Newspapers and magazines aren’t the only established publishers who’ve hung hopes for a revival on Apple’s iPad. Comic book makers hope to breathe life into such characters as Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk by beaming them on to Apple’s (AAPL) new tablet computer.
Disney’s (DIS) Marvel comics unit on Apr. 3 released an iPad comic book application that’s free to download from Apple’s App Store. The software lets fans buy digital versions of more than 500 Marvel comic books for $1.99 each. Readers use their fingertips to swipe through the crisply colored replications of the comics’ pages.