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Superhero comic takes on al-Qa'ida

The Arab world can take graphic art seriously, as any Danish cartoonist will attest, so goodness knows what sort of response will greet the comic industry's latest mooted blockbuster publication: a tale about al-Qa'ida that was designed, in the words of its creator, to "really piss people off".

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First Night: Batman Live, Manchster Evening News Arena

Caped Crusader hits the stage but misses the mark

The Amazing Spider-Man to be 'naturalistic'

'The Amazing Spider-Man' screenwriter Steve Kloves says he is taking the comic book character back to his roots.

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Super refit: Superman gets another makeover

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Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero, By Grant Morrison

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it human destiny?

Marvel kills off Spider-man

The lights are going out for Peter Parker, the high school student bitten by a radioactive spider whose wall-crawling and web-slinging antics have made him a touchstone of Marvel Comics' universe of heroes and villains.

Superheroes: We need to find a modern Marvel

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Publisher says Apple's use of iBooks is not novel

Apple pple has been slapped with a lawsuit over its new iBooks brand of electronic books, from a little New York publisher that has been producing a series called ibooks for more than a decade.

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Ryan Reynolds "snubbed" acting as a career when he was younger.

Critics dangle faint praise for revamped 'Spider-Man' musical

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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