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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008

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Spider-Man, solicitations -- and more!

THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN: BEN DISKIN

The Continuum continues its series of interviews with the talent behind The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series today with Ben Diskin, the voice of Eddie Brock/Venom.

The Continuum sat down with Diskin backstage at the recent WonderCon for a short interview.

For an edited transcription, CLICK HERE.

In other Spectacular Spider-Man news, Kids' WB! has released an image and description from "Natural Selection," Saturday's new episode.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Peter Parker and Spider-Man both must learn to own their choices when decisions made by Dr. Curt Connors transform Pete's mentor into the Lizard."

The episode was written by Matt Wayne and directed by David Bullock.

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DOMINIC MONAGHAN TALKS X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

Dominic Monaghan, who is playing Barnell Bohusk/Beak in X-Men Origins, said he was impressed with the shape star Hugh Jackman is in for the film.

Monaghan, who plays Charlie Pace in ABC's Lost, had returned from Australia and appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night.

"I don't think I've ever seen a guy in real life look that good," he said of Jackman. "We were doing a scene at night where he was doing press-ups, not to get his biceps or his shoulders bigger, but to get the veins on his biceps and his shoulders bigger. I'm still working on my muscles, and the guy is working on the veins on his muscles."

Monaghan also called Jackman "super nice."

"We did a night shoot where essentially our gang was looking at the back of his head walking away, and he stayed until 6 a.m. in the morning," Monaghan said. "You know, he has a young family and can go home whenever he wants. But he was there for us. I was so impressed with the guy. Super cool."

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: "TRIALS"

Kids' WB! has released a description and four images from "Trials," this Saturday's new episode of Legion of Super Heroes.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"The evil sorcerer Mordru has attacked the magical planet of Zarok, forcing the young and immature wizard Zyx to turn to the Legion for help. While the Legion battles Mordru, Zyx must restore his own powers by passing a series of trials designed to prove his worth as a wizard. He'll have Kell-El along to assist."

"Trials" was written by Steven Melching and was directed by James Tucker. The episode will air in Legion's new 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) time period.

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES OPTIONS HARBINGER

Paramount Pictures has optioned Valiant Entertainment's Harbinger for a live-action movie.

According to Variety, the film will be developed as a potential directing vehicle for Brett Ratner, who directed X-Men: The Last Stand and the three Rush Hour movies.

Alexandra Milchan will produce with Ratner and Jay Stern. The project might be branded under the MTV Films banner, according to Variety.

Ratner was at one time attached to the Superman franchise. "I'm a comic book geek," he said at the X-Men press junket.

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FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include WildStorm: Revelations #5 from DC Comics and Young X-Men #1 from Marvel Comics.

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DC COMICS ROUNDUP

DC Comics on Tuesday announced that beginning with items arriving in Direct Market stores on March 19, DC Comics periodicals will feature a single price for both U.S. and Canada.

In other DC news:

* Salvation Run #7, the finale to the mini-series, will arrive in stores on May 7 as a 40-page issue, with a cover price of $3.50.

* The page count of Trials of Shazam! #12 has been increased from 32 to 40. This issue, originally solicited to arrive in stores on March 26 with a cover price of $2.99, is now scheduled to arrive in stores on April 2 with a cover price of $3.50.

* Batman #676, originally scheduled to be in stores on April 23, will now be in stores on April 30.

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MAY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Big City Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Pubishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.



BRIEFLY

* According to Mark Evanier's blog, Dave Stevens, creator of The Rocketeer, has died from Leukemia. He was 53.

* Todd Nauck's Wildguard returns to Image Comics with Wildguard: Insider, a three-issue mini-series that launches on May 14.

The series features new stories continuing the adventures of characters such as Red Rover while also containing never-before-collected internet strips. In addition, the back matter will be packed with more of "Where Are They Now?" features and mini-fact files expanding the Wildguard universe.

"As much fun as playing in Marvel and DC's sandboxes can be, I've been very eager to get back to my own toys," Nauck said. "While I've had a great time with the website strips, this is a return to Wildguard at their absolute best - down on the printed page. It's really fun to be back at it."

* Marvel Comics has announced a second printing for the sold-out The Twelve #3. The second printing will feature Chris Weston's interior art on the cover and will be in stores on April 9.

* Wheelie will be featured in IDW Pubishing's Transformers Spotlight in June.



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, March 6: Watchmen, Wanted, The Spectacular Spider-Man, First Looks and Image Comics' The Safest Place.

* Wednesday, March 5: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Victor Cook and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 4: Smallville, World of Quest, Bluewater Productions for July, Marvel Comics roundup, DC Comics roundup, IDW's BlueDream imprint and First Looks.

* Monday, March 3: Iron Man's Jon Favreau, The Spectacular Spider-Man, NBC's Fear Itself, First Looks and Image's Pretty, Baby, Machine.

* Sunday, March 2: Devil's Due Publishing for May and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, March 1: The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Boom! First Looks, DC First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Friday, February 29: Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, DC First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Viper Comics for May.

* Thursday, February 28: Justice League: The New Frontier's Phil Morris, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Red 5 Comics First Looks and Radical Comics for May.

* Wednesday, February 27: Battlestar Galactica, Marvel Comics press conference, Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Batman: Gotham Knight and Digital Webbing for May.

* Tuesday, February 26: Oni Press for May, Markosia Publishing for May, DC Comics roundup, First Looks and Red 5's Atomic Robo.

* Monday, February 25: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Boom! Studios for May, Smallville and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, February 24: From WonderCon: Iron Man movie and WildStorm Productions, plus: First Looks and Red 5 Comics for May.

* Saturday, February 23: From WonderCon, DCU panel, Aspen Comics panel, Wanted presentation, DC Nation panel, Astro City panel and Terry Dodson panel, plus: IDW Publishing for May and Dabel Brothers for May.

* Friday, February 22: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Devil's Due Pop and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Thursday, February 21: Bongo Comics for May, Columbia Pictures options The Boys, Dark Horse Firsts and Archie Firsts.

* Wednesday, February 20: Image Comics for May, Justice League: The New Frontier's David Boreanaz, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, February 19: X-Men Origins: Wolverine casting, Marvel Comics for February, DC Comics for February, Top Cow Pilot Season winners, First Looks and Marvel's Secret Invasion.

* Monday, February 18: Archie Comics for May, Painkiller Jane on DVD, Incredible Hulk toys and Fantastic Four.

* Sunday, February 17: Moonstone Books for June, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Knight Rider and First Looks.

* Saturday, February 16: Justice League: The New Frontier's Jeremy Sisto, Knight Rider's Justin Bruening, First Looks, Marvel Second Printings and Hasbro's Marvel toys.

* Friday, February 15: Top Cow Productions for May, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Thursday, February 14: Justice League: The New Frontier's Brooke Shields, Knight Rider's David Hasselhoff, First Looks and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, February 13: Dark Horse Comics for May, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, First Looks, Hasbro's 2008 highlights and Bluewater Productions' Pistolfist.

* Tuesday, February 12: The Batman, The Simpsons, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and First Looks.

* Monday, February 11: Steve Gerber dies, Marvel Comics roundup, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, February 10: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gnome.



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