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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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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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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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Well there's clever marketing.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:15 PM   #4
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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they r pulling an apple. server down
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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Meh.

I guess it's good to get new readers hooked... useless if you're already a fan and read most of these before.
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Kinda neat for someone like me. I've read a few comics here and there, but didn't get into them when I was younger. Often liked the stories, though, so having a bunch of intros could be fun.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.
I tried to download some yesterday.

"Download error"
"Download error"
"Invalid username or password"
"Download error"

It looks like today isn't any better
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They are pulling an Electronic Arts. Server down.
Fixed that for you.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Good for those who like Marvel comics I guess. Not a comic reader myself so have no idea how good they are.

Thank Disney for this one tho
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 02:15 PM   #12
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Cool you mentioned this but it is worth pointing out that they are struggling with requests ATM. The site and app have been largely unusable for the last 24 hours.
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I thought the internet has improved?
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 02:32 PM   #14
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Why not make all issue 1's free forever? If you like the first issue, then you'll buy the rest, surely.
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 02:47 PM   #16
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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
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So there are 700 comics available to download and the promotion expires tomorrow night? No wonder their servers are getting absolutely crushed.
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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!
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Old Mar 11, 2013, 04:36 PM   #19
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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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And people wonder why piracy is so huge
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I gather they've pulled the sale for now till they fix the server issues. The few times I can get onto the sale page, the comics are coming up @$1.99 or $3.99, not free.
Am downloading the app on my iPhone to see if that's any better
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I gather they've pulled the sale for now till they fix the server issues. The few times I can get onto the sale page, the comics are coming up @$1.99 or $3.99, not free.
Am downloading the app on my iPhone to see if that's any better
You are correct http://blog.comixology.com/2013/03/1...-from-the-ceo/
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It was crashing ComiXology as well (those of us who have our Marvel accounts synched). I tried to pick up Sif & Rescue #1's, it sees that I purchased them, but it will not let me download at all (I get download errors).
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I hope Marvel extends the deal to compensate for this prolonged **** up with their servers.
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