NEW YORK – To honor President’s Day and President Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Marvel Comics will be celebrating all weekend long with the launch of two major exclusive events at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited that will put both Presidents Lincoln and Obama in the Marvel Universe spotlight. The Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited destination can be accessed through www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/presidents.
In honor of President Lincoln’s 200th birthday this month, Marvel will release Gettysburg Distress, an exclusive 6-page free digital comic featuring Spider-Man and Captain America as they witness Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address. A tribute to the Bicentennial of the 16th President, the storyline – which is being written by Matt Fraction with art by Andy MacDonald – will be available online beginning President’s Day, Monday, February 16, 2009.
Additionally, following the milestone 5th printing and unprecedented continued demand for Spidey Meets the President, in which President Obama joins Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #583, Marvel will kick off President’s Day weekend by offering the special storyline – along with added never-before-seen bonus content – for free on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Four all-new, exclusive prologue pages have been added to the storyline — created by the same team behind the original blockbuster (written by Zeb Wells and art by Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata). The book will be available beginning Friday afternoon, February 13, 2009 at www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/presidents. All five variant covers created for each printing of the Amazing Spider-Man #583 issue featuring the Spidey Meets the President storyline will also be available to view at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.
“We were completely blown away by the overwhelming response to the Spidey Meets the President storyline. Comic book shops have not been able to keep it on shelves, so we thought it would a fitting way to celebrate President’s Day by offering free online access to all fans to view and read the storyline – including some exclusive new content – only at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited,” says Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Publishing. “And in celebration of President Lincoln’s historic Bicentennial, we could think of no better tribute in the Marvel Universe than to have Spider-Man and Cap honoring one of his enduring legacies, the Gettysburg Address.”
Both comics can be viewed for free at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, Marvel’s innovative online subscription service, accessible at www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/presidents.
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