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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2006

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of upcoming Image Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles will include Savage Dragon #130, The Cross Bronx #4, Invincible #37, Meltdown #1, The Night Club #4, The Nightly News #2 and The Walking Dead #33.

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

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JIMMY PALMIOTTI TALKS PAINKILLER JANE TV SERIES

Production of Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane television series is underway, and the character's co-creator, Jimmy Palmiotti, recently visited the Vancouver-based show.

"I spent a week up in Vancouver meeting and dining with the talented cast, crew and everyone else connected with the show," Palmiotti told The Continuum. "I sat in on meetings, casting and behind the director while there. It really was an unbelievable experience watching all these gifted people working their craft!"

Palmiotti said he was "floored" by Kristanna Loken, who is playing Jane.

"She understands what makes Painkiller Jane unique and becomes the character once the cameras start rolling," Palmiotti said. "This is not an easy role by any standards, but right out of the gate on the first day of shooting she came alive on the screen during a hand-to-hand fight.

"I couldn't be happier with the results. We got the perfect actress and crew for the job."

Twenty-two episodes are being produced by Insight Film Studios, in association with Starz Media and Kickstart Comic Arts Studio. The series is expected to launch on Sci Fi in the spring.

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BATMOBILE TO BECOME HOT WHEEL

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Comics and Mattel on Monday announced the production of a line of Hot Wheels die-cast cars inspired by the Batmobile featured in the 1966 Batman television series.

Hot Wheels Batmobiles will begin arriving at retail locations in 2007.

The vehicle was designed by custom automotive icon, George Barris, and has since become a lasting symbol of the Batman franchise.

"It is wonderful to see that collectors and fans of the TV Batmobile will finally be able to enjoy an excellent toy reproduction," Barris said. "We received thousands of letters asking when the TV Batmobile will be available, and are pleased that Hot Wheels is bringing the original to life through different scales and detail. I take great pride in the vehicle's design and know that the Hot Wheels team will do it justice in capturing the details of the original. It is my honor to be a part of the 40-year history of the Batmobile and to have this most famous car be released by Mattel for the consumers."

"We're bringing one of the most iconic entertainment-based Batmobiles to consumers in honor of the television show's 40th anniversary," said Karen McTier, executive vice president of domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "While the vehicle has been reinvented numerous times over the years in comic books, animated series and feature films, the TV Batmobile is still held in the highest regard with countless fans who will truly appreciate this exciting endeavor."

Mattel will produce multiple scales of the Hot Wheels Batmobile, including a 1:64 scale model that will appear in stores in the spring in the Hot Wheels basic car line. In fall 2007, there will be an additional 1:64 scale model introduced as well as a 1:43 scale replica model and a 1:18 scale, which will have three levels of detail and finish. The ultimate version will be the Hot Wheels Elite special edition Batmobile.

"This is the car that every collector has been asking for," said Geoff Walker, vice president of Wheels Marketing, Mattel Brands. "This Batmobile designed by George Barris is the version of the Caped Crusader's car that everyone instantly recognizes. We're thrilled at the opportunity to create the Hot Wheels version of this iconic vehicle to be available early next year."

Shown above is chief designer Larry Wood measuring the Barris Batmobile to ensure the dimensions match up for the Hot Wheels version. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA HARDCOVER

Dynamite Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the five-issue opening story arc of the ongoing New Battlestar Galactica comic book series will be collected in a Hardcover Exclusive Edition.

The book is scheduled for an April release.

Collecting the five-issue opening story arc (#1-4 and #0), written by Greg Pak with art by Nigel Raynor, the New Battlestar Galactica Hardcover Exclusive Edition is available in a Mass Market Edition that features a photo cover of Six and as a Previews Exclusive Edition with a cover by Steve McNiven.

Additional material includes a complete cover gallery, commentary from the creative team, behind-the-scenes material and more.



FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted solicitations for February, click on the publishers' names below.

* Archie Comics

* Aspen Comics

* Boom! Studios

* Claypool Comics

* Dark Horse Comics

* Devil's Due Publishing

* DC Comics

* IDW Publishing

* Image Comics

* Marvel Comics

* Moonstone Books

* Moonstone Books

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has released the variant covers by Mark Bagley for Ultimate Spider-Man #104 and Leinil Yu for Thunderbolts #110.

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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, November 23: Spider-Man 3, Image Comics First Looks, Captain America: The End and Hellshock.

* Wednesday, November 22: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Tuesday, November 21: Heroes, First Looks, The Batman and Hunter-Killer.

* Monday, November 20: Image Comics for February, Marvel First Looks, Mike Allred's Madman at Image, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Chris Evans, Smallville, David Wohl to write Se7en: Pride, Dynamite First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, November 19: Sarah Douglas talks Donner's Superman II, First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Saturday, November 18: Top Cow for February, Bluewater First Looks, Battlestar Galactica and Dynamite sell-outs.

* Friday, November 17: October sales, Steve Epting talks Captain America, The Batman, First Look, Marvel press conference: Monte Cook and Magician: Apprentice.

* Thursday, November 16: Devil's Due Publishing for February, Action Comics #844 second printing, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 15: Marvel Comics' Civil War one-shots, Marvel First Looks, new Nexus and The Moth and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 14: Marvel Comics for February, Boom! Studios for February, Aspen Comics for April, Devil's Due to publish Chucky comics, Nicolas Cage at Virgin Comics and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, November 13: DC Comics for February, Spider-Man: Back in Black, Marvel's February Civil War titles, Archie Comics for February, Heroes, Moonstone Books for March and Invincible Iron Man DVD.

* 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.




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