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    WILDSTORM LAUNCHES ‘SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS’ COMIC BASED ON HIT SERIES FROM THE CW AND WARNER BROS. TELEVISION

    Spinning out from THE CW and Warner Bros. Television hit television series Supernatural, WildStorm will be producing SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS, an original comic book miniseries based on the show, featuring a new look into the mythos of the program.

    The prequel story, which is written by one of the show’s producers, Peter Johnson (in consultation with show creator Eric Kripke), spotlights patriarch John Winchester, who, after witnessing the murder of his wife at the hands of a demon, begins a journey into the dark world of the supernatural.

    SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS features interior art by Matthew Dow Smith and a backup tale from comic book superstars Geoff Johns and Phil Hester. Tim Bradstreet, Tim Sale, Dustin Nguyen, J.G. Jones, Tony Harris and Ryan Sook will provide covers for the series.

    The miniseries will also be featured in two 15-second television spots to be shown on May 3 at 9 pm ET/PT on The CW. The promos will also drive viewers to an exclusive SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS preview on CWTV.com.

    “Having been a comics fan for more than 20 years, I’ve never seen an on-air network spots specifically target a comic book,” says writer Peter Johnson. “It will expose the SUPERNATURAL comic to an audience of several million viewers all at once, unprecedented for the industry. And equally important, the comic allows us to tell stories and explore mythology in ways that our show isn’t able to on a weekly basis.”

    In addition, fifteen CW affiliates in smaller markets across the country have teamed up with local comic book retailers for a SUPERNATURAL and SMALLVILLE promotion tied to the release of SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS #1. Participating affiliates will air spots directing viewers to visit a local comic book retailer to register for the chance to win a prize package during the last week of April and early May.

    The prize package, provided by DC Comics and Warner Home Video, includes:

    • Autographed copies of SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS #1

    DC’s SMALLVILLE TP
    The Smallville Visual Guide (Dorling Kindersley Publishing)
    The Smallville Season Five DVD set
    The Supernatural Season One DVD set

    Retailers interested in participating in this event should contact the Publicity Department of their local CW affiliates.

    Also, an exclusive excerpt from SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS has been featured on Variety.com, and more art from the series appeared in the April 27 TV Guide.

    Retailers may download promotional items for SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS at the Diamond Comics website. The miniseries is being promoted with house and trade ads as well.

    SUPERNATURAL: ORIGINS #1 (MAR070257) is written by Peter Johnson and Geoff Johns, with art by Matthew Dow Smith and Phil Hester and a cover by Tim Bradstreet. This issue is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 2.

    From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Supernatural” stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. The series was created by Eric Kripke and is executive produced by McG, Kripke, Robert Singer, John Shiban and Kim Manners.

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    DC COMICS CONTINUES MINX SALES INCENTIVE WITH GOOD AS LILY

    GOOD AS LILY, the latest title from DC Comics’ new Minx imprint, is solicited in May Previews to arrive in stores on August 15. With that solicitation, DC announces the next Minx sales incentive.

    Retailers may qualify to make full returns on this title as follows:

    DC Comics Retailer Discount Minimum Qualifying order

    35% 2 copies
    40% 2 copies
    50% 4 copies
    52.5% 4 copies
    55% 6 copies
    56% 10 copies
    57% 15 copies

    For example, a retailer with a 50% DC Comics discount must order a minimum of four copies of GOOD AS LILY to qualify for full returnability.

    The offer is valid through the Final Order Cutoff date of June 7, and only in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. DC will announce the return window for this title at a later date.

    GOOD AS LILY (MAY070226) is solicited in the May Previews and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 15. The remaining Minx titles for 2007 include:

    • CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH (September)
    • WATER BABY (October)
    • KIMMIE66 (November)

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    DC COMICS UPDATES CONTENTS FOR JONAH HEX #21

    JONAH HEX #21 (MAY070177), solicited in the May Previews and scheduled to arrive in stores on July 5, will feature a different story than the one solicited.

