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Dark Horse Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for April.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE .

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

* Aspen Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

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Marvel Comics on Tuesday announced that Civil War #7, the final issue of the series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, has been delayed again, this time to a Feb. 21 release.

"Civil War #7 has topped out at 28 pages of story content -- six more than a normal comic," said editor Tom Brevoort. "As such, we need to block in a little bit more time to make sure that Steve can get it done -- especially since these are some of the most difficult pages in the entire series to draw from a number-of-characters-on-the-page perspective."

Marvel also announced an epilogue issue, Civil War: The Confession, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"Two of the Marvel heroes most affected by the shocking conclusion of the war get together one last time. What is said between them will set the course of the Marvel Universe for years to come. This is the confession."

Here's a rundown of the upcoming Civil War-related books:

Jan. 17: Fantastic Four #542.

Jan. 24: Civil War: The Return, Moon Knight #7, Punisher War Journal #3.

Jan. 31: Black Panther #24.

Feb. 14: Civil War: Black Panther War Crimes, Civil War: Casualties of War one-shots (Iron Man/Captain America, War Crimes, Winter Soldier)

Feb. 21: Amazing Spider-Man #538, Civil War #7, Civil War Poster Book, Fantastic Four #543, Moon Knight #8.

Feb. 28: Black Panther #25, Civil War: Front Line #11, Civil War: The Initiative.

March 7: Captain America #24, Civil War: Battle Damage Report, Marvel Spolight: Civil War Aftermath.

March 14: Civil War: The Confession.

March 21: Moon Knight #9.


The CW has released 10 images, including the first of Phil Morris as Martian Manhunter, from "Labyrinth," the Thursday, Jan. 25 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) is attacked and wakes up in a mental asylum where the attending physician, Dr. Hudson (guest star), tells him he has been there for five years due to his elaborate fantasy that he has alien superpowers. In this new world, Martha (Annette O'Toole) is married to Lionel Luthor (John Glover), Chloe (Allison Mack) is deemed insane and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) chose Clark over Lex (Michael Rosenbaum).

"Lana begs Clark to agree to Dr. Hudson's treatments so they can be together, but when a fellow patient named John, aka Martian Manhunter (guest star Phil Morris), tells him the good doctor is actually a phantom and he needs to kill him in order to return to reality, Clark must make the toughest decision of his life."

The episode was written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer and directed by Whitney Ransick.

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For The Continuum's two-part interview with Smallville's Allison Mack, CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE

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For covers and three- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 31, CLICK HERE .

Titles include X-Men Annual #1, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II #6, The Immortal Iron Fist #3 and Ghost Rider Finale.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 10, CLICK HERE.

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According to Warner Bros. Animation, renowned animator Iwao Takamoto, the designer of such characters as Scooby-Doo, has died at the age of 81 in Los Angeles.

At the time of his death, Takamoto served as Vice President of Special Projects for Warner Bros. Animation.

Most recently, Takamoto storyboarded the 2005 Tom and Jerry animation short "The Karateguard," and was instrumental in the design of many characters in the current Cartoon Network and Kids¹ WB! animated series Krypto the Superdog.

He also served as a consultant on Warner Bros. Animation's ongoing Scooby-Doo direct-to-video series, including the 2006 release Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! and the upcoming Chill Out, Scooby-Doo.

"Iwao Takamoto was not only a tremendously talented designer and artist, he was a beautiful human being," said Warner Bros. Animation President Sander Schwartz. "Iwao was always ready with a wide smile, a firm handshake and a warm welcome. Iwao¹s designs will be his legacy for generations to come. Those of us who had the privilege of working closely with him will miss his mentoring presence, his good counsel and his unparalleled talent and spirit."

For a look at Takamoto's life, CLICK HERE .

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IDW Publishing announced on Tuesday that Ashley Wood will be working on a new Tank Girl mini-series starting in May.

Wood will team with Tank Girl co-creator/writer Alan Martin on a four-part adventure, Tank Girl: The Gifting.

The Gifting will feature a series of non-linear stories, with such titles as "The Dogsh*t in Barney¹s Handbag," "Kill Jumbo," and "The Innocent Die First."

"We went to the comics graveyard and dug her up," said Martin, who also has a Tank Girl novel in the works. "She's smelling pretty bad, but we're gonna put her in a wheelbarrow and parade her around for all to see, anyway."

Tank Girl first appeared in 1988, and was the subject of a 1995 film starring Lori Petty.

For IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

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* Terrence Howard, who is playing Rhodey in Marvel's upcoming Iron Man film, will be a presenter at the Golden Globe Awards on Monday.

* Marvel Comics has announced that The Immortal Iron Fist #2 has sold out.


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, January 4: Marvel Comics First Looks, Painkiller Jane, Justice League Unlimited and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 3: Smallville, Spider-Man 3, IDW Publishing for April, Marvel First Looks and Zenescope's Return to Wonderland.

* Tuesday, January 2: Smallville's Allison Mack, IDW's Star Trek: Klingons, The All-New Atom, David Mack writes Se7en, Heroic Publishing for April, TwoMorrows Publishing for April and Trials of Shazam.

* Monday, January 1: Smallville's Allison Mack, DC First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Sunday, December 31: Batman Beyond and Image Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 30: Ghost Rider, Heroes and 300.

* Friday, December 29: Diamond Select/Marvel and First Looks.

* Thursday, December 28: Spider-Man 2 on FX, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, December 27: 300, TMNT, Archie Comics' new look and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and First Looks.

* Monday, December 25: Image Comics' Dynamo 5 and Arcana's Dark Horrors.

* Sunday, December 24: Marvel Animated Gift Set and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, December 23: Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Batman, Devil's Due First Looks and Ape Entertainment for March.

* Friday, December 22: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes and Virgin Comics for March.

* Thursday, December 21: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Top Cow's First Born, Battlestar Galactica, IDW's Transformers prequel and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 20: Heroes, Marvel First Looks, Archie Comics' new style and Virgin Comics' Gamekeeper.

* Tuesday, December 19: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Madman movie and Jack of Fables.

* Monday, December 18: Dynamite Entertainment for March, Shrugged, Spider-Man 3, Boom!'s Left on Mission and First Looks.

* Sunday, December 17: Dwayne McDuffie talks Fantastic Four, Marvel First Looks, Archie's new style and Antarctic Press for March.

* Saturday, December 16: Smallville, Spider-Man 3, Oni Press for March and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Friday, December 15: The Batman's Nightwing, Smallville, Fantastic Four, Onslaught Reborn, November sales, Heroic Publishing First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, December 14: 30 Days of Night, Spider-Man 3, Devil's Due for March, Heroes, Family Guy, The Batman and Xombie.

* Wednesday, December 13: Image Comics for March, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Spider-Man 2 on FX.

* Tuesday, December 12: Marvel Comics for March, Boom! Studios for March, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Monday, December 11: DC Comics for March, Archie Comics for March and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, December 10: The Simpsons, Family Guy, Legion of Super Heroes and Heroes.

* Saturday, December 9: Ghost Rider's Mark Steven Johnson, Ralph Winter to produce Wolverine? and Dark Horse First Looks.

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