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Marvel has announced an awesome limited-time promo as a part of their SXSW presence. Anyone using the official Marvel Comics app for Android can download over 700 first issues for free. These #1 titles range from the classics to the more contemporary stuff. The frenzy over these issues is pretty amped, so your download speeds might not be so great right now. You'll still want to get in on this, because it wraps up at 11 PM Tuesday night. David Gabriel, one of the dudes from Marvel, commented on why they kicked off this promotion. 

"At its core, Marvel #1 is all about bringing new readers into the fold. That doesn’t just mean fans who have never read a comic, but [also] longtime fans [who want] to jump into books they may have been waiting to try. With a plethora of great content and digital devices—be it tablets or smart phones—in more hands than ever, there is no better time to launch an initiative such as this."

So, any comic fans ready to get downloading? How about those of you that used to be into comics but not so much anymore? Will this generous sampling actually get folks to start buying digital comics?

Update: Marvel has acknowledged that they're having technical issues. No ETA on resolution, but sit tight.

Source: Marvel

 
There are 21 comments

All over it. Thanks for the heads up.

Been trying all day to get into the store to get my issue. No success. Marvel servers are busy. Grr. You wouldn't like it when I'm angry Marvel.

jay v says:

Yeah, you'd think they would be ready for higher volume because of this special. Guess not.

cerebasan says:

It's on hiatus for now. When you go to the page it asks you for your email address to be notified when the promo will start back up again. I'm glad because I only got 10 or so and I'm really interested in seeing what else there is.

mwara244 says:

I didn't get any, just linked me to a page that says, "working through the issues" pissed that I couldn't get a single issue

Broncho says:

I've been trying off and on all day to do it through the webpage with spotty success. Last I saw I had about 25 in my cart but I haven't been able to get the store to load most of the day. It isn't working right now either.

I haven't even been able to get my account to sign in on my app on my phone all day. It keeps telling me the password wasn't accepted. They were not ready for this at all. You can apparently do this through the Comixology app too. Any luck there?

cerebasan says:

Nope. You can see the comics in the Comixology app but when you go to purchase them it just goes back to being free. Again...go to the website and sign up to be notified when you can download them.

bangishotyou says:

Mind sharing a link? I'm not seeing anything regarding signing up to be notified when they're available for download/the servers aren't overloaded.

smotrs says:

Anyone know if the issues are Cloud stored or Device stored?

piizzadude says:

I imagine device since people are downloading them

If you have a n4 you are sol... Lol

DO YOU HEAR ME GOOGLE, GET A SDCARD?????????

lol... I made a funny

piizzadude says:

I imagine device since people are downloading them

If you have a n4 you are sol... Lol

DO YOU HEAR ME GOOGLE, GET A SDCARD?????????

lol... I made a funny

mn1225 says:

Their servers are still down. How much do ya wanna bet they go back up right after the "700 free" offer expires?

RSAntilles says:

Register...fails, but sends email somehow, confirm email..OK, log in....FAIL, not gonna get any freebies, major feck up.

DrLouie says:

I'm having the exact same problem.

noszero says:

Terrible app. Haven't seen this many pop up failure messages since I borrowed my friends iPhone. Really. I got registered but it took 11 tries and it keeps signing me out and it takes five tries to sign in again. Then I get to 6% on a comic download and the whole thing starts over. Marvel should extend the cut off time so less people will be trying to get stuff at once. I have hundreds of real comics but I am giving up on this nonsense.

Omg its even worse now. Loses connection five seconds after opening app.

burz83 says:

I know this is android forum, have a droid phone but have the app for iPad and the severs are just getting crushed. I hope this gets resolved soon

cerebasan says:

Here is the link. Maybe a mod should put this in the article. http://blog.comixology.com/2013/03/11/message-from-the-ceo/

YaSo says:

Thanks for the link to the Comixology CEO response, which links to Marvel's site where you provide an email to be notified when the promotion resumes.

AC, please put this in the main article.

toddjy says:

Why does such an app need to know who is calling me or who I am calling? Is this stupidity on Marvel's part, or on Google's, that they incorrectly identify permissions.

Giansakidis says:

WTF i have HTC One X and it says it is incompatible app.What kind of s**** should i buy?

rlbrooks says:

Comixology has totally frustrated me with this stupid promotion. I have a large library of non-marvel paid comics on their server and my apps won't even let me log on for the last four days because of all the "I want a golden ticket" freeby chasers clogging the server. They are cutting out consistant paying exisiting customers from products that have already purchased. I hope they enjoy the thousands of new customers who will never purchase anything from them as they lose the faithful paying customers to Graphically and Dark Horse. Really bad business promotion.