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

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    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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    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.

    Article Link: Marvel Releases 700 First Issue Comics for Free via Marvel Comics iOS App
     
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    Marvelous
     
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    Well there's clever marketing.
     
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    Still not interested :rolleyes:
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.
     
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    they r pulling an apple. server down
     
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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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    I tried to download some yesterday.

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

    It looks like today isn't any better :rolleyes:
     
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    Fixed that for you.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

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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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    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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    Tried to sign up and can nto connect to server:mad::confused:


    I thought the internet has improved?
     
  14. macrumors member

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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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    Errors...Assemble!
     
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    ncaissie

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    That would make to much sense. Although Crack dealers know this business model. LOL :rolleyes:
     
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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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    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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    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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    still not working.
     
  21. macrumors 65816

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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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    You are correct http://blog.comixology.com/2013/03/11/message-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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