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Trilogies which extend to six volumes – not to mention continuations of deceased authors' profitable franchises by other hands – are a phenomenon endemic to the sort of rubbishy science fiction/fantasy Douglas Adams set out to skewer mercilessly when he began The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a radio serial in 1978. Yet, after numerous mutations from the first (and, frankly, best) iteration of the story, here is just such a shameless beast.

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In March 1941, a whole nine months prior to Pearl Harbor, Marvel (then known as Timely) Comics' newest superhero appeared on the cover of his first issue, socking Adolf Hitler on the jaw. A prophetic call to arms, Captain America was the creation of writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby, two young men whose work would change comics forever.

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Spider-Man actress Lucy Gordon found dead



The British actress Lucy Gordon, who appeared in "Spider-Man 3", was found dead in her Paris apartment after apparently committing suicide, French police said today. She was 28.

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The new 3D animation film Monsters vs Aliens takes its characters from Fifties sci-fi B-movies – and makes them cuddly. Expect more of these retro-cultural mash-ups in a cinema near you, says Kaleem Aftab

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This has been a bumper year for silver-screen superheroics. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, Hancock to Hulk, Hollywood has been pouring money into tales of comic-book derring-do, and audiences have been lapping them up (the Batman epic alone took over $400m in its first three weeks in the US).

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