Well it has finally happened. Marvel Comics has officially entered the online world of comic distribution. – Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! This new site gives you access to thousands of Marvel Comics in digital format. For the price of one (maybe two) comics per month you can get access to their entire library of comics.
I’ve been reading Marvel Comics since … I’ve been able to read. I’ve collected many comics (hundreds) over the years and still collect more. I don’t consider myself a “bulk collector” of comics. I only buy the issues that I’m interested in reading and I only read the stories that are of interest to me. I have never been able to find (or afford to buy) the first issue of some of my favorite comics. Now I can read them online and just like when I hear a song I really like, I can purchase the hard copy at my local comic store.
The downside … you are unable to download the comics for off-line viewing. I hope that they add that feature sometime soon. If they would make the comics available for download (I’d pay a little extra for that – .99 per issue) that would give me a reason to buy the Sony Reader Digital Book. Better yet … if they created an API to their library of comics i would dedicate myself to creating a “killer” comic book based app in Flex/AIR.
Oh well … baby steps