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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2007

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First Looks -- and much more...

MATTEL'S DC SUPER FRIENDS TOYS

Mattel has provided The Continuum a rundown of its upcoming DC Super Friends line of toys that launches in July.

To check out all the images and descriptions, CLICK HERE.

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: SEASON 2

Veteran comics and television writer J.M. DeMatteis told The Continuum he's working on his second script for the second season of Kids' WB!'s Legion of Super Heroes.

"There's a lot going on in this one," DeMatteis told The Continuum at last weekend's Wonder Con. "Chameleon Boy's a main character in the story."

DeMatteis' first script centered on Timber Wolf.

In other Legion Season 2 news, look for Matter-Eater Lad, Ron-Karr, Tyr, Mano, Esper, Emerald Empress and Persuader to appear early in the season.

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NHL, WARNER BROS. TEAM UP FOR 300

The National Hockey League and Warner Bros. Pictures have teamed on an integrated marketing campaign to promote the studio's 300.

The NHL and its Member Clubs will support the release of 300, which is set to open in theaters nationwide on Friday, with a TV spot, co-branded merchandise, on-line promotions and player appearances, all as part of the NHLıs "Quest for the Cup" initiative.

The 30-second TV promo features NHL game action and mixes dramatic shots of NHL players and the Stanley Cup with battle scenes and dialogue from the film. The spot, which was produced by NHL Productions, will air during NHL game broadcasts on NBC, Vs., TSN and local affiliates. The promo also will appear on NHL.com and in-arena during NHL games in select NHL markets.

In addition, NHL clubs will offer its fans various giveaways, including t-shirts featuring the Quest for the Cup and 300 logos and passes to screenings of the film.

"This promotion is just another step in the NHL's overall efforts to integrate the NHL brand into the entertainment landscape," said Ed Horne, president, NHL Enterprises.

"Hockey is a non-stop, action-packed sport, making the NHL a perfect promotional partner for our film 300, which has all the action hockey fans could want," said Dawn Taubin, president, domestic marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. "This is a very exciting facet of our marketing campaign that puts this innovative new film in a whole new arena."

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INVINCIBLE JUMPING-ON ISSUE

In what it is calling the best jumping-on point since the first issue, Image Comics will be releasing a specially priced issue of Invincible on April 25.

Invincible #42 will be a 24-page book in the "Image Slimline" format and will cost $1.99.

Written by Robert Kirkman and featuring art by Ryan Ottley and colorist Bill Crabtree, Invincible #42 starts fresh after the devastating events of the Mars storyline concluding in issue #41.

"Mark has just saved the world, and it's not the first time, but everyone saw it happen," Kirkman said. "We're going to really start exploring Invincible's standing with the public starting with issue #42. Things are going to be a bit different from now on, and it's an excellent time for anyone who's been on the fence to finally take the plunge and find out what Invincible is all about."

"Invincible continues to be one of our most popular titles," said Image executive director Eric Stephenson. "Sales continue to climb on both the single issues and the collections, but we still hear about people who haven't given it a chance. Invincible #42 is an excellent jumping-on point for those folks."

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on March 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include PvP, Vol. 4: PvP Goes Bananas! TP and The Complete Invincible Library, Vol. 1 HC.

Look for more First Looks on Thursday here in The Continuum.



BRIEFLY

* Fantastic Four returns to Cinemax in April. Air dates include Wednesday, April 4 at 8:45 a.m.; Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m.; Monday, April 22 at 6:15 p.m.; Friday, April 27 at 10 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28 at 4:30 a.m.

* Archaia Studios Press announced it has hired Joe Illidge as an editor.

* Nifty Comics announced that, in addition to a return to direct market distribution, it has hired Cary Kelley as production design/art director.



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.

* Friday, March 2: Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, March 1: Kyle McLauchlan in Justice League: The New Frontier, Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man on Kids' WB! and The Batman.

* Wednesday, February 28: Image Comics First Looks, TwoMorrows Publishing for June, Heroic Publishing for June, Legion of Super Heroes, Avengers/Transformers and Battlestar Galactica.

* Tuesday, February 27: Spider-Man: Black in Black, Marvel movies roundup, DC Comics roundup, 300's Queen Gorgo, Phil Hester talks The Darkness, The Batman, Cartoon Network's March movies, BlueWater Productions for June, Moonstone Books for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, February 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider box office, and New York Comic Con: The Spirit movie panel, Hellboy animated panel, Fox Atomic Comics panel, Brian K. Vaughan panel and Jhnonen Vasquez panel.

* Sunday, February 25: From New York Comic Con: Cup O' Joe panel, DC Universe panel, Virgin Comics teams with Sci Fi Channel.

* Saturday, February 24: Justice League: The New Frontier, Smallville and from New York Comic Con -- DC Nation, Vertigo, World War Hulk and Civil War: The Initiative panels.

* Friday, February 23: 300's Gerard Butler, Justice League movie, Avatar Press for May, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First looks.

* 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.




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