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Independent comics publisher Image Comics announced today that they would be releasing the entire run of their seminal Spawn title across a variety of digital comics platforms.
The move, intended to commemorate the release of the 250th issue of the Todd McFarlane-created character, sees the publisher making all 250 issues available online for the first time.
After a span of several years which has seen both of the Big Two publishers relaunch every one of their mainstay titles, Spawn is currently the highest-numbered monthly super hero series from any publisher.
The price point of the bundles may seem cause a bit of sticker shock, but they represent a significant drop in individual issue price. At $99.99 for the first 124 issues, each issue comes in at only $1.25 per issue. Outside of sale events which drop the price to $0.99, most back issues go for their original cover price on sites like ComiXology.
Sales on Spawn have seen a substantial decline in recent years, but Image is undoubtedly hoping that this maneuver brings a resurgence of interest in the once market-dominating title.
[FROM THE ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE]
SPAWN LIBRARY DEBUTS IN DIGITAL FORMAT
WITH A MONSTROUS 250 ISSUES
And comiXology offers exclusive bundles
Image Comics and Todd McFarlane Productions are pleased to announce that the entire 250-issue library of SPAWN, the classic series created by Image Comics co-founder and President Todd McFarlane, is now available in digital format for the first time ever. SPAWN will be available to fans on comiXology.com, iBooks, Google Play, and imagecomics.com.
SPAWN #250 marks a huge milestone for McFarlane, who first released SPAWN #1 in 1992. SPAWN is one of the longest running independent comic books in history and now fans can immerse themselves in 23 years and 250 issues of SPAWN with the simple swipe of a fingertip.
“For fans waiting to jump back into Spawn, this is the perfect time,” said McFarlane. “Issue #250 marks the long anticipated return of the original Spawn, Al Simmons.”
And as if the long-awaited digital release of one of the most beloved creator-owned comics series wasn’t enough to thrill fans, comiXology will offer exclusive bundling—for a limited time—providing SPAWN fans with an easy, discounted opportunity to enjoy the whole collection.
From February 4-9, customers can choose from the following bundles:
SPAWN issues #1-124 for $99.99: bit.ly/1-125
SPAWN issues #125-250 for $99.99: bit.ly/125-250
SPAWN issues #1-250 for $174.99: bit.ly/1-250
Included with each bundle purchase is exclusive content from issue #250 featuring behind-the-scenes material that is not available anywhere else in digital or print format.