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    DC DIRECT PRESENTS SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES

    VARIANT EDITION FIGURE AVAILABLE ONLY IN CASE ASSORTMENTS

    Coming in November 2007, DC Direct presents the SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES, featuring classic characters prominently featured in the hit series COUNTDOWN, 52, TRIALS OF SHAZAM and SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL!

    The line includes SHAZAM!, JUNIOR, DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) and MARY ACTION FIGURES, as well as the BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURES.

    In addition, DC Direct offers a special variant version of the MARY ACTION FIGURE available only in the weighted and balanced half and full case assortments (see below for further details). This variant version presents Mary in her current, white costume.

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are offered to retailers in the following assortments:

    INDIVIDUALLY:

    The SHAZAM!, JUNIOR, DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) and MARY ACTION FIGURES and the BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURES are available individually. The MARY (VARIANT) ACTION FIGURE is not available individually.

    WEIGHTED MASTER CASES:

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are available in Weighted Master Cases that include:

    * Six SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES
    * Two MARY ACTION FIGURES
    * Two MARY (VARIANT) ACTION FIGURES
    * Two JUNIOR ACTION FIGURES
    * Two DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) ACTION FIGURES
    * Two sets of BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURES

    WEIGHTED HALF CASES:

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are available in Weighted Half Cases that include:

    * Three SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES
    * One MARY ACTION FIGURE
    * One MARY (VARIANT) ACTION FIGURE
    * One JUNIOR ACTION FIGURE
    * One DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) ACTION FIGURE
    * One set of BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURE

    BALANCED MASTER CASES:

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are available in Balanced Master Cases that include:

    * Two SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES
    * Two MARY ACTION FIGURES
    * Two MARY (VARIANT) ACTION FIGURES
    * Two JUNIOR ACTION FIGURES
    * Two DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) ACTION FIGURES
    * Two sets of BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURES

    BALANCED HALF CASES:

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are available in Balanced Half Cases that include:

    * One SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURE
    * One MARY ACTION FIGURE
    * One MARY (VARIANT) ACTION FIGURE
    * One JUNIOR ACTION FIGURE
    * One DR. SIVANA (WITH MR. MIND) ACTION FIGURE
    * One set of BILLY BATSON AND HOPPY (2-PACK) ACTION FIGURES

    The SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES are advance solicited in the April Previews (Volume XVII #4) and are scheduled to arrive in stores on November 28

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    DC DIRECT OFFERS QUALIFYING RETAILERS A VARIANT EDITION OF BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE

    In November, DC Direct will add a second female figure to its line of realistically proportioned, 1:6 scale figures with the BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE.

    Now, DC Direct offers qualifying retailers a special Variant Edition of this figure. For every four standard BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURES ordered, retailers may order one BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE Variant Edition.

    The Standard Figure is clothed in gray fabric costume, while the Variant Figure comes in a black fabric costume. Both costumes are authentically detailed, and both figures come with accessories and a display stand.

    The BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE (APR070280) and BATGIRL 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE Variant Edition (APR070281) are solicited in the April Previews and are scheduled to arrive in stores on November 21, each with a price of $69.99 U.S. This offer is valid only through the Final Order Cutoff date of June 7.

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    ARTIST MARSHALL ROGERS DIES AT AGE 57

    Artist Marshall Rogers, who won acclaim for his stylish depiction of Batman, has died at age 57.

    "Marshall was one of the radical young stylists bringing new looks to DC in the '70s, especially with his memorable collaboration with Steve Englehart on Batman," says DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz. "His debonair smile and charm were every bit as endearing as his art was energetic, and his colleagues at DC are all shocked to have a great artist pass so young."

    Born January 22, 1950, Rogers studied architecture at Kent State University before pursuing a career in comics. His earliest work appeared in Marvel Comics' black and white magazines; in 1976, his art first appeared in a backup story in DETECTIVE COMICS, the title with which he is most identified.

    Rogers quickly moved up to pencilling the lead stories in DETECTIVE, working with his frequent collaborators, writer Steve Englehart and inker Terry Austin, on a run of issues that featured the acclaimed "Joker Fish" story, as well as introducing mob boss Rupert Thorne and love interest Silver St. Cloud. He simultaneously drew a memorable run of MISTER MIRACLE.

