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Syria's most renowned political cartoonist, who recently drew a sketch comparing President Bashar al-Assad to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, had both his hands broken in an attack yesterday by masked gunmen who dragged the 60-year-old out of his car.

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Luc Besson returns with a comic-book caper about an adventuress – Indiana Jones in a bonnet – who chases around Belle Epoque Paris after a pterodactyl and an Egyptian mummy.

Charges laid over Disney's Marvel deal

The boyfriend of a former Walt Disney intern faces insider dealing charges after the US Securities and Exchange Commission accused him of using price-sensitive information to profit from Disney's takeover of the comic book company Marvel in 2009.

Supergods, By Grant Morrison

All good books about superheroes, and the comics and films in which they appear, end up to some extent being memoirs. For people who stay interested long enough to think deeply and write, superheroes are tokens of memory and aspiration; we remember where we were when we first picked up a Spider-Man comic and why it spoke to our needs. Comics provide us with useful metaphors, ways of thinking, points of view.

Alan Moore: Storyteller, By Gary Spencer Millidge

Moore is no ordinary gentleman

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The Cap wasn't always so marvellous

The new Captain America film is a hit but, says Giles Brody, the super soldier's last outing provides a cautionary tale

Simon Bond: Cartoonist and illustrator best known for his book ‘101 Uses of a Dead Cat’

Though he had worked as a stand-up comedian, as a dealer in antiquarian prints and paintings, and as a writer and publisher, Simon Bond was best known as a cartoonist and illustrator, notably creating the international bestseller, 101 Uses of a Dead Cat.

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