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DC COMICS DIRECT CONTACT #294

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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 23, 2001

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PETE WOODS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT WITH DC

DC Comics is pleased to announce that Pete Woods, best known for his work as penciller of ROBIN, has signed an exclusive contract. Woods began his run on ROBIN with issue #74, quickly making his mark on the title with his energetic, slick approach to the young hero. Woods has proven to be particularly adept at portraying young Tim Drake and his fellow students at Brentwood Academy.

According to ROBIN Editor Matt Idelson, "Pete has been a pleasure to work with from the very beginning. He brings a real sense of excitement to the book, whether he's drawing Tim at school or in action. Pete is also extremely reliable, which is always a plus around here."

"DC's a great company to work for, and I feel very lucky and privileged to have been offered a deal like this," says Woods. "I'm having a great time working on ROBIN and other projects, like the occasional fill-in issue of HARLEY QUINN and THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH."

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GREEN ARROW BREAKS CSN RECORD

Comic Shop News editor Cliff Biggers reports that for the first time ever, five consecutive issues of a new title have appeared on CSN's hot picks list. Says Biggers, "Never in 14 years of Comic Shop News have five consecutive issues of any series made it onto our Hot Picks list, but GREEN ARROW is generating such buzz within the retail community and among fans that it continues to earn a place on our list. Comic Shop News staffers, readers, and supporting retailers are very strong in their enthusiasm for this series."

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DC OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 28
NEXT WEEK'S SHIPMENT IN-STORE THURSDAY, MAY 31

The offices of DC Comics and WildStorm Productions will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The holiday weekend also pushes back next week's in-store date to Thursday, May 31.

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ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK

The following titles are scheduled to arrive in stores on Thursday, May 31.

Action Comics #779 Superman finally confronts the man who's been trying to kill him for over a year - and if Strike Force Superman doesn't come to the rescue, the killer may finally succeed!

Batman Beyond #21 The Justice League Unlimited makes its comic-book debut! Batman teams up with the JLU in a high-voltage adventure as they battle a new villain called Blacklight!

Batman: Gotham Knights #17 Batman battles for his life with the eternal shaman whose destiny includes killing the Dark Knight and taking on his nocturnal crimefighting duties...forever!

CATWOMAN #94 Final issue. It's the end of Catwoman as you knew her, as the series goes out with a bang! Time is running out, and she's got to get out of Gotham - quickly!

CODENAME: KNOCKOUT #1 (VERTIGO) VERTIGO's "bad girl" returns for more sexy, subversive, super-spy satire, as Angela St. Grace faces ninjas who hold the key to an astonishing secret about her origins. Mature.

DEXTER'S LABORATORY #23 Uh-oh! Dexter has Dee-Dee Vision! Could he be stuck with his stupid sister's eyesight forever? Plus, Dexter's determined to tidy up the science lab.

THE FLASH #174 The Flash and Linda take a break and watch their favorite hockey team play a game. But the fun is interrupted when the latest addition to the Rogues Gallery debuts!

GREEN ARROW #4 The JLA guest-stars as Oliver reunites with his former teammates - who are quite confused, to say the least. Meanwhile, the Star City slayings continue.


HELLBLAZER #162 (VERTIGO) As John Constantine continues his journey across America, he reminisces about his days in the London punk scene as a member of the band Mucous Membrane. Mature.

KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY: TARNISHED ANGEL TP (Homage) A recently paroled Steeljack finds that life outside of prison may be even harder than life as a prisoner. Reprints issues #14-20, with an intro by Frank Miller.

WONDER WOMAN #170 Joe Kelly co-writes a "day in the life" tale of the amazing Amazon as documented by reporter Lois Lane, as Lois finally confronts Diana on her relationship with Superman.

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NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED

Be sure not to miss the following hot projects - in stores August 1!

DEADMAN: DEAD AGAIN #1 ($2.50, 32 pages)
Throughout the history of the DC Universe, many DC heroes have faced the ultimate challenge and paid the ultimate price...in death. Now, Deadman has the chance to avert the final fates of four DC heroes who died in combat in DEADMAN: DEAD AGAIN - a 5-issue weekly series in August. DEAD AGAIN finds everyone's favorite dead acrobat, Boston Brand - a.k.a. Deadman - at critical moments in DCU history. In DEAD AGAIN #1, a mysterious force summons Deadman to help prevent the heroic self-sacrifice of Barry Allen - the Flash - during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Failing this, Deadman's task is to escort the Flash's soul to "the light." An easy task, if not for the unexpected appearance of a dark force named Darius Caldera...

