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Marvel releasing some 700 No. 1 issues digitally

MATT MOORE
March 10, 2013
This image provided by Marvel Entertainment shows the cover of the first issue of "Uncanny Avengers." In comics, the first issue is where the story starts and the legend begins. Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday, March 10, 2013, via its app and website. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment)
This image provided by Marvel Entertainment shows the cover of the first issue of "Uncanny Avengers." In comics, the first issue is where the story starts and the legend begins. Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday, March 10, 2013, via its app and website. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment)

In comics, the first issue is where the story starts and the legend begins.

For readers, a print copy of issue one can be hard to find and expensive to buy. But those rules don't apply to tablets, laptops and smartphones.

Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday via its app and website.

David Gabriel, senior vice president of sales, says the titles go from the 1960s Silver Age to contemporary issues with characters including Wasp, Mr. Fantastic, Power Man and Iron Fist.