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DC COMICS DIRECT CONTACT

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DC Comics, 1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

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For more information on all of DC's Titles, visit DIRECT CURRENTS ONLINE at www.dccomics.com

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April 25, 2001
Issue # 290

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DC AND AFFILIATED IMPRINTS HONORED WITH EISNER NOMINATIONS

The official nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were released Wednesday, April 11. DC Comics is pleased to announce that many of its publications and creative talent were honored with nominations in several categories, along with a DC-related book published by Chronicle Books.

We congratulate our nominees, and wish them the best of luck at the awards ceremony, which takes place the night of Friday, July 20 at Comic-Con: International in San Diego. We also would like to thank retailers for their continued support for these projects.

BEST SINGLE ISSUE

LUCIFER #4: "Born with the Dead," by Mike Carey, Warren Pleece and Dean Ormston

PROMETHEA #10: "Sex, Stars, and Serpents," by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III, and Mick Gray

BEST SERIALIZED STORY

The authority #13-16: "The Nativity," by Mark Millar, Frank Quitely and Trevor Scott

LUCIFER #5-7: "The House of Windowless Rooms," by Mike Carey, Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly

100 BULLETS #15-18: "Hang Up on the Hang Low," by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

PREACHER #59-66: "Alamo," by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

PROMETHEA, by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III and Mick Gray

TOP 10, by Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon

BEST NEW SERIES

LUCIFER, by Mike Carey and others

BEST SHORT STORY

"A Prayer to the Sun" by Edvin Buikovic and Darko Macan, in WEIRD WAR TALES SPECIAL #1

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT

PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL. 2, by Jack Cole

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOLs. 1 & 2, by Will Eisner

BEST WRITER

Mike Carey, LUCIFER

Garth Ennis, PREACHER

Mark Millar, THE AUTHORITY

Alan Moore, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOP TEN, TOMORROW STORIES

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

Frank Quitely/Trevor Scott, THE AUTHORITY

Eduardo Risso, 100 BULLETS

J. H. Williams III/Mick Gray, PROMETHEA

BEST PAINTER/MULTIMEDIA ARTIST (interior art)

George Pratt, BATMAN: HARVEST BREED HC

BEST COLORING

Jeromy Cox, PROMETHEA

Patricia Mulvihill, 100 BULLETS, NIGHTWING

BEST LETTERING

Todd Klein, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOP TEN, TOMORROW STORIES, THE INVISIBLES, THE DREAMING

BEST COVER ARTIST

Brian Bolland, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, THE FLASH, THE INVISBLES

Duncan Fegredo, LUCIFER

Phil Hale, SWAMP THING, VERTIGO SECRET FILES, FLINCH #11

Dave Johnson, DETECTIVE COMICS, 100 BULLETS

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

Wonder Woman: The Complete History, by Les Daniels (Chronicle Books)

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

Wonder Woman: The Complete History, designed by Chip Kidd (Chronicle Books)

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NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED!

Be sure you've don't miss the following hot projects hitting stores July 4.

THE AUTHORITY #24 (40 pages, $2.50)

As the new Authority faces great challenges and inner turmoil in the "Transfer of Power" storyline, a new super-hero team called the Establishment makes its in an 8-page bonus backup story in the extra-sized THE AUTHORITY #24.

The Establishment backup feature is written by Ian Edginton (X-Force) and illustrated by Charlie Adlard (BATMAN: SCARFACE -- A PSYCHODRAMA), the creative team on the upcoming series THE ESTABLISHMENT. If the Authority is a team working outside the system, the Establishment is the system -- delivering super-hero action with a British attitude! Join Charlie Arrows, Paul Frost, Ian Hotspur and others from the team as they explore the twin unseen worlds of British pop culture and the Empire's version of the WildStorm Universe!

100 BULLETS #26 (32 pages, $2.50)
Suggested for mature readers

A host of comics' finest artists contribute to 100 BULLETS #26 -- a special issue that acts as a jumping-on point for new readers and provides important pieces in the puzzle that has kept fans coming back month after month.

Written by Brian Azzarello (HELLBLAZER) and with a framing sequence by regular series artist Eduardo Risso, 100 BULLETS #26 features numerous characters from the series in pinup-style pages combining text with the artistry of Frank Miller (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS), Jim Lee (DIVINE RIGHT), Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN), J.G. Jones (Marvel Boy), Paul Pope (HEAVY LIQUID), Lee Bermejo (SUPERMAN/GEN13), Tim Bradstreet (HELLBLAZER covers), Joe Jusko (Punisher/Painkiller Jane), Jordi Bernet (Torpedo), and Mark Chiarello (BATMAN/HOUDINI: THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP), plus a striking cover by Dave Johnson (DETECTIVE COMICS).

