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"Pow!" Marvel Comics Hit The iPhone

The makers of three apps -- Comics by Comixology, iVerse and Panelfly -- have brought one of the "big two" comics publishers to the iPhone. Effective immediately, several comics from Marvel Comics will be available for purchase via in-app purchase from the free Comics app. The Marvel comics available initially from Comixology are Joss Whedon's 24-issue run on Astonishing X-Men, Robert Kirkman's five-issue Marvel Zombies miniseries, Ed Brubaker's first 30 issues of Captain America, and two other X-Men-related books, X-23 and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, each six issues long. Each individual issue is priced at $2 on Comics and iVerse, and $1 on Panelfly. This isn't Marvel's first foray into the world of the iPhone. The company recently launched two "motion comics" sold directly via iTunes: Spider-Woman and an adaptation of Whedon's Astonishing X-Men.

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