Marvel Entertainment announced today they would exclusively distribute single issue English-language digital comics worldwide with comiXology, the largest provider of digital comics. As part of the multi-year agreement, Marvel fans will enjoy continued access to single-issue digital comics via the Marvel Comics app for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, as well as the new Web-based Marvel Comics Shop, both powered by comiXology.
In addition, starting today, Marvel’s digital comics will be available through comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers.
According to Peter Phillips, SVP & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media:
This agreement is a huge win for current and future fans of the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and Marvel’s entire library of exciting characters.
Says David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology:
We’re extremely proud that Marvel has chosen comiXology as its partner. Our expanded relationship will foster increased innovation and accelerate plans for more points of distribution and reading. I’m more than thrilled.
The comiXology-powered Marvel Comics app launched in 2010 and has remained one of the top grossing apps in the iTunes store. As the first major comics company to offer single issues for digital purchase and featuring the largest library of digital comics, Marvel continues to be the industry leader in digital innovation.
According to TechCrunch, 65 million issues have already been downloaded across all comiXology’s platforms, including mobile and desktop. This is up from the 50 million mark announced by Marvel in January, or a 450 percent increase year-over-year.
Today’s news certainly means Marvel and comiXology are committed to moving the comic genre from paper to the digital platform. With this in mind, this is huge news for comic book fans, old and young alike.
You can download the Marvel Comics in the App Store today. ComiXology’s own app, Comics, is also available and features DC Comics, Image Comics, BOOM Studios, Dynamic Entertainment, Red 5, TOKYOPOP, and Zenescope publications.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 70 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.
Are you a Marvel Comics fan? Are you happy about today’s news?