Offer For 700 Free Marvel Comics Pulled Due To Technical Difficulties

In what might seem a wee bit familiar to fans of a certain city-building video game, the folks at ComiXology have had to apologise for offering a product that their servers can't handle. Two days after the leading digital seller of comics announced a short-time offer for 700 free, downloadable first issues of Marvel comic books, the company has had to pull and postpone the sale.

"We expected a high degree of excitement for the Marvel initiative —- and had believed ourselves prepared —- but unfortunately we became overwhelmed by the immense response," ComiXology CEO David Steinberger said on the company's blog yesterday. "We're still struggling to keep our systems up." Basically, their servers couldn't keep up.

He says the offer will return when ComiXology is better prepared.

One wonders exactly what kind of response they were expecting when offering 700 free Marvel comics for iOS, Android and web browsers.

We'll let you know when the offer's back on.

A Message From The CEO [ComiXology]

Picture: The Amazing Spider-Man #33 cover


    +100 for the Amazing Spider-Man #33 cover art. One of Ditko's best books.

    I got about 100+ comics out of this before they shut it down, so I'm quite content.

    I managed to get about 10 or so, in between not being able to access the site/app ALL DAY. The servers must have melted right off the racks...

    I didn't get any of the 139 books I clicked on. Once Marvel pulled the sale all those books suddenly disappeared from my download queue and when I searched a few out they were back to paid books. The minimum they could have done is add the books as purchased and added them to the My Comics section for later download, but no, they've gone the bad publicity route and upset loyal customers.

      I 'think' I had about 50 of them, I got a confirmation email but have no idea how I am supposed to get access to them. When I tried it just kept taking me to the page to buy them again

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