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Amazon Adds Digital Comic Books to Its Content Super Team

The ComiXology iPad app
The ComiXology iPad app

The obese Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons now has a new target for his withering snobbishness: a little company called Amazon.com.

Amazon acquired ComiXology, a leading online hub for comics. The seven-year-old New York City-based startup offers 50,000 comics, from major publishers such as Marvel and D.C. Comics and a variety of independent publishers, on its website and via apps for all the major mobile phones and tablets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon,” said David Steinberger, the chief executive of ComiXology, in a statement. Added Amazon’s David Naggar: “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels.”