Marvel Comics for the Kindle

The geek in us got very excited this week when Amazon announced they have finally signed a new deal with Marvel to bring over 12,000 individual comics to the millions of Joes who own a Kindle.

120 of Marvel’s most popular graphic novels, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, are now available in digital format.

Amazon already held exclusive rights to lots of Marvel’s back catalogue when it bought comic book downloading company Comixology last year, but this week’s announcement now means newer releases will hit our pocket screens immediately. The Comixology app will still be needed to distribute them.

It’s an interesting move as Marvel’s already has its own $10 monthly subscription service, but it only stocks issues more than six months old. Which can be frustrating to the most ardent readers. Imagine if you had to wait 6 months to watch the new Game of Thrones!

Marvel has been growing exponentially in recent years with the success of the Avengers film etc., so a deal with distribution juggernaut Amazon would seem like a very natural fit. Comixology is also the top-grossing book app on iOS.

“Amazon, Comixology and Marvel share a passion for expanding the audience for comic books and graphic novels worldwide,” said David Naggar, vice president of Amazon Kindle. “With the ever-increasing number of devices in consumers’ hands and the growing popularity of Marvel’s extensive catalogue of familiar Super Heroes we see this as the perfect time to create a whole new generation of comic-book readers.”

Comixology have also just announced that it will now carry publisher Dark Horse Comics’s digital comic book library. Dark Horse Comics will bring 800 titles, including 300, AstroBoy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Frank Miller’s Sin City. You can check out Comixology’s full catalogue through their Website.