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    WILDSTORM UPDATES PUBLISHING PLANS FOR A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH AND TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

    Starting in June, WildStorm's titles based on popular horror movies from New Line Cinema - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - will change from monthly comics to a series of specials and miniseries.

    "This new approach to these franchises should provide retailers with more opportunities to introduce them to new readers," says Hank Kanalz, VP - General Manager, WildStorm.

    The first of the specials will be TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: CUT!, coming in June. Written by Will Pfeifer, with art by Stefano Raffaele and a cover by Darick Robertson, CUT! takes place thirty years after the gruesome events of the infamous "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," as film school grads come to Travis County to document the Hewitt clan. But has the terror really ended? Has Leatherface really faded into urban myth? TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: CUT! will be solicited in the April Previews.

    TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE comes to end as an ongoing series with issue #6 (FEB070342), scheduled to arrive in stores on April 18.

    Also in June, the eighth and final issue of the ongoing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series will arrive in stores. WildStorm will continue publishing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, starting with a six-part mini-series scheduled for later this year.

    FRIDAY THE 13TH comes to an end as an ongoing series with issue #6 (MAR070260), scheduled to arrive in stores on May 9. WildStorm will continue publishing FRIDAY THE 13TH, starting with a two-part Special, "Pamela's Tale" scheduled to begin in July.

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    WRITER ARNOLD DRAKE DIES AT AGE 83

    Writer Arnold Drake, a mainstay at DC Comics during the 60s and 70s and best known as the creator of THE DOOM PATROL and DEADMAN, died Monday at the age of 83 of complications stemming from a recent bout with pneumonia.

    "Arnold was one of the craftsmen who built the DC universe," said Paul Levitz, President and Publisher of DC Comics. "He loved telling tales, making readers laugh or jump in their seats, and making the world a more interesting place. He went out as he lived-talking with me two weeks ago at the NY Comic Con about new tweaks to the Deadman legend, for a film version being developed, and enjoying every twist he added."

    Born on March 1, 1924, Drake began his writing career as a journalism student at the University of Missouri and later at New York University. It was a meeting with BATMAN creator Bob Kane that opened the door for Drake to enter the comic book field. Kane worked with Drake on a number of his first stories, later introducing him to the editorial staff at DC Comics. Drake's early writing credits for DC included HOUSE OF MYSTERY, MY GREATEST ADVENTURE, STRANGE ADVENTURES and BATMAN.

    Drake's uncanny knack for revitalizing staid properties, in addition to his ability to introduce exciting and energetic new characters to the DC mythos cemented his place among the most prolific and well-respected writers of his era. Working with fellow writer Bob Haney and artist Bruno Premiani, Drake gave birth to the Doom Patrol, a team of outlaw and freakish heroes that first appeared in the pages of the DC anthology series MY GREATEST ADVENTURE. Similarly, in tandem with legendary artist Carmine Infantino, Drake introduced the deceased superhero DEADMAN as a feature in STRANGE ADVENTURES.

    In addition to his voluminous work for DC, Drake also worked for Marvel Comics - introducing Havok and Lorna Dane/Polaris during a short, but essential stint on X-Men - and Gold Key, most notably writing the Star Trek and Twilight Zone comics for the latter. Drake also penned It Rhymes with Lust, considered by many to be a precursor to the graphic novel, in 1950.

    In recent years, Drake had reconnected with his fans, becoming a regular presence at comic conventions, continuing to be a strong advocate for aging Golden and Silver Age creators. Drake was the first recipient of the Bill Finger Award in 2005, which honors creators not given proper recognition for their creative work in the field of comics.

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    CONTENT CLARIFICATION FOR HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP

    The upcoming HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (FEB070354) collects HELLBLAZER #10-13, HELLBLAZER ANNUAL #1 and THE HORRORIST #1-2. These issues are written by Jamie Delano and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckingham, Mike Hoffman, Bryan Talbot, Dean Motter and David Lloyd.

    The HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (FEB070354) is solicited in the February Previews and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 9.

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    BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE VOL. 3 HC ON FINAL ORDER CUT OFF THIS WEEK

    Please note that the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE VOLUME 3 HC (FEB070258) is on Final Order Cutoff on Thursday, March 15. Originally solicited as a TP, it is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 16 with a cover price of $24.99 U.S.

