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DC COMICS DIRECT CONTACT #292

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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, be sure to visit DIRECT CURRENTS ONLINE at www.dccomics.com

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May 9, 2001

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DC TO PUBLISH WAIDS AND KITSON'S EMPIRE

DC Comics is pleased to announce plans to publish Mark Waid's and Barry Kitson's miniseries EMPIRE with new material by the original creative team of writer Mark Waid, artists Barry Kitson and James Pascoe, and colorist Chris Sotomayer. The project will be edited by Joey Cavalieri. Format and release dates are yet to be determined.

"It's a great relief that we'll be able to release EMPIRE on a regular basis," says Kitson. "We're very happy to have DC behind us."

"I couldn't be happier that DC's seen fit to help a super-villain take over the world," says Mark Waid. "Barry and I will make sure that Golgoth's march of terror leaves 1700 Broadway untouched amidst the rubble."

Mike Carlin, Executive Editor - DC Universe, says, "We've had a long and creative association with both Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. As publishers we're happy to help them realize the completion of a project close to their hearts, and as readers we're dying to see how EMPIRE turns out!"

Further details will be announced as they are available.

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CARTOONIST HENRY BOLTINOFF DEAD AT 87

Henry Boltinoff, whose work as a writer and cartoonist appeared regularly in DC Comics for over four decades, died April 26 at age 87. Boltinoff, who attended the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, began contributing material to DC in 1940, with early features published in LEADING COMICS #1 (Winter 1941) and WORLD'S BEST COMICS #1 (Spring 1941). His trademark bigfoot style appeared well into the 1970s in hundreds of humor pieces, including "Casey The Cop," "Jerry The Jitterbug," "Super-Turtle," and the informative "Cap's Hobby Hints." Boltinoff also wrote stories for such DC titles as LEAVE IT TO BINKY, and his work appeared in Cracked Magazine and publications from Harvey Comics and Fawcett Publications. Boltinoff contributed gag cartoons to such magazines as Esquire, Look, The Saturday Evening Post and Boys' Life, as well as writing and illustrating a variety of syndicated comic strips.

You can find further information on Henry Boltinoff at R.C. Harvey's website at www.rcharvey.com/hindsight/.

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DEATH STATUE PRICE REDUCTION

DC Comics is pleased to announce that the retail price of DC Direct's DEATH Statue has been lowered to $175.00 from $195.00. Please note that because the statue's packaging has already been printed, it will arrive in stores bearing the original price of $195.00 despite this price change.

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GEN13: NEW YORK * LONDON * HELL UPDATE

The upcoming collected edition GEN13: NEW YORK * LONDON * HELL (in stores June 6) will feature a new cover by John Cassaday.

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NEW ZETA PROJECT EPISODES

Kids' WB! has announced that it has ordered an additional five new episodes of The Zeta Project, bringing the series' total number of episodes to 26.

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BACK TO PRESS

As part of DC's commitment to retailers and readers alike, selected items go back to press when quantities become low. The following book has been reprinted and is available for order:

THE AUTHORITY: UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT TP (2nd printing)

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ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK

The following titles are scheduled to arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 16.

ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC The original super-team, the Justice Society of America, continue their heroic post-War exploits in this hardcover reprinting ALL STAR COMICS #29-33.

AMERICAN CENTURY #3 (VERTIGO) The Guatemalan Revolution's in full swing as rebels invade. But when one of Harry Kraft's close friends turns up dead, it's time for Harry to start a little revolution of his own. Mature.


BATMAN #591 One of Batman's deadliest foes - the assassin known as Deadshot - returns with his crosshairs aimed at a bigshot mafia mouthpiece. Will Batman intervene in time?

GEN13 #65 (WILDSTORM) At a hotel party gone horribly wrong, Gen13 finds itself in superhuman battle with other enraged members of the "young, hot and gen-active" community.


GREEN LANTERN: DRAGON LORD #2 Elseworlds. When concubine Jade Moon is threatened with torture and death, can reluctant Green Lantern Jong Li resist taking advantage of the ultimate weapon?

HITMAN: WHO DARES WINS TP Reprinting issues #23-28, this trade finds hitman Tommy Monaghan and his friend Natt targeted by the S.A.S. (Special Air Services) and Don Ferretti (Men's Room Louie).

