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Marvel Releases 700 First Issue Comics for Free via Marvel Comics iOS App

As part of a South by Southwest promotion, Marvel has announced (via The New York Times) that it is giving away more than 700 of its No.1 issues through its Marvel Comics iOS app and web store.

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"This is the perfect way to show everyone how much we believe in our material by letting them try the first issues for free, because we're sure once they start, they won't stop," says Marvel SVP – Sales, Digital & Print David Gabriel. "Week in and week out we ask fans to come check out our new releases—both in print and digitally—with the promise that we'll bring them the best comics made by the best talent and managed by the best editorial team in the industry. Now, existing and news fans [alike] can discover the heroes they know and love and learn about new ones all at the same time."
The inaugural issue of each comic book line can be downloaded for free, a significant discount from the standard $1.99 to $3.99 price. Marvel is running the promotion in order to attract new readers, offering recent comics like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men alongside classics like Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

Marvel's sale began on Sunday night and will last through Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern time. The comics can be downloaded via the web or through the Marvel Comics app.

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Posted: 20 months ago
Marvelous
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

They are pulling an Electronic Arts. Server down.


Fixed that for you.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
Well there's clever marketing.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
Why not make all issue 1's free forever? If you like the first issue, then you'll buy the rest, surely.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
Errors...Assemble!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

So there are 700 comics available to download and the promotion expires tomorrow night? No wonder their servers are getting absolutely crushed.


Yep. I agree they should make them free in perpetuity. I managed to load the front page of their webstore today. once. But it's hopeless trying to get any further. Here's hoping they'll fix it by the time the sale runs out!
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago

Why not make all issue 1's free forever? If you like the first issue, then you'll buy the rest, surely.


That would make to much sense. Although Crack dealers know this business model. LOL :rolleyes:
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
still not working.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 20 months ago
here's an idea, for both them and for apple's itunes TV shows, always have the first episode for free. Maybe even the first 10-15 minutes of any movie. For movies, you lose nothing by doing this, and for TV shows, I can just about guarantee you will get more people to buy the 2nd episodes and maybe get hooked on the show than you will lose a couple dollars from someone who was going to buy the whole show anyway. I know apple would love to do this, we just need to get the networks/studios to get their head out of their asses.

TL;DR-Season 1, episode 1 should always be free.
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