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

Mini-Busts and Statues:

Bowen Designs Nova Mini-Bust (Modern)

In September of 2010, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a modern Nova mini-bust as part of their Phase V products for Marvel. The mini-bust measured over 6.5 inches tall and was priced at $80 with an edition size of 800.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers and painted by Danno. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in May of 2011. It arrived in stores in September of 2011.


Bowen Designs Nova Statue (Modern)

In March 2008, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova statue in the modern uniform as part of their Phase IV products for Marvel. It was originally planned to be in a flying pose but later changed to a standing action pose. The statue measured over 14.5 inches tall and was priced at $175 with an edition size of 800.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in February of 2009. The statue arrived in stores in November of 2009.


Work In Progress - Sept. 2008

Work In Progress - Nov. 2008

Painted - Jan. 2009


Kotobukiya Nova Statue

In November 2008, Japanese statue manufacturer, Kotobukiya, announced they would be producing a Nova statue for Marvel. The statue measured over 15 inches tall and was priced at $175.

The statue also came with special enchancements. Those included special glow in the dark paint on the eyes and three energy regulators that are on the chest. The base of the statue had an LED light inside to give it an energetic glow! The Kotobukiya Nova statue had an edition size of 1,500.

It was designed and sculpted by sculptor Junnosuke Abe. Kotobukiya made the statue available for pre-order in January of 2009. The statue arrived in stores in June of 2009.


Bowen Designs Nova Statue (Classic)

In February 2008, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova statue in the classic uniform as part of their Phase IV products for Marvel. The statue measured over 12 inches tall and was priced at $170 with an edition size of 1,000.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in September of 2008. The statue arrived in stores in May of 2009.


Preliminary Sketch - Feb. 2008

Work In Progress - July 2008

Painted - Sept. 2008


Bowen Designs Nova Mini-Bust

In May of 2004, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova mini-bust as part of their Phase II products for Marvel. The mini-bust measured over 6 inches tall and was priced at $45 with an edition size of 3,000. The sculpture was designed and sculpted by Carl Surges. Later, Randy Bowen made some slight changes to the mini-bust. It arrived in stores in April of 2005.


The original design sketch for the mini-bust.


The first prototype of Bowen's Nova mini-bust.
The photo was released in July of 2004.



During the summer of 2004, Bowen Designs made some slight changes to the prototype and in September, they released the above photos. The changes includes a more golden paint on the body and a color scheme change on the base. Bowen Designs began accepting pre-orders on the mini-bust on September 24, 2006.


Between September and December, Randy Bowen made some changes to the mini-bust. These changes included replacing Nova's white lenses with eyes, a higher placement of the right arm and changing the full torso to a more traditional chiseled cut. The base was also painted black and the golden paint on the body became more yellow. This photo was released in December of 2004.



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