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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006

COMING TUESDAY

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

SUPERMAN RETURNS PRESS JUNKET: KEVIN SPACEY

The News continues its series of interviews from the Superman Returns press junket on Friday in Los Angeles with Kevin Space, who plays Lex Luthor.

Spacey talks following Gene Hackman in the role, how his theater work impacts his film career and his "Super-Buster" golf cart that he drove around set.

To read the roundtable interview with Spacey, CLICK HERE.

Look for more Superman Returns news on Tuesday here in The Continuum.

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ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VARIANT

Marvel Comics announced on Monday that Arthur Suydam is providing another zombie variant cover, this one to Ultimate Fantastic Four #31.

The issue, due in stores on July 12, is part 2 of the "Frightful" story arc by Mark Millar and Greg Land.

In the issue, the zombie FF break free of their prison and wreak havoc in the Baxter Building, while only Dr. Doom can stop a dangerous alien object that Johnny Storm unknowingly brought back from the N-Zone.

Marvel also announced that Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 has sold out.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images of the issue's regular and variant covers.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include G.I. Joe: America's Elite #12 from Devil's Due Publishing, Supermarket #3 from IDW Publishing and Criminal Macabre: Feat of Clay, The Goon #18 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #6 from Dark Horse Comics.

Look for more First Looks on Tuesday here in The Continuum.

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ARCHIE'S HALLOWEEN COMICS

Archie Comics on Monday announced a pair of Halloween-themed comic books for September: Sabrina the Teenage Witch #79 and Betty & Veronica #221.

Sabrina #79 ships on Sept. 13 and is by Tania del Rio.

Here's how Archie describes the issue:

"In 'Trick or Trick?' Sabrina is let in on a secret that will make this the best Halloween ever: Halloween is the one day that witches and wizards are allowed to freely use magic in the mortal realm! Of course, as with any privilege, there are rules that must be followed... is Sabrina up to the task of this new responsibility? She'll find out when she joins Llandra, Shinji, and Gwen at the local theme park's haunted house! But the tricks are on them, as they soon learn the exhibit really is haunted!"

Betty & Veronica #221 ships on Sept. 20 and is by George Gladir and Jeff Shultz.

Here's how Archie describes the issue:

"In 'The Big Prize,' from Veronica pulls out all the stops to make sure she is the center of attention on a day where there's a lot of competition! Veronica has entered herself in a Halloween costume contest judged by renowned luminaries from the fashion and entertainment worlds and you know what that means -- more costume changes than a diva in concert! Will Veronica's tenacity help her 'scare up' the prize?"

Both books will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25. Click on the thumbnails for larger looks at the covers.

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BRIEFLY

* Thomas Haden Church, who is playing Sandman in Spider-Man 3, will be a guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, June 21.

* Steve Melching has written two more episodes of The Batman animated series for next season. He also wrote two episodes of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

"I've been a Turtles fan since the original B&W comics back in the mid-1980s, so it was a treat to finally get to write for them," Melching told The Continuum. "I think it'll be a fun show."

* To the left is a look at the cover art to DC Comics' 52 #11. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Ian Churchill is providing a flip cover to Image Comics' The Elephantmen #1, due in stores in August. Jose Ladronn is providing the front cover.

"Can it get any better than this?" said Richard Starkings, president of Active Images and the writer of the book. ģIan and I have been friends for years and as long-time fans of Hip Flask know, Ian has had a hand in the creation of the character since the very beginning.

"Ian finished this piece for us as a special favor and I couldn't be happier. It's the perfect complement to the interior art by Moritat and Henry Flint -- this will be one beautiful book!"

* Cinemax will be airing Batman Begins several times in August. Air dates and times include Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4:50 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 21 at 12:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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, June, 7: Smallville Season 6, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Tuesday, June, 6: Mythos, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Smallville Season 5 DVD and Virgin Comics for August.

* Monday, June, 5: Black Widow movie stalled, First Looks, Blade: The Series' David Palffy, Superman Returns, Hawaiian Dick, WildStorm panel at Wizard World Philadelphia and IDW's Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour.

* Sunday, June, 4: MTV Movie Awards, X-Men: The Last Stand and Marvel's Civil War panel at Wizard World Philadelphia. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Saturday, June, 3: Erica Durance, Blade: The Series, DC Comics and Marvel's Cup o' Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Ultimate Avengers 2 and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 2: X-Men, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Aspen's Shrugged, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

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

* Wednesday, 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.

* 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.




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