LEGION WORLDS #2 Ayla Ranzz, the former Legionnaire known as Spark, returns to her home world Winath - but trouble resurfaces when a family member returns.

LUCIFER #14 (VERTIGO) The second year of the multiple-Eisner-nominated series LUCIFER fires up with "Triptych" - a series of three interlinked but freestanding stories. Mature.

ORION #14 Concluding the 2-part story guest-starring the JLA and Captain Marvel! Orion travels to Earth while the New Gods are hot on his heels...to see Orion dead!

OUTLAW NATION #9 (VERTIGO) Story and his growing band hide out in "Hell Holes." But once Sheriff John Law learns that Kid Gloves is family, it's Johnson-justice that Story needs sanctuary from. Mature.


THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #15 Buttercup is dared by arch-rival Princess to take a plunge into Townsville Beach! Plus, Bubbles becomes a famous artist, but Mojo Jojo's out to color her blue!

STEAMPUNK #8 (CLIFFHANGER) Cole makes a major discovery regarding his shrouded past, but it may not matter, as Cole and Co. have to defend a savage attack on Sundown Labs.

SUPER FRIENDS! TP The comic-book version of the classic cartoon show is spotlighted in this trade paperback featuring a new painted cover by Alex Ross!

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #57 In "Four-Point Perspective," four eyewitnesses recount a battle between Superman and Kalibak, and how their lives have been affected by what they've seen!

SUPERMAN: WHERE IS THY STING? Death comes for the one person who could live forever: Superman! Even Doomsday couldn't kill the Man of Steel - and this version of death is hungry to claim him!

TOM STRONG #13 (ABC) That Heroic Hare, Warren Strong, joins the Tom Strong family in a riveting new adventure, with art by Chris Sprouse, Al Gordon, Kyle Baker, Russ Heath & Peter Poplaski.


TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY (VERTIGO) More of Spider Jerusalem's columns from his residency in the City newspaper The Word are featured, accompanied by artwork by mainstream and indie artists. Mature.

WONDER WOMAN: THE GODS OF GOTHAM COLLECTION An affordable introduction to superstar writer/artist Phil Jimenez's first amazing story arc from WONDER WOMAN! Guest-starring Batman and his Gotham allies.


DC DIRECT

SUPERMAN AND SUPERGIRL STATUE Supergirl's first appearance in comics is reproduced in a fully-painted cold-cast porcelain statue based on the cover to ACTION COMICS #252!

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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:

5/9 (3:00 pm) "Untouchable" (Batman Beyond)
5/9 (3:30 pm) "Sneak Peek" (Batman Beyond)
5/10 (3:00 pm) "Rebirth - Pt. 1" (Batman Beyond)
5/10 (3:30 pm) "Rebirth - Pt. 2" (Batman Beyond)
5/12 (10:30 am) "Westbound" (The Zeta Project)
5/12 (11:00 am) "Tantrum" (Static Shock!) New!
5/14 (3:30 pm) "Meltdown" (Batman Beyond)
5/15 (3:30 pm) "Eyewitness" (Batman Beyond)

Be advised that this schedule is subject to change.

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NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED!

Don't miss the following hot projects coming to comic book stores July 18:

JSA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1 ($2.95, 48 pg.)

It's time to call in the reserves...all of them! When President Luthor sends the JSA to take out Imperiex's base - a battleship the size of Jupiter - Sand fills ou the ranks with Power Girl, The Ray, the Shining Knight, and a dozen other heroes. But the horrible secret of Imperiex's ppower may prove too much for the JSA allies to handle. Written by Geoff Johns, pencils by Javier Saltares, inks by Ray Kryssing, cover by Jae Lee.

AMERICAN CENTURY #5 ($2.50, 32 pg.) Suggested for mature readers

Harry Kraft trades the sticky jungles of Guatemala for the steamy sheets of Hollywood. Hired as a studio security guard, Harry saves a starlet from her rapacious costar, the Mob moves West, and a publicity-hungry senator uses the "Red Menace" to start an investigation that will send ripples down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, pencilled by Mark Laming, inked by John Stokes, cover by John Van Fleet.

TOP 10 #12 ($2.95, 32 pg.)

