While promoting the new Marvel Unlimited App over at Gizmodo, Marvel’s Peter Phillips indicated that Marvel was updating most of his major titles when they were six months old:
The comics available through MU are all at least six months old, and while Marvel wouldn’t commit to every title making it into the service, SVP of Marvel Digital Peter Phillips told us most major titles “should be in there at six months; we’re pretty timely with that.”
I’ve downloaded the app. Let’s see what the most recent issues of the major titles are. It’s early March 2013, so I should be seeing August/September 2012 titles, right?
- Amazing Spider-Man #684, 4/18/12
- Avengers #25, 4/18/12
- Avengers X-Sanction #3, 2/1/12
- Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, 4/4/12
- Captain America #10, 4/11/12
- Captain America & (Bucky/Hawkeye/etc) #628, 3/28/12
- Daredevil #11, 4/25/12
- Deadpool #53 4/11/12
- Defenders #5, 4/18/12
- FF #18, 5/30/12
- Fantastic Four # 602, 1/25/12
- Ghost rider #9, 3/28/12
- Incredible Hulk #7, 4/18/12
- Invincible Iron Man #516, 5/2/12
- Journey into Mystery #636, 4/11/12
- New Avengers #25, 4/25/12
- Secret Avengers #24, 4/11/12
- Mighty Thor #12.1, 4/11/12
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9, 4/4/12
- Ultimate Comics X-Men #8, 2/29/12
- Uncanny X-Force #24, 4/4/12
- Uncanny X-Men #8, 3/7/12
- Venom #13.3, 2/22/12
- Wolverine #304, 4/11/12
- X-Factor #234, 4/18/12
- X-Men #27, 4/18/12
According to the browse feature on the Marvel Universe App, Marvel is pretty good at getting things up 11 months after it’s been in print. 6 months? I see no evidence of it. Mostly April issues.
Maybe the you don’t get to see the full content list until you buy a subscription? (Though that would seem silly.)
Maybe Marvel is about to put an extra 4-5 issues of all the major titles online in the near future and catch up?
I’m looking at the account screen, right now. It says “added as soon as 6 months after they hit stores.” Key words are “as soon as.”
If that’s as current as the issues really are and you wanted to call all this talk about 6 months after it hits the stores a wee bit misleading, I would not blame you.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.