Buy Marvel in print, get digital for free

You'll soon be able to get the digital adventures of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and other Marvel Comics superheroes for free when you buy a print version of the comic.

More than 30 Marvel Comics published in June will include a coupon for a free digital copy when you buy the $3.99 print version. Shown here is the cover art for Avengers Assemble 4, one of the books on the coupon list and exclusively revealed to CNET. (Art by Mark Bagley.) Marvel Comics

If you're one of those people who loves the tactile feel of a physical comic book and the convenient portability of a digital comic, Marvel Comics wants to make it easier for you to get your hero on.

The publishing company revealed today a plan to include a free digital coupon with all paper comics priced $3.99. Starting in June, books such as "Avengers versus X-Men," "Spider-Men," "Invincible Iron Man," and "Ultimates" will include the coupon. For some readers, you'll no longer have to choose between print or digital for Marvel's big-ticket titles. For other readers, like CNET's Bonnie Cha, this is unlikely to sway them since they're interested mostly in reading only the digital copies .

Not all Marvel books will have the dual-copy deal, but the ones that do will cover all of Marvel's top-shelf comics. The full list of the June titles that will offer the deal is below. Currently, books that cost $3.99 retail at that price in digital and in print. Marvel has yet to reveal a similar value incentive for readers who prefer digital-only, but it wouldn't be surprising if the company came up with one sooner rather than later given their recent history of incentivizing their comics.

One of the more unique aspects of this deal is that, in the history of entertainment media moving from physical-only to both physical and digital, rarely has a publisher been so active in keeping print sales high while simultaneously promoting the digital copy.

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #51
  • AVENGERS #27
  • AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #4
  • AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #5
  • AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #6
  • AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #8
  • AVX: VS #3
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #13
  • DEFENDERS #7
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #10
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #9
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #518
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #519
  • MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #3
  • MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #4
  • NEW AVENGERS #27
  • SECRET AVENGERS #28
  • SPIDER-MEN #1
  • SPIDER-MEN #2
  • THE MIGHTY THOR #15
  • THE MIGHTY THOR #16
  • ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #11
  • ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #12
  • ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #13
  • UNCANNY X-FORCE #26
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #13
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #14
  • WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #12
  • WOLVERINE #308
  • X-MEN #30
  • X-MEN #31
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