Marvel First

Marvel Offering 700 First Issues for Free

Every now and then you come across a news story that has you double taking and rereading in disbelief. Marvel’s recent “Marvel First” campaign (driven by the once cryptic image below) has emerged as something rather special: an opportunity for readers to grab digital copies of 700 premier issues via comiXology.

Yup, 700. Time to get downloading…

Marvel First

As you might imagine, there’s a wide range of #1s available, from many of the recent Marvel NOW! releases, the first issues in the relaunches of Iron Man, Fantastic FourSuperior Spider-Man and the rest, as well as countless first appearances and lesser-known titles.

The giveaway ends this Tuesday 12th March; though as of writing the site appears to have buckled under the strain of 500,000 downloaders scrambling for more digital copies than they are ever likely to read. But I suppose reading them is beside the point; who isn’t going to attempt to download all 700? Y’know, purely for the sake of it.

Carl Doherty has written about movies, video games, comic books and literature for almost a decade, forging ill-informed critiques for numerous websites, blogs and publications that no one has ever heard of. His debut novel, the epic fantasy comedy Welcome to The Fold, is available now on Kindle here (UK) and here (US).

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