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US comics fans can now use their iPhones' in-app purchase capability to download Marvel comics onto Apple's überpopular smartphones.

iPhone users in the UK and elsewhere? Not so lucky.

Three popular free iPhone apps support in-app Marvel downloads: Comixology, iVerse, and Panelfly Comics (App Store links).

Comixology has begun its Marvel offerings with a broad range of offerings from the Astounding X-Men, Captain America, Civil War, Marvel Zombies, X-23, and X-Men: Age of Apocolypse series, all available for $1.99.

iVerse adds titles from Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Man to its $1.99-per-download list, and Panelfly cuts that cost in two with 99¢ titles from the same series.

Comixology and Panelfly price discrepancy

Notice the price discrepancy? Don't get excited - it's only temporary

Wade Slitkin of Panelfly, however, tells The Reg that the 99¢ price will be only for the first few issues of each of the series. Then within that same series, the prices will match the $1.99 as charged by Comixology and iVerse.

Admittedly, most of the titles being offered are somewhat long in the tooth, but the addition of comic powerhouse Marvel is welcome in any case - and perhaps a portent that more-recent titles will soon find their way to a touchscreen handheld near you.

DC Comics, are you listening? ®

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