Marvel Announces Hundreds of Free Digital First Issues

Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday for free through the Marvel app and the company’s website.

After Tuesday, they’ll be sold for $1.99 to $3.99 per issue.

The titles go 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.

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.

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