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Marvel Comics on Friday will be canceling Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and publishing Amazing Spider-Man three times a month, it was announced on Friday at the Spider-Man: One More Day panel at Wizard World Philadelphia.

Tom Brevoort is taking over as editor and described the initiative as "Brand New Day."

"Spider-Man will still be coming out three times a month, but now it will be one title and a continuous story," editor-in-chief Joe Quesada said.

More details will be revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and Quesada would not reveal any creators.

For more from the panel, CLICK HERE .


Marvel Comics kicked off its Wizard World Philadelphia panels on Friday with a Mondo Marvel presentation.

Editor-in-chief Joe Quesada led the panel, and was joined by Tom Brevoort, Bill Rosemann, C.B. Cebulski and Jim McCann.

For a rundown, with 25 new images, CLICK HERE .

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New Countdown titles, a new Suicide Squad book and the end of The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive were among the announcements at DC Comics' first panel at Wizard World Philadelphia on Friday.

For a rundown, with new images, CLICK HERE .



Marvel Comics dominated May sales, according to figure released by Diamond on Friday. The publisher has 42.8 percent of the dollar share to 27.6 percent for DC Comics and 46.6 percent of the market share to 30.8 percent for DC.

The top 10 books were Fallen Son: Death of Captain America - Captain America, Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #4, Justice League of America #9, Captain America #26, New Avengers #30, Astonishing X-Men #21, Amazing Spider-Man #540, Mighty Avengers #3, All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #5 and World War Hulk Prologue: Worldbreaker.

Twenty-four titles reached the 100,000 mark.

For the complete sales charts, CLICK HERE .

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Entertainment Weekly has released the first look at the new Batman costume for The Dark Knight.

The costume was designed by Lindy Hemming, who returns from Batman Begins.

According to EW, the biggest change is in the headpiece, which is no longer attached to the neck an allows actor Christian Bale more head movement.

The Dark Knight is scheduled for a July 18, 2008 release.

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Universal Pictures announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun on Hellboy 2: The Golden Army from writer/director Guillermo del Toro and producers Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson. The film will be released on August 1, 2008.

Also back for the sequel are actors Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman) and Doug Jones (Abe Sapien).

Here's how the studio describes the film:

"After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy.

"Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development -- pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz, aquatic empath Abe and protoplasmic mystic Johann -- the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him."

The screenplay for Hellboy 2 is written by Guillermo del Toro, from a screen story by del Toro and Mike Mignola, based upon the Dark Horse comic created by Mignola and the 2004 motion picture Hellboy.

The film also features Luke Goss as the ruthless leader of the underworld, Prince Nuada, and Anna Walton as his compassionate sister, Princess Nuala.

Hellboy 2's behind-the-scenes team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, production designer Steven Scott, costume designer Sammy Sheldon and editor Bernat Vilaplana. Chris Symes is the executive producer of the film, with Mike Mignola serving as co-producer.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will film in both Budapest and the United Kingdom, with post-production based in London.

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Top Cow Productions on Friday revealed details today for its fall fan-interactive promotion, Pilot Season 2007.

The event will consist of six self-contained one-shot specials featuring established Top Cow characters that are currently without regular series. After all six issues have been released, fans will have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite and the two winning characters will receive their own series in 2008.

As with a TV pilot, each of the six issues will serve as a sample of what a full length series might be like. The six issues will be released in August through November with one issue in August, two each in September and October, and the final issue releasing in November. The six characters starring are -- in order -- Ripclaw, Velocity, Cyblade, The Angelus, The Necromancer and Aphrodite IX.

August's Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Jorge Lucas and a cover by Tony Moore.

"This is much more than a simple gimmick," said Top Cow's vice president of editorial, Rob Levin. ³We've put together teams to tell stories that flat out do not suck. Fans don't often get a say in terms of editorial direction in comics. Rather than stacking the deck and putting out two really good books and four okay ones, we've got six killer titles across the board. Any one of these books could support its own series."

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For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores in July, CLICK HERE .

Titles include New Warriors #2 and Wolverine: Origins Annual #1.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on June 20, CLICK HERE .

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* Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer attempts to become the fifth comics-based movie to top the box office when it opens on Friday.

The movie will open in 3,957 theaters. According to Variety, the film is tracking behind the $56 million debut of Fantastic Four two years ago.


* Saturday, June 9: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and First Looks.

* Friday, June 8: Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, June 7: Top Cow First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Aspen Convention Exclusives, Spider-Man 3 and Incredible Hulk DVD.

* Wednesday, June 6: Flash Gordon, Painkiller Jane, Marvel First Looks and TMNT on DVD.

* Tuesday, June 5: Dynamite First Looks, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Marvel's The Order.

* 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.

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