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    CORRECTION ON BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS HCS

    Please note that the BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS HC (MAR070177) was listed incorrectly in the March Previews Order Form. This title is a hardcover, scheduled to arrive in stores on June 20 with a cover price of $24.99 U.S. Retailers may adjust orders on it through the new Final Order Cutoff date of April 5.

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    BACK TO PRESS!

    The following titles have been reprinted and are available for order:

    JLA: AMERICAN DREAMS TP (DEC068186) (3rd printing) now priced $9.99/11.99
    LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED VOL. 4 (MAY050268) (2nd printing)
    SUPERMAN: RETURN OF SUPERMAN TP (OCT058018) (8th printing)

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    SOLD OUT!

    Please note that the following items are now sold out at DC:

    ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER POSTER (JUL050330)
    BATMAN 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE (MAR060404)
    BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 2 HC (STAR16489)
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 2 MASTER CASE ACTION FIGURE ASST (JAN060390)
    THE FLASH: BORN TO RUN TP (STAR09279)
    GREEN LANTERN/SUPERMAN: LEGENDS OF THE GREEN FLAME (STAR12105)
    MAD BATHROOM COMPANION: TURD IN A SERIES TP (STAR18155)
    SUPERMAN 1:4 SCALE MUSEUM QUALITY STATUE (MAR060402)

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    ITEMS ON FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF THIS WEEK

    Final orders are due by Thursday, March 15.

    03/28/2007 - ACTION COMICS #847
    04/04/2007 - 52 WEEK 48
    04/04/2007 - THE ALL NEW ATOM #10
    04/04/2007 - DANGER GIRL: BODY SHOTS #1 (WILDSTORM)
    04/04/2007 - DETECTIVE COMICS #831
    04/04/2007 - JONAH HEX #18
    04/04/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER A
    04/04/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER B
    04/04/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 VARIANT EDITION
    04/04/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #32 (JOHNNY DC)
    04/04/2007 - LOONEY TUNES #149 (JOHNNY DC)
    04/04/2007 - MIDNIGHTER #6 (WILDSTORM)
    04/04/2007 - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #7
    04/04/2007 - NIGHTWING #131
    04/04/2007 - SCALPED #4 (VERTIGO)
    04/04/2007 - SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #3
    04/04/2007 - SUPERGIRL #16
    04/04/2007 - SUPERMAN #661
    04/04/2007 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN #33
    04/04/2007 - TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #6
    04/04/2007 - WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY #5 (WILDSTORM)
    04/11/2007 - MANHUNTER #30
    04/18/2007 - BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK TP
    04/18/2007 - HELLBLAZER: REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL TP (VERTIGO)
    04/18/2007 - SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN VOL. 3 TP
    04/18/2007 - WONDER WOMAN: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
    05/16/2007 - BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 3 HC

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    ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE - MARCH 21, 2007

    52 WEEK 46
    AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #50
    ARMY @ LOVE #1 (VERTIGO)
    BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #4
    BIRDS OF PREY #104
    THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #2
    CHECKMATE #12
    DEADMAN #8 (VERTIGO)
    DEADMAN VOL. 1: DEADMAN WALKING TP (VERTIGO)
    DEATHBLOW #4 (WILDSTORM)
    DEATHBLOW #4 VARIANT EDITION (WILDSTORM)
    DETECTIVE COMICS #830
    THE EXTERMINATORS #15 (VERTIGO)
    THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #10
    THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE TP
    HELLBLAZER #230 (VERTIGO)
    ION #12
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #4
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #4 VARIANT EDITION
    THE OMEGA MEN #6
    RED MENACE #5 (WILDSTORM)
    ROBIN: WANTED TP
    SCOOBY-DOO #118 (JOHNNY DC)
    SEIMADEN VOL. 8 (CMX)
    SHADOWPACT #11
    SHADOWPACT: THE PENTACLE PLOT TP
    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: HAWKMAN VOL. 1 TP
    THE SPIRIT #4
    SUPERGIRL #15
    TESTAMENT #16 (VERTIGO)
    TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE #5 (WILDSTORM)
    TOWER OF THE FUTURE VOL. 6 (CMX)
    Y: THE LAST MAN #55 (VERTIGO)

