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Full Name: Richard Rider
First Appearance: Nova #1 (September 1976)
Created by: Marv Wolfman, John Buscema
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Good
Status: Unknown
Place of Birth: Hempstead, New York
Citizenship: American
Base: Mobile
Affiliations: Formerly Secret Avengers
Nova Corps.
United Front
New Warriors
Champions of Xandar
Secret Defenders
Powers/Abilities: Flight, superhuman strength, durability, and speed
Able to exert influence over gravitational forces and open wormholes
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Unique Features: {{{18}}}

Richard Rider (of Earth-616), also known as Nova, is a member of the Nova Corps, and a comic book ally superhero in the Marvel universe.


Early lifeEdit

Upon becoming a member of the an intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, he gained superpowers including enhanced strength, flight, and injury resistance. He also wears a specialized uniform with life support.

Nova debuted in Nova #1 (Volume 1)in 1976, written by Wolfman and drawn by John Buscema. Wolfman intended the teenage character to be an homage to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Spider-Man.


After going to the Cancerverse to save the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos had summoned Death to destory the Cancerverse. Nova and Star-Lord remained to stop Thanos from destorying any more realities. Nova, Star-Long and Thanos, were thought dead, with a statue built in the heroes memory. Thanos and Star-Lord were found out to be alive, meaning Nova could also be.

What if?Edit


  • Peter Parker, paralyzed in this reality due to the spider-bite that gave him his powers in the true Marvel Universe, is bitter at the world due to his useless legs and his Aunt May's death from shock after she first learned about his paralysis. When he acquired the Nova powers, Peter flew home to reveal his good fortune to his Uncle Ben, only to surprise the burglar when he was attempting to rob the house, resulting in the burglar's bullet ricocheting off the Nova armor and killing him. Stricken with grief at his role in a man's death, Peter throws the costume away vowing never to use it again.


IGN ranked Nova as the 98th greatest comic book character, calling Nova a blend of Spider-Man and Green Lantern. They also stated that Nova experiences a growth into maturity through the Annihilation Wave storyline where Nova embraced his destiny as a premier defender of a battered galaxy.


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    His costume's internal computer includes a music library.
  • Nova shares the nickname "Buckethead" with fellow Warrior Darkhawk.
  • Nova has been mad at the Avengers for not joining and refused to be shown up by them, often taking the situation to his own hands. He has been called a "bush-league trying to make it in the majors" by one of the committee who were making the show.

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