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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007

FLASH GORDON'S KAREN CLICHE

Karen Cliche as a sci-fi bounty hunter? For those who have followed her career, it makes perfect sense.

Already a veteran in the genre with starring roles in Mutant X and Adventure Inc., Cliche is playing Baylin in Sci Fi Channel's new Flash Gordon series, which premieres on Friday at 9 p.m.

The Continuum caught up with Cliche to talk about the new show. To read the interview, CLICK HERE.



MARVEL STUDIOS ROUNDUP

As part of its second-quarter report, Marvel Entertainment listed the sixth animated movie in its series from Lionsgate.

Hulk Smash is targeted for October 2008 to follow the July 2008 release of Avengers Reborn.

Lionsgate has yet to confirm that title.

In other Marvel Studios news:

* 20th Century Fox's Wolverine (starring Hugh Jackman, directed by Gavin Hood) and Lionsgate's Punisher 2 (starring Ray Stevenson, directed by Lexi Alexander) are shaping up to be Marvel's next movies after Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

"There's a chance one or both of those could make '08, but we don't know for sure," said Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel.

* Maisel said he was pleased with Marvel Studios' first-ever panel at Comic-Con International. "Iron Man received the only standing ovation from any film presentation that occurred at Comic-Con," he said.

* Maisel said The Incredible Hulk has begun its fifth week of shooting in Toronto. "Everything is in order and progressing as planned," he said.



IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on August 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Glister #1, Scrap Mettle, Casanova #8 and Dynamo 5 #6.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on August 8, CLICK HERE.

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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Devil's Due Publishing titles arriving in stores on August 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Nightwolf: The Price #5 and G.I. Joe: America's Elite #26.

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IMAGE COMICS' PROOF

Proof, Image Comics' most recently announced ongoing series, is scheduled to launch on Oct. 24.

The series is by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo.

"Our lead, FBI Agent Ginger Brown, is an 'every woman' forced into a world usually seen in The Weekly World News and X-Files," Grecian said. "The Loch Ness Monster, Mothman and her new partner, Bigfoot, prove to be much more than folklore. Proof kicks off with Agent Brown reluctantly accepting how warped her life has become. However, she quickly finds out that's merely the beginning. Things get much stranger real fast."

In Proof, Bigfoot is seen in a role unlike any he's taken before. The missing link is now a veteran agent renowned for uncovering the unknown. Readers will find out, along with Agent Brown, he's only the first in a long line of creatures who are far different from what the public believes.

"We're aiming to overhaul the usual expectations of a sci-fi series," Rossmo said. "Our Bigfoot completely contradicts his usual role. Although, that's just the beginning as our first issue ends with El Chubacabra in a form that differs from any before."

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #545 PREVIEW

Marvel Comics on Tuesday released an image from Amazing Spider-Man #545.

No details were provided, other than the tagline "The End Of An Era."

The art is by editor-in-chief Joe Quesada.

Marvel has not announced a release date for the issue. Amazing Spider-Man #544 was announced for a Sept. 5 in-store date, but #545 was not part of the September or October solicitations.

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OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously published solicitations for October, click on the publishers' names below:

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Fangoria Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

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BRIEFLY

* Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night, promoting Friday's release of Stardust.

She noted that it took four hours for her full witch makeup. A clip was shown where Pfeiffer's Lamia eats the remaining heart of a star and returns to a youthful appearance.

* Top Cow Productions will debut a convention exclusive variant at Wizard World Chicago with the limited color edition of Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 by Tony Moore.

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* Dynamite Entertainment and MGM Consumer Products have signed an agreement to bring back the "Man With No Name," featured in the films Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Through the agreement, Dynamite Entertainment will create a new comic-book series based on the squinty, gun-slinging, anti-hero portrayed in Sergio Leone's epic "Dollars" trilogy. After the launch of the comic book series, Dynamite plans to roll out a line of fine art and posters, action figures, trading cards, statues and other high-end collectibles based on the character.

* The first new issue of Heroic Publishing's Champions, #38, featuring the return of Roy and Dann Thomas' Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt, has sold out. Heroic has announced that there will not be a second printing.



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.

* Thursday, August 2: Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Teen Titans and First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 1: The Spirit film, new Punisher movie, IDW Publishing's new titles, First Looks and Spider-Man: One More Day covers.

* Tuesday, July 31: Bluewater Productions for November, Heroic Publishing for November, Moonstone Books for November, First Looks, Aspen Comics roundup and Ed Burns at Virgin Comics.

* Monday, July 30: The Simpsons Movie, WildStorm, DC Big Guns, WildStorm and Fables.

* Sunday, July 29: The Incredible Hulk, Sam Raimi, Todd McFarlane, Spider-Man, MINX titles and Marvel's Ultimate Universe. Save $20 on any Simpsons Fathead!

* Saturday, July 28: Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, DC Nation, Vertigo, Mark Waid at Boom! Studios, Nightwolf television series and Image Comics.

* Friday, July 27: Marvel Comics First Looks, Mark Verheiden, Matt Wagner, Heroes, Devil's Due's Halloween and Mondo Marvel panel.

* Thursday, July 26: From Comic-Con International -- Iron Man movie, DC Comics Countdown, Darwyn Cooke, Legion of Super Heroes, Heroes, Incredible Hulk movie, Boom! Studio's The Godfather, Dark Horse roundup and SciFi/Virgin's The Stranded.

* Wednesday, July 25: Heroes Season 2, Virgin Comics/Jenna Jameson, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 24: Superman Doomsday, Flash Gordon, Oni Press for October and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, July 23: Dynamite Entertainment for October, Fangoria Comics for October, Dynamite First Looks and World of Warcraft from DC.

* Sunday, July 22: Avatar Press for October, Red 5 Comics for October, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, July 21: Legion of Super Heroes and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Friday, July 20: Smallville's Supergirl, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, July 19: Aspen Comics for October, Emmy Award nominations, Kids' WB! for August, Bluewater Productions' Jason and the Argonauts, Garth Ennis' Streets of Glory, Captain Action and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 18: The Simpsons Movie, Flash Gordon, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Dynamite's Superpowers.

* Tuesday, July 17: Marvel Comics for October, Image Comics for October and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, July 16: DC Comics for October, IDW Publishing for October, Archie Comics for October, Marvel First Looks and Watchmen movie.

* Sunday, July 15: The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 14: Image Comics' Lazarus and First Looks.

* Friday, July 13: Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, July 12: Activision's Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Digital Webbing for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 11: Smallville, Fantastic Four, First Looks, The Simpsons and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, July 10: Dark Horse Comics for October and First Looks.

* Monday, July 9: Painkiller Jane and Smallvlle.

* Sunday, July 8: Transformers and Who Wants To Be A Super Hero?.

* Saturday, July 7: TwoMorrows Publishing for October, First Looks and Transformers.

* Friday, July 6: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, July 5: Teen Choice nominations, Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, Dark Horse First Looks and Marvel's MAX.

* Wednesday, July 4: Markosia Publishing for October, Marvel First Looks, Archie First Looks and Painkiller Jane.

* Tuesday, July 3: First Looks, Teen Titans for July and Image Comics' Brawl.

* Monday, July 2: Transformers' Shia LeBeouf, First Looks, Second Printings and Moonstone Books for October.




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