After more than a decade, DC Comic's landmark maxi-series "Crisis on Infinite Earths" will return to stores this winter.

As with any such event, there will be the usual marketing tie-ins fans have come to expect, such as a slipcase edition, a poster, and so on. But something fans might not expect is also heading their way: A new issue of "Crisis on Infinite Earths."

"Crisis" writer Marv Wolfman told the Comic Wire Wednesday that the new story, "a missing chapter, set between issues four and five," would hit the stands about the same time as the new compilation of the series.

This also marks the first time DC Comics will return to the multiverse the "Crisis" series eliminated since 1986, when the last of the "Crisis" tie-ins appeared. The new story is set at a point when both Earths 1 and 2 (the Silver Age and Golden Age DC Universes, respectively) have just escaped destruction by being pulled into one a pocket universe.

"It should be a lot of fun, I'm having a ball with it," Wolfman said.

The story will be drawn by former "Flash" artist Paul Ryan.

And in other Wolfman news, or non-news perhaps, Wolfman says he has no involvement with the upcoming "Blade" movie based on the Marvel Comics vampire-slaying character he created.

"Crisis on Infinite Earths," which coincided with DC Comics' 50th anniversary, trimmed DC Comics' burgeoning multiverse down to one mostly self-contained universe. In addition to killing off (or otherwise removing from the new universe) alternate versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and other "redundant" characters, the series also featured the deaths of the Silver Age Supergirl and Flash. Released almost simultaneously with Marvel Comics' "Secret Wars" series, "Crisis" is widely credited for the popularity of limited series in comics. THE NEWEST 'DANGER GIRL:' GINGER SPICE?

Less than a week after the news broke that "Danger Girl" is being considered for film treatment, a former member of another high-profile, controversial, all-girl ensemble has thrown her name into the ring, announcing she's being considered for a role:

Geri Hallwell, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls.

Canadian music television channel MuchMusic reported the news Tuesday, citing unnamed sources: "Ginger fits the bill for hair colour and attitude." The sources elaborate that Hallwell was upset when she allegedly got passed over for a part in a "Charlie's Angels" remake.

At a post at the dangergirl.com message board, comic co-creator Andy Hartnell responded "Right now, who knows?" when asked if Hallwell would be in the movie. "My vote's for Posh though …"

The comic, printed under the Cliffhanger imprint of Image Comics, debuted earlier this year, and only two issues and a half-sized preview issue had been released when it was announced that New Line has bought an "option" on the movie rights, to the tune of $275,000. The comic, which debuted at number five on the comic shop sales charts, has been attacked by some critics for relying too heavily on the sex appeal, a charge repeatedly leveled at the Spice Girls.

Hallwell quit the Spice Girls on May 31.


It's not quite "man gets bitten by radioactive spider, decides to fight crime," but it's still big news.

The story of how Steve Milo turned his Web page advertising his comic book mail order catalog into one of the Internet's commercial success stories - with a reported online revenue of $4 million dollars last year - all with minimal advertising beyond word of mouth is the focus of an online article in the July 13 edition of "Internet World" magazine.

The article about Mania, which plays host to the Comic Wire's distinguished competitor, Newsarama, is available online at http://www.internetworld.com/print/current/ecomm/19980713-tapping.html. AUSTIN POWERS TO SHAG HIS WAY INTO COMIC STORES?

It's either a leak or a bit of corporate seduction. Either way, Austin Powers would love it, baby.

The Comic Wire was contacted Tuesday by an anonymous tipster who claimed Hi-Jinx Comix, best known for "Captain Crafty," are likely going to announce that they've secured the license to publish an "Austin Powers" comic at the Wizard World comic convention this weekend in Chicago.

The enclosed artwork certainly seems genuine, if small enough to seem like something intended more as a way to build "buzz," rather than an actual leak. The art is said to be by "Captain Crafty" artist Brian Rice on layouts, Dave Bryant on pencils and Mike Worley inking.

More information about "Captain Crafty" is available at www.crafty.com.

The second "Austin Powers" spy movie spoof, starring Michael Meyers, is scheduled to be in theaters in March 1999.

No confirmation is available about the potential comic from either source at this time.


It's the dream of every comic fan with a Web site that it'll catch the notice of the book's creators. Even when that creator is a professional Web designer, the dream remains the same. Clay Loveless, the creator of the Crawlspace family of Web sites, including the almost-official "Danger Girl" site, as well as sites devoted to "Gen13" and "DV8," all from Image Comics, already had a modest "Battle Chasers" site (http://battlechasers.crawlspace.com). Similar to his other sites, it has a message board and mailing list, and was to have eventually featured many of the areas his other sites have: image galleries, issue summaries, reader reviews, a chat room and so on. "Battle Chasers" creator Joe Maduriera must have liked what he saw. As of last week, the unofficial site has become the seed for the forthcoming official site, which debuts in late July. With the site getting "official" seal of approval, visitors will also get exclusives including regularly scheduled chat sessions with the creative team, insider sneak peeks at upcoming issues "and a whole lot more," according to a Cliffhanger press release. "It will be the ultimate, kick-ass Battle Chasers site," Madureira is quoted as saying. "After all, it is the OFFICIAL site! I was happy with what Clay and Crawlspace were doing with the Danger Girl site, so teaming with Crawlspace just made sense."

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