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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2007

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MEGACON: PAINKILLER JANE PANEL

Jimmy Palmiotti brought a treat with him to MegaCon on Sunday.

For his panel on Sci Fi Channel's upcoming television series Painkiller Jane, based on the character created by Palmiotti and Joe Quesada, Palmiotti showed a just-completed trailer/sizzler reel for the show.

The clip was from the first episode and featured a fight scene in which Jane, played by Kristanna Loken, falls out a window, 46 stories to her apparent death. Some of the behind-the-scenes green screen and wire work needed for the fall were also shown.

For much more from the panel, CLICK HERE.

In other Painkiller Jane news, Sci Fi has released several new images from the show. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.



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MARK STEVEN JOHNSON TALKS GHOST RIDER BOX OFFICE

Mark Steven Johnson, writer/director of the Ghost Rider movie, told The Continuum late Sunday he is delighted with the film's box-office numbers.

"Everyone at Sony is thrilled with opening weekend of Ghost Rider," Johnson told The Continuum. "We beat the record for President's Day weekend and look to be around the $50 million mark for the four days. We are opening at No. 1 around the world as well. It's also the largest opening for any Nicolas Cage movie, by a long shot."

According to estimates, Ghost Rider will finish with $51.5 million over the four days. The film seemed impervious to mainstream reviews, which have not been as kind as the box office for Ghost Rider.

"As expected, we were trounced by the critics, but the word of mouth on the film has been very good and gave us a bump up from Friday to Saturday, something uncommon for these kinds of flicks," Johnson said.

"As I've said in the past, this isn't a movie you make for critics. It's a movie you make for regular folks and fans of the comic. I couldn't be happier with how we're doing so far!"

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to 10-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 21, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Cable & Deadpool #37, New Avengers: Illumnati #2, Immortal Iron Fist #3, Punisher War Journal #4, She-Hulk #16, Silent War #2, Spider-Man Family #1, Legion of Monsters: Werewolf By Night #1 and X-Men: First Class #6.

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DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 21, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Conan #37, Conan and the Midnight God #2, Criminal Macabre: Two Red Eyes #3, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor #5, Outer Orbit #3, Rex Mundi #4 and Samurai: Heaven and Earth Volume 2 #3.

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MEGACON: INKWORKS PANEL

The Smallville Season 5 trading card set has been released, and already Inkworks' Allan Caplan is making plans for a Season 6 collection.

At Inkworks' panel at MegaCon over the weekend, Caplan said Smallville Season 6 is scheduled for January.

"We've been supportive of Smallville back when they called it 'Dawson's Creek on steroids,'" Caplan said. "I like Smallville, and, to be quite honest, it gets better every year."

Smallville was one of several popular licenses Caplan touched upon during an informal presentation.

For much more from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is a first look at Cyber Angels, a new comic from Atlantis Studios written and created by Kathy Messick, with art by Sofyan Sorief.

Messick will be appearing at the New York Comic Con this weekend to promote Cyber Angels.

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* The Thursday, March 8 episode of Smallville on The CW will be a repeat of "Static."



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, February 14: Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, Devil's Due Publishing for May, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Red 5 Comics.

* Tuesday, February 13: Marvel Comics for May, Lynda Carter on Smallville, Battlestar Galactica renewed, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer toys, Fallen Angel, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Action Comics and Heroes.

* Monday, February 12: DC Comics for May, Smallville's Miles Millar and Al Gough, Zack Snyder talks Watchmen movie and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Sunday, February 11: DC Comics for May preview, The Simpsons Toys and Wanted movie.

* Saturday, February 10: Battlestar Galactica, Ocean movie?, Zen's 20th anniversary and First Looks.

* Friday, February 9: Ghost Rider, Heroes, The Batman, First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, February 8: New seasons for Legion of Super Heroes and The Batman, Marvel Comics First Looks and Whiteout movie.

* Wednesday, February 7: 300, The Boys at Dynamite Entertainment, First Looks and World of Warcraft action figures.

* Tuesday, February 6: Dark Horse Comics for May, Aspen Comics for May, Jeff Bridges joins Iron Man movie, DC Comics First Looks, Black Panther and 300's Gerard Butler.

* Monday, February 5: Painkiller Jane, Spider-Man 3, Shawn Levy to direct The Flash, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, February 4: IDW Publishing for May, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Heroes.

* Saturday, February 3: Stan Lee on Heroes, Legion of Super Heroes and The Batman renewed, Smallville, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Friday, February 2: Joss Whedon off Wonder Woman and David Goyer off Flash, The Batman's Alan Burnett, WildStorm/Vertigo collections, BlueWater Productions for May, Heroic Publishing for May and Moonstone Books for May.

* Thursday, February 1: Smallville, Civil War #7 variant, DC Universe collections, TwoMorrows Publishing for May and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 31: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks, Adam Beechen on Teen Titans, Firebreather and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, January 30: KISS, George Perez, Heroes, Marvel First Looks, DC roundup, Krypto the Superdog and BlueWater Productions graphic novels.

* Monday, January 29: From Phoenix Cactus Comicon -- Hellboy's Mike Mignola, Mighty Avengers' Angel Medina and Feedback; plus, DC Comics First Looks, The Simpsons and Stephen Colbert.

* Sunday, January 28: Smallville, Rob Liefeld, Heroes and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, January 27: Ghost Rider movie, Free Comic Book Day titles and Battlestar Galactica.

* Friday, January 26: Marvel Comics First Looks, Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Hero Initiative's Ultimate Spider-Man covers and Fell trade paperback.

* Thursday, January 25: DC Comics teaser image, TMNT's Kevin Munroe and Tom Gray, 300 goes IMAX, DC's World War III, The Tick, Virgin Comics for April and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 24: Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment for April, Marvel animation, Image First Looks, DC First Looks and Spider-Man 3.

* Tuesday, January 23: Marvel Animation, Marvel First Looks, 300, Transformers movie images, Kevin Spacey on Superman sequel, Oni Press for April, Avatar Press for April, Smallville and Heroes.

* Monday, January 22: Invincible Iron Man's Marc Worden, Markosia named editor-in-chief, Image Comics' Unravel, Dark Horse First Looks and Battlestar Galactics.

* Sunday, January 21: BlueWater Productions self-publishers, First Looks and HeroClix's Fin Fang Foom.

* Saturday, January 20: Spider-Man 3, Ghost Rider and Spawn.

* Friday, January 19: Smallville, Boom! Studios for April, Fathom: Kiani, 300 and Family Guy.

* Thursday, January 18: Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes, Devil's Due Publishing for April, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 17: Legion of Super Heroes' James Tucker, Image Comics for April, Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, Heroes, Smallville and 300.

* Tuesday, January 16: Marvel Comics for April, Marvel First Looks, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, 2006 sales and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.




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