puts 700 first issue comics online - 11th March 2013
is releasing 700 No. 1 Issues digitally including
the news to send a shiver down the spine of any real
'Comic Book Guy', the fictional proprietor of The
Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop in The
Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man,
the X-Men and the Avengers has made 700 first issues
available to digital readers for free, through the
Marvel app and the company's website in a project
called 'Marvel #1'.
issues are free today but from tomorrow, they will
be sold for $1.99 to $3.99 per issue (£1.24-£2.48).
Original first edition comics can be worth a fortune.
In 2011, Nicolas Cages nearly-pristine copy
of Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance
of Superman, sold for a record $2.1million in an online
Entertainment have decided to feed the market for
comic fans and make their No1 magazines available
on tablets, laptops and smartphones. The titles range
from the 1960s Silver Age to contemporary issues with
characters including Wasp, Mr. Fantastic, Power Man
and Iron Fist.
Gabriel, senior vice-president of sales, said: "This
is aimed at attracting fans from all walks of life
those who know our characters from the big
screen, those who were readers but fell out of the
habit and our long-term fans too. We believe that
if we get those fans in the door, they'll stay and
help grow this industry, with purchases both in comic
stores and via digital comic outlets."
Marvel has gone through its catalogue of more than
13,000 titles that are already available digitally
and picked out some prize No1 issues, including Amazing
Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and Fantastic
Four by Lee and Jack Kirby. There are also modern
titles such as Civil War, Joss Whedon's Astonishing