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Episodes of the Fantastic Four animated series will be released on DVD this spring, and Marvel Studios' Eric S. Rollman told The Continuum that he anticipates the show will return to Cartoon Network shortly thereafter.

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Volume 1, a collection of four episodes, will be released on DVD by Fox Home Video on March 27.

Episodes will include "Doomed," "Hard Knocks," "World's Tiniest Heroes" and "De-Mole-Ition."

Fantastic Four debuted on Cartoon Network in September, but was abruptly pulled from the Saturday night Toonami schedule after seven episodes had aired. Cartoon Network did not comment on the schedule move, leading to speculation the show had been canceled.

That's not the case, Rollman said.

"It just went on hiatus," Rollman said. "We just wanted to put it on the air, the seven episodes initially just to sort of get a teaser out there, knowing that 2007 is sort of the year of Fantastic Four."

With Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer due in theaters on June 18, Rollman said he expects the animated series to be back in May or June.

Rollman said he has been pleased with the work of animation studio Moonscoop on the series.

"These guys have really stepped up to the plate and have created a visually arresting show that is an interesting modern-retro thing," he said. "It's like a modern approach to animation because it's got a nice blend of 2D and 3D with the whole sort of retro feel of the design. I feel is that it's a stunning show to look at."

According to promotional material for the DVD, Fantastic Four was averaging nearly one million viewers per episode on Cartoon Network. "It's also doing incredibly well in Europe," Rollman said.

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Lionsgate has announced special features for The Amazing Screw-On Head, the DVD release of the animated pilot that aired on Sci Fi Channel, due in stores on Feb. 6.

Special features will include:

* "From Comic to Cartoon: Making The Amazing Screw-On Head" featurette.

* Audio commentary with director Chris Prynoski and writer/producer Bryan Fuller

* Storyboard comparison sequence.

Here's how Lionsgate describes the DVD:

"In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodiless head known only as Screw-On Head.

When Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.

Can this unorthodox trio stop Emperor Zombie in time? Does Screw-On Head have a body awesome enough to stop the horrors that have been unleashed? Where can we get a talking dog? All these questions (O.K., maybe not that last one) are answered by the thrilling tale of The Amazing Screw-On Head!"


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Titles include Archie #572 and Archie's Double Digest #176.


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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, January 7: Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Masterpiece Comics' Wild Boys.

* Saturday, January 6: Aspen Comics for April, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.

* Friday, January 5: Smallville, TMNT, Devil's Due First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Bluesman movie.

* 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.

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