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THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2006

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

CIVIL WAR #5 COVER

Following Spider-Man's unmasking to the world in a press conference at the end of Civil War #2 on Wednesday, Marvel Comics on Thursday revealed the cover to Civil War #5.

Here's Marvel's set-up:

"In a move that will change the Wall-Crawlerıs life, Spider-Man unmasked to the world and revealed that he is Peter Parker. In the pages of Civil War #2, Marvelıs summer blockbuster series, Spider-Man shockingly reveals his secret identity at a press conference.

"Civil War has erupted in the Marvel Universe as heroes fight heroes over the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act. After a terrible accident involving young heroes leads to the deaths of several hundred innocent people, Congress passes a law declaring that all super-powered vigilantes must register with the government.

"This divides the superhero community as some heroes register while the other half becomes wanted criminals. The leader of the Pro-Registration side, Iron Man, convinces Spider-Man that heroes need to be held accountable, just as law enforcement is, and that to make a statement for their cause, he needs to unmask to the world. In a milestone moment in comics history, Peter does the unthinkable and reveals his secret identity.

"Peter Parker's life will take a dangerous turn, including his deadliest villains, know the secret he has been keeping since a radioactive spider bit him, giving him the proportionate strength and abilities of a spider.

"Will Peter Parker live to regret his decision or will he be a leader in legitimizing superheroes in the eyes of a public that has lost faith in them? From the looks of the cover to Civil War #5 seen here, Spider-Man's greatest villains are going to ensure that Peter's life doesn't get any easier either way."

"Spider-Man Unmasked" will play out in the Spider-titles, including Amazing Spider-Man #533 (June 28), Sensational Spider-Man #28 (July 12) and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 (Aug. 2).

In related news, newly exclusive Ed McGuinness is providing a variant cover to Civil War #3.

Click on the image above for a much larger image. Look for more on Civil War on Friday here in The Continuum.

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MARVEL COMICS' CIVIL WAR PRESS CONFERENCE

Marvel Comics staged a Civil War press conference on Thursday afternoon, featuring writers Zeb Wells of Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways and David Hine of Civil War: X-Men.

For a complete report, CLICK HERE.

Below are images from both books. Marvel has censored the Young Avengers and Runaways pages to eliminate spoilers.

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ASPEN COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER

Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include X-Men #188 from Marvel Comics, Kade: Sun of Perdition #1 from Arana Studio and Archie #567 and Tales from Riverdale Digest #12 from Archie Comics.

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

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SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Superman Returns star Brandon Routh will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 48th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

Routh will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" in NASCARıs mid-summer classic. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal pace car.

"We're excited to have Brandon, the star of one of this summer's blockbuster movies, give the starting command for this yearıs Pepsi 400," said Robin Braig, Daytona International Speedway president. "Brandon's participation proves the Pepsi 400 continues to attract top celebrities to one of NASCAR's premier events."

Also at the Pepsi 400, Jeff Gordon, will race his No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet in a special Superman Returns paint-out car featuring the Superman S-Shield.

In other Superman Returns news:

* Thursday night's NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks featured a promotional spot for Superman Returns featuring Heat center Shaquille O'Neal. A longtime Superman fan, O'Neal starred in 1997's Steel movie.

* Routh is featured on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly.

* Kate Bosworth, who plays Lois Lane, told E! News that she bonded with Tristan Leabu, who plays Lois' son Jason. "He's just amazing," she said. "I felt like his adopted mother. I felt so maternal on the set."

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LIBERTY MEADOWS: COVER GIRL

Image Comics announced on Thursday that Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl will clock in at 128 pages. The August-releasing hardcover will include all of Choıs covers -- from single issues to trade paperbacks.

"I'm pretty excited about this book," Cho said. "It's great to have all my Liberty Meadows covers and pin-ups in one fat volume since even I'm missing some of the early issues."

The hardcover also features a new cover and a behind-the-scenes look at the development of some of the favorite images of Brandy and the gang, from rough sketch to full color.

"People will be amazed how much color adds to the art," Cho said. "Brett Evans has been doing amazing color jobs on my covers for years."

The book will cost $24.99.

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BRIEFLY

* Dynamite Entertainment has announced it is adding a Lone Ranger preview to July's Highlander #0. According to the publisher, more than 100,000 copies of the book have been ordered.

* According to Variety, Boaz Yakin will write and possibly direct a Conan the Barbarian film for Warner Bros. Yakin at one time was attached to a live-action Batman Beyond film that was scripted by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett.

* The Ultimate Avengers 2 animated movie will be screened during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

* The Thursday, June 22 episode of Smallville on The WB will be a repeat of "Splinter."

* Phil Jimenez is providing an upcoming variant cover for DC Comics' Justice League of America.

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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.

* Saturday, June, 10: Superman Returns interviews with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Sam Huntington, Marvel Comics' Beyond!, Image expands Afterworks 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand box office.

* Friday, June, 9: Superman Returns, Marvel Westerns and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 8: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Superman Returns, Civil War sell-outs, Moonstone Books for October and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* 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.

* 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.




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