Remember that comic book promotion that Marvel unveiled at SXSW last month? The one that allowed fans to access 700 #1 issues of Marvel comic books for free?  The promotion was so popular that the servers crashed with everyone trying to download all those free goodies and many were left empty handed. Well, good news comic fans! ComiXology is resurrecting the promotion and announced today that it will be offering the digital comic books through their site!

So as not to have the same problems happening to them that happened before, ComiXology’s process for downloading these #1 issues will be processed differently.  According to the press release, you will need to sign up for a free account (if you don’t already have one for them) before 11:59 pm Tuesday, April 9. Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that lets you know that starting April 11, ComiXology will be sending out special invites to those who signed up in the order they signed up in. So even if you don’t get that invite link on Thursday, April 11, don’t worry! As long as you got that confirmation e-mail, you will still be able to download the comics.

There is a catch though. Once you receive your Marvel #1 invite, you only have 48 hours to choose your issues.  Hopefully that is plenty of time to download all the comic books you want as there are 700 to choose from! And if you need a little help, check here for some suggestions of what to choose.

This is a great opportunity to get all those first issues that you’ve always wanted to read! Yes, you only get the #1 issues but hopefully this is enough to get you hooked on (or hooked back in) to the joys of reading these periodicals! At least the Marvel and ComiXology hope it does.

So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and head over to ComiXology to sign up before time runs out!