to teh first issues.

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VIRGIN COMICS FOR AUGUST

Virgin Comics has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, CLICK HERE.

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BRIEFLY

* Kazuo Koike, co-creator of such works as Lone Wolf and Cub, Samurai Executioner, Lady Snowblood, Path of the Assassin, and Crying Freeman, will be appearing for the first time at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. It will mark Koike's first appearance at any convention in the United States.

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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.

* June, 1: X-Men press conference, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Transformers and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, May 31: X-Men: The Last Stand deaths, Avi Arad steps down, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 30: Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Bryan Singer, Alex Ross covers for Virgin Comics and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Monday, May 29: Spider-Man 3 in New York, X-Men: The Last Stand's Ralph Winter, Blade: The Series and Superman Returns.

* Sunday, May 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Alex Toth dies, Krypto the Superdog schedule, Starz comic-book marathon and Dark Horse First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Saturday, May 27: X-Men: The Last Stand's big opening, Blade: The Series, Teen Titans, DB Pro's XIII graphic novels and First Looks.

* Friday, May 26: X-Men: The Last Stand, The Batman, Giant-Size Hulk, Iron Man and Dynamite Entertainment news.

* Thursday, May 25: X-Men: The Last Stand's Kelsey Grammer, Blade: The Series' Jill Wagner, Iron Man movie, Teen Titans and The Batman on DVD and First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 24: X-Men: The Last Stand's Shawn Ashmore, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Ghost Rider variants and Komikwerks for August.

* Tuesday, May 23: X-Men: The Last Stand's Ben Foster, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow/Marvel crossovers and Superman Returns.

* Monday, May 22: X-Men: The Last Stand's Anna Paquin, Civil War: Thunderbolts, Image Comics First Looks, Bongo Comics for August, Bomb Queen vs. Blacklight and Devi #1 preview.

* Sunday, May 21: X-Men: The Last Stand's Famke Janssen, Jospeh Michael Linsner's Claws and Alias Comics for August.

* Saturday, May 20: George Perez at Motor City Comic Con, X-Men: The Last Stand and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, May 19: Blade: The Series, X-Men: The Last Stand's Patrick Stewart, Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man chess set, V for Vendetta DVD details and Transformers: Stormbringer.

* Thursday, May 18: X-Men: The Last Stand's Aaron Stanford, Civil War #2 preview, Devil's Due Publishing for August, Captain Atom finale, Image Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Wednesday, May 17: Image Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, May 16: Marvel Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Highlander comic book and Vertigo trade paperbacks.

* Monday, May 15: X-Men: The Last Stand's Halle Berry, DC Comics for August, NBC's Heroes, Snakewoman artist, Archie Comics for August and Dragon's Lair.

* Sunday, May 14: X-Men: The Last Stand's James Marsden, Superman Returns writers and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 13: X-Men: The Last Stand's Dania Ramirez, V for Vendetta on DVD, Heroic Publishing for August and First Looks.

* Friday, May 12: X-Men: The Last Stand's Hugh Jackman, Legion of Super Heroes animated, DC Comics trade paperbacks, Halo Graphic Novel, Battlestar Galactica and IDW First Looks.




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