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Marvel Unlimited Edition: After Steve Gerber

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it’s disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it’s also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

Steve Gerber died in 2008, but his work is still casting a shadow over contemporary comics -- it's a good bet that Guardians of the Galaxy and The Defenders wouldn't be what they are now without him, for instance, and the biting, off-kilter tone of his writing has found its way into the central stream of superhero comics. Here are a couple of ingenious variations on projects he co-created, as well as a posthumously published jewel.

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Marvel Unlimited Edition: (G)Roots Of The Guardians Of The Galaxy

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it’s disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it’s also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

Two spin-offs of Guardians of the Galaxy launch in recent weeks: The Legendary Star-Lord and the already-surprise-hit Rocket Raccoon. Marvel Unlimited's got a fairly thorough, if not quite complete, selection of most of the Guardians' previous appearances, especially the ones in the Annihilation/Annihilation: Conquest/Annihilators sequence. But their prehistory is worth digging into, too, and there's some choice proto-Guardians material in the archive.

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Marvel Unlimited Edition: Fin Fang Foom

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it's disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it's also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

In today's edition: Who needs Godzilla when you've got Fin Fang Foom? One of the most ridiculous of the many monsters Stan Lee and Jack Kirby dreamed up in the pre-Fantastic Four era, the giant green (or maybe orange) dragon was first revived in 1974, and has shown up on a fairly regular basis over the past couple of decades. Sometimes (as in Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen's Iron Man) he's taken very seriously; sometimes (as in Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's nextwave) he's not. Here are some of his most entertaining appearances in the Unlimited archives.

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Link Ink: ‘Avengers Alliance’ Gets ‘Cap 2′ Characters, A ‘Marvel Unlimited’ Sale And A Custom DBZ B-Day Anime

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It's time for Tuesday links, right after the jump.

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Link Ink: ‘The Wolverine’ Samurai Poster, Ultraman Ginga And ‘Tiger & Bunny’ Manga

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Movies: Wolverine adds another blade to his arsenal in the latest "Samurai" The Wolverine international movie poster.

Upcoming: Marvel Entertainment and Disney-ABC have released Nimit Malavia's Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen cover. The OUaT TV series tie-in is due

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Marvel ‘#1′ To Supply Fans With More Than 700 Free Digital Comics Through Tuesday

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Hardcore Marvel fans may want to clear their schedules through Tuesday, because as announced today at SXSW 2013, the publisher is posting more than 700 of its #1 issues to read for free on the Marvel Comics app and through the Marvel Webstore (a.k.a. Marvel Unlimited) for a limited time. Set to run from today, March 10 through 11 p.m. EST on March 12, "Marvel #1" is designed to give fans maximum comics context for th

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‘Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited’ Is Now ‘Marvel Unlimited’ On iOS

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Today at SXSW in Austin, TX, Marvel Comics officially announced the rebranding of its web-based Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited subscription service as simply, "Marvel Unlimited." The name change signals the launch of a new Marvel Unlimited iOS app, which gives users acces

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