History of the Marvel Universe #4 History of the Marvel Universe #4 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Javier Rodriguez. Cover by Steve McNiven. Variant Cover by Javier Rodriguez.

From the Fantastic Four to the Death of Phoenix, witness the awe and majesty of the beginnings of the Modern Marvel Universe!

Rated T - 32 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale October 16th


What If? v2 TPB What If? v2 TPB - Written by Roy Thomas, Don Glut, Marv Wolfman, Steven Grant, Peter B. Gillis, Tom DeFalco, Bill Mantlo & More. Art by John Buscema, Herb Trimpe, Carmine Infantino, Tom Sutton, Pat Broderick, Alan Kupperberg, Gene Colan, Fred Kida & More. Cover by Herb Trimpe.

Classic tales of boundless imagination from the Marvel Multiverse!

Uatu the Watcher asks some of the biggest "What if?" questions of all - beginning with what if Conan the Barbarian walked the Earth today?!

Join Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos - in space! Consider the possibilities if someone else had become Nova! And find out what would have happened if Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel had remained villains!

Stephen Strange becomes a disciple of Dormammu, Spider-Man stops the burglar before Uncle Ben is killed, and the Avengers fight the Kree/Skrull War without Rick Jones!

But can you visualize a world in which Susan Storm marries Namor, the Sub-Mariner? Or one in which Doctor Doom becomes a hero?

Plus: What if the Hulk's girlfriend Jarella didn't die? And what if the radioactive spider bit Aunt May?!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #13-15 and #17-23.

Rated T - 376 pgs./$39.99 - On Sale October 2nd


Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 - Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Juanan Ramirez. Cover by Josemaria Casanovas. Variant cover by Alex Garner. Variant cover by Ron Lim. Variant cover by Ariel Olivetti.

THE OPENING SALVO FOR DECEMBER'S MAIN EVENT!

Something is stirring in the Negative Zone...something that the Marvel Universe isn't ready for!

Will Nova be able to assemble a team powerful enough to tackle this burgeoning threat, or is it already too late to stop its descent upon the galaxy?

For the Cosmos's greatest heroes, ANNIHILATION is only the beginning...

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./One-Shot/$4.99 - On Sale November 20th

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.


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. Kirby's version appeared as the cover to #7.

Special thanks to Mark Levy for the 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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