(October 22, 2002 - Burbank, CA) – As the second record-breaking season of the hit action series "Smallville" goes into full swing, the show's Promax Award-winning Web site will launch a fascinating new on-line feature, the Wall of Weird, on October 22, 2002. In the series, the Wall of Weird is a collection of news stories and research materials about the fictional town's bizarre happenings, maintained by Chloe Sullivan (series star Allison Mack), Clark Kent's (series star Tom Welling) friend and the editor of the student newspaper, the Smallville High Torch (http://www.smallvilletorch.com). Fans of the series will have the opportunity to view the Wall of Weird on line for the first time by mimicking Chloe's actions in the new 64-page DC comic book, “Smallville: The Comic,” featuring the story "Raptor," which will be available in stores nationwide on October 23. "Raptor" was penned by series supervising producer Mark Verheiden ("The Mask," "Timecop"). Further installments in the “Smallville: The Comic” series will be released periodically. In order to browse the Wall of Weird, fans will log on to the Smallville High Torch (http://www.smallvilletorch.com), find the secret access point for Chloe's desktop (revealed in the comic book), enter Chloe's secret password (also only available in the comic) and open a black folder marked "WOW," which will allow them access to the new site and its chilling collection of the uncanny events in Smallville. Chloe's personal notes, bullet points, backup documentation and full-blown essays can be perused, along with the numerous other elements stored in her computer. Like the rest of the constantly evolving "Smallville" site, the Wall of Weird affords sharp-eyed viewers exclusive inside information on upcoming story lines and lots of extra details on past and continuing plots. The overall show site (http://www.smallvilleledger.com) changes weekly with each broadcast and takes the form of the fictional town's newspaper, the Smallville Ledger, which is often referred to in the show. The Ledger links to the Torch, and both sites faithfully remain within the fictional world of the television series and expand upon life in the strange town of Smallville through news stories, editorials and background on Lex Luthor (series star Michael Rosenbaum), Clark, Lana Lang (series star Kristin Kreuk), classmate Pete Ross (series star Sam Jones III), Clark's parents (Annette O'Toole and John Schneider) and all the other characters seen on the show. There's also a high-security homepage for the nefarious Lionel Luthor's (series star John Glover) company, LuthorCorp (http://www.luthorcorp.net), to which committed fans have gained access by following clues in the television episodes. This area contains corporate documents, confidential e-mails, three Web-exclusive videos of Lionel Luthor delivering the annual LuthorCorp company report and other information available nowhere else. In addition to browsing the site--which will continue to grow dramatically throughout the season--devotees of the show can actively participate by e-mailing letters to the Ledger and Torch editors and receiving on-line responses as if they were citizens of Smallville. There are also dozens of topics under active discussion in two separate message boards. And to top it all off, visitors may purchase official Smallville High School merchandise at the school store's Web page (http://www.smallvillehighschoolstore.com), an actual working e-commerce site. "Smallville" blends realism and adventure as it takes the classic characters of the enduring Superman franchise back to high school, where a teenage Clark discovers his powers and deals with his strong feelings for Lana. Developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, "Smallville" is from Warner Bros. Television and Tollin/Robbins Productions and airs Tuesdays (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on The WB Network.
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