As you know from posts like this, I've been tracking down GIT's DVD-ROM collections of Marvel comics so I can legally own digital comics of the characters I love. While these discs aren't perfect, they're a terrific way of owning decades worth of comics for a decent price. According to Snell's blog post yesterday, it looks like Marvel is getting into the DVD-ROM act now as an addition to their Digital Comics Unlimited service.
In September, Marvel will issue the DVD Digital Comic Book Archives beginning with Iron Man and Hulk for $29.99. What does your $30 ($25 if you can finagle a discount) get you? Exclusive "Marvel Digital Comics Reader" versions of the first 50 historical appearances of each character plus "bonuses galore." That's 50-60 cents a comic, which isn't terrible but a far cry from the 5-6 cent price point from the GIT collections.
Personally, I'm rather torn. As Snell pointed out Sunday, the Marvel Digital Comics Reader versions are gorgeous! They are clean and incredibly vibrant in color without any of the details lost to age or paper issues. Also, I'm very curious as to what these bonus features will be. I don't really care to read company-produced bios but it would be pretty cool if say an episode or ten of the old Marvel Superheroes cartoon were put on there. I'm not holding my breath but it would be cool.
Given the reasonable price point, I may go ahead and order these. If I don't like them, then I know a couple of folks who would.