    In issue #21, a notorious gang of bank robbers burns a small town to the ground, killing several Pinkerton detectives. As bounty hunter Jonah Hex stalks them across the desert, the trail leads to a mysterious Native American stronghold — a damned place where no one gets out alive!

    JONAH HEX #21 is written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with art and cover by Jordi Bernet.

    The story described in the May Previews has been rescheduled to appear in JONAH HEX #22.

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    WILDCATS #2 TO BE RESOLICITED

    All orders for WILDCATS #2 (JAN070347) and the WILDCATS #2 Variant Edition (JAN070348) have been cancelled. This issue will be resolicited at a later date.

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    WONDER WOMAN #11 CLARIFICATION

    Please note that the writing credit for WONDER WOMAN #11 (MAY070185) is incorrect. This issue will be written by J. Torres.

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    CLARIFICATION ON SUPERMAN/BATMAN #38 VARIANT COVER

    Solicited in the May Previews and scheduled to arrive in stores on July 18, SUPERMAN/BATMAN #38 (MAY070146) will feature a variant cover by Claudio Castellini.

    Retailers may order one copy of the SUPERMAN/BATMAN #38 Variant Edition (MAR078189) for every ten copies of the standard edition ordered through the Final Order Cutoff date of June 28.

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    WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST GETS NEW INSTORE DATE

    DC Direct announces a new instore date of July 5 for the WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST (OCT060315). Retailers may adjust orders on this item now through May 11.

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    BACK TO PRESS!

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

    THE FOUNTAIN SC (AUG060290) (3rd printing)
    IDENTITY CRISIS TP (JUN060205) (2nd printing)
    THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOL. 2 TP (FEB058407) (3rd printing)
    PREACHER VOL. 5: DIXIE FRIED TP (JUL050315) (6th printing)
    RONIN TP (JAN068199) (8th printing)

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    ITEMS ON FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF THIS WEEK

    Final orders are due by Thursday, May 3.

    05/23/07 - AMERICAN VIRGIN #15 (VERTIGO)
    05/23/07 - BIRDS OF PREY #106
    05/23/07 - CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #33 (JOHNNY DC)
    05/23/07 - COUNTDOWN 49
    05/23/07 - HELLBLAZER #232 (VERTIGO)
    05/23/07 - NINJA SCROLL #9 (WILDSTORM)
    05/23/07 - ROBIN #162
    05/23/07 - SHADOWPACT #13
    05/23/07 - SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #30
    05/23/07 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN #35
    05/23/07 - TESTAMENT #18 (VERTIGO)
    05/23/07 - TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7
    05/23/07 - WETWORKS #9 (WILDSTORM)
    06/06/07 - BATMAN: TURNING POINTS TP
    06/06/07 - CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME TP
    06/06/07 - A MAN CALLED KEV TP (WILDSTORM)
    06/13/07 - MAD WAR ON BUSH TP

    DC DIRECT:
    06/27/07 - WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE
    10/03/07 - SUPERMAN VS. DOOMSDAY BALANCED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/03/07 - SUPERMAN VS. DOOMSDAY BALANCED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/03/07 - SUPERMAN VS. DOOMSDAY WEIGHTED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/03/07 - SUPERMAN VS. DOOMSDAY WEIGHTED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/10/07 - BATMAN STATUE DARK CRUSADER
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI ACTION FIGURE MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI ACTION FIGURE INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI: AFRO SAMURAI ACTION FIGURE
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI: JUSTICE ACTION FIGURE
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI: KUMA ACTION FIGURE
    10/10/07 - AFRO SAMURAI: NINJA NINJA ACTION FIGURE
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON BALANCED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON BALANCED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON: NINJA MANBAT ACTION FIGURE
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON: ROBIN/DAMIAN 2 PACK
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON: THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON WEIGHTED MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON WEIGHTED INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/17/07 - BATMAN AND SON SOLID PACK BATMAN CASE
    10/24/07 - JLA COVER TO COVER STATUE: WONDER WOMAN
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1: ORC SHAMAN ACTION FIGURE
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1: BLOOD ELF ROGUE ACTION FIGURE
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1: DWARF WARRIOR ACTION FIGURE
    10/24/07 - WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 1: UNDEAD WARLOCK ACTION FIGURE
    10/31/07 - JUSTICE: ACTION FIGURE BOX SET

