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A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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“Best Of Warner Bros. – 25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics” Three-Disc DVD Set Now Available

A three-disc set collecting an assortment of DC Comics-based cartoons from the the past 90 years is now available to own from Warner Home Video. The Best of Warner Bros. – 25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics three-disc set features episodes from different animated series including Justice League Unlimited, Superfriends, Batman: The Animated Series, among many others. The MSRP of the three-disc DVD collection is $26.99. Best of Warner Bros. – 25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics is part of the studio’s ongoing celebration of acknowledging its best properties. A collection of menu stills and package artwork images can be found below, along with an official description of the product, exclusive to The World’s Finest.






Best of Warner Bros. – 25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics
Product Description:

A collection of classics in a league of their own! It’s a heroic hall of fame as all your favorite DC Comics crime fighters are here in an all-new 3-disc collection that bursts from the Warner Bros. vault! Legendary heroes, infamous villains and daring deeds await as Superman confronts old enemies in “Little Big Head,” Batman battles to take back Gotham City in “Legends of the Dark Knight” and the Justice League suit up for adventure to battle “Chaos at the Earth’s Core.” Victory is sure to be yours with 25 action-packed episodes that helped contribute to 90 Years of Warner Bros. cartoon magic, It’s a timeless celebration with something for every hero of your family!

Episodes:
Superman (A.K.A. The Mad Scientist)
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 1
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 2
The Death of Superman
The Seeds of Doom
Mad Love
Legends of the Dark Knight
Heavy Metal
Little Big Head
Out of the Past
For the Man Who Has Everything
The Doomsday Sanction
Chaos at the Earth’s Core
Destroyer
Epilogue (Batman Beyond tie-in)
Go!
Terra
The Streaky Story
Man of Tomorrow
The Golden Age of Justice!
Revenge of the Reach!
Clash of the Metal Men!
Independence Day
Misplaced
Reboot

The Best of Warner Bros. – DC Comics Collection three-disc DVD release, a collection of 25 animated episodes starring assorted DC Comics characters, is now available to own for the MSRP of $26.99. The collection, part of the studio’s ongoing celebration of acknowledging its best properties, highlights an assortment of series from DC Comics lengthy animation history. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

Please note that The World’s Finest has returned from the FanExpo 2013 convention and, as such, there may be interruptions in regular website and social media updates this week.

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Initial Details For “The Best of Warner Bros. – DC Comics Collection” DVD Release

Warner Home Video has announced the release date and initial details for the two-disc The Best of Warner Bros. – DC Comics Collection DVD release, a collection of 25 animated episodes starring assorted DC Comics characters. The two-disc set will hit shelves August 27th, 2013 for the MSRP of $26.99, and is part of the studio’s ongoing celebration of acknowledging its best properties. The two-disc set includes episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Young Justice, and more. Cover artwork and a breakdown of included episodes can be found below, directly from the studio.

Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection – DC Comics

Episodes:
Superman (A.K.A. The Mad Scientist)
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 1
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 2
The Death of Superman
The Seeds of Doom
Mad Love
Legends of the Dark Knight
Heavy Metal
Little Big Head
Out of the Past
For the Man Who Has Everything
The Doomsday Sanction
Chaos at the Earth’s Core
Destroyer
Epilogue (Batman Beyond tie-in)
Go!
Terra
The Streaky Story
Man of Tomorrow
The Golden Age of Justice!
Revenge of the Reach!
Clash of the Metal Men!
Independence Day
Misplaced
Reboot

Further details, including product description and more, are expected to be released soon.

The The Best of Warner Bros. – DC Comics Collection two-disc DVD release, a collection of 25 animated episodes starring assorted DC Comics characters, will hit shelves August 27th, 2013 for the MSRP of $26.99. The collection highlights an assortment of series from DC Comics lengthy animation history. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Briglio Discusses His Work On Late “Legion Of Super Heroes In The 31st Century” Comic

While the Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century comic series, based on the fan-beloved Legion of Super Heroes animated series, may now be a thing of the past like the animated series that inspired it, its impact on the fan community remains solid. The World’s Finest caught up with Jack Briglio, one of the writers on the comic series, to discuss his time on the short-lived series.

The World’s Finest: To kick things off, care to give us a quick run down of yourself and your works for those who may not be familiar?

Jack Briglio: Ive written issues of Scooby Doo and Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century for DC Comics. Before that, I wrote an indy all-ages fantasy series called Growing Up Enchanted with artist Alex Szewczuk that was well received – the series received an Eisner nomination in 2003 for Best Title Aimed at a Younger Audience.

WF: Now, to get right into it, what attracted you to the Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century comic series? Did you watch the series the comic is based upon?

JB: Well, it didnt take too much to attract me to either the show or the comic book series – Ive been a fan of the comic and its diverse cast of characters since I was a kid writing and drawing my own version of their stories as the League of Super-Heroes! Catchy title, I know. So, being a long time fan, I was excited to finally see them get a shot as an animated series and I jumped at the chance to write some of their adventures for the comic book series.

WF: Any thoughts on the series and how, according to both fans and the crew of the series, the animated series was mishandled?

JB: Its too bad that the Legion series didnt get the chance to go five seasons like its predecessors. I thought the first season was excellent and set up their world well. The Subs, Ultra Boy & introducing Mekt, and the Sun-Eater story were some of the highlights for me. The second season was mainly forgettable, though we did get to see the origin retold and there were some nice touches here and there. I agree that it was a disappointment in comparison to what I thought was a good start in the first season. What was most disappointing was cancelling the series, though. They barely scratched the surface of the cast and the whole Legion universe – thats whats so frustrating to the fans, I imagine.

