Marvel is only offering about 250 titles for free viewing, and only for a limited time. If readers want the full Marvel experience, readers will have to pay about 10 dollars for a month, or the annual subscription, which equates to about 5 dollars a month. For five to ten dollars a month, readers can read the past fifty years worth of back-dated comics.
For a brand that emulates strength, integrity, and wisdom, through their characters in print, this new offering is heroic indeed. Now readers will have to wait and see if competitors like DC Comics will respond in kind, or let Marvel take the lead in this digital age. DC offers the occasional sneak peek at new print issues coming up, but nothing on the scale of what Marvel has released.
Collectors are still going to search for the printed copies of hard-to-find issues, and fans are still going to buy new printed issues. This digital archive is just that, an archive of past issues. New printed issues are not archived until at least six months after initial printing. That ensures that their printed sales will not be hurt from this new digital offering.
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