Real Name: Richard "Rich" Rider
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-57780)
Occupation: Crime-fighter, high school student
Group Membership: None (see comments)
Affiliations: Ginger (last name unrevealed, likely Jaye), Nova (name unrevealed - see comments), Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (all Earth-57780)
Enemies: Doctor Octopus, Mike (last name unrevealed, probably Burley), Zorr (all Earth-57780)
Known Relatives: mother, father (names
unrevealed) (all Earth-57780)
Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-57780)
First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories#41/1
Powers/Abilities: As a student, Richard Rider
was barely average intellectually and athletically. Once imbued with
Nova powers, Rider gained athletic prowess, plus superhuman strength
and dexterity. He can also fly very fast. His brain has been enhanced
to instantly compute maths (and likely received additional knowledge).
Through unrevealed means, his helmet receives news of trouble.
Weight: 145 lbs.
(Spidey Super Stories#41/2) - Richard Rider
contributed to his team's loss. He derided himself and was bullied by
Mike from his high school. Meanwhile, Nova in pursuit of the villainous
Zorr, found his foe hiding on Earth. Near death in his spacecraft, Nova
considered Rider to be a suitable successor to acquire his Nova powers.
(Spidey Super Stories#41/1 / 41/2) - From his
spaceship, Nova sent a force bolt containing Nova powers to Rider. The
bright blast hit him.
(Spidey Super Stories#41/2) -
Rider was knocked unconscious by the blast while at an ice cream shop
with his friend Ginger. He was taken to hospital. While he slept, the
original Nova linked with him telepathically and told him to serve
justice with his new powers. Rider recovered when his parents visited
and he returned to school, able to compute mathematics instantly due to
Nova powers. He went home and saw Spider-Man swing by, and, idolizing
the hero, wished he too could have super-powers. Suddenly he was
transformed into the new Nova. He rocketed through the air and caught
up with Spidey, who had caught a criminal. Nova and Spider-Man later
chatted, but both received signals of trouble. Spider-Man held onto
Nova as he rocketed to an energy plant at Storm King Mountain, where
they found Doctor Octopus and his henchmen about to black out New York
City. Although Octopus stunned Nova with a ray, the duo overcame the
villains and Nova freed the scientists. Spider-Man introduced Nova to
the ferry crowd and Nova carried Spidey back to the city.
Comments: Created by Mary A. Mintzer &/or Linda Karas &/or Michael Siporin (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks).
Physical stats are taken from his Earth-616 version,
as they look very much alike (except eye color).
Presumably he's part of the Nova Corps in his universe, but their existence was not revealed.
I get the impression Nova was supposed to re-appear
("This is just the beginning" quips Spider-Man), but by the time of
this SSS issue (July, 1979), the Nova comic of his Earth-616
counterpart had already been canceled (final issue: May, 1979).
Nevertheless, it looks like the artist used a lot of reference material
from the Nova #1 comic.
The original Nova appears to be the Earth-57780
counterpart to Earth-616's Rhomann Dey.
Zorr was never shown, but likely resembled his Earth-616 counterpart.
Although not shown, Nova (Rider) can likely turn back
into his student form, but it may be that, like Earth-57780's Hulk,
he's now permanently transformed.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Nova of Earth-57780 has no known connections to:
The original Nova had his planet destroyed by Zorr.
Piloting a spacecraft, Nova sought justice for this atrocity, but was
continue as he was dying. He searched for a
replacement, someone to pass his Nova powers to, on Earth, the planet
where Zorr had escaped to. Nova deemed Richard Rider a suitable
successor and linking telepathically, told Rider that he would receive
super-powers, which were beamed via Nova's ship as a force bolt.
--Spidey Super Stories#41/2
Spidey Super Stories#41, front cover (main image)
p5, pan3 (headshot)
p2, pan4 (original Nova)
Spidey Super Stories#41/1 (July, 1979) - Mary A. Mintzer &/or Linda Karas &/or Michael Siporin (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), A.J. Hays & Deborah November (editors)
Spidey Super Stories#41/2 (July, 1979) - Mary A. Mintzer &/or Linda Karas &/or Michael Siporin (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), A.J. Hays & Deborah November (editors)
First posted: 04/10/18
Last updated: 04/10/18
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