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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2006

COMING THURSDAY

The Continuum will be in both Vancouver and Los Angeles on Thursday.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON TALKS HBO'S PREACHER

Mark Steven Johnson, writer/director of Ghost Rider and Daredevil, is continuing his run of comics-based projects as executive producer of Preacher, a just-announced one-hour series for HBO.

Johnson is writing the pilot, with Howard Deutch attached to direct. Executive producers will include Deutch, Michael De Luca, George Agusto, Chris Bender and JC Spink.

Like Ghost Rider and Daredevil, Johnson has a long affinity for Preacher, the Vertigo series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion.

"That to me is my favorite book," Johnson told The Continuum. "It's one of the few that I pick up and read it front to back, all nine graphic novels, I just love it so much.

"It's one of those you can't make into a movie because Preacher is too big, it's got too much story. It wouldn't be right to cut it. So my dream has been to do it at HBO. Because they'll let you do it the way it should be done. They've got the balls to do it.

"You couldn't do it on network TV and it's too much for a movie. For me, every issue of that should be an hour show. You could make a five- or six-year show."

James Marsden, star of the X-Men films and Superman Returns, was attached to Preacher when it was being developed as a feature film.

Johnson said he has never met Marsden.

"I know he was attached when they had the movie version, but I don't know him personally at all," he said.

Johnson has been developing another Ennis book, The Pro -- created by Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti -- for the past year.

"It would be animated and Eva Mendes would do the voice of The Pro," Johnson said. "I love that book so much I hand them out like candy to friends, 'Here, read this! Read this!' And I never get them back.

"So I just start giving them away as presents. And I did that on Ghost Rider. And Eva was like, 'This is really funny. We should do something with this.' Hopefully, we will and close a deal."



MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to seven-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 29, CLICK HERE.

Titles includes The Irredeemable Ant-Man #3, Agents of Atlas #5, Beyond! #6, Doctor Strange: The Oath #3, newuniversal #1, Marvel Holiday Special, New Excalibur #14, Uncanny X-Men #481, Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer, White Tiger #2, Spider-Man: Reign #1 and Ultimate Vision #1.

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores in December, CLICK HERE.

Titles include She-Hulk #14, Ms. Marvel #10, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #3 and Cable & Deadpool #35.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to seven-page previews of upcoming DC Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles includes The Brave and The Bold #1, Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil #1 and The Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible #1.

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KYLE BAKER TALKS MOVE TO IMAGE COMICS

Kyle Baker said taking his books to Image Comics -- which starts in February with the concluding volume of the Nat Turner graphic novels -- was a "no-brainer."

"First of all, it's a major publishing house run by cartoonists," Baker said. "And not just any cartoonists, really great cartoonists! I've been wanting to join up with these guys since they started the company in the '90s, and now that the line has expanded to include a wider array of genres such as humor, horror, war and mystery, I feel there's finally room at Image for Kyle Baker books.

"The Image folks have a real passion for comics and really go out of their way to do things right, and for a guy like me, there's nothing more important."

Nat Turner Book 2: Revolution ships on Feb. 14. Image will also publish The Bakers and Important Literary Journal.

"Kyle is one of the most talented creators in the field, and his work is at turns powerful, at others funny, but always masterfully executed," said Eric Stephenson, Image Comics executive director. ³We couldn't be prouder than to welcome him to the Image Comics family."

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RED SONJA STATUE, GIANT-SIZE ISSUE

Dynamite Entertainment continues to celebrate the 35th anniversare of Red Sonja in comics, on Wednesday announcing a new statue and a giant-sized issue.

The Dynamite Select: Red Sonja Statue, based on Michael Turner's cover to Red Sonja #1, will be available in May. It stands more than 13 inches tall and on a 13-inch by 11.5-inch giant snake and swamp base.

Tom Snyder and Joy Snyder of Orlando-based of Joy & Tom Studio sculpted and painted the statue. They previously worked on the Dynamite Select: Red Sonja Dell'Otto Mini-Bust.

Giant-Size Red Sonja #1, featuring covers by Howard Chaykin and Mel Rubi, will be in stores in February.

The issue will feature a new story by regular series writer Michael Avon Oeming with art by Ron Adrian, as well as classic Red Sonja tales from Chaykin, Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Doug Moench, Frank Thorne and more.

Included are "Episode" by Thomas and Buscema - remastered by Jose Villarrubia (from Conan Saga #49); "The Wizard of Red Sonja Show" by Thorne (remastered, in color for the first time and completed, including text and photo material from Kull and the Barabarians #2); and "Red Sonja She Devil With a Sword" by Thomas and Chaykin, remastered and in color for the first time.

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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

* Top Cow Productions

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has released the cover and variant cover to Eternals #6, the double-sized penultimate issue of the mini-series due in stores on Oct. 20.

The covers are by Rick Berry and John Romita Jr. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* NBC is revamping its lineups at the first of the year, but Heroes will remain on Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

* Production starts this week on the "Crimson" episode of The CW's Smallville.

The Thursday, Dec. 14 episode will be a repeat of "Wither."

* Brian Pulido will be doing some Darkness writing for Top Cow Productions, The Continuum has learned.

* Comedian, actor and comics creator Brian Posehn will discuss his new Image Comics graphic novel The Last Christmas on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday night.

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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.

* Friday, November 24: Ghost Rider's Mark Steven Johnson, Archie First Looks and Yancy Butler.

* 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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