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Following sell-outs in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #17, Sensational Spider-Man #35, and Spider-Man Family #1, Marvel Comics on Tuesday released preview pages of the next issue in the "Back in Black" story.

Amazing Spider-Man #539 will arrive in stores on March 21. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art by Ron Garney.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"Peter goes on the offensive, and on the hunt, as Aunt May's life hangs in the balance in Amazing Spider-Man #539, and when this story has finished, Spider-Man's life, and the lives of those Peter Parker holds dearest, will never be the same again!"

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During its fourth quarter earnings webcast on Monday, Marvel announced that the Iron Man movie will begin production on Monday, March 12.

The film, under the direction of Jon Favreau, will shoot in Los Angeles for a May 2, 2008 release.

In other Marvel movie news:

* Marvel's Peter Cuneo during the webcast expressed pleasured over the record-setting box-office performance of Ghost Rider. "It proves again that Marvel can take a lesser-known character and make them successful worldwide," he said.

Ghost Rider's actual weekend take was more than estimates. It grossed $20.1 million, pushing its total to $70.9 million

* Cuneo said that he was "particularly optimstic" about the licensing for Spider-Man 3.

"Our guarantees for Spider-Man 3 are double or more than Spider-Man 2," he said.

Below are Spider-Man 3 toys shown the Hasbro booth at New York Comic Con. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* After leaving his position at Marvel, Avi Arad remains very involved in as a producer for Marvel films, a role he will fulfill for both Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.

According to Marvel, Arad has a new fee structure that will also restrict his non-competitive clause.

* Cuneo said that expectations for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer toys are less than the first movie because of a summer logjam of six major fantasy films in a six-week period.

* Marvel isn't revealing the budgets for Iron Man and Incredible Hulk for "competitive reasons."

Incredible Hulk will begin production in the second quarter of 2007 for a June 13, 2008

* Marvel has a partner for the video game based on the new Hulk movie that will be announced soon.

* Among the films being developed in-house at Marvel for release as early as 2009 are Captain America, Nick Fury, Ant-Man, Avengers and Thor.

* Next Monday's episode of NBC's Heroe will include a preview of Spider-Man 3.

* Among the presenters at the Academy Awards on Sunday night were Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst from Spider-Man 3 and Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow from Iron Man.

Maguire and Dunst presented together, stepping on stage to the theme from the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon. The telecast was produced by Spider-Man films producer Laura Ziskin.

* Daniel Josephs is the author of the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer novelization from Pocket Books.

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DC Comics on Tuesday announced that Tony Daniel is the new regular penciller of The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, joining writer Marc Guggenheim with #11.

Daniel's first issue is a story called "Full Throttle," the top Rogues are united by one voice to take down the Flash -- but who is it?

"I'm looking forward to working on The Flash with Marc Guggenheim, who I think is a very gifted and unique up-and-coming writer destined for big success," Daniel said. "I've always been a huge Bart Allen fan and The Flash is one of the most recognized DC icons. 'A' game, here I come!"

DC has added a variant cover The Flash #11 by Daniel, which will be published in a split of approximately 50/50 with the solicited cover by Ethan Van Sciver.

In other DC news, the publisher announced new content for Superman.

Superman #660, in stores on March 14, now will feature a story written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Mike Manley and Bret Blevins and a cover by James Fry and Rodney Ramos. This issue looks at The Prankster, who's popped in and out of Superman ever since "Up, Up and Away."

Superman #661, in stores on March 28, will now feature a story written by Busiek and Richard Howell, with art by Howell and Eduardo Barreto and a cover by Jesus Merino. In the story, an ancient and vicious curse set into motion by the Greek gods hits Metropolis, challenging Superman in a way hešs never been challenged before. Wonder Woman guest-stars.

Superman #662, in stores on April 11, now will feature the start of the 5-part second half of "Camelot Falls," previously slated to appear in issue #661. This issue is written by Busiek, with art and cover by Carlos Pacheco Merino.

Superman #663, in stores on May 9, now will feature now will feature chapter two of the 5-part second half of "Camelot Falls," in which the Young Gods of New Genesis pay a visit to Metropolis, while the Prankster is on the loose and the threat of Arion looms over the city.

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Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum another video journal clip from 300, which reaches theaters on March 9.

The clip features Lena Headey, who plays Queen Gorgo. "Lena brought incredible charisma, intelligence and fire to Gorgo," 300 director Zack Snyder said.

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Matt Hawkins said he wanted something fresh for The Darkness, one of Top Cow's flagship titles.

He also wanted a writer who going to be around for longer than an arc, someone who could provided a consistent run of some 20 issues or more.

He found his man in Phil Hester, who will be joined by up-and-coming artist Michael Broussard on a new The Darkness series this fall after Top Cow's "First Born" crossover.

The Continuum caught up with Hester briefly over the weekend to discuss his plans. To read what he had to say, CLICK HERE.


Kids' WB! is kicking off March with new episodes of The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Saturday.

"Rumors" will be the episode of The Batman.

Here's how the episode is described:

"A new vigilante, one playing for keeps, comes to Gotham, with his sights set on taking down the city's major villains permanently. Now Batman finds himself in the unusual position of having to protect some of his greatest enemies from this deadly threat."

"Chain of Command" will be the episode of Legion.

Here's how the episode is described:

"When disaster strikes Lightning Lad's home planet of Winath, the Legion is called to help. Lightning Lad's efforts to take charge are thwarted however when long-absent Legion leader Cosmic Boy arrives with an enigmatic new hero in tow."

Look for more on both episodes later this week here in The Continuum.

Other Batman episodes next month include "Artifacts" on March 10, "Riddler's Revenge" on March 17 and "Second" on March 24 and "Two of a Kind" on March 31.

Other Legion episodes next month include "Lightning Storm" on March 10, "Brain Drain" on March 17, "Child's Play" on March 24 and "The Substitutes" on March 31.

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Cartoon Network is staging a Movie Madness stunt for March, airing a movie every day at 7 p.m. (ET).

Following are comics-related films airing:

* Saturday, March 3: Invincible Iron Man.

* Saturday, March 10: Hellboy: Blood and Iron.

* Saturday, March 17: Stan Lee's Mosaic.

* Tuesday, March 20: Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.

* Saturday, March 24: Stan Lee's Condor.

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BlueWater Productions has provided The Continuum its solicitations for June.

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Look for more June solicitations on Wednesday here in The Continuum.

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Moonstone Books has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for June.

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Sci Fi Channel has released 10 images from "Crossroads, Part 1," the Sunday, March 18 episode of Battlestar Galactica.

The images feature Tricia Helfer as Number Six, James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar, Susan Hogan as Franks, Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama, William Samples as Judge Number Two, Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin, Michael Hogan as Col. Saul Tigh, Mark Sheppard as Romo Lampkin and Chelah Horsdal as Cassidy.

The network has yet to released a description for the episode.

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* Brian K. Vaughan is writing the second arc of Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire series.


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.

* Thursday, February 22: The Batman, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, February 21: Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks and Marvel solicitations update.

* Tuesday, February 20: The Batman, DC Comics' Countdown, Oni Press for May, Dynamite First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, February 19: Painkiller Jane, Mark Steven Johnson talks Ghost Rider box office, Marvel First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and Inkworks.

* Sunday, February 18: Ghost Rider box office, and Marvel and DC panels at MegaCon.

* Saturday, February 17: Ghost Rider box office, George Perez at MegaCon, First Looks and January sales.

* Friday, February 16: Ghost Rider, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment for May, The Batman and Family Guy.

* Thursday, February 15: Image Comics for May, 300, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Archie Comics for May and Zero-G.

* 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.

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