PlayStation Digital Comics trumpets arrival of DC

On the heels of DC Comics' big announcement this morning, Sony has issued its own release emphasizing the availability of the publisher's titles on the PlayStation Digital Comics service for PlayStation Portable.

Launched in December 2009, the PlayStation upgraded its digital comics reader just this week with features that include collection browsing, an Autoflow Viewer and left-to-right reading for manga.

In addition to many of the initial offerings available through Apple's iTunes App Store, PlayStation Digital Comics carries PlayStation Network-exclusive titles like Free Realms, God of War, Resistance and Superman/Batman.

Watch the PlayStation-produced trailer trumpeting the arrival of DC Comics here, and read the press release after the break. The PlayStation blog has additional details.

DC Comics Titles Coming to PlayStation(R)Network for PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable)

Download, Read and Enjoy Batman, Superman and Many Other Iconic Characters on Your PSP™ Today

Exclusive DC Comics Content Available on PlayStation®Network Digital Comics Service

FOSTER CITY, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the availability of DC Comics on the PlayStation Network digital comics service for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable). An initial selection of over 80 DC titles can be downloaded from PlayStation®Store immediately priced from $0.99 to $2.99 per issue that include Batman: Hush, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Fables: Legends in Exiles and Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories, as well as comics that are exclusive to PlayStation Network such as Free Realms, God of War, Resistance, and Superman/Batman. Lastly, DC Comics is offering users a free 10-page preview of the 700th issue of Superman available on the PlayStation Network digital comics.

DC Comics is the largest English-language comic book publisher in the world. In 1938, they introduced Superman to the world, followed afterwards by Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and many others. Today, they publish nearly 1000 issues a year – and will now be going digital with PlayStation.

"Outside of my work as a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, I'm an avid gamer," said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. "Making our comics available through Sony's PlayStation Network digital comics offers a perfect opportunity for us to reach a new, different kind of reader."

"PlayStation Network digital comics has been incredibly popular since its release last year, and we're excited to have some of the comic book world's most iconic characters from DC Comics among them," said Susan Panico, senior director, PlayStation Network, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "As we remain dedicated to providing users with the most comprehensive entertainment experience, we're excited to be working with DC Comics to expand our growing library of comics and further solidify PlayStation Network as the premier entertainment destination."

Launched in December 2009, the hugely successful PlayStation Network digital comics brings the brightness and excitement of fan-favorite comics to the screen of every PSP model, including PSP™go. With accessibility from any Wi-Fi hotspot, users have access to a catalog of over 1600 classic and new comics to download from PlayStation Store. With Autoflow, readers can read comics frame by frame, zooming in and out all at the touch of a button, the way the artist intended.

PlayStation Network digital comics is available for all PSP models by downloading the latest firmware (6.20) and selecting the 'Digital Comics' icon under the 'Extras' column on PSP's XMB menu. Once the 'digital reader' is downloaded, users are able to explore a huge and ever-growing range of more than 1600 comics, download and read them. Users can access PlayStation Store either directly on their PSP or via Media Go on their PC.

PlayStation Network digital comics for PSP is available in PlayStation Store for the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and will be rolled out to further territories later this year. To learn more about what comics are available, visit the PlayStation Blog, Twitter and www.playstationcomics.com.

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