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E-book reader, portable telly, digital newspaper, big-screen games console, movie player - the iPad all of these incredibly well. It's also a darn fine comic viewer, its richly coloured, bright 1024 x 768 screen ideal for presenting sequential art.

Love comics? Here's Reg Hardware's quick guide to enjoying them on your iPad.

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Marvel's app contains recent material and some historic gems

The iTunes App store is already loaded with a number of programs from major comic publishers, including Marvel, IDW and Archie. Typically free of charge, the apps present their own iTunes-style comic shop, allowing you to browse, preview, buy and read the companies' offerings.

IDW also offers a number of franchise-specific apps: Star Trek and Transformers, for example.

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Comixology's Comics: buy from different publishers, big and small

DC is a notable absence, and while Dark Horse is represented on the App Store, it's currently only offering iPhone-formatted apps, each one presenting a specific title. In fact, there's a fair few of these ebook-as-app downloads available on the Store, many of them specifically for the iPad.

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