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At a panel at the recent Comic-Con International, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola said he hopes to have variety with the upcoming Hellboy animated films.

"If, heaven forbid, we have to do a string of these films, each one of them has a unique-to-itself, separate identity," Mignola said. "Let's do one of these and one of these. Let's do a Sherlock Holmes thing. Let's do a fairy tale thing. So that they're all distinct and different."

Sword of Stones, the first film scheduled to air on Cartoon Network on Oct. 28 and be released on DVD on Feb. 6, involves Japanese folklore.

"I said that we should just lose Hellboy into his Japanese folklore world so that this thing just reeks Japan," Mignola said. "And the next film will be a completely different thing."

Supervising producer/director Tad Stones agreed the second film is an entirely different movie.

"It has vampires and haunted houses, and it has much more emotion to it," Stones said. "You see Broom as a young man and an old man."

The second film will be called Hellboy: Blood and Iron.

Stones said a potential third film already has been talked through and will feature "an entirely different genre."


Hasbro kicks off its line of Spider-Man Origins action figures in November and unleashes more than a dozen figures in January.

Scheduled for November are three Battle Packs, pitting Spider-Man against Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom.

January will see the Spider-Man Origins Heroes assortment with Spider-Man with Shoot 'n Grab Action, Spider-Man with Leaping attack, Spider-Man with Spinning Hurricane Kick, Secret Wars Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and Iron Spider-Man.

Also that month will be the Villains assortment with Rhino, Doctor Octopus, Demogoblin, Venom and Mysterio.

The Spider-Man Origins Signature line, which features Mego-like dolls, kicks off in November with Spider-Man, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. It continues in January with Iron Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Captain America and two Target exclusives, Punisher and First Appearance Spider-Man.

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For covers and two- to three-page preview of upcoming Triumph Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Devil's Claw #1, Codename: Black Death #3 and Agents of Talon #1.

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* Saturday's episode of The Batman contained a short promotional spot of Robin from the upcoming season, which starts on Sept. 23.

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* To the right is a first look at David Finch's cover to Moon Knight #7. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


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

* Tuesday, August 8: Legion of Super Heroes' Kari Wahlgren, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Soulfire: Chaos Reign, Darkness/Wolverine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SLG Publishing's Agnes Quill.

* Monday, August 7: Marvel Studios, Legion of Super Heroes and The Runaways' Mike Norton.

* Sunday, August 6: Wizard World Chicago -- Lynda Carter statue and WildStorm and Vertigo panels.

* Saturday, August 5: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and from Wizard World Chicago: DC Universe, Civil War and Ultimate panels.

* Friday, August 4: Top Cow, DC Nation and Mondo Marvel panels at Wizard World Chicago, X-Men: The Last Stand DVDs, Hellboy sequel and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 3: Spider-Man 3's Thomas Haden Church, Virgin Comics for October, Arcana Studio's OutlawScorn 3030 A.D. and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, August 2: DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 1: Doctor Strange animated movie, Spider-Man 3, Blade: The Series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Phoenix Warsong variants, Boom! Studios for October and Bongo Comics for October.

* Monday, July 31: Warner Bros. announces The Dark Knight movie, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Iron Man animated movie, Claypool Comics ceases print operations, The Batman, Icon's Criminal and Top Cow's Madame Mirage.

* Sunday, July 30: David Lloyd's Kickback, Superman Returns and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 29: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans DVD, Transformers DVD and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, July 28: Blade: The Series, Anita Blake, First Looks, Hellboy animated and Krypto the Superdog.

* Thursday, July 27: Legion of Super Heroes animated, The Batman, The Simpsons, Teen Titans, Marvel Comics First Looks, Aspen's Soulfire: Chaos Reign and TMNT.

* Wednesday, July 26: Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series, Aquaman pilot, Smallville, Spider-Man 3 and Aspen Comics convention specials.

* Tuesday, July 25: Image Comics for October, IDW Publishing for October, Marvel Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series' Jon Kroll, Fantastic Four animation and Aquaman pilot.

* Monday, July 24: From Comic-Con International -- Ghost Rider movie, Marvel Studios panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Universe panel and Blade: The Series.

* Sunday, July 23: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Image Comics panel, Todd McFarlane panel and The Batman.

* Saturday, July 22: From Comic-Con International -- Superman Returns sequel, Superman II DVD, Hellboy sequel, Spider-Man 3, Bruce Timm, Vertigo panel, C.B. Cebulski's Image books, IDW panel, WildStorm panel and Marvel Legends.

* Friday, July 21: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Avengers 2, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel's Civil War, Aspen Comics and Fantastic Four sequel...

* Thursday, July 20: From Comic-Con International -- IDW's Transfromers, DC Nation panel, Legion of Super Heroes' Matt Wayne, Ghost Rider movie toys, Incredible Hulk director, Fantastic Four sequel, Dark Horse announements, Top Cow news and Avatar Press news.

* Wednesday, July 19: Hellboy animated, Frank Miller to direct The Spirit, Dark Horse news, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, IDW's Spike: Asylum, Fox Atomic comics and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Tuesday, July 18: Marvel Comics for October, Green Arrow on Smallville, Oni's My Name is Earl, Marvel First Looks, Boom Studios' Warhammer 40,000, Ant's new writer and Civil War second printings.

* Monday, July 17: DC Comics for October, 52 origin artists, DC promotes Karen Berger and Archie Comics for October.

* Sunday, July 16:Superman Returns, First Looks and Archaia Studio's new titles.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Returns.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

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