Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC - Written by Jim Starlin. Art by George Perez & Ron Lim. Cover by George Perez.

For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail - the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else.

With it came omnipotence: absolute control of all aspects of time, space, power, reality, the mind and the soul. But his gaining of supreme might meant the beginning of a dark nightmare for the entire universe.

Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth's super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god's insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.

Should the heroes fail, the astral gods of the universe wait to step into the fray. But in such an awesome cosmic conflict, will anyone survive?

It's one of the greatest blockbusters of all, from cosmic maestro Jim Starlin, the legendary George Perez and fan-favorite Ron Lim!

COLLECTING: INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) 1-6

Rated T - 256 pgs./$29.99 - On Sale July 1st


What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB - Written by John Byrne, Bill Mantlo, Tom DeFalco, Alan Weiss, David Anthony Kraft, David Michelinie, Rich Margopoulos, Alan Kupperberg, Alan Zelenetz, Peter B. Gillis & Mark Gruenwald. Art by John Byrne, Mike Vosburg, Arvell Jones, Alan Weiss, Paty Cockrum, Dan Reed, Alan Kupperberg, Ron Wilson, Butch Guice, Marc Silvestri, Ron Frenz, Bob Hall, Mark Gruenwald, Sal Buscema & Kelley Jones. Cover by Michael Golden.

More alternate-reality questions are answered!

Imagine a world where the Fantastic Four never gained their powers - or one where Stephen Strange never became Master of the Mystic Arts!

Consider the fates of the Thing and the Beast if they continued to mutate - or Spider-Man if Uncle Ben had lived!

Picture Conan the Barbarian meeting Thor - or finding himself stranded in the 20th century for good!

The Hulk goes berserk, Susan Richards dies in childbirth, Nova makes a life-changing decision and Galactus turns the Silver Surfer back into Norrin Radd!

But what if Loki had found Mjolnir before his brother - and what if the Marvel Universe ceased to exist?!

Plus: Thought-provoking tales featuring Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers and more!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #36-47.

Rated T - 488 pgs./$39.99 - On Sale July 1st


Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal. Cover by Ivan Shavrin. Marvel Zombies Variant Cover by Mico Suayan.

The true Guardians have formed at long last - and their first mission is to defend a vital energy pipeline from a gang of unscrupulous ecoterrorists...

...including a rogue Nova, Moondragon's otherdimensional doppelganger, and a raccoon in a suit. And if you think you know where that's going... remember one thing.

This is the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It can always get worse.

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale July 15th

Below are various Nova appearances which have never been published or rarely seen. To see a larger version of the art or the script's text, click on the link.


Alex Ross X-Trilogy Nova Sketches

This a model sheet detailing Alex Ross's sketch versions of Nova for X Trilogy. The alternate universe trilogy consisted of Earth X, Universe X, and Paradise X.

Nova does not appear in Earth X but makes appearances in various issues of Universe X and Paradise X.


Daniel Acuna Perez's Model Sheet for Annihilus Nova

This a model sheet done by Daniel Acuna Perez for his Annihilus Nova character! Nova Annihilus was part of the Infinity Watch team in the Avenge The Earth story arc in Uncanny Avengers #22.


Chris Batista's Art for DnA's First Nova Series Attempt

A few years before the Annihilation series, creators Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Chris Batista pitched a Nova series to Marvel.

Here is a piece of the artwork Chris put together for their proposal.

For more info on the unpublished series along with additional art, download Rocket Boosters #2!


Erik Larsen's Seasons Greeting Banner

Over on Erik Larsen's Facebook page, he posted some older artwork he had done at Marvel.

Included was a Seasons Greetings banner. Nova was part of the E in Seasons!!


John Romita's contribution to The Man Called Nova #1

On a Facebook post, Marv Wolfman revealed this interesting info about The Man Called Nova #1:

"A never revealed fact about the art on page one. John Buscema originally drew an indoor basketball court and Nova was not on the page. When Stan saw the book he said since this was a first issue and Nova doesn't appear until page 9, we should find a way to see him as soon as possible.

I took page one to John Romita, who was in-house, and had him to remove the interior gym since the top half of the page had nothing of importance in it apart from mostly empty bleacher seats. He then added the large Nova figure and a few trees, and suddenly a great shot of Nova was seen as soon as you opened the book.

So yes, John Romita drew most of that page."


Unpublished Twinkie Ad with Nova and Thor

This is a photostat of an unpublished Twinkies ad featuring Nova and Thor.

The ad appears to be the work of Walt Simonson, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, and Al Milgrom (their signatures appear at the bottom of the photostat).


Marvel ad in Variety Magazine

The May 16, 1979 issue of Variety magazine featured a full page ad promoting Nova (along with other Marvel heroes) as a character available for movie and television productions.


Unpublished story by Alan Kupperberg

These pages are from an unpublished story by Alan Kupperberg for the original 'The Man Called Nova' series. The story features Nova fighting space spores on board the Nova Prime Starship and includes the P.R.I.M.E. computer.

