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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006

COMING SATURDAY

February solicitations -- and much more!!!

MARVEL TOPS OCTOBER SALES

Marvel Comics topped both the dollar share and unit share categories for October, according to figures released by Diamond on Friday morning.

Marvel had 37.75 percent of the dollar share to 34.24 percent for DC Comics. Marvel had 42.70 percent of the unit share to 37.28 for DC.

New Avengers #24 was the No. 1 book, followed in the top 10 by 52 Week 22, 52 Week 23, 52 Week 24, Civil War Front Line #7, 52 Week 25, Wolverine #47, Justice #8, Wolverine: Origins #7 and Ultimate Power #1.

For the complete sales figures for October, CLICK HERE.

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STEVE EPTING TALKS CAPTAIN AMERICA

As this week's Marvel Comics solicitations for February indicated, the contents of Captain America #25 are "classified." Steve Epting, artist of the book, confirmed that's because the issue deals with Civil War.

"Twenty-five is a direct sequel to what happens at the end of Civil War," Epting said carefully at last weekend's Wizard World Texas, not wanting to give any story details.

Marvel creators involved with the Civil War event have signed non-disclosure agreements.

Epting also confirmed that #25 will be an extra-sized issue and is "very complicated." Exclusive to Marvel, Epting said he remains commited to Captain America and hopes to draw 10 issues a year.

Mike Perkins remains Cap's back-up artist, and, along with colorist Frank D'Armata, have kept the book's look consistent.

"Mike Perkins and I worked 10 feet apart at CrossGen for years," Epting said. "We have a similar sensibility. They're doing a great job."

Epting said even he was initially skeptical about writer Ed Brubaker's return of Bucky, but that the Winter Solider story has very successful.

"I was a fan of Brubaker and thought it anyone could pull it off, it would be him," Epting said. "I find that the people who don't like it are people who don't like the idea. They haven't read the story."

For Marvel Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.



THE BATMAN: "STRANGE NEW WORLD"

"Strange New World," a new episode of The Batman, will air on Kids' WB! on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (ET).

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Professor Strange unleashes a deadly toxin on all of Gotham, turning its entire population into zombie-like creatures. With the fate of the city in his hands, Batman must overcome incredible odds to find an antidote before the condition is rendered permanent."

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two- to four-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Ghost Rider #6 from Marvel Comics and Archie & Friends #105 and Betty & Veronica Double Digest #147 from Archie Comics.

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

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MARVEL PRESS CONFERENCE: PTOLUS: CITY BY THE SPIRE'S MONTE COOK

Marvel Comics staged another press conference on Thursday. This one spotlighted Monte Cook, writer of Ptolus: City by the Spire.

For the highlights, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 22, CLICK HERE.

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MAGICIAN: APPRENTICE NEW PRINTING

Marvel Comics on Friday announced that Magician: Apprentice #3 has sold out and a second printing has been scheduled.

The second printing will have a new wraparound cover by Brett Booth and will go on sale on Dec. 20.

The sell-out follows a similar path of another Marvel/Dabel Bros. book, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #1.

Marvel also released pages from Magician: Apprentice #4, which goes on sale on Dec. 13.

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BRIEFLY

* Kevin J. Anderson has signed a deal with DC Comics and HarperCollins Books to write Last Days of Krypton, a novel about the demise of Superman's home planet.

Here's how HarperCollins describes the book:

"The novel, reminiscent of The Last Days of Pompeii, shows the pomp and grandeur of a doomed world, the politics and struggles, brave heroes and traitors, and finally the escape of one baby. The story features Jor-El and Lara (Superman's parents), as well as famous villains General Zod and Brainiac, and how a whole planet came to be destroyed. In almost 70 years of Superman, this complete story has never been told."

The book is targeted for a fall 2007 release.

* A National Education Association online poll reveals that Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Jessica Alba is the celebrity most respondents would like to see substitute teach for a day. Alba was the top pick with 46 percent of the vote.



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.

* Sunday, November 12: Ghost Rider movie, DC Comics and Battlestar Galactica.

* Saturday, November 11: From Wizard World Texas: Ghost Rider movie, DC Comics and Top Cow, and The Simpsons.

* Friday, November 10: Aspen Comics at Wizard World Texas, Greg Horn on Ms. Marvel, Jeph Loeb on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legion of Super Heroes animation and First Looks.

* Thursday, November 9: Spider-Man 3 trailer, IDW Publishing for February, Claypool Comics for February, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Incredible Hulk.

* Wednesday, November 8: Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3, Heroes and Bongo Comics for January.

* Tuesday, November 7: Smallville, Heroes, Marvel First Looks and Transmetropolitan trade paperbacks.

* Monday, November 6: Incredible Hulk movie, Marvel films update and First Looks.

* Sunday, November 5: Spider-Man 3, The Batman and First Looks.

* Saturday, November 4: Superman Returns video game, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Friday, November 3: Dark Horse Comics for February, Spider-Man 3, First Looks, Superman theatrical serials and Black Panther.

* Thursday, November 2: Cartoon Network pulls Fantastic Four, Heroes, Superman II's Margot Kidder, Lois & Clark DVD, Marvel First Looks, Family Guy and The Batman's Brandon Routh.

* Wednesday, November 1: The Punisher: Extended Cut DVD, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel HeroClix and DC collected editions.

* Tuesday, October 31: Iron Man DVD, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, Teen Titans and First Looks.

* Monday, October 30: Bryan Singer signs for Superman sequel, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, The Batman, Stjepan Sejic exclusive to Top Cow and Afro Samurai.

* Sunday, October 29: Legion of Super Heroes, Family Guy and Heroic Publishing's Flare Adventures.

* Saturday, October 28: Heroes, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, October 27: Diamond Select Toys, Smallville, First Looks and Marvel postage stamps.

* Thursday, October 26: Onslaught Reborn, Smallville, First Looks, DC Comics trades, The Fountain, Heroic Publishing's Athem and Hellboy: Sword of Storms.

* Wednesday, October 25: Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Marvel Legends, Image First Looks, Vampirella and Black Panther.

* Tuesday, October 24: Marvel Legends, Black Panther, DC Comics roundup, Anita Blake, Heroes and Black Coat.

* Monday, October 23: Image Comics for January, Spider-Man movie, Heroes, Family Guy, Witchblade and First Looks.

* Sunday, October 22: Battlestar Galactica, Painkiller Jane and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 21: Paul Dini, Family Guy, Smallville, Arcana Studio for January and HBO/Cinemax in December.

* Friday, October 20: Kristanna Loken cast as Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Oni Press for January and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, October 19: IDW Publishing for January, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica comics and Teen Titans.




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