Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rare 2GBC Marvel Congratulatory Post

Press release hit today about Marvel putting 2500 back issues online.

I must say, $9.99 a month for the right to browse all them comics is probably the right price point, and I say that having done approximately zero months of research into the issue. Ten bucks seems about right to me though.

Kudos to Marvel for finally doing something to potentially bring in new readers that doesn't involve making movies --- if Time Warner weren't so paranoid and trigger-happy with the lawyers, I'd say that we could expect to see DC follow suit, but I'm not holding my breath.

Curious though --- does this spell the end of the $40 DVD collections of Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Cap comics?



Blogger Matt said...

Hm...it does have plenty of potential to bring in new blood, but I wonder how much of that new blood will be turned off by the price tag.

Surely $10 isn't such a big deal, especially not to you or I, who will gladly slap down multiple times that amount to pick up new comics every week. I just wonder if a casual reader will look at that and say, "Well, I'd love to read some old Spider-Man comics, but I don't feel like paying for it by the month."

Not to say that Marvel should scrap the price or the program, I'm just thinking aloud.


11:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good point, but if they're smart they'll advertise along the lines of "You're paying $15 bucks a month for online gaming/music/whatever already, unlimited comics for $10 is a steal".

This will be interesting to watch, particularly since the site seems to be unreachable today (likely due to volume).

12:17 PM  
Anonymous SanctumSanctorumComix said...

The problem is that it's a subscription to ACCESS the marvel digital-comics database, but you can only READ them on THEIR portal.
There is NO downloading.

SO, if you ever want to re-read an issue, you have to go to THEIR site and read it.
And that's only IF it's still active at any time in the future.

Marvel is notorious for STARTING great initiatives and programs, but then abandoning them in short time.

Oh. And the way that they're saving the comic-sale bottom line is that NEW comics won't be added to the archive until 6 months from the issue's sale date.
SO, this month's comics would be theoretically available in May of 2008.

None of that is good enough for me.
Not interested.
Make them downloadable and maybe I'll be willing to wait 3 months.
If the price is right, fine, I'll wait the 6.

That's just me though.


6:23 AM  
Blogger Dracorat said...

Sounds like it's time to invest in a good screen capturing program. (For your own use only)

MWSnap is free and has the ability to auto-save screenshots and to screenshot by hotkey...

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

All I know is I'm grabbing all of those DVD's in anticipation that they will not be re-issued.

As for the on-line initiative, other than the name (which seems like a dick-move) I find it interesting. Not enough to buy into it, but I'll checkout the software at least to see how I like it. Granted, I'm an old man of 33 and I prefer having paper in my hand.

1:28 PM  

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