    Rogers returned to Batman frequently after his initial run on DETECTIVE, contributing stories to BATMAN FAMILY and other titles, including a new look at the Dark Knight's beginnings in SECRET ORIGINS. In the 1980s, Rogers began working for Eclipse Comics, with projects including Coyote, Scorpio, the graphic novel Detectives, Inc., and his own creation, Cap'n Quick and A Foozle.

    By the mid-1980s, Rogers was working for Marvel Comics, where he illustrated Dr. Strange, G.I. Joe, Howard the Duck and more, as well as a long run on Silver Surfer. He became the artist on the Batman daily comic strip at the end of the decade.

    More recently, Rogers illustrated the miniseries GREEN LANTERN: EVIL'S MIGHT, then returned to the Dark Knight for a 5-part story in BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT. He reteamed with Englehart and Austin for the 2005 miniseries BATMAN: DARK DETECTIVE, a follow up on their classic work of the 1970s.

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    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY NAMES THE SPIRIT AN "EW PICK"

    The March 30 issue of Entertainment Weekly includes a review of THE SPIRIT in which Ken Tucker writes, "[Will] Eisner is so venerated, it's heresy to say that [Darwyn] Cooke captures nearly all the original's moody, sly wit. But it's true." The review names THE SPIRIT an "EW Pick," giving it a grade of "A."

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    ARMY@LOVE PRAISED BY ENTERTAINMENTWEEKLY.COM AND VARIETY.COM

    ARMY@LOVE, the new Vertigo series by Rick Veitch, has won praise in two early reviews. Entertainmentweekly.com calls the series "an amazingly racy and ruthless satire/critique of a never-ending war in Afghanistan," and Variety.com praises it as "a book full of the kind of wild ideas that comics used to do all the time," giving it a grade of "A-."

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    BACK TO PRESS!

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

    BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY TP (APR050327) (3rd printing)
    BATMAN: WAR GAMES ACT ONE TP (SEP058096) (3rd printing)
    GALS! VOL. 5 (DEC050304) (2nd printing)
    THE LOSERS: TRIFECTA TP (MAR050484) (2nd printing)
    MONSTER COLLECTION: THE GIRL WHO CAN DEAL WITH MAGICAL MONSTERS VOL. 1 (JAN050342) (2nd printing)
    PREACHER VOL. 6: WAR IN THE SUN TP (MAY050301) (5th printing)

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    ITEMS ON FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF THIS WEEK

    Final orders are due by Thursday, March 29.

    04/18/2007 - 52 WEEK 50
    04/18/2007 - AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #51
    04/18/2007 - ARMY @ LOVE #2 (VERTIGO)
    04/18/2007 - BIRDS OF PREY #105
    04/18/2007 - THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3
    04/18/2007 - EX MACHINA #27 (WILDSTORM)
    04/18/2007 - THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #11
    04/18/2007 - HELLBLAZER #231 (VERTIGO)
    04/18/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8
    04/18/2007 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 VARIANT EDITON
    04/18/2007 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #1 (JOHNNY DC)
    04/18/2007 - MANHUNTER #30
    04/18/2007 - NIGHTWING ANNUAL #2
    04/18/2007 - ROBIN #161
    04/18/2007 - SCOOBY-DOO #119 (JOHNNY DC)
    04/18/2007 - SHADOWPACT #12
    04/18/2007 - THE SPIRIT #5
    04/18/2007 - SUPERMAN #662
    04/18/2007 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN #34
    04/18/2007 - TESTAMENT #17 (VERTIGO)
    04/18/2007 - TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE #6 (WILDSTORM)
    04/18/2007 - WORLD WAR III PART ONE: A CALL TO ARMS
    04/18/2007 - WORLD WAR III PART TWO: THE VALIANT
    04/18/2007 - WORLD WAR III PART THREE: HELL IS FOR HEROES
    04/18/2007 - WORLD WAR III PART FOUR: UNITED WE STAND
    04/25/2007 - DEADMAN #9 (VERTIGO)
    05/02/2007 - THE ALL NEW ATOM VOL. 1: MY LIFE IN MINIATURE TP
    05/02/2007 - SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT VOL. 1 TP

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    ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE - APRIL 4, 2007

