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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY

Dark Horse Comics has released its solicitations for February.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.



YOUNG JUSTICE PREMIERE ON CARTOON NETWORK

Cartoon Network is staging a one-hour Young Justice special event this month, The Continuum has learned.

The new animated series based on DC Comics characters will debut with the two-part "Independence Day" episode on Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).

Here's how the show is described:

"In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over -- to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you're not just a normal teenager? What if you're a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you're worthy of the Justice League? That's exactly what the members of Young Justice -- Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis -- will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero."

Cartoon Network has yet to schedule Young Justice in a weekly time period -- and that might not happen until early 2011.

The Young Justice event will be followed by a repeat of the Firebreather movie, which premieres on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Batman: The Brave and the Bold will not air on Nov. 26.

Look for much more on Young Justice here in The Continuum.

For a short video interview with Bruce Greenwood, the voice of Batman, about the show, CLICK HERE.



MARVEL ANIMATION ROUNDUP

The Black Panther will be featured in "Panther's Quest," the Wednesday, Nov. 17 episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD.

The episode was written by Paul Giacoppo and directed Sebastian Montes.

Following that episode will be a two-parter called "Gamma World."

Both parts written by Michael Ryan from a story by Joshua Fine and Christopher Yost. The first part was directed by Vinton Heuck, and the second part was directed by Montes.

In other Marvel animation news:

* The "Support Your Local Sky-Father" episode of The Super Hero Squad Show, originally scheduled to air last month, will now premiere this Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on Cartoon Network.

Here's how Marvel describes the episode;

"It's Thor battling Hercules in a contest of champions on Olympus and the Mayor wants to sell the pay-per-view rights. But if one of the Squad's most dangerous villains has his way, he's going to be the one cashing in...by taking over Asgard and Olympus. Can Thor and Herc work out their differences or will the bad guys get the win?"



STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "HUNT FOR ZIRO"

Lucasfilm has released a clip from "Hunt for Ziro," Friday's new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network.

To view the clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how the episode is described:

"After being freed from a Republic prison by bounty hunter Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt finds himself wanted by the shadowy Hutt Council. Ziro makes another daring escape with the help of singer Sy Snootles, but Bane is hot on his trail -- as are Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos."

Corey Burton provides the voices of both Cad Bane and Ziro.

"It's actually easier to keep character voices distinctly separate, the greater the differences are in vocal placement, timbre and pitch," said Burton, who also provides the voice of Count Dooku in the series. "When you've got voices that can be segregated, differently textured and expressed in differing musical rhythms, it's a snap to make a clean break from one character to another. Then, applying acting characterization -- visualizing the unique 'soul' of the character within the parameters of voice -- you really can speak as two entirely separate beings within the same imaginary space."

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SYFY JOINS SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK

Cable network Syfy has announced it would be a lead media partner for Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, the Broadway directed by Julie Taymor with music by Bono and The Edge.

Elements of the partnership will include sweepstakes, special promotions, regional affiliate partnerships and media exposure.

"Syfy is thrilled to partner with such an incredibly talented team of luminaries to bring to life the iconic Spider-Man franchise as a spectacular and ground-breaking production for a whole new Broadway audience," said Dave Howe, president of Syfy. "Last year Syfy was a proud sponsor of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, and this year we're honored to lend our support to this ambitious landmark theatrical vision."

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark will begin performances at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42 Street) on Sunday, Nov. 28, with Opening Night set for Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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MARVEL COMICS ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics has unveiled interior art for Invincible Iron Man #500, in stores on Jan. 19.

The art is by Salvador Larroca and guest-artists Kano, Nathan Fox and Carmine Di Giandiomenico.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The Armored Avenger's past, present and future come together for a mind-bending tale that brings together three generations of Starks! Is Tony Stark the man responsible for the dystopian world of tomorrow? Is his son really the relentless mass murderer known as War Machine? What awful fate awaits his freedom-fighting granddaughter as she slips into the clutches of the Emperor of the Earth, the vaunted Grand Khan...the Lord Mandarin?"

In other Marvel news:

* Marvel has updated its Age of X promotional image to include Cannonball and Magneto

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* The publisher has unveiled the covers for Wolverine: The Best There Is #1, including the regular cover by Bryan Hitch and variants by Phil Jimenez, Gabrielle Dell'otto and Marko Djurdjevic. The issue will be in stores on Dec. 1.

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BOOM! STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six- to eight-page previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on Nov. 17, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #2, Darkwing Duck #6, Farscape: Scorpius #7, Donald Duck and Friends #360 and Farscape #13.



BRIEFLY

* Fox has renewed The Simpsons for a 23rd season, pushing the series' episode total to 515. "Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come," executive producer Al Jean.

* Dynamite Entertainment has announced a February launch for Garth Ennis' new series, Jennifer Blood.

Here's how Dynamite describes the book:

"Jennifer Blood is a suburban wife and mom by day, and a ruthless vigilante by night! Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, naps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight. At night she goes down to the secret compartment in the basement, tools up with all manner of high-powered weaponry, goes downtown and kills bad guys by the dozen- then comes home to her family."

The first two of Tim Bradstreet's covers are shown here. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* AMC has announced it will air the first two episodes of The Walking Dead on Sunday with limited commercial breaks leading into the premiere of the series' third episode, "Tell It To The Frogs."

The night's schedule will include "Days Gone By" at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), "Guts" at 9:10 p.m. and "Tell It To The Frogs" at 10 p.m.

* Jon Hamm appeared on TBS' Conan on Wednesday night and quickly had fun with rumors linking him to a new Superman.

"Everyone wants to see a middle-aged Superman with the power of handicapped parking?" Hamm said. "Mall-Walking? A Superman who had to buy a fast car? Dated a young woman to make him feel alive?"

* DC Comics has announced that J. Michael Straczynski has stepped away as writer of Superman and Wonder Woman to focus on a sequel to Superman: Earth One.

Chris Roberson will take over Superman with January's #707. Alan Goldman will be guest-artist on #707, with regular artist Eddy Barrows joining Robert in #708 to conclude Straczynski's "Grounded" storyline.

Phil Hester takes over writing Wonder Woman with #605, which will be co-penciled by Eduardo Pansica, who also draws #606. Don Kramer returns with #607.



JANUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

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