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Marvel releases popular comics for free amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 07th, 2020

Marvel has recently announced that it will be giving away a month of free access to some of its most popular comic books through its Marvel Unlimited subscription service.

The company is offering access to a curated list of 12 titles featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Captain America on Marvel Unlimited until Monday, May 4.

Among them are “Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1”, “Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate”, “X-Men Milestones: Dark Phoenix Saga” as well as “Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’S Most Wanted”, which will surely help you wait for the November release of the new “Black Widow” film.

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Comics lovers can access these free titles by downloading the Marvel Unlimited app via the Apple or Google Play app stores and select the “free comics” option on the landing page.

No payment information or trial subscriptions will be required for the selection of free comics, which will be updated monthly.

Meanwhile, Sotheby’s recently announced the private sale “DC Complete: The Ian Levine Collection”, offering comics lovers the opportunity to acquire every title released by American publisher DC Comics between 1934 and 2014.

The collection features more than 40,000 titles amassed over the decades by British DJ Ian Levine, with Richard Austin, Head of Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department in New York, describing it as “the holy grail for comics collectors.”

The Ian Levine collection notably includes first appearances of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, the Justice League of America, Lex Luthor, the Joker, Two Face and more.

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Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's…DC Complete: The Ian Levine Collection, an exclusive private sale offering of every issue released by American publisher DC Comics spanning nine decades from 1934 – 2014, including complete runs of Superman, Batman, Action Comics, and Detective Comics. Coinciding with the 81st anniversary of the release of Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, which featured the debut of Batman, the more than 40,000 comics in the collection also includes superhero icons Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman, as well as the Justice League series. Swipe for the first issues of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and view more now available on Sothebys.com. #SothebysBooks #Superman #Batman

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While the asking price of the Ian Levine collection has not been revealed, the auction record for a comic was achieved in 2014 when Action Comics #1 fetched $3.2 million (P161.7 million) on eBay.

Widely credited for marking the beginning of the Golden Age of comics, Action Comics No 1 is valued as the most expensive comic book in the world.

Copies of the comic book series have broken several sales records in the past, going under the hammer for $86,000 (P4.3 million) in 1992, $150,000 (P7.5 million) in 1997 and $1.5 million (P75.8 million) in 2010. JB

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