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David Goyer, executive producer of Spike TV's Blade: The Series, said that the show's star, Kirk "Sticky" Jones, has something in common with Wesley Snipes, who played Blade in all three feature films.

"He's got that kind of innate charisma that Wesley has, where you just like watching him," said Goyer, who wrote all three Blade films and directed Blade: Trinity. "He's just interesting to watch, and that's kind of the difference between maybe an actor and a star. And I do think Sticky is going to become a star.

"And he certainly been working on his acting chops for quite a while now. He's been acting for almost 10 years. A lot of people know him now as an actor and not as a former rapper."

Goyer said casting the lead role for the series proved to be "incredibly difficult."

"There had a been a lot of people on the Internet and message boards saying, well, the new Blade should be this person, the new Blade should be that person," Goyer said. "And there were some obvious potential choices to go to and we looked at them. But we also wanted to cast the net wider and we auditioned a lot of unknowns.

"And very late in the process Sticky came in. He had a recurring role in The Shield and he had been in a short-run FX show, Over There. And the bottom line is, he just blew us away."

Neil Jackson, who plays the show's villain, Marcus Van Sciver, said Jones has captured the essence of the character.

"He's done his homework," Jackson said. "He's worked with Avi (Arad) and all the people at Marvel, and he's read all the comics. He's gone back, watched the films and taken what he wants from the films."

Blade: The Series premieres on Spike TV on June 28.

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Dave Boat (voice of Thor) and Andre Ware (voice of Nick Fury) at a convention appearance last spring.

Dave Boat, who is returning as the voice of Thor in Ultimate Avengers 2, became a deity in more ways than one with the role.

"I'm a god to my nephews and his friends," Boat laughed at a convention appearance earlier this year.

The Avengers films were Boat's first; most of his previous credits include video games such as The Sims.

"It's really exciting to have this number of actors working together for a period of time," he said.

Previews for the sequel show that Thor gets to spend some not-so-quality time talking to his father, Odin. "We get to see more of all the characters," Marvel's Craig Kyle said.

Boat was asked the best part of being Thor.

"The six-pack, which I've never had" he replied. "And the hair. I never had hair like that -- at least not purchased."

In other Ultimate Avengers 2 news:

* Lionsgate has released the following synopsis:

"To save humanity, the Earth's mightiest heroes must reunite for a rematch of heroic proportions. Mysterious Wakanda -- It lies in the darkest heart of Africa, unknown to most of the world. An isolated land hidden behind closed borders, fiercely protected by its young king - the Black Panther. A king who holds the fate of the entire earth in his hands. Because brutal alien invaders are coming, soon to fill every sky and control every land, seeking what is buried beneath ancient Wakanda.

"That leaves the Black Panther with a single option, one that goes against the sacred decrees of his people - to ask for help from outsiders. And so he turns to The Avengers - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow...and the Incredible Hulk. These mightiest of heroes have battled the aliens before, and barely survived. They thought it was over. They were wrong."

* The film has been rated PG-13.


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

Titles include X-Factor #8, Runaways #17, X-Men #187, Wolverine #43, Storm #5, Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #6, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #7, Fantastic Four #538, Daredevil #86, Black Panther #17, Moon Knight #3, Exiles #83 and Avengers and Power Pack Assemble! #3.

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

Titles The American Way #5, Ion #3, Loveless #8, Solo #11, Warlord #5, DC: Brave New World and Teen Titans Go! #32.

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* To the right is a promotional image from Kids' WB!'s upcoming Legion of Super Heroes animated series. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Silent Devil announced on Wednesday that it is collecting the four-issue Runes of Ragnan mini-series in to a trade paperback. Written by Ty Gorton, with art by Josh Medors and colors by Jay Fotos, the 112-page collected edition will include a five-page prequel, an exclusive short story with visuals by Bud Cook, contest-winning artwork and a behind-the-scenes feature.

* Brandon Routh, star of Superman Returns, was a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night. He said he was very hopeful to return for the sequel.

* Active Images announced that a new series of full-color Brickman strips will begin in Image Comics' Elephantmen #2. The new strip will be entitled "Brickman Returns."

"The short self-contained humor strips will initially expand on the early years of Brickman's crime-fighting career for the benefit of the majority of readers who will be unfamiliar with our zero, um, hero," said Lew Stringer, Brickman creator. "This will be Brickman's largest readership to date.

Brickman first appeared in 1979 in Stringer's small press 'zine After Image, and then appeared in a several mini-comics throughout the 1980s. Brickman appeared in a black-and-white one-shot in 1986, and the character then vanished before returning in Yampy Tales in 1996. Brickman finally returned in the 152-page collection, Brickman, um, Begins in 2005.


In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Friday, June, 16: Spider-Man Unmasked, IDW Publishing or September, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, BlueWater/Alias First Looks, DC tops May orders and Ezra model winner.

* Thursday, June, 15: Aspen Comics for September, Civil War #5 cover, Civil War press conference, First Looks, Superman Returns and Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl.

* Wednesday, June, 14: Superman Returns, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Sam Noir: Samurai Detective, 12 Gauge's James O'Barr and Cully Hamner and Snakes on a Plane comic.

* Tuesday, June, 13: Ray Harryhausen comics from BlueWater, Superman Returns, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and JLA Classified.

* Monday, June, 12: Superman Returns' Kevin Spacey, Ultimate Fantastic Four variant, Archie's Halloween comics and First Looks.

* Sunday, June, 11: Dark Horse Comics for September, X-Men: The Last Stand box office, Superman Returns' Parkey Posey and Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman.

* 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. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* 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.

* 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.

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