    DC DIRECT:
    DC MINIMATES WAVE TWO
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURE MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURE INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 ELSEWORLDS FINEST: SUPERGIRL ACTION FIGURE
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 ELSEWORLDS FINEST: BATGIRL ACTION FIGURE
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 KINGDOM COME: NIGHTSTAR ACTION FIGURE
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 KINGDOM COME: AQUAMAN ACTION FIGURE
    ELSEWORLDS SERIES 3 RED SON: GREEN LANTERN ACTION FIGURE

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    ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE - MARCH 28, 2007

    100 BULLETS #82 (VERTIGO)
    52 WEEK 47
    ACTION COMICS #847
    BATMAN #664
    BATMAN: SNOW TP
    BLUE BEETLE #13
    CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #31 (JOHNNY DC)
    CATWOMAN #65
    CONNOR HAWKE: DRAGON'S BLOOD #5
    CROSSING MIDNIGHT #5 (VERTIGO)
    DMZ #17 (VERTIGO)
    FABLES #59 (VERTIGO)
    FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #34
    GREEN ARROW: CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE TP
    GREEN LANTERN #18
    GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH TP
    HAWKGIRL #62
    JACK OF FABLES #9 (VERTIGO)
    JSA CLASSIFIED #24
    LOVELESS VOL. 2: THICKER THAN BLACKWATER TP (VERTIGO)
    NINJA SCROLL #7 (WILDSTORM)
    OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY VOL. 4 (CMX)
    RUSH CITY #6
    SECRET SIX: SIX DEGREES OF DEVASTATION TP
    SPIRIT #1 (2ND PRINT)
    SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 5 HC
    SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #4
    TEEN TITANS GO! #41 (JOHNNY DC)
    WETWORKS #7 (WILDSTORM)
    WONDER WOMAN #6

    DC DIRECT:
    BATMAN THROUGH THE AGES BOXED SET

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    SHIPPING CHANGES
    UPDATED INSTORE DATES APPEARS FIRST
    ORIGINAL INSTORE DATE APPEARS LAST

    DC COMICS SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/04/07 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER A - 03/21/07
    04/04/07 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER B - 03/21/07
    04/04/07 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 VARIANT EDITION - 03/21/07
    04/04/07 - SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #28 - 03/28/07
    04/04/07 - SUPERMAN #661 - 02/14/07
    04/04/07 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN #33 - 01/24/07
    04/04/07 - TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #6 - 02/28/07
    04/11/07 - ALL STAR SUPERMAN #7 - 12/20/06
    04/11/07 - MANHUNTER #30 - 04/04/07
    04/11/07 - TEEN TITANS #45 - 03/14/07
    04/18/07 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 - 04/11/07
    04/18/07 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 - 04/04/07
    04/18/07 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 VARIANT EDITION - 04/04/07
    04/18/07 - SUPERMAN #662 - 03/14/07
    04/18/07 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN #34 - 03/21/07
    04/25/07 - ACTION COMICS #848 - 03/28/07
    04/25/07 - TEEN TITANS #46 - 04/11/07
    06/20/07 - SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 - 04/04/07

    DC DIRECT SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/04/07 - BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MATT WAGNER - 04/18/07
    04/18/07 - DC MINIMATES WAVE THREE - 04/25/07

    AMERICA'S BEST COMICS (ABC) SHIPPING CHANGES:
    TBA - THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE BLACK DOSSIER HC - 10/25/06

    CMX SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/04/07 - TIME GUARDIAN VOL. 1 - 03/28/07

    VERTIGO SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/04/07 - LOVELESS #17 - 03/28/07
    04/11/07 - AMERICAN VIRGIN #13 - 03/28/07
    04/18/07 - 100 BULLETS #83 - 04/11/07
    04/18/07 - DMZ #18 - 04/11/07
    04/18/07 - THE EXTERMINATORS #16 - 04/04/07

    WILDSTORM SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/11/07 - ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE BOOK 2 #3 - 12/27/06
    05/30/07 - WILDCATS #2 - 03/28/07
    05/30/07 - WILDCATS #2 VARIANT EDITION - 03/28/07
     

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