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Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P. has announced the first wave of licensing partners for Kids' WB!'s The Spectacular Spider-Man.

They include Hasbro (master toy licensee), Wear Me Apparel (master apparel), IMT (sporting goods), Fashion Accessory Bazaar (back-to-school and storage), Bendon Publishing (publishing), DecoPac (cake decoration), Giant Merchandising (t-shirts), Berkshire Fashion (headwear, cold weather and hosiery), Fast Forward (back-to-school), and Jay Franco (domestics).

New partners include Hallmark (social expressions), AME (sleepwear/loungewear), KIDdesigns (electronics), Mad Engine (t-shirts) and Mega Brands (toys).

Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. is the limited partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Marvel Entertainment.

Marvel and Sony Pictures Television have green-lit Culver Entertainment to commence production on an additional 13 half-hour episodes for the series, bringing the current series run to 26 episodes. The series will debut on Kids' WB! early next year.


Kids' WB! has released four new images and a description from "Ring Toss," Saturday's new episode of The Batman.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"In a moment of desperation, Green Lantern commands his ring to fly to Batman, only to have it intercepted by the Penguin.

Dermot Mulroney provides the voice of Green Lantern, and Miguel Ferrer is the voice of Sinestro.

Len Uhley wrote the episode, which was directed by Christopher Berkeley.

Look for more news on The Batman on Wednesday here in The Continuum.

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CastleBright Studios has optioned the 10th Muse comic-book series by Darren G. Davis and BlueWater Productions, BlueWater announced on Tuesday.

Producers Jay Douglas and Nav Gupta will develop the property at the newly formed, NBC/Universal-based CastleBright Studios.

Douglas and Gupta also recently picked up rights to the Scorpion novel and the Broken Sword video-game series.

"We know there were many suitors vying for this property, but somehow the Greek gods smiled upon us," Gupta said.

According to the publisher, talks have already begun for the title role.

Davis created The 10th Muse in 2002. Another of his properties, The Legend of Isis, is set up at Paramont Pictures.

"CastleBright shares my vision for this to become a film and I am excited to be a part of this," Davis said.



The CW has released 21 images from "Persona," an upcoming episode of Smallville.

Marc Allen McClure, who played Jimmy Olsen in four Superman movies and Supergirl, guest-stars in the episode as Dax-Ur.

The episode also features James Marsters as Brainiac.

The network has yet to announce an air date or release a description of the episode.

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Dabel Brothers on Tuesday announced that Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth will be the creative team on Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son.

"Dean Koontz's Frankenstein is due out in May 2008, but we're already halfway through the first issue," said Les Dabel, vice president of Dabel Brothers Publishing. "And between Mr. Koontz's source material, Chuck's stellar adaptation, and Brett's incredible artwork, I think this book is going to be one of the best we've ever put together!"

"This is a book that was made for comics," Dixon said. "Dean has a story here that begs for visuals, from dizzying Himalayan mountainscapes to creepy urban dungeons. This is perhaps the easiest adaptation I've ever worked on. There's so much here!"

Booth has worked with the Dabel Brothers before on Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter.

"I'm trying to work my way through all the major monster categories," Booth said. "Next up, I'll be looking for something with a mummy! Visually, this should be fun, and Chuck's done a great job with the adaption."

In other Dabel Brothers news, the publisher announced that Dresden Files: Storm Front will debut in mid 2008 as a monthly series.

Dabel Brothers will release a four-part original story Dresden Files beginning in April, written exclusively for comics by Jim Butcher and featuring an untold story of Harry Dresden.

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Titles include Ultimate Power #9 and Moon Knight #14 from Marvel Comics and PvP #37 from Image Comics.

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For previously published solicitations for February, click on the publishers' names below.

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Arcana Studio.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Image Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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* Marvel Comics on Tuesday released a teaser image for Ultimatum, it's Ultimate Universe event for next year.

