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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2008

COMING TUESDAY

Animation news -- and much more!

THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ROUNDUP

The "Big Man" mentioned in Kids' WB!'s The Spectacular Spider-Man will not be Kingpin. Supervising producer Greg Weisman confirmed that the character is not in the series.

"I'll admit, it's frankly the one hole in our series, the one thing that I think prevents it from being truly 100 percent along the lines of being definitive," Weisman told The Continuum.

"With Kingpin, it's a legal issue. It's got nothing to do with creative. Kingpin is part of the Daredevil license. We've been asking and will continue to ask. And I'm hopeful that someday, but we have not been able to get permission."

Kingpin was part of the MTV Spider-Man series, voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan, who played the character in the Daredevil movie.

"And I'm jealous," Weisman said, adding that Kingpin was in his early plans for the show.

Weisman said he also had hopes of including the Human Torch, but ran into similar licensing issues.

"I had a lot of plans for of characters to guest-star actually, although I wanted to make sure this was a show about Spider-Man and not a show about guest star of the week," he said. "So we were going to have one guest-star, the Human Torch, in Season 1 and one guest star in Season 2. We didn't want to make it about guest-stars, but the truth is, yes, we're not allowed to use any of those characters."

Weisman noted that because Spider-Man has such a rich base of supporting characters and villains, he doesn't think anyone will miss a Torch appearance. "The Kingpin was a bit of a tragedy, though," he said.

In other Spider-Man news:

* "Invisible Hand," the next new episode, will air Saturday on Kids' WB!. It includes Rhino and more drama surrounding the Fall Formal.

* Weisman on his approach to villains: "We're taking classic villains and introducing them in a logical fashion -- one that brings cohesion and clarity to their introduction and development, particularly as we revisit these villains through multiple appearances."

* Look for more on the series soon here in The Continuum.

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JIM MOONEY: 1919-2008

According to Mark Evanier's blog, Jim Mooney, one of comics' prolific artists, has died.

Mooney -- perhaps best known for his Supergirl art in the 1960s and Spider-Man in the 1970s -- died Sunday in Florida after recent failing health. He was 88.

For more on his career, CLICK HERE.



BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: "THE TIES THAT BIND"

Sci Fi Channel has released five images from "The Ties That Bind," the Friday, April 18 episode of Battlestar Galactica.

The images show Laura Roslin, Rekha Sharma as Tory Foster, Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama, Finn R. Devitt as Nicky, Nicki Clyne as Cally and Aaron Douglas as Tyrol.

Sci Fi has yet to release a description from the episode.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on Battlestar Galactica soon here in The Continuum.



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FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include The Boys #17, Project Superpowers #2, Highlander: Way of the Sword #4 and Zorro #2 from Dynamite Entertainment; Dock Walloper #3 and Snakewoman: Curse of the 68 #2 from Virgin Comics; Ayre Force Volume 1 from Bodog Entertainment; and X-Force #3 from Marvel Comics.

For 16 previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 2, CLICK HERE.

For seven previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on April 2, CLICK HERE.



ARCHIE COMICS' "FRESHMAN YEAR"

Archie Comics on Monday announced "Freshman Year," a five-part story that launches in Archie #587 in July.

Here's how Archie describes the story:

"Travel back in time with this five-issue tale that takes Archie and his friends back to their very first year in high school. It all starts with this poignant prologue which finds the gang wondering just what that first year will be like, while reflecting fondly on the past as well. Along the way, the gang must deal with the pending departure of one of their closest friends, as well as their bickering parents. And while the kids count the days until they enter their new school home, someone else is joining Riverdale High, too: Principal Waldo Weatherbee! All this, plus allusions to Captain Pureheart, The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., Veronica's worldwide travels, and more!"

Archie #587 is written by Batton Lash, with art by Bill Galvan.

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ASPEN COMICS FOR JUNE

Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for June.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big City Comics .

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics on Monday morning released another Secret Invasion teaser image. This one was accompanied by the tagline: "Whether he's dead or missing, Secret Invasion will make Black Bolt's family truly Inhuman!"

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* 20th Century Fox has provided The Continuum a look at its new poster for the as-yet-untitled X-Files movie.

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* The Sunday, April 20 episode of Fox's Family Guy will be a repeat of "Play it Again, Brian."

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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.

* Wednesday, March 26: Dynamite Entertainment for June, Antarctic Press for June, Desperado Publishing for June, First Looks and Image Comics' Aletheia.

* Tuesday, March 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes, Hugh Jackman at Virgin Comics, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Zenescope Entertainment for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 24: Battlestar Galactica: "Six of One," Avatar Press for June, Red 5 Comics for June, Dabel Brothers Productions for June, First Looks, Image Comics' War Heroes and

* Sunday, March 23: Boom! Studios for June, Big City Comics for June, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks. StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.

* Saturday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, Viper Comics for June and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on HBO.

* Friday, March 21: Devil's Due Publishing for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, March 20: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Y: The Last Man movie, Batman Gotham Knight voices, Oni Press for June, First Looks and The Incredible Hulk video game.

* Wednesday, March 19: Image Comics for June, Bongo Comics for June, IDW's Transformers: All Hail Megatron, SciFi Channel's new projects, First Looks and Transformers: Animated in April.

* Tuesday, March 18: Marvel Comics for June, Top Cow Productions for June, Marvel Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing's Angel plans, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 17: DC Comics for June, IDW Publishing for June, Archie Comics for June, Sgt. Rock movie and Marvel Studios/FX deal.

* Sunday, March 16: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Mondo Marvel and Avatar Press panels; and DC First Looks.

* Saturday, March 15: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Secret Invasion, X-Men, DC Universe, Lou Ferrigno and Aspen Comics panels.

* Friday, March 14: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Cup O' Jeph, Spider-Man, DC Nation and Arthur Suydam panels; Universal/Dark Horse deal, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, March 13: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Aspen postpones Soulfire, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 12: Incredible Hulk movie, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Moonstone Books for July and First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 11: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Ben Diskin, X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Dominic Monaghan, Legion of Super Heroes, Paramount options Harbinger, First Looks and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, March 10: Incredible Hulk movie, First Looks, IDW's Snaked optioned and Transformers on Cinemax.

* Sunday, March 9: Dark Horse First Looks, Boom! First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, March 8: Smallville's James Marsters, Dark Horse Comics for June and First Looks.

* Friday, March 7: Heroes' Eriko Tamura, The Spectacular Spider-Man's Crispin Freeman and Marvel First Looks.

* 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.



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