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Basking in rave reviews and huge box-office numbers, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. on Monday called the film a highlight of his career.

Asked by Jay Leno on NBC's The Tonight Show, which was bigger for him, an Oscar nomination or a blockbuster, Downey didn't hesitate: "Blockbuster."

"The nomination is very exciting and prestigious, but this is like, just for a second, you're a god," he said.

Downey related how he and director Jon Favreau went to screenings and his worldwide travel to promote the movie.

He also talked about how he screen-tested just to get the role.

"A lot of what people are responding to, in addition to the fact that the movie really works and is entertaining and isn't your typical genre super-hero movie, is that people know me and know my story," Downey said. "It's a very American kind of success story, strangely. It's just nice. It feels real good."

In other Iron Man news:

* The movie's actual box office was a bit less than original estimates. The film pulled in $102.1 million in its first four days.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, Speed Racer, which opens on Friday, is tracking so unimpressively that Iron Man could top the box office for a second consecutive weekend.

* Matt Holloway, one of four screenwriters on the film, said there was a balancing act bringing the character to the big screen.

"There's always a challenge to bring people in who don't know anything about Iron Man, and having them enjoy the story," he said. "But then also there's a reason this character has been successful and loved for 40 years, and that's because there's a fan base of people who made it so. You want to also really make sure that you reward those people. And I think this movie does that. It appeals to both."

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Kids' WB! has released three images from "The Uncertainty Principle," this Saturday's new episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"'The Uncertainty Principle,' presents a number of perplexing situations for Peter Parker and Spider-Man as they both try to find clarity amid the masks, mysteries and menace of Halloween. While Colonel John Jameson struggles to land his damaged space shuttle, Spider-Man continues his ongoing battle with Green Goblin, who also threatens Hammerhead and Tombstone. Still, Peter's greatest challenge will be facing the awful truth when he finally learns the Goblin's 'true' identity."

The episode was written by Kevin Hopps and directed by David Bullock.

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Fox has released an image from "Mona Leaves-a," the Sunday, May 11 episode of The Simpsons.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

Glenn Close guest-voices as Mona, Homer's mother, and Lance Armstrong as himself. When Homeršs mother Mona unexpectedly passes away, Homer is filled with guilt for not telling her how much he loved her before she died. To make it up to her, Homer decides to fulfill her final wishes by throwing her ashes over Lake Wastershare at Springfield Monument Park.

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Marvel Comics on Tuesday announced that Secret Invasion tie-ins Mighty Avengers #12, New Avengers #40 and Ms. Marvel #26 have sold out at Diamond.

According to Marvel, it has no plans on going back to press at this time.

These sellouts follow the path of the Secret Invasion: Infiltration issues Captain Marvel #3-5 and Ms. Marvel #25, which also racked up sellouts and a must-have collection.

Upcoming Secret Invasion titles this month include Secret Invasion #2 and Mighty Avengers #13 on May 7, Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1 and Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1 on May 14; Incredible Hercules #117 and Mighty Avengers #14 on May 21, Ms. Marvel #27 and New Avengers #41.

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Marvel films earned three nominations for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, announced on Tuesday in New York.

Topher Grace, who played Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3, was nominated as Best Villain, and the film earned a nomination for Tobey Maguire and James Franco for Best Fight.

Iron Man earned a nomination for Best Summer Movie So Far.

Hosted by Mike Myers, the 2008 MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 1.

For a rundown of all the nominations, CLICK HERE.

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

Titles include George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards #2 from Dabel Brothers Productions; Foundation #5 from Boom! Studios; Halloween: Nightdance #4 and Spooks #4 from Devil's Due Publishing; and King Size Hulk #1 from Marvel Comics.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

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Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for July.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Presss.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* Angelina Jolie, star of the upcoming Wanted, will be featured on NBC's Today Show on Thursday, May 15.

* Marvel Comics announced that the sold-out Thor #7 and #8 will be collected in Thor: Search for Odin Must-Have.

The book will be on sale on June 4 and will cost $3.99.

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* Image Comics announced that The Astounding Wolf-Man, by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard, will go monthly beginning in July.

"Frankly, I just couldn't stay patient," Kirkman said. "Over the past year The Astounding Wolf-Man has become one of my favorite books to write and, even more so, seeing the pages pour in from Jason has made me crave more! With the impending shocker we've got coming in issue 7, we decided to switch the book from once every 60 days to every 30! I certainly think folks will be happy with the results."

In addition, The Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1 TP has been retooled to match up with the monthly shift. The 176-page trade paperback, due in stores on July 30, will contain issues #1-7, extended to include the revelations of #7, and will now lead right into #8.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing announced that Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle #1 has sold out at Diamond.

The publisher is currently scheduling a second printing of the first issue, which will feature a new cover by artist Marat Mychaels. The reprint will happen within the next 30 days.

* DC Comics announced that Catwoman #82, not #81 as originally solicited, will be the final issue of the series.

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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, May 1: Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. and Leslie Bibb, Spectacular Spider-Man's Peter MacNicol, The Batman and Legion get Emmy nominations, Image First Looks, Moonstone Books for August, Archie Comics First Looks and DC Universe 0 second printing.

* Wednesday, April 30: The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man's Terrence Howard and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 29: Iron Man's Jon Favreau, IDW Publishing's Galaxy Quest, IDW collects Love and Capes, Devil's Due's Drafted and First Looks. Family Guy on - Shop now!

* Monday, April 28: Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 27: Iron Man and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 26: DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Friday, April 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel First Looks, Iron Man movie and Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Thursday, April 24: Iron Man, Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Selma Blair, The Spectaculer Spider-Man's Vanessa Marshall, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 23: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Desperado Publishing for July, Viper Comics for July, First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Simpsons.

* Tuesday, April 22: The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Speed Racer, Smallville, Avatar Press for July, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Virgin and Stan Lee team and Marvel roundup.

* Monday, April 21: Iron Man movie, Boom! Studios for July, First Looks, Family Guy, The Simpsons and from New York Comic Con: Vertigo, Top Cow and Boom! Studios.

* Sunday, April 20: From New York Comic Con: Incredible Hulk producers, Marvel's Cop O' Joe and Chesterquest panels; and Red 5 Comics for July.

* Saturday, April 19: From New York Comic Con: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted and Make Mine Marvel panel; Image Comics First Looks, Smallville and Dabel Productions for July.

* Friday, April 18: From New York Comic Con -- DC Nation panel, Secret Invasion panel and Mondo Marvel panel; Marvel First Looks, Image Comics for July, Black Panther animated and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 17: Bongo Comics for July, Oni Press for July, Invincible Iron Man variant and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 16: Platinum Studios' Atlantis Rising optioned, Stan Lee's Legion of 5, Radical Publishing for July, Transformers: Animated in May and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 15: Marvel Comics for July, The Simpsons, DC Comics' Prototype and First Looks.

* Monday, April 14: DC Comics for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, April 13: Family Guy, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 12: Dark Horse Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, April 11: The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Kabillion's Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 10: Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Comic Book Tattoo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 9: The Batman: Brave and the Bold's Diedrich Bader, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Bluewater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 8: Top Cow Productions for July, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, April 7: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville, Voltron, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Invincible Iron Man, Freshmen and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 6: Iron Man movie and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 5: IDW Publishing for July, DC First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

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