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* DC Comics on Tuesday announced that Heavy Liquid and 100%, two Vertigo titles by writer/artist Paul Pope, are going back to press for new editions.

The new printing of the Heavy Liquid TP is scheduled to arrive in stores on Jan. 30 with a cover price of $29.99. The new printing of 100% TP is scheduled to arrive in stores on March 2 with a cover price of $24.99.

* DC titles American Virgin #22, Countdown Presents: Lord Havok and the Extremists #3 and Countdown to Mystery are now scheduled to be in stores on Jan. 2.

* NBC is pre-empting Heroes on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

* The Topps Company is among the licensees releasing official merchandise in advance of the summer movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The companyıs Indiana Jones Heritage cards will ship at the end of February and will be available exclusively in hobby and specialty markets, not at mass retail.

The card imagery will feature 90 memorable scenes from all three original movies, with card designs paying homage to the Raiders of the Lost Ark cards first published by Topps in 1981. The retro-inspired Heritage branding and packaging will be complete with vintage grey-back card stock and bubble gum in every pack.

Topps is in the process of finalizing arrangements with numerous cast members of the original movies to provide authentic autographs for the series. A list of confirmed signees will be announced shortly. A roster of well-known illustrators is also on board to contribute original, one-of-a-kind Indiana Jones sketch cards. In addition, sequentially numbered parallel cards round out the random, insert-card offerings.


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, November 29: Dynamite Entertainment for February, The Simpsons, Antarctic Press for February, First Looks, Kids' WB! in December and DC Comics second printings.

* Wednesday, November 28: Marvel press conference: Brian Michael Bendis, Legion of Super Heroes, Smallville, Avatar Press for February, Oni Press for February, Markosia Publishing for February and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 27: Justice League: The New Frontier, Blade: The Series DVD, DC Comics roundup, Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios for February, Aspen Comics for February, Arcana Studio for February and Punisher: War Zone movie.

* Monday, November 26: Marvel First Looks, Hulk, Smallville, DC First Looks, IDW Publishing for February, Desperado Publishing for February and Red 5 Comics for February., World's Largest Trading Card Store

* Sunday, November 25: Teen Titans and Mirage Studios for February.

* Saturday, November 24: Groo panel at Mid-Ohio-Con, Bongo Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, November 23: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Thursday, November 22: Comics movies on television and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 21: First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, November 20: Marvel Comics for February and Image Comics for February.

* Monday, November 19: DC Comics for February, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 18: From Wizard World Texas -- Scott Porter on Justice League movie, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Top Cow panel, DC Universe panel and Ethan Van Sciver panel.

* Saturday, November 17: The Spirit's Deborah Del Prete, Marvel First Looks and from Wizard World Texas: Greg Pak and DC Nation.

* Friday, November 16: Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Bionic Woman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, November 15: The Spirit's Gabriel Macht, Image First Looks and Transformers animated movie.

* Wednesday, November 14: The Spirit's Frank Miller, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 13: Top Cow Productions for February, Brian Reed, First Looks and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

* Monday, November 12: Marvel Comics roundup, Archie Comics for February and First Looks.

* Sunday, November 11: Ghost Rider on Starz and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 10: Beowulf's Neil Gaiman and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 9: Dark Horse Comics for February, Family Guy, Marvel First Looks and Iron Man.

* Thursday, November 8: Image Comics First Looks, Ben 10: Race Against Time and Famiy Guy.

* Wednesday, November 7: Heroes, The Batman, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 6: DC Comics roundup, Marvel Comics roundup, First Looks and Aquaman.

* Monday, November 5: Heroes, Bionic Woman, Marvel animation, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Zenescope Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, November 4: Family Guy and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 3: Smallville, Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, First Looks and Teen Titans.

* Friday, November 2: Marvel First Looks and Steve Ditko book.

* Thursday, November 1: Smallville's Black Canary, Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem, Flash Gordon, First Looks and The Batman.

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