According to Alan Kupperberg, this was "an unpublished fill-in issue of Nova, which was later published as an issue of Iron Man". The Iron Man issue appears to be Iron Man #157.


Model Sheet for Sam Alexander Nova

In the Previews for items shipping in February 2013, it featured a model sheet done by Ed McGuinness for the Nova series with Sam Alexander as Nova.


Model Sheet for Hasbro's Nova Figure

This appears to be a model sheet done by Mike Deodato, Jr. for the Hasbro Nova action figure in 2012.


Convention Giveaway for the Nova 2007 Series

Prior to the release of Nova #1 (2007), Marvel printed a preview of the series to be given out at comic conventions. The giveaway was four pages long including the cover and back cover (pictured).

The two remaining pages contained a written summary of the events of Annihilation and a single page from Nova #1.


Unpublished Cover from Nova (2007)

This is an unused original cover to Nova #17 v4. The artwork for this cover to #17 was done by Paul Davidson!


Unpublished Cover to The Man Called Nova #7

This is the unused original cover to The Man Called Nova #7 by Dave Cockrum! On the cover, you can see the notes from Marv Wolfman to Jack Kirby. Wolfman gave Kirby the work done by Cockrum with instructions on how he wanted a new version of the cover to look. The second image is the note from John Verpoorten to Kirby. The final image is the penciled version by Jack Kirby. Kirby's version appeared as the cover to #7.

Special thanks to Mark Levy for the first scan!!


Unpublished Art from New Defenders

This is an unpublished page to what appears to be a New Defenders series that never made publication. The art is by former Nova: The Human Rocket artist Joe Bennett. The art features Namorita and BOTH Novas (Rich Rider and Frankie Raye)!

Joe recalls: "This was a tryout for a new series called THE NEW DEFENDERS. It was a crazy dream of a mad man, that I did for a friend. In the end to all this was a great big NO to the dream. I did two pages and a cover, I think almost 11 years ago (around 1997). It was never published by Marvel, they ignored it."

Special thanks to Peter Legare for the scan!!


Origin Of Nova's Starbursts.

In an e-mail exchange with Nova fan Andy Mokler, Nova's creator Marv Wolfman revealed the meaning of the three starbursts that are on Nova's chest. Marv explained that "They symbolize the three worlds of his solar system that created the Nova Corps."

In a follow-up e-mail, I asked Marv about the big starburst on Nova's back and if it perhaps symbolized the sun of the Tranta System (the solar system of Xandar). Marv's response to me was "No. it was just a design element, like Spider-Man's back spider."

Special thanks to Andy for sharing his information!!!


Unpublished Villain From Nova's First Series.

Issue #15 of Marvel's official magazine, FOOM, talked about Marv Wolfman's early plans for Nova. It mentions that Nova was going to battle a villain tentatively named Disastro. Based on the magazine's description, this appears to have been the original name for Megaman.


Nova artwork from the 1993 Marvel Super Heroes card.

This is the artwork used in the 1993 Marvel Super Heroes card set. It was featured on the back of the Nova card (#19) which, in turn, was part of the nine cards that made up the New Warriors subset (see below). Art by Darick Robertson. This artwork is courtesy of marvel.com.


Jim Shooter's Avengers/Korvac Sequel Outline

This is the 19-page outline for Jim Shooter's sequel to the Avengers' Korvac Saga. Nova was to have a prominent role in the story. It featured the death of Rich Rider and the passing of the Nova Force to a new Nova!


Full Artwork For The New Warriors Cards

This is the full artwork used for the New Warriors cards in the Marvel Super Heroes card set. The nine-cards made up the New Warriors subset. This artwork is courtesy of marvel.com. Art by Darick Robertson. Thanks to David Gallaher for his assistance with the information!


Nova Pin-Up Art

This art piece by Chuck Wojeck was used in the 1998 role-playing game called the "Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game" which was published by TCR using the SAGA game rules. This artwork is courtesy of marvel.com. Thanks to Corey Blake and David Gallaher for the information about the art!


Deadpool Almost Destroys The Marvel Universe

This is page 2 from a Deadpool inventory story by Jim Caliafore. This art comes courtesy of the incredible X-Men web site; X-Fan. Of the available art, Nova is only seen in the page shown here.


Nova #1 v.3

This is an unused page from Nova #1 of Erik Larsen's Nova series (v3). The pencils are by Joe Bennett and features Nova rescuing a young woman who fell from a building!


Nova #5 v.3

This is an unused splash page from Nova #5 of Erik Larsen's Nova series (v3). The pencils are by Coy Turnbull!


Nova #8 v.3

This is the unpublished cover of Nova #8 from Erik Larsen's Nova series (v3). The pencils are by Erik Larsen and inks are by Jerry Ordway. The cover features Nova battling Red Raven and his army of bird men.


Marvel Comics Superheroes #1

Marvel Comics Superheroes #1 was a Style Guide from 1977 which was never published. The cover contains an collage of Marvel heroes taken from previously published art. The style guide folded out into 3 pages containing almost 40 different shots of Marvel heroes, including their logos!



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