Fantastic Four, Spider-Man animation news

Cynopsis Kids! reports the first of 26 episodes of Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, a new mixed 2D and 3D animated half hour series, will premiere on the US Cartoon Network’s Toonami block on Saturday, 9 June 2007 at 9:30pm. This is the precursor to the Fox and Marvel Studio’s live-action movie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which releases simultaneously in the US and the UK on 15 June.

The new TV series is a continuation of the newly-produced four-episode Fantastic Four show that debuted on Toonami in September 2006, already released on Region 1 DVD, and is a co-production of Moonscoop, M6, Cartoon Network Europe and Marvel Studios.

In other Marvel superhero animation news, Cynopsis also reports that Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. (a limited partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, Inc.) is set to launch licensing and merchandising programs in support of the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, tentatively titled Spectacular Spider-Man, which is slated to bow Saturday mornings on Kids’ WB! on the CW Network in early 2008.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Culver Entertainment, Spectacular Spider-Man picks up the story as Peter Parker enters his junior year in high school, where in addition to dealing with the pressures of homework and a social life he must conceal his identity and newly-found powers.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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