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ABC Family has provided The Continuum with titles and air dates for the first six episodes of The Middleman, the new series based on the Viper Comics books.

The Middleman will launch on ABC Family on June 16 with an episode titled "The Pilot Episode Sanction."

Future episodes and air dates will include:

* "The Manicoid Teleportation Conundrum" on June 23.

* "The Accidental Occidental Conception" on June 30.

* "The Sino-Mexican Revelation" on July 7.

* "The Flying Fish Zombification" on July 14.

* "The Boy-Band Superfan Interrogation" on July 21.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the creator of The Middleman and series executive producer, wrote the first episode. It guest-stars 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub as Dr. Gibbs, a scientist who works with mind-controlled, intelligent apes, including one who is taking out mobsters.

The episode was directed by Jeremiah Chechik.

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

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Spider-Man learns the hard way not to judge a book by its cover, when another Spider-Man starts making headlines ... as a crook! It's the Chameleon, master of disguise, looting the city and laying the blame at Spidey's feet. The Web-Slinger's forced to team up with another crook, the lovely Black Cat, to stop his foe's faux-Spidey crime spree and clear his name."

The episode was written by Matt Wayne and directed by Dan Fausett.

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Devil's Due Publishing on Tuesday announced it will return Zen Intergalactic Ninja this fall, as well as a new publishing deal with Capcom.

An all new 99-cent Zen preview story will reach stores in September, with a collection of Zenıs greatest tales due in October.

As part of an expansive package with Capcom, Devilıs Due will launch four new titles based on Capcom game properties, including Bionic Commando and Lost Planet. Details will be announced at Comic-Con International.

"DDP is very excited to be joining forces with Capcom," said DDP President Josh Blaylock. "Not only are these awesome games, but they have great stories behind them ripe for comics, including a vintage classic with Bionic Commando that's been revived along with the new sequel."

DDP's first collection of classic Zen will include the original series' "Rawhide" trilogy -- the story of Zen's fight against a terrorist who becomes a super-weapon after being irradiated by a nuclear explosion.

"Dan and I are particularly pleased that Devil's Due has decided to make that story the centerpiece of the first Zen trade paperback it will publish," said Stephen Stern, Zen co-creator/writer.

"Zen already has a cult following, and now is the perfect time to re-collect a lot of Zen's hard-to-find classic storyarcs and bring him back into comics for today's audience,² Blaylock said.

DDP plans to follow with other classic collections of Zen adventures.

"To me, comic-books should always be more than just damn good entertainment," said Stephen Stern, writer/co-creator of Zen Intergalactic Ninja. "That's why Zen turned his sights on saving Earth's environment, back in the early 90's. My co-creator Dan Cote and I had the opportunity to get the message across to hundreds of thousands of young people, through our Archie Comics series, an action figure line from Just Toys, and both a GameBoy and NES game from Konami."

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Dark Horse Comics has announced that, starting in early 2009, it will present Larry Marder's Beanworld as a series of graphic novels.

The graphic novels will collect all existing Beanworld stories, with new material to follow in the same format, beginning with the all-new graphic Remember Here When You Are There!

"When Beanworld was first published, many people said it was ahead of its time," Marder said. "Looking at today's world raised on Pixar, Cartoon Network and manga, I think it's fair to say that Beanworld's time has come. I'm looking forward to working closely with the team at Dark Horse to introduce the Beanworld to this comics-literate world!"

To whet the appetite of readers, Dark Horse will also release an all new Beanworld webcomic this fall, with a full color Beanworld comic book to follow in time for the holidays.

Marder said that Beanworld is about the affinity of life.

"It's like A Bug's Life meets Mutts, as told by Dr. Seuss and Joseph Campbell," Marder said. "It's a weird fantasy dimension that operates under its own rules and laws, but also reflects deep truths about our world in doing so. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. Beanworld isn't a place, it's a process, and I can't wait to share that process with a new generation of readers!"

"I couldn't be happier to welcome Larry Marder's wonderful stories home here at Dark Horse!" said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. "I've always felt this is where they belonged, and I'm thrilled to be bringing them to today's readers."

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Image Comics on Tuesday announced that The Roberts, a two-issue mini-series by Wayne Chinsang and Erik Rose, will launch on August 6.

Here's how Image describes the series:

"For decades, the identities of the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer have been shrouded in mystery. But this August, Image Comics/Shadowline reveals not only the identities of these two prolific killers, but also how theyıre spending their golden years of life.

"In The Roberts, the killers find themselves immersed in a world of bingo tournaments and social tea hours as they trade 'war stories' about what they refer to as the 'Golden Age' of mass murder. But camaraderie can also have a dark side as both men still crave the one thing they feel they've missed out on: infamy."

"I admit, I've always had a morbid fascination with serial murderers," said writer Chinsang, also known to the world by his real name, Justin Shady. "When Denis Rader (BTK) finally got caught in 2005 I remember thinking, 'What if this guy had never been caught? What would he be like as an 80-year-old man? Or as a grandfather? How long could someone like him go on living a lie, trying to blend in when he so clearly doesn't?' Those thoughts were the start of The Roberts."

The Roberts will be two 48-page, black-and-white issues.

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Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum the second video journal from the Watchmen movie.

This one focuses on Michael Wilkinson and costume design.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen 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.


* Marvel Comics has announced second printings for the sold-out Invinicble Iron man #1 and Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1.

The second printing of Invincible Iron Man 1 will be in stores on June 11 and will feature two variant covers, one featuring the first armor from the film, as painted by Ryan Meinerberg, and the second featuring a new version of the standard cover by Salvador Larroca.

The second printing of Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1 will be in stores on June 11 and will sport a new cover featuring the interior art of Adi Granov.

* Taffy Entertainment has announced that Televisa has purchased the free TV rights in Mexico to the Fantastic Four animiated series. The deal was completed in partnership with Hola Entertainment, the Latin America agent for Taffy Entertainment.

* The Iron Man movie's actual weekend take was $51.2 million -- better than estimates -- and pushed its total to $177.8 million.

* DC Comics has pushed back the release of All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #10 to June 25.

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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 8: The Dark Knight, The Middleman, Heroes, Archie Comics First Looks and Iron Man.

* Wednesday, May 7: Smallville, The Spectacular Spider-Man, World of Quest, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Simpsons, Image Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Dabel Brothers First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 6: Iron Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Marvel's Secret Invasion, MTV Movie Awards, First Looks and Aspen Comics for July.

* Monday, May 5: Iron Man sequel, Avengers films, Smallville, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Virgin Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks. Family Guy on - Shop now!

* Sunday, May 4: Iron Man box office and Battlestar Galactica.

* Saturday, May 3: Iron Man, Family Guy and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 2: Iron Man's Jeff Bridges, Michael Rosenbaum exits Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight's Alan Burnett, The Middleman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.

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