Marvel releases vintage No.1 issues digitally
There is nothing like ripping open the packaging of a first issue comic and flipping through its fresh pages to marvel at the artwork before the reading begins.But what about those old musty vintage comic books from your childhood? Marvel Comics, creators of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making those available once again, and as good as new, with its release of more than 700 first issues on digital readers Sunday, March 10.
Marvel No. 1 titles going digital range from the 1960s Silver Age to contemporary issues with characters including Wasp, Mr. Fantastic, Power Man and Iron Fist, said David Gabriel, senior vice president of sales.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The publisher went through its catalog of more than 13,000 titles that are already available digitally and plucked out the No. 1 issues with historic ones like “Amazing Spider-Man” by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko or the “Fantastic Four” by Lee and Jack Kirby as well as modern titles like “Civil War,” Joss Whedon’s “Astonishing X-Men” and characters and teams like the Uncanny Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, too.
“We never want fans to feel like they need to have read it all. Of course we want them to want to check out those stories, but the beauty of these No. 1 issues is that each is an entry point,” he said. “So with a character like Iron Man, you can choose if you want to start with the recent `Iron Man’ series from Kieron Gillen or go back a few years to when Matt Fraction launched `Invincible Iron Man’ or even before that.”
Marvels digital No. 1s are available for free Sunday March 10 and runs until 11PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 12 as free downloads via the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Comics Digital Comics Shop.