Arts and Entertainment Ben Affleck as Daredevil, a Marvel superhero. The character is being given a Netflix series

Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist will get their own 13-episode series

Sanchez stresses dedication to Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland manager, Lawrie Sanchez, has reiterated his commitment to running the team.

Hulk

Anger management in doomed attempt to humanise a debased genre

Coming (out) soon: the world's first gay superhero

The Rawhide Kid, killed off by Marvel Comics in 1979, is back from the dead. And how. He's out, he's proud and he's got conservative America very hot under the collar. David Randall reports

Football: Tommy Smith - The Iron Man who became the bionic man

THOSE OF us who weren't there will never forget it, that sultry evening in Rome when a stocky figure steamed into the Borussia Monchengladbach penalty area and headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead in the European Cup final, and Barry Davies shrieked: "It's Tommy Smith!"

Spiderman reaches new heights

Spiderman reaches new heights

All aboard for the $1bn ride

Does Orlando need yet another theme park? Universal Studios thinks so, and Fred Mawers went to try it out

Obituary: Roger Fressoz

BEHIND ITS constitutional facade of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, French political life remains rife with nepotism and financial shenanigans. Thankfully, the satirical weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine, France's answer to Private Eye, keeps a watchful eye over the misbehaviour of politicians and the business community.

'Spiderman' claims heists are tall story

THEY CALL him "Spiderman", a cat burglar who has become something of a folk hero within the Florida crooks' community. He has, they say, climbed as high as 30 floors up skycraper apartment blocks, from balcony to balcony, using only his strength, agility and Ninja-style boots.

Obituary: Ken Platt

" 'ALLO, I won't take me coat off, I'm not stoppin'!" One of the great comedy catchphrases of yesteryear and, like all great catchphrases, one that immediately conjures up in the mind's television screen the comedian who coined it. Ken Platt opened his every appearance with the same saying, and it will be remembered by all who heard or saw him say those 10 wonderful words.

Obituary: Jerry Clower

FROM THE minstrel tradition of the black-face duo Jarnup and Honey in the 1930s through the "Golden Age" of Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield, to the current redneck humour of Jeff Foxworthy, comedy has long played an important, if underrated, role in the history of country music.

Collecting: Paper values

pounds 100,000 for Batman's debut? Jonathan Sale reports on the serious side of comic-strip heroes

Obituary: Dr Robert McIntyre

Robert Douglas McIntyre, physician and politician: born Dalziel, Lanarkshire 15 December 1913; married 1954 Letitia Macleod (one son); MP (Scottish Nationalist), Motherwell and Wishaw 1945; Chairman, Scottish National Party 1948-56, President 1958-80; died Stirling 2 February 1998.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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