Written by Steve Vance; art by Leonard Kirk and Rick Burchett; cover by José Luis García-L-pez & Kevin Nowlan.

SWAMP THING: A MURDER OF CROWS TP ($19.95, 192 pages)
Vertigo/Mature
Swamp Thing continues his journey of self-discovery, dubiously aided by mystic John Constantine - as Swamp Thing is revealed to be an elemental whose power spans the globe, in the fourth collection of writer Alan Moore's classic run on THE SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, a celebrated tenure that brought a new level of sophistication to the comics medium. Guest-starring Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and the Demon, this volume reprints SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2, THE SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #43-45, and SWAMP THING #46-48. Written by Alan Moore; illustrated by Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Stan Woch, Ron Randall, and Alfredo Alcala.


PLANETARY #15 ($2.50, 32 pages)
For Elijah Snow, it's time to look at everything that Planetary has encountered during the past year and start piecing it all together. Who is the Hark Corporation? Why do they sometimes work with the Four? And the biggest question of all: Why are the Four currently in Australia, building a giant gun atop Ayers Rock? Written by Warren Ellis; art and cover by John Cassaday.

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NEWS FROM THE MAINSTREAM PRESS

The "Life" section of the May 21 USA Today includes an item on the upcoming Smallville television series, which the paper describes as "most likely to succeed."

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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:

5/23 (3:00 pm) "Where's Terry?" (Batman Beyond)
5/24 (3:00 pm) "Gotham Golem" (Batman Beyond)
5/26 (10:30 am) "Shadows" (The Zeta Project)
5/26 (11:00 am) "The Breed" (Static Shock!)
5/28 (3:30 pm) "Sentries of the Last Cosmos" (Batman Beyond)
5/28 (4:30 pm) "The Accomplice" (The Zeta Project)
5/29 (3:30 pm) "Mind Games" (Batman Beyond)
5/29 (4:30 pm) "Hicksburg" (The Zeta Project)

Be advised that this schedule is subject to change.

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SHIPPING CHANGES

New entries and changes listed in italics
Current Solicited
In-Store Date In-Store Date
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
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD ANNUAL #1 (1969)
6/6/01 5/30/01
JLA #54 6/6/01 5/30/01
ORION AND DARKSEID DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET (DC DIRECT)
6/6/01 6/27/01
JLA: INCARNATIONS #2 6/13/01 6/6/01
THE MONARCHY #4 (WILDSTORM) 6/13/01 5/16/01
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
GREEN LANTERN: DRAGON LORD #3 7/5/01 6/20/01
TOM STRONG #14 (ABC) 7/5/01 5/30/01
TOMORROW STORIES #11 (ABC) 7/11/01 5/23/01
JSA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1 7/25/01 7/18/01
WONDER WOMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1
8/1/01 7/25/01
TOMORROW STORIES #12 (ABC) 8/22/01 7/25/01
STATIC SHOCK!: REBIRTH OF THE COOL #4
TBA 2/14/01

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ARRIVING IN STORES THIS WEEK: 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... (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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ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE - MAY 31, 2001

Release Date - May 31, 2001
New entries and changes listed in italics.

Action Comics #779
Batman Beyond #21
Batman: Gotham Knights #17
Catwoman #94
Codename: Knockout #1 (VERTIGO)
Dexter's Laboratory #23
THE Flash #174
Green Arrow #4
Hellblazer #162 (VERTIGO)
Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Tarnished Angel TP (Homage)
Wonder Woman #170

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ARRIVING IN STORES TWO WEEKS FROM NOW: RELEASE DATE - JUNE 6, 2001

New entries and changes listed in italics.
100 BULLETS #25 (VERTIGO)
THE ATOM ARCHIVES VOL. 1
THE AUTHORITY #23 (WILDSTORM)
BATGIRL #17
BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #39
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #144
BAY CITY JIVE #2 (WILDSTORM)
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD ANNUAL #1 (1969)
THE CRUSADES #4 (VERTIGO)
DESPERADOES: QUIET OF THE GRAVE #2 (HOMAGE)
GREEN LANTERN #139
GREEN LANTERN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1
JLA #54
LOONEY TUNES #79
MAD MAGAZINE #407
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #33
THE SPECTRE #6
SUPERMAN #171
WILDCATS VOL. 2 #24 (WILDSTORM)
YOUNG JUSTICE #34
ORION AND DARKSEID DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SET

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