Marvel Comics has an app that allows readers to purchase digital downloads of almost all of its comics.
If a reader wants to read every edition of “Amazing Spider-Man” from its first appearance in “Amazing Fantasy” #15 released in August 1962 through 2022, she can. And not just in one way, but in a number of formats, from single issue purchases to issue collections and more.
And that goes for all the big names in Marvel like the Fantastic Four, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men, and more.
All the usual suspects are present, as one would expect.
But what’s fun is looking up all the comics you barely remember.
Suppose you were a fan of “Werewolf by Night” or “Tomb of Dracula”, which were big Marvel titles in the 1970s but mostly unknown to newer generations of readers, the entire series can be found on the Marvel app . Even the entire 18 issues of the short-lived “Monster of Frankenstein / The Frankenstein Monster” are available, along with Marvel’s version of Frankenstein in single appearances in “Monsters Unleashed” and more.
So, then you can’t help but look for particular things, kind of a try-and-hold group approach.
How about “Howard the Duck” magazines. Not the original traditional color comic book series (which is it) but the glossy black and white magazine cover format of the late 1970s and early 1980s? They are also available.
What about the series where Marvel and DC characters are combined into new heroes? No. Not found. But does that mean they’re not there? Or bad search words on my part?
For example, I remember reading a standalone King Kull story in magazine form about 40 years ago. It wasn’t a story in “The Savage Sword of Conan”. There are stories of Kull in previous issues of “Savage Sword” – Conan and Kull were both created by Robert E. Howard. But that particular Kull story wasn’t in “Savage Sword.” It was also not part of the regular “Kull” stories.
Search for Kull and the story does not show up.
Because Kull’s story stood alone in the title “Bizarre Adventures” – an early 1980s black-and-white Marvel magazine. Search “Bizarre Adventures” and only four issues of the 1980s series are available. Oddly, only numbers 25, 26, 27 and 31.
But issue #26 was one that featured Doug Moench’s “Kull the Barbarian” story with John Bolton’s still-incredible art. For a few dollars, I was able to reread a long-lost story I first read as a teenager 40 years earlier.
Bizarre adventures, indeed.