WF: You wrote the final issue of Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century. Were you hoping to give the series a nice, simple send off? Did youknow your issue would be the final Legion animated tale, ordid that happen after the fact?

JB: It was after the fact. My story wasnt originally planned as the finale so when I was told it was going to be the last issue, I had to rewrite it to give the series a proper send-off. I think (and I hope) that having the 1959 Legion appear at the end of the story watching over the animated Legion, just as animated Brainy was doing in his dimensional portal earlier in the issue, was a nice, simple send-off and a surprise. I wanted to celebrate the Legions 50th Anniversary as well and what better way than with the Legion mantra – “Long Live the Legion?”

WF: Do you have any favorite mainstream Legion moments or characters you worked into your Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century issues? Are there any that you would have liked to found a way to squeeze into one of your issues?

JB: Telling Element Lads story in issue 14 and having Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl go out on a date in issue 8 fighting Starfinger – those were tips of the hat to the Legion canon, definitely. Brainys visions in the dimensional portal in issue 20 as well – I was able to reference some nice bits of Legion and Superman history. And, actually, had the series lasted longer, I had a few stories pitched stemming from both issue 14 and 20. An Element Lad sequel where he faces off against Roxxas, Luthor, and the Legion of Super-Villains. And that vision of seeing the Legions destruction with strewn bits of kryptonite everywhere? That was definitely a set-up for a future issue. Alas and alack. L I would have liked to have squeezed in Ultra Boy, Mon-el, and Ferro Lad as well but it was not meant to be, I guess.

WF: Youve also done work on DCs Scooby-Doo comic series, which I imagine is a completely different writing process. How do you approach such projects as Scooby-Doo differently than Legion?

JB: Scoobys stories are strictly mysteries and shorter in length (10-12 pages max) so setting up mysteries in less than 20 pages can be a challenge. Their stories do allow you to run loose with humour so its a lot of fun to tell the crazy antics and slapstick humour that Shaggy & Scooby bring to every mystery!

WF:You were interviewed in 2007 by the Canadian network CTV for your comic work. Was it surreal to be interviewed on one of your passions? And did it help with getting your name out there a little further?

JB: Definitely. I was shocked to get the call asking to be interviewed. They had seen an article in the Ottawa Citizen about me so it was totally unexpected. It was nice to get the exposure and interest. The interviewer was a comic book fan so that probably helped! I did get a lot of attention locally (friends, family, co-workers etc.) but other than that and the extra copies sold locally, Im not sure what effect it had in getting my name out there.

WF: As we wrap this up, care to let us in on future projects you have coming down the pipe-line? Where will we be seeing your name next?

JB: I have some more Scooby pitches in the pipeline and Im also in discussion with DC and a couple of other companies about new projects. Nothing solid that can be reported yet but hopefully will know more after I come back from the New York Comic Con next week.

The World’s Finest would like to thank Jack Briglio for taking the time to speak to us!

Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century came to an end with issue #20 in November 2008. Stay tuned for further updates on the DC Comics animated comic line, including news and interviews!

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Estimated Sales Numbers For October 2008-Shipping Animated Comics

Below are the total estimated sales numbers for the animated comics that shipped in October 2008.

The Batman Strikes! #50 – 6,413

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #19 – 5,613

The Batman Strikes experienced a slight dip with the release of its fiftieth and final issue. The Batman Strikes #50, the last of the series, featured Batman teaming up with The Demon in a Halloween-themed tale. 2008 saw the cancellation of every major animated titles printed by DC Comics. Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans Go! were both cancelled earlier this year by DC Comics, releasing their respective final issues within weeks of each other, and the final issue of Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century was released in November 2008. DC Comics has no plans to currently revisit these titles in the near future, with the exception of possible collection releases in 2009.

The next animated-inspired comic title, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, will hit shelves in January 2009.

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Final Issue Of “Legion Of Super Heroes In The 31st Century” Now Available To Own

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THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #20

Written by: Jack Briglio
Art by: Phil Moy & John Stanisci

Metallo journeys to the future for the ultimate power source: Kryptonite! But if he destroys Superman, will the Legions fate unravel, as well? Dont miss the exciting conclusion to this amazing series!

The final issue of Legion Of Super Heroes In The 31st Century went on sale last week. Batman: The Brave and The Bold, the latest animated comic from DC Comics which is based on the new animated series with the same name, premieres in January 2009.

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Tucker Discusses “Batman: The Brave And The Bold,” “Legion Of Super Heroes,” More

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Batman: The Brave and The Bold is set to premiere on November 14th, 2008, at 8pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. The Canadian network Teletoon will also be airing a special preview of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on November 14th, 2008, at 5:30pm (ET) before giving the series a regular timeslot in January 2009.

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Estimated Sales Numbers For August 2008-Shipping Animated Comics

Below are the total estimated sales numbers for the animated comics that shipped in August 2008.

The Batman Strikes! #48 – 6,702

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #17 – 5,925

Both titles experienced a slight dip in sales, likely due to the announcement of the cancelations of both titles. The Batman Strikes released its final issue earlier this month, with Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century to follow next month, in November 2008. Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans Go! were both recently cancelled by DC Comics, releasing their respective final issues within weeks of each other. DC Comics has no plans to currently revisit these titles in the near future, with the exception of possible collection releases.

The next animated-inspired comic title, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, is slated to hit stands in early 2009.

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“Legion Of Super-Heroes In The 31st Century” Issue #19 Now Available

Below is the official solicitation information for the new issue.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #19

Written by: J. Torres
Art by: Alexander Serra and John Stanisci
Cover by: Alexander Serra and John Stanisci

Heroes sometimes face the dilemma of choosing when to break rules in order to serve the greater good. That predicament is truly encountered when the Legion meet Booster Gold. But is he crossing the line or simply fulfilling his destiny?

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