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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006

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Marvel news -- and much more!!!

CIVIL WAR UPDATE

Marvel Comics has announced a July 19 release for the Daily Bugle Civil War Newspaper Special, a 12-page, 50-cent edition.

Here's how Marvel describes the special:

"Heroes are battling heroes and the Daily Bugle is your only source for the in-depth coverage and exclusives you have come to expect from the metropolitan area's best paper. Plus, this edition also features a very special editorial by the heart and soul of the Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson.

Peter Parker, former Daily Bugle photographer, has been revealed to be the wall-crawling menace Spider-Man. Pick up this special edition for JJJ's response to unwittingly employing one of New York's most dangerous vigilantes."

The Daily Bugle Civil War Special features the art of Mike Mayhew and "articles" from J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David, Dan Slott and Zeb Wells.

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SPIDER-MAN 3 UPDATE

In the first official confirmation, Columbia Pictures has released information about the Spider-Man 3 teaser on Monday.

The studio issued a press release for satellite feeds for the teaser.

Sources told The Continuum that the trailer will be online on Tuesday.

The teaser is expected to be attached to Superman Returns, which opens on Wednesday.

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SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Screenwriter Michael Dougherty, who reteamed with X2 partner Dan Harris and director Bryan Singer on Superman Returns, said it was "very tough" to leave the X-Men franchise.

"Not because it was a great opportunity to help finish the trilogy, but also because on a personal level we got to know that cast and crew really well," Dougherty said. "We felt like all of a sudden we had to tell them 'I'm being transferred to this other school called Superman. You guys have fun.'"

Dougherty said the writers had "certain ideas" for a third X-Men film. "That was a little tragic," he said.

He noted that some of the ideas they had actually did show up in X-Men: The Last Stand.

"I remember when Jean takes off Cyclops' visor," Dougherty said. "This was in a little e-mail that Dan sent me one day, 'Wouldn't it be cool if Jean came back as Phoenix and took off his visor, and was able to hold off his blast?' So it was eerie to see that on screen."

In other Superman Returns notes:

* Harris said there are ideas for a sequel. "But we need a giant vacation -- or at least a little vacation," he said. "It's been non-stop."

Without giving away a key turning point, Harris noted there are elements in Superman Returns that could turn the franchise in a certain direction for future installments.

* Burger King's promotion with the film has begun. Eight different toys are being offered.

* Kate Bosworth, who plays Lois Lane, will be a guest on NBC's Today Show and the syndicated Live! with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday.

* Access Hollywood will feature Bosworth, Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey together on Tuesday.



TEEN TITANS EPISODES IN JULY

The Continuum has obtained a rundown of Teen Titans episodes airing in July on Cartoon Network.

For the listings, CLICK HERE.

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KOMIKWERKS FOR SEPTEMBER

Komikwerks has provided The Continuum its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, CLICK HERE.

For September solicitations previously published here in The Continuum, click on the companies' names below.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Moonstone Books.

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SILENT DEVIL'S ANTIGONE

Silent Devil is releasing Antigone, a 32-page black and white one-shot by writer David Hopkins and artist Tom Kurzanski, in October. It is the same creative team of Viper Comics' Karma Incorporated.

Antigone is based on Sophocles' play of the same name. In the story, Antigone stands against King Creon for the right to bury her dead brother. This new version of the Oedipus trilogy is a Goth fantasy, mixing ancient and modern -- a dark, twisted, and distorted perspective, playfully obscure.

"My previous works, Karma Incorporated and Emily Edison, all dealt with the same theme of dysfunctional families," Hopkins said. "Antigone would be the epitome of this subject matter. I'm really interested in the 'house drama' as the starting point for all my stories."

Antigone will feature an epilogue by Aaron Thomas Nelson, an expert on Ancient Greek Literature.

The 32-page, black-and-white book will cost $2.95.

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BRIEFLY

* The Thursday, July 6 episode of The WB's Smallville will be a repeat of "Lockdown."



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, 21: Ultimate Avengers 2, Blade: The Series, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, June, 20: Marvel Comics for September, Image Comics for September, Civil War #2 second printing, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First Looks.

* Monday, June, 19: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September, Boom! Studios for September, Civil War: Cable and Deadpool and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, June, 18: Image Comics First Looks, Justice League DVD, Witchblade animated and Teen Choice awards.

* Saturday, June, 17: Sci Fi's Amazing Screw-On Head, Spider-Man 3, Lois & Clark DVD, After Hours' Impossible Tales and First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.




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