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


Following his public unmasking in Civil War #2, Spider-Man will be featured in a series of stories under the "Spider-Man Unmasked" umbrella in upcoming months.

"Spider-Man Unmasked" tie-ins will run through Sensational Spider-Man #28-32, and the covers of each issue will display a banner signifying them as tie-in issues.

Here's how Marvel describes Sensational Spider-Man #28, a stand-alone issue due in stores on July 12:

"The repercussions of that life-changing decision will be shown as it relates to those in Peter Parker's life. In a story called 'My Science Teacher is Spider-Man,' you see Peter's students dealing with the fact that their nice and boring science teacher has actually been one of the world's preeminent super-heroes.

His students aren't the only ones shown dealing with the revelation as Doctor Octopus, quite possibly Spider-Man's greatest nemesis, shows up to confront Parker. Needless to say, Doc Ock isn't showing up to offer congratulations.

The issue is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, wth digitally painted art by Clayton Crain.

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Click on the thumbnails below for larger images of the covers to Amazing Spider-Man #533, Civil War: Front Line #2 and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11.

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IDW Publishing has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.


Superman: Brainiac Attacks, which will be released on DVD on Tuesday, will premiere on Cartoon Network on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the film:

"Superman, about to finally divulge his identity and his feelings to Lois Lane, suddenly finds his mighty hands full when Brainiac, a powerful computer, bent on universal domination and Lex Luthor team up to defeat him. Armed with new weapons and a special strain of kryptonite infused in his body, Brainiac becomes the most powerful enemy The Man of Steal has ever faced. When Lois Lane is critically injured by a force beam that was intended for him, Superman must race into the mysterious Phantom Zone to find a cure. Brianiac, believing Superman to be dead, betrays Lex Luthor and begins his attack on the city of Metropolis and ultimately Earth. Will Superman survive the Phantom Zone in order to defeat his deadly foes, save Lois and Metropolis?"

Tim Daly, who provided the voice of Superman in the 1990s animated series on Kids' WB!, returns as the Man of Steel. The cast also includes Dana Delany as Lois Lane, Powers Boothe as Lex Luthor, Lance Henriksen as Brainiac, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, George Dzundza as Perry White, Mike Farrell as Jonathan Kent and Shelley Fabares as Martha Kent.

The film's story is by Christopher Simmons and Duane Capizzi, with a screenplay by Capizzi. Curt Geda is director, Susan Blu is voice director and Thomas Chase Jones provides the music.

Although the movie's designs are based upon those of the television series, it does not appear to be in the continuity of the series, as characters -- most noticably Luthor, Brainiac and Lois -- act differently.

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

Titles include The Blackbeard Legacy #2, Judo Girl #3, 10th Muse #13 and Orion the Hunter #2.

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

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Sean OšReilly, Arcana Studio editor-in-chief, announced on Friday that Alexandra Janicek has won the Epic Ezra Model Search.

The selection of Janicek coincides with the release of Ezra vs. 10th Muse #1 in July, which pits Arcanašs ivory-skinned mercenary, Ezra, against Blue Water Productions' mythological beauty, 10th Muse.

Janicek beat out 29 other models to win the role. "Being Ezra appeals to me because she seems dangerous, powerful and sexy," she said. "I am quite excited that I won and I look forward to learning more and being a part of this intriguing world!˛

Janicek appears with 10th Muse model Cindy Margolis on the cover of the crossover book.

In the story, the medieval mercenary targets Medusa, the sworn enemy of the 10th Muse. However, the 10th Muse is forced to stop Ezra and save Medusa to prevent history from unraveling.

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Civil War #1 was the top-ordered book for May, but DC Comics overtook Marvel Comics in both sales and market share for the month, according to figures released by Diamond on Friday.

For the complete sales charts, CLICK HERE.

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* According to Variety, Josh Hartnett has been cast in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night movie. Hartnett will play Sheriff Eben Olemaun. Production is expected to start in early August in New Zealand.

* Warren Ellis announced his writing a half-hour pilot for a "black comedy/science fiction" television series for AMC.

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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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