This past weekend, after a second screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I came to terms with the fact that, from time to time, I have an insatiable appetite for comic books. Maybe I just got wrapped up in Fox’s full-on marketing assault this time? Check. Maybe it’s a feeling of desperation to recapture my youth? Oh god… check. I got so into it, I belabored over the contents of a piece on X-Men stories that should be on film… and in doing so, I found myself needing to revisit a bunch of the classic Marvel back-issues.
One problem. All my back issues are stowed away, carefully bagged and boarded in my grandparents’ basement back in the Midwest. And as much as my grandfather would probably be willing to ship every single one of them to me via UPS ground – god bless him – I needed them at my fingertips, and pronto.
And then I discovered Marvel Digital Comics, which was an experience I can only imagine as akin to the first radio, television, or downloaded porn mpg…
Yes, Marvel has a site – Digital Comics Unlimited – where you can read a bunch of back issues that have been digitally scanned. It’s a very well made site with a great search engine (you can search mby title, artist, writer, etc.). It also allows you to create a personalized "Must Read List," which comes in handy for an obsessive compulsive like myself.
Another cool thing is the way they set up how you read the comics. Below is a video that shows you how to do it. I got stuck on the site for hours. It’s about $4.99 a month if you commit to a year subscription, and I think it’s well worth it. They don’t have everything, but they have quite a few of the classics that you’d never want to touch for fear of destroying your future child’s college fund with one fatally greasy fingerprint.