    52 WEEK 48
    ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN HC
    THE ALL NEW ATOM #10
    AMERICAN SPLENDOR: ANOTHER DAY TP (VERTIGO)
    AMERICAN VIRGIN #13 (VERTIGO)
    BATMAN: DETECTIVE TP
    CIPHER VOL. 7 (CMX)
    DANGER GIRL: BODY SHOTS #1 (WILDSTORM)
    DETECTIVE COMICS #831
    JACK OF FABLES #9 (VERTIGO)
    JONAH HEX #18
    JONAH HEX VOL. 2: GUNS OF VENGEANCE TP
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER A
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 COVER B
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 VARIANT EDITION
    JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #32 (JOHNNY DC)
    LOONEY TUNES #149 (JOHNNY DC)
    MAD MAGAZINE #477
    MIDNIGHTER #6 (WILDSTORM)
    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #7 (WILDSTORM)
    NIGHTWING #131
    SCALPED #4 (VERTIGO)
    SGT. ROCK: THE PROPHECY TP
    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 1 TP
    SUPERGIRL #16
    SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #28
    SUPERMAN #661
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN #33
    TIME GUARDIAN VOL. 1 (CMX)
    VS. (VERSUS) VOL. 5 (CMX)
    WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY #5 (WILDSTORM)

    DC DIRECT:
    BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MATT WAGNER

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    ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE - APRIL 11, 2007

    52 WEEK 49
    ALL STAR SUPERMAN #7
    ALL STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 1 HC
    THE BATMAN STRIKES! #32 (JOHNNY DC)
    CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #12 (JOHNNY DC)
    CLAW: THE UNCONQUERED TP (WILDSTORM)
    CRISIS AFTERMATH: THE SPECTRE TP
    DENSHA OTOKO VOL. 3 (CMX)
    FABLES #60 (VERTIGO)
    FRIDAY THE 13TH #5 (WILDSTORM)
    GEN13 #7 (WILDSTORM)
    GREEN ARROW #73
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11
    GRIFTER & MIDNIGHTER #2 (WILDSTORM)
    JLA CLASSIFIED #37
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (3RD PRINT)
    LOVELESS #17 (VERTIGO)
    MAD KIDS #7
    RUSH CITY #6
    SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE: SLEEP OF REASON #5 (VERTIGO)
    SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE VOL. 5: DR. DEATH AND THE NIGHT OF THE BUTCHER TP (VERTIGO)
    STORMWATCH PHD #6 (WILDSTORM)
    TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #7
    TEEN TITANS #45
    TENJHO TENGE VOL. 13 (CMX)
    TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #6
    WONDER WOMAN #7

    DC DIRECT:
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: BATZARRO ACTION FIGURE
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: BIZARRO ACTION FIGURE
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: SUPERWOMAN ACTION FIGURE
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: BATWOMAN ACTION FIGURE
    SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: BATMAN BEYOND ACTION FIGURE

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

    DC COMICS SHIPPING CHANGES:
    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 - MANHUNTER #30 - 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 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 - 04/04/07
    04/25/07 - SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #3 - 04/04/07
    05/02/07 - BATMAN #665 - 04/25/07
    05/02/07 - GREEN LANTERN #19 - 04/25/07
    05/02/07 - HAWKGIRL #63 - 04/25/07
    05/02/07 - TEEN TITANS #46 - 04/11/07
    05/09/07 - TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7 - 04/25/07
    05/23/07 - WONDER WOMAN #9 - 05/16/07
    06/20/07 - SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 - 04/04/07

    DC DIRECT SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/18/07 - DC MINIMATES WAVE THREE - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4: WARLORD ACTION FIGURE - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4: MARTIAN MANHUNTER ACTION FIGURE - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4: ATOM ACTION FIGURE - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4: AQUAMAN ACTION FIGURE - 04/25/07
    04/18/07 - FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4: BLUE BEETLE ACTION FIGURE - 04/25/07
    06/27/07 - WONDER WOMAN LINDA CARTER STATUE - 04/04/07

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

    VERTIGO SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/18/07 - DMZ #18 - 04/11/07
    04/25/07 - DEADMAN #9 - 04/18/07
    04/25/07 - THE EXTERMINATORS #16 - 04/04/07
    04/25/07 - GOD SAVE THE QUEEN HC - 04/18/07
    05/02/07 - 100 BULLETS #83 - 04/11/07
    05/02/07 - AMERICAN VIRGIN #14 - 04/25/07
    05/02/07 - JACK OF FABLES #10 - 04/25/07
    05/02/07 - LOVELESS #18 - 04/25/07

    WILDSTORM SHIPPING CHANGES:
    04/25/07 - 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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