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    ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE — MAY 9, 2007

    THE BATMAN STRIKES! #33 (JOHNNY DC)
    CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #13 (JOHNNY DC)
    COUNTDOWN 51
    THE DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL. 10 (CMX)
    DMZ #19 (VERTIGO)
    FRIDAY THE 13TH #6 (WILDSTORM)
    GEN13 #8 (WILDSTORM)
    GREEN ARROW #74
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 1: TO BE A LANTERN TP
    GRIFTER & MIDNIGHTER #3 (WILDSTORM)
    JACK OF FABLES #10 (VERTIGO)
    JLA CLASSIFIED #38
    MAD CLASSICS #15
    MAD MAGAZINE #478
    MUSASHI #9 VOL. 11 (CMX)
    MYSTERY IN SPACE #8
    NIGHTWING #132
    OUTSIDERS #47
    STORMWATCH PHD #7 (WILDSTORM)
    TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #8
    Y: THE LAST MAN #56 (VERTIGO)
    Y: THE LAST MAN VOL. 9: MOTHERLAND TP (VERTIGO)

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    ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE — MAY 16, 2007

    ACTION COMICS #849
    ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #5
    ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER VARIANT EDITION #5
    APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL. 1 (CMX)
    AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #52
    ARMY @ LOVE #3 (VERTIGO)
    BATMAN #665
    BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 3 HC
    BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
    BATTLER BRITTON TP (WILDSTORM)
    CATWOMAN #67
    CHECKMATE #14
    COUNTDOWN 50
    EX MACHINA #28 (WILDSTORM)
    FABLES #61 (VERTIGO)
    THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #12
    HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (VERTIGO)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (4TH PRINT)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 (2ND PRINT)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VARIANT EDITION #9
    LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #2 (JOHNNY DC)
    NEIL GAIMAN AND CHARLES VESS' STARDUST HC (VERTIGO)
    OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY VOL. 5 (CMX)
    PLAIN JANES (MINX)
    SCOOBY-DOO #120 (JOHNNY DC)
    SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE FLASH VOL. 1 TP
    THE SPIRIT #6
    SUPERGIRL #17

    DC DIRECT:
    EX MACHINA SPECIAL #1 POSTER
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: FIRESTORM ACTION FIGURE
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE
    INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: DONNA TROY ACTION FIGURE
    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
    JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
    WILDCATS #1 POSTER

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

    DC COMICS SHIPPING CHANGES:
    05/23/07 - TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7 - 04/25/07
    05/23/07 - WONDER WOMAN #9 - 05/16/07
    06/06/07 - SUPERMAN #663 - 05/09/07
    06/20/07 - SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 - 04/04/07
    06/27/07 - SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #4 - 06/06/07
    06/27/07 - WONDER WOMAN #10 - 06/13/07
    07/18/07 - AMAZONS ATTACK #4 - 07/25/07
    07/18/07 - BATMAN #666 - 05/30/07

    DC DIRECT SHIPPING CHANGES:
    06/27/07 - WONDER WOMAN LINDA CARTER STATUE - 04/04/07
    07/05/07 - WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST - 05/09/07

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

    CMX MANGA SHIPPING CHANGES:
    05/23/07 - MEGATOKYO VOL. 5 - 04/25/07

    VERTIGO SHIPPING CHANGES:
    05/30/07 - DEADMAN #10 - 05/16/07
    06/13/07 - LOVELESS #18 - 04/25/07
     

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