Friday, March 11, 2011

Smallville Merchandise

Since Smallville first began airing, an array of merchandise tying into the series has been released. Two soundtrack albums have been released compiling various songs that appeared on the show. On February 25, 2003, Smallville: The Talon Mix was released featuring a selected group of artists that licensed their music to the show. Following that release, on November 8, 2005, Smallville: The Metropolis Mix was released featuring another select group of artists. Apart from the soundtracks encompassing various songs from the series' episodes, there have been action figures, T-shirts, hats, and posters created and marketed. In December 2002, select, autographed Smallville merchandise was placed up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going toward charity. In 2003, Titan publishing began releasing the Smallville magazine. It is a monthly magazine featuring interviews with the cast and crew, information on Smallville merchandise, and photos. Titan released the 34th issue of the Smallville magazine in November 2009, and touted it as the final issue.
In addition to the magazine, Titan Books also began publishing companion books for each of the seasons. On September 1, 2004, Titan Books released their first official companion for the series. Written by Paul Simpson, the book contains interviews with the cast and crew as they discuss the production of each episode and working together; the book also contains a sixteen pages of color photos of the cast. On March 1, 2005, Titan Books released their official companion for season two. Paul Simpson steps back into the writer's spot, again collecting interviews with the cast and crew, and supplying sixteen pages of color photos; in addition, the season two companion goes into more detail about the special effects used on the show. On September 1, 2005, Titan Books released the third season official companion. Paul Simpson picks up the writing duties for a third and final time with the season three companion, which continues to provide interviews with the cast and crew about the production. Apart from the episode's general plots, Simpson discusses the lack of use with the character of Martha Kent, and why the Adam Knight storyline did not pan out. After two years, Titan Books released the fourth season companion on September 4, 2007. This time, Craig Byrne was given the responsibility of writing the companion book. The season four book contains interviews with the cast and crew, but this time the color spread contains images of the production itself. A few months later, on December 26, 2007, Titan Books released another companion, this time for season five. Craig Byrne returned to the write the book, which contains the standard interviews, episode descriptions, and color spread as the previous four. On March 25, 2008, Titan Books released their sixth official companion for Smallville. For the third time Craig Byrne takes on the duties of writing the book. The season six companion contains an introduction from Justin Hartley, as well as the cast and crew interviews and sixteen pages of photos.
In 2010, a role playing game was released by Margaret Weis Productions using their Cortex System. It uses the setting of the show in season nine, with rules (and a planned supplement) for earlier seasons. Players can play the characters from Smallville, or create their own spin-off of the show that has as much or as little connection to the show as they like.


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