iPad apps coming from MTV, Marvel, more

Brands include 'Mythbusters,' 'Dora the Explorer'

MTV Networks, Discovery Communications, Yahoo and Marvel announced iPad apps to expand their most popular brands to Apple's latest headline-grabbing gadget.

On the eve if the iPad's debut in U.S. stores, MTV Networks announced apps for Nickelodeon, VH1 Classic and MTV. The apps include comedy and gaming apps for brands such as "Beavis and Butt-Head" and "Dora the Explorer."

Discovery announced an app in conjunction with its hit show "Mythbusters," giving users short-form video content, behind-the-scenes clips and games.

Yahoo is making available its entertainment portal on the iPad, giving users a way to access TV guide listings, news and original video content.

But the most impressive-sounding new iPad app is from Marvel. The app is putting high-resolution renditions of 500 Marvel comic books, from classics to modern issues, onto the device -- including "Iron Man, "Captain America," "Thor," "Spider-Man" and "Hulk."

"We're excited to introduce an unparalleled digital comic experience to our fans with the Marvel Comics App for iPad," said Dan Buckley, publisher and CEO of Marvel Publishing. "The iPad is the first device that offers us a chance to present digital comics that are even close to replicating the experience of reading a print comic."

The app also includes a comic book shop locator. Individual comics are priced at $1.99 each, with more arriving every week. A few titles will be free for a limited time, such as "New Avengers" #1, "Captain America" #1, "Invincible Iron Man" #1 & "Thor "#1.