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOE KUBERT CREATING BATMAN (48 pages, $5.95, Prestige format)

Living legend Stan Lee joins forces with DC Comics to present alternative interpretations of DC's finest super-heroes beginning this July with JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE WITH JOE KUBERT CREATING BATMAN. Illustrated by legendary creator, Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK, ENEMY ACE, Tarzan, Fax from Sarajevo, TOR). And it's a Batman unlike any seen before.

JUST IMAGINE...BATMAN introduces Wayne Washington, a black man framed for armed robbery. Consumed with thoughts of revenge against those who framed him, Wayne is freed from prison with a powerful physique and a bold new purpose. While seeking out his enemies, he gains wealth and popularity as a masked wrestler called "Batman," attracting the attention of Reverend Darrk, a mysterious villain who will play a role in subsequent JUST IMAGINE... one-shots.

This issue contains a backup story focusing on the everyday lives of ordinary people affected by the emergence of the new heroes in the JUST IMAGINE... universe cowritten by Lee & movie producer Michael Uslan (Batman, Swamp Thing), with art by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

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BATMAN BEYOND/STATIC SHOCK!/THE ZETA PROJECT EPISODE SCHEDULE

Warner Bros. Animation has supplied DC with the following air schedule for the animated Batman Beyond, Static Shock! and The Zeta Project on the WB Network, airing Saturday mornings and on weekday afternoons. All times are Eastern and Pacific:

4/25 (3:00 pm) "Plague" (Batman Beyond)
4/25 (3:30 pm) "Betrayal" (Batman Beyond)
4/26 (3:00 pm) "Big Time" (Batman Beyond)
4/26 (3:30 pm) "Out of the Past" (Batman Beyond)
4/28 (10:30 am) "The Next Generation" (Batman Beyond)
4/28 (11:00 am) "Grounded" (Batman Beyond)

Please be advised that this schedule is subject to change.

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NEWS FROM THE MAINSTREAM PRESS

The May issue of the UK music magazine Uncut features a review of SWAMP THING: THE CURSE and PROMETHEA BOOK ONE. The reviewer, Nick Hasted, calls SWAMP THING: THE CURSE, "...especially important for the taboos it bravely broke...drowned towns, underwater vampires in pinball machine coffins, and slave-haunted Southern cemeteries are still worth seeing." About PROMETHEA BOOK ONE, Hasted writes, "...an increasingly surreal, inspiring ride through the Immateria, where imagination and stories come from...[Alan] Moore's been living there for some time."

The Saturday, April 7, Colorado Springs Gazette features an article entitled "Hawkman to return as promised," in which Bill Radford writes "Any Hawkman fan will breathe a deep, grateful sigh with the last page of JSA No. 23."

The Sunday, April 1, Spartanburg Herald-Journal features in article entitled "DC Comics should be applauded for trying something new," in which Gregory Dickens covers the return of such classic DC characters as Hawkman and Green Arrow. As a sidebar to the same article, Dickens reviews ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN, which he describes as "top-notch Ennis...violent, funny and affecting."

The April issue of Locus, the trade journal of science-fiction and fantasy, reviews THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN collected edition. Reviewer Karen Haber writes, "[Kevin] O'Neill's work is a triumph, combining precision and audacity...show[s] what this medium is capable of at its very best."

In "Captain Comics," the weekly column in the Birmingham Post-Herald, Andrew A. Smith answers a letter about LUCIFER, writing, "...can a fallen angel have free will? Since neither [John] Milton nor John Calvin are around to answer, you would do well to follow LUCIFER."

The May issue of This Old House magazine carries a feature article called "A fortress of one's own," by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay). In it, Chabon compares his special writing space, which he built in his backyard, with the Fortress of Solitude and the Batcave, as a place for work and contemplation.

The April 19 USA Today carries an article about Chabon's winning of the Pulitzer Prize in which he discusses his experiences reading DC Comics with his father in the early 1970s.

The April 24 Seattle Times carries an article entitled "PLANETARY comic's archaeologists dig into Earth's mysteries," in which Mark Rahner writes, "It's clever, cinematic storytelling style mixed with deft post-modern riffs on familiar heroes, sci-fi movies and other genre staples along with absorbing plots that give off a faint whiff of X-Files skulduggery."

