Press Release

Marvel is making digital comics history once more, and proudly announcing that Avenging Spider-Man #1, from the superstar creative team of Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira, will be polybagged with a code for a FREE digital copy of this issue on the Marvel Comics app. That’s right: for no additional charge to the retailers or consumers, Marvel is making sure that everyone who purchases the print version of Avenging Spider-Man #1 (any cover, including all variants) at their local comic shop can get a free digital copy of the issue on the Marvel Comics app .This is the first time that any major comic publisher has offered a free digital copy of a comic with the purchase of the physical copy without any additional cost. This digital copy of Avenging Spider-Man #1 will be accessible via both the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Chrome store.

“We’ve included our retail partners in crafting this program, and worked with ComicsPRO in determining what would make this program the most beneficial to consumers and retailers and I think we’ve come up with something that is not only unique and exciting, but a program that addresses most of the concerns retailers have had with previous digital programs.  With the earliest initial orders already over 100,000 units, Avenging Spider-Man #1 is set to be one of the biggest new releases of the fall and demand can only increase with these free digital codes,” said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP of Sales. “Our goal here is to give consumers the extra added value that they have come to expect for their entertainment dollar as well as the very best in comics entertainment that they have come to expect from Marvel! And that’s not all, for the first time, customers will be able to qualify their retailers for rewards by redeeming the digital codes! We’re also developing a program designed to drive digital customers into brick and mortar comic shops to help increase their business. Bringing the worlds of print and digital together in this way gives the customer a great value and one we’re sure will result in even greater sales for retailers.”

Marvel has worked with some of the top retailers in the nation to ensure this historic new initiative benefits your local shops in major ways, including:

The largest digital revenue share with retailers from any major comic company
Ads in each digital issue of Avenging Spider-Man #1 directing fans to check out subsequent issues at their local comic shop
Driving digital comics customers to their local comic store through targeted communications based on customers’ state & retailer name
Development of a system to reward retailers for future digital purchases made by their customers
Providing retailers with information about customers who sign up for redemption and the rate of redemption

This November, no fan can miss the release of Avenging Spider-Man #1, available in stores with free digital copy and on the Marvel Comics app.

Retailers: Check The Diamond Retailer site for a detailed FAQ addressing any questions you might have about this new initiative and the Marvel Mailer for more information.

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art & Cover by JOE MADUREIRA
Rated T+…$3.99
FOC – 10/17/11, ON SALE – 11/9/11

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  1. GoofBall814
    October 6, 2011 at 9:01 am — Reply

    I’ve noticed this a ton with dvd’s recently, and just wonder “Why”? Maybe I’m in the minority, by why do you need (or want) both a physical copy and digital copy of the same material? It seems like, at least from the people I know, and what I read on the Internet, the physical vs. digital consumers are separate consumers. One set wants to own the physical and deny digital exists, and the other set has already killed, buried, and then buried the shovel that buried physical ownership (be it monthly pamphlets or CDs/DVDs).

    • October 6, 2011 at 10:28 am — Reply

      Those that get both usually bag, board, and store the physical copy, never to read it again, and can reread the title as many times as they want on the iPad.

  2. The Great NateO
    October 6, 2011 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I Love the Idea. I use both all the time, also it is a great to have a backup of your backup.

  3. October 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    Didn’t DC do this with Justice League #1, or am I greatly mistaken?

    • October 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm — Reply

      They did, but they charged an extra dollar for the digital/print combo. Marvel is giving away the digital copy for free with purchase of the print copy… something I said a year or two ago.

  4. Frank
    October 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Outstanding…Its going to be getting tough on the pull list. Since I own a digital device this makes it a bargain. Now I can have a digital copy to cary with me on trips. With no extra cost unbelievable. Its about time since they have been doing it on Bllu ray dvds.

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