It's the bittersweet "season finale" to Top 10. The acclaimed series reaches its brain-bending conclusion as the officers of Precinct 10 are sent out on a disturbing case to bring in a dangerous team of super-thugs. Plus, some loose ends that have been dangling since the first issues are wrapped up. Stay tuned for upcoming mid-season spin-offs and future seasons of TOP 10. Written by Alan Moore; art and cover by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon.

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NEWS FROM THE MAINSTREAM PRESS

The May issue of Reason features an article entitled "William Marston's Secret Identity," in which writer Nick Gillespie describes Watson-Guptill's Wonder Woman: The Complete History as "...fully enjoyable and always fascinating...."

The "Locus Looks at Art Books" column in the May issue of Locus also reviews Wonder Woman: The Complete History, with Karen Haber writing, "If you're interested in Wonder Woman, don't miss this book."

The May 7 issue of Publisher's Weekly includes a starred review of the HEAVY LIQUID TP which says, "[Paul] Pope's drawing and page design...is both technically assured and wonderfully expressive." That same issue also reviews THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND HC, calling it "potent reading and a captivating tribute to the original." Also in that issue is a review of 100 BULLETS: SPLIT SECOND CHANCE, saying, "[Eduardo Risso's] shadow-filled, stylized renderings of urban anomie manage to convey unexpected nuances of emotion."

The "Wiretapping" section in the June issue of A.P. Magazine (an alternative music publication) features the SUPER FRIENDS! TP under the heading, "Stuff We Like," calling it "perfect for new and old fans alike."

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SHIPPING CHANGES

New entries and changes listed in italics

Title Current In-Store Date Solicited In-Store Date

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Vol. 4 HC 5/9/01 4/11/01
ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
5/16/01 6/6/01
STEAMPUNK #8 (CLIFFHANGER) 5/16/01 4/25/01
SUPER FRIENDS! TP 5/16/01 5/9/01
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 MONARCHY #3 (WILDSTORM) 5/23/01 4/18/01
SUPERBOY #88 5/23/01 5/16/01
THE ATOM ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC 6/6/01 5/16/01
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
GEN13: LONDON*NEW YORK*HELL COLLECTION (WILDSTORM)
6/20/01 6/6/01
THE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL DANGER GIRL SKETCHBOOK (CLIFFHANGER)
6/27/01 4/11/01
STEAMPUNK: MANIMATRON TP (CLIFFHANGER)
6/27/01 6/13/01
TOMORROW STORIES #11 (ABC) 6/27/01 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 - MAY 9, 2001

New entries and changes listed in italics.

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
The Spirit Archives Vol. 4 HC
STAR TREKŪ: DIVIDED WE FALL #1 (WILDSTORM)
STARMAN #79
SWAMP THING #15 (VERTIGO)
WEIRD WESTERN TALES #4 (VERTIGO)
BATMITE STATUE

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ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE - MAY 16, 2001

New entries and changes listed in italics.

ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
AMERICAN CENTURY #3 (VERTIGO)
BATMAN #591
GEN13 #65 (WILDSTORM)
GREEN LANTERN: DRAGON LORD #2
HITMAN: WHO DARES WINS TP
LEGION WORLDS #2
LUCIFER #14 (VERTIGO)
ORION #14
OUTLAW NATION #9 (VERTIGO)
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS #15
STEAMPUNK #8 (CLIFFHANGER)
SUPER FRIENDS! TP
SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #57
SUPERMAN: WHERE IS THY STING?
TOM STRONG #13 (ABC)
TRANSMETROPOLITAN: FILTH OF THE CITY (VERTIGO)
WONDER WOMAN: THE GODS OF GOTHAM COLLECTION
SUPERMAN AND SUPERGIRL STATUE

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ARRIVING IN STORES TWO WEEKS FROM NOW: RELEASE DATE - MAY 23, 2001

New entries and changes listed in italics.

Batman: League of Batmen #2
Birds of Prey #31
Cartoon Cartoons #5
Green Lantern: Willworld HC
Jezebelle #5 (WILDSTORM)
JSA #24
The Monarchy #3 (WILDSTORM)
Out There #1 (CLIFFHANGER)
Robin #90
The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams But Were Afraid to Ask (VERTIGO)
Superboy #88
Supergirl #58
Superman: The Man of Steel #114
The Titans #29
Batman By Alex Ross Poster
Goldie Soft Toy (VERTIGO)
Lobo Soft Toy
Shazam! By Alex Ross Poster

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