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SHIPPING CHANGES

New entries and changes listed in italics

Title Current Solicited
In-Store Date In-Store Date

DEADENDERS #16 (VERTIGO) 4/25/01 4/18/01
HELLBLAZER #161 (VERTIGO) 4/25/01 4/25/01
TOP TEN: BOOK ONE TP (ABC) 4/25/01 4/18/01
HOUSE OF SECRETS: FAÇADE #2 (VERTIGO)
5/2/01 4/4/01
MAD XL #9 5/2/01 5/9/01
THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Vol. 4 5/2/01 4/11/01
WONDER WOMAN #169 5/2/01 4/25/01
THE MONARCHY #3 (WILDSTORM)
5/16/01 4/18/01
STEAMPUNK #8 (CLIFFHANGER)
5/16/01 4/25/01
SUPERMAN AND SUPERGIRL STATUE (DC DIRECT)
5/16/01 5/30/01
TOM STRONG #13 (ABC) 5/16/01 3/21/01
TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY (VERTIGO)
5/16/01 5/9/01
THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK (CLIFFHANGER) 5/30/01 4/11/01
ORION AND DARKSEID DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET
(DC DIRECT) 6/6/01 6/27/01
THE MONARCHY #4 (WILDSTORM)
6/13/01 5/16/01
TOM STRONG #14 (ABC) 6/13/01 5/30/01
TOMORROW STORIES #11 (ABC)
6/13/01 5/23/01
STATIC SHOCK!: REBIRTH OF THE COOL #4
TBA 2/14/01

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Arriving in Stores This Week: Release Date -- April 25, 2001
New entries and changes listed in bold italics.

Title
ACTION COMICS #778
BATMAN BEYOND #20
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #16
CATWOMAN #93
CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #0 (VERTIGO)
DEADENDERS #16 (VERTIGO)
DEXTER'S LABORATORY #22
EL DIABLO #4 (VERTIGO)
ENEMY ACE: WAR IN HEAVEN #2
THE FLASH #173
GREEN ARROW #3
HELLBLAZER #161 (VERTIGO)
JLA #53
THE NAMES OF MAGIC #5 (VERTIGO)
PROMETHEA #14 (ABC)
STARMAN: TO REACH THE STARS TP
SUPERGIRL #57
TOP 10 BOOK ONE TP (ABC)

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Arriving in Stores Next Week: Release Date -- May 2, 2001
New entries and changes listed in bold italics.

Title
100 BULLETS #24 (VERTIGO)
ANIMAL MAN TP -- New Printing (VERTIGO)
BATGIRL #16
BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #38
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #143
BAY CITY JIVE #1 (WILDSTORM)
THE CRUSADES #3 (VERTIGO)
DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE #1 (HOMAGE)
GREEN ARROW #2 (2nd Printing)
GREEN LANTERN #138
HOUSE OF SECRETS: FACADE #2 (VERTIGO)
JLA: INCARNATIONS #1
LOONEY TUNES #78
LUCIFER: DEVIL IN THE GATEWAY TP (VERTIGO)
MAD MAGAZINE #406
MAD XL #9
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #32
THE SPECTRE #5
THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Vol. 4 HC
SUPERMAN #170
WILDCATS Vol. 2 #23 (WILDSTORM)
WONDER WOMAN #169
YOUNG JUSTICE #337
DC DIRECT
AQUAMAN PEWTER FIGURE
GREEN LANTERN PVC Set 2

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Arriving in Stores Two Weeks From Now: Release Date -- May 9, 2001
New entries and changes listed in bold italics.

Title
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #592
AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT #78
DETECTIVE COMICS #758
HARLEY QUINN #8
IMPULSE #74
JENNY SPARKS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY TP (WILDSTORM)
JLA: BLACK BAPTISM #3
MONSTER WORLD #1 (WILDSTORM)
NIGHTWING #57
SCOOBY-DOO #48
STAR TREK®: DIVIDED WE FALL #1 (WILDSTORM)
STARMAN #79
SUPER FRIENDS! TP
SWAMP THING #15 (VERTIGO)
WEIRD WESTERN TALES #4 (VERTIGO)
DC DIRECT
BATMITE STATUE
SPIDER JERUSALEM VARIANT ACTION FIGURE (VERTIGO)

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