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Ralph Winter, producer of all three X-Men films and both Fantastic Four films, is familiar with the challenges of sequels.

"It's always about topping ourselves," Winter said during The Continuum's visit to the set of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in Vancouver. "We don't really look at what Spider-Man's doing because we're really trying to make it better for ourselves."

Winter said one of the first things he looked at were the Fantastic Four uniforms.

"We jumped through a lot of hoops to make those better - and ultimately they turned out looking pretty much the same because we didn't want to get too far off base," Winter said. "I think we're our own worst competitors, in terms of trying to beat ourselves, in terms of trying to figure out how we're stretching things for what works visually."

Action and effects turned out to be a priority.

"That takes a lot of effort and time and the team has had to work hard to think outside the box," Winter said. "It's harder."

In other FF news:

* The cast will be guests on NBC's Today on Friday.

* Ioan Gruffudd will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday, June 18.

* TV Guide's Close Up on the film will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

* Look for more on Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Sunday here in The Continuum.


For covers and four- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE .

Titles include Immortal Kiss #2 from GI Studios and The Hood Premiere HC from Marvel Comics.

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

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on June 13, CLICK HERE .



For previously posted August solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Fangoria Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Platinum Studios.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

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* Above are covers, with trade dress, for Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores later this month.

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* Spider-Man 3 placed eighth at the box office on Friday with an estimated $1.2 million, pushing its total to $322.5 million.

* According to Variety, Tim Story, director of the two Fantastic Four movies, has been attached to direct the adaptation of the Vertigo comic The Losers for Warner Bros.

Jamie Vanderbilt has been hired as writer, working from a first draft by Peter Berg.

* On his website, director Guillermo del Toro has announced that Danny Elfman will be the composer for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.

* The first Hellboy movie will be repeated on FX on Sunday at 2 p.m.


* Monday, June 4: Dark Horse First Looks, Devil's Due First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Sunday, June 3: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and First Looks.

* Saturday, June 2: Marvel Comics First Looks and Heroic Publishing First Looks.

* Friday, June 1: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Battlestar Galactica, World War Hulk, X-Men's Endangered Species, Archie Comics First Looks, Platinum Studios for August and Speed Racer.

* Thursday, May 31: The Dark Knight, Image Comics First Looks, Mattel's Summer Exclusives, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics December Collected Editions and Dynamite Entertainment for August.

* Wednesday, May 30: Smallville, The Flash, Top Cow First Looks, Freshmen II, Marvel Comics First Looks, Teen Titans, Fangoria Comics for August and DC Collected Editions for November.

* Tuesday, May 29: Cartoon Network's Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Don Payne, The Dark Knight, Painkiller Jane, Marvel First Looks, Avatar Press for August, BlueWater Productions for September, Moonstone Books for September, Heroic Publishing for September and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Monday, May 28: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Oni Press for August and First Looks.

* Sunday, May 27: Spider-Man 3 and Incredible Hulk movie.

* Saturday, May 26: First Looks and Dark Horse's Elfquest busts.

* Friday, May 25: Marvel First Looks and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

* Thursday, May 24: Image Comics for June, Image First Looks, Sci Fi's Flash Gordon and DC Comics collections.

* Wednesday, May 23: Top Cow Productions for August, Legion of Super Heroes DVD, BlueWater Productions First Looks and Spider-Man 3.

* Tuesday, May 22: Marvel Comics for August, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Devil's Due Publishing for August.

* Monday, May 21: DC Comics for August, IDW Publishing for August, Archie Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, First Looks and April sales.

* Sunday, May 20: DC Comics for August preview and Spider-Man 3.

* Saturday, May 19: Spider-Man 3 and DC First Looks.

* Friday, May 18: New Avengers #31, Digital Webbing for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, May 17: Smallville, Thor, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Tomb Raider and The Dark Knight.

* Wednesday, May 16: Doctor Strange movie, The Spirit movie, 300 DVD, Dark Horse First Looks, Top Cow First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 15: Smallville, Super Bad James Dynomite movie, Incredible Hulk and First Looks.

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