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TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006

COMING WEDNESDAY

Marvel news -- and much more!!!

SPIDER-MAN 3 UPDATE

The film is 310 days away, but Spider-Man 3 generated a massive amount of interest on Tuesday with the release of the first trailer.

Even apple.com's servers were pushed to the limit with traffic upon the trailer's release Tuesday afternoon.

Sony Pictures likely won't release numbers, but slow downloads at the release indiciated millions of users.

For such an early preview, the trailer revealed a lot of interesting images, including Sandman in action and a brief glimpse of the Harry-Goblin.

Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from the trailer.





MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on July 19, CLICK HERE.

Titles include New X-Men #28, Captain America #20, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Adventures The Avengers #3 and X-Men: Fairy Tales #3.

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WOLVERINE: ORIGINS COVERS

Marvel Comics on Tuesday revealed the two covers to Wolverine: Origins #5, which will be released in a 50/50 split.

The covers are by Joe Quesada, the book's regular cover artist, and Gary Frank.

Wolverine: Origins #5, due in stores on August 9, is the conclusion of the "Born in Blood" arc by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"It's Logan vs. Captain America vs. the X-Men in a super-charged standoff that will end with a revelation that will utterly and completely blow both Logan's and readers' minds."

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CIVIL WAR SECOND PRINTINGS

Marvel Comics announced on Tuesday that it is going back to press on the following sold-out Civil War tie-ins: New Avengers: Illuminati Special, Wolverine #42, Amazing Spider-Man #532, Thunderbolts #103 and She-Hulk #8.

Featuring a special variant cover scheme running across three of the back-to-presses, New Avengers: Illuminati Special, Wolverine #42 and Amazing Spider-Man #532 will lose the standard Civil War banner and feature an iconic image from the interior of each specific book. For instance, the New Avengers: Illuminati Special Second Printing will feature a cover of the Alex Maleev image of Tony Stark sitting alone after the Illuminati have broken apart.

The second printing variants of Thunderbolts #103 and She-Hulk #8 will feature all-new covers by Mark Bagley and Juan Bobillo respectively. Both artists are providing covers for books they used to call home. The sketches shown here are not the final covers; they will be in full color.

According to Marvel, on the cover of She-Hulk #8, She-Hulk will say, "Okay, now. This is your second chance. If you don't buy my book this time, I'm gonna come to your house and rip up all your Civil War variants."

The second printings are due in stores on July 19. Click on the thumbnails above for larger images.

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TOP COW'S FRESHMEN RETURN IN NOVEMBER

Top Cow Productions on Tuesday announced that a second Freshmen mini-series -- created by Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov -- will launch in November.

The six-issue Freshmen II: Fundamentals of Fear will feature art by Will Conrad.

Like the first mini-series, there will be plenty of humor, but new elements will be introduced as well.

"Freshmen II is going to be darker and scarier than our first series," Sterbakov said. We have a great new villain in Mr. Fiddlesticks, a character from a series of childrens' books, who is haunting our heroes, and a couple new romances to stir things up.

"There's a great twisting mystery at the heart of this series, which will further explore some of the threads we set-up in the original, like Annalee's father's interest in the Ax-Cell-Erator, the device that created our team. Also, some characters who were in the background of the original series come to the fore, like the Green Thumb and the Drama Twins.

"I looked to one of my favorite sequels of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, for inspiration, and Rodolfo Migliari's fantastic cover reflects the direction of the next series perfectly."

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ARCANA STUDIO FOR SEPTEMBER

Arcana Studio has released its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with cover images, 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.

* Komikwerks/Actionopolis.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

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THE BATMAN IN JULY

The Batman will be preempted by Kids' WB! this Saturday for the premiere of Spider Riders, but returns in its new 11 a.m. time period for four episodes in July.

Episodes during the month will include:

"Batgirl Begins, Pt. 1" on July 8; "Batgirl Begins, Pt. 2" on July 15; "The Apprentice" on July 22; and "The Icy Depths" on July 29.

The Batman is moving from its 8:30 a.m. time spot and is scheduled to move to 11:30 a.m. this fall, following Legion of Super Heroes.

For the network's complete listings for July, CLICK HERE.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Action Comics #840, Batman #654 and Catwoman #56.

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LONE RANGER CREATIVE TEAM

Dynamite Entertainment announced on Tuesday that artist Sergio Cariello and colorist Dean White have joined writer Brett Matthews and cover artist/designer John Cassaday on its Lone Ranger comic book.

"John and I looked at a lot of artists for this project. When we saw Sergio, and then Dean - we knew the search was over," Matthews said. "Sergio's work is distinct and has a point of view that lines up with where we're taking The Lone Ranger, a character we all love and have a great deal of respect for. Working with Sergio has been a pleasure. He's a real pro."

"Sergio has a healthy blend of the modern American comic influences mixed with a confident European brush stroke," Cassaday said. "We felt it was important to find an artist who inked himself as well as an artist who understood we wanted to see true West, not Hollywood West."

Cariello said he is enjoying the origin aspects of the opening arc.

"I love westerns: the guns, the cowboy gear, the horses, the landscape and the Indians," he said. "The Lone Ranger is an iconic hero of the Western World."

The Lone Ranger will launch in September.

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BRIEFLY

* PopFun Merchandising are introducing a HeroesCon exclusive Captain America 'Toon Tumbler at this weekend's convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The Captain America glass will come in both clear and frosted variations, and one will be given away to each of the first 150 pre-registered attendees to walk through the door each morning. In addition, the exclusive 'Toon Tumbler will be available for sale throughout the show.

* Warner Home Video has announced an Oct. 24 release for Krytpo the Superdog Vol. 2 on DVD. Episodes will include "The Streaky Story," "Diaper Madness," "Feline Fatale," "Dog-Gone Kevin" and "The Dark Hound Strikes."



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.

* Thursday, June, 22: Superman Returns, Devil's Due for September, Marvel Comics First Looks and Criminal.

* 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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