Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Step into the NOVA Year with some SABRA


I'm going to open up the New Year with something of a recap. I get the distinct impression that no one bothered to check out the Marvel Age 89 link to the Fred Hembeck two page spread for the Nova chronology a couple postings ago. That's a shame because when I read it I discovered some interesting things I probably should have known already.
Did you know that the original Nova series only lasted for 25 issues? Hard to believe considering the character's popularity today. It also puts things in perspective with Rom who's series lasted for 75 issues. The story line in Nova 25 (damn! I used to have that issue) didn't end with that issue but was actually continued in the pages of The Fantastic 4 and about a year and half later Richard Rider's adventures as Nova would come to an end (for the time being) in Rom 24 as you all know.

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Hat tip to Rick Hansen for sharing this with me. At first I wondered if this was some kind of photoshop none sense but after taking a closer look I'm more inclined to believe this is legit. No other information on this unfortunately.

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Here we have Sabra rockin the Jew fro look. Along with Misty Knight, Sabra is the only other heroine in the Marvel Universe who can make that style look good. The posting I found this cool fan art at was a fun read. The artist isn't that familiar with the Sabra character apparently but was never the less inspired to draw her anyways because of all the Bill Mantlo related stuff I'm always posting on this blog. What you see here is probably the easiest digital coloring job I've ever done but of course you can see the original line art at the posting link below. It's a good example of the sort of art work that's easy to color unlike that Torpedo piece I did a few postings ago
http://kimoyancey.blogspot.com/search?q=rom+



Behold, The King of Thessaly (K.o.T) has returned. On your knees dog!

20 comments:

  1. Wow those are the coolest chucks ever !!!! They do look real . Rad.

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  2. Now those really are some cool-ass shoes! Damn that ROM stitching is sweet!

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  3. Apparently The Man Called Nova placed 98th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time back in 2011. Who knew? I guess he really has come a long way. He's even an "amazing friend" in the new cartoon!
    I was always a fan because of New Warriors. That was always my introduction to the character. (I never had THAT one ROM issue back then!) and then all the times he was in a Spider-Man book. LOL! -VERSUS THE TRI-SENTINEL!!!

    Must. Have. ROMverse shoes!!! Must... Murder... ALL WHO STAND IN WAY!!!!!!
    (There is a ROM head on the tongue of the shoe too... It's some kind of commission piece- I saw it on Twitter. It's just paint-markers and black Sharpie: http://instagram.com/p/iSclF9GJT2/#)

    Ohhh, Sabra's Jew-Fro... We'll never see it's ilk again......

    HAHAHA!!! -Thanks for the warm-welcome! *spits water into the air* Excuse me- I must mosh now.

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    1. thanks for that link K.o.T. hopefully you'll have some luck finding that Rom issue during your dirt mall questing or when the flea market starts up again.

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    2. -Cool, you found another picture of the shoes! I haven't seen the OTHER foot! Damn, those are sweet. I'd be too afraid to ever wear/ruin them, though!
      Oh, I think I have that issue NOW... In fact- I was JUST at The Dirt Mall after Christmas and I got some comics- including ROM #63. I've found that it's a lot harder finding the later issues of the series. -The first half of the run seems to turn up all the time...

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    3. glad i decided to check this posting one last time before i hit the sack. yeah i got lucky and found this image too of those shoes it's much better then the first one i had. as for Rom 24 that's great if you have it but if you don't here's a review that's packed with lot's of clip art from the issue http://siskoid.blogspot.com/2008/10/spaceknight-saturdays-secret-invasion.html
      even though Dikto had started penciling the series by then there were other artists working on it too so the art was ok still by 63. but when 64 came around it was 100% Dikto and it looked like shit. more on that in this weekend's posting.
      i'll be working from sun up till late at night tomorrow so i probably won't get to go online again until before i go to bed. good to have you back K.o.T it wasn't the same with you.

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    4. I was also wondering sometimes whatever happened to him & am glad to see you around again, K.o.T.

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    5. Yea i would totally rock these shoes out for special nights.this guy did a killer job. When you posted that link of the front k.o.T. if you click his name there is a shot of the other shoe and them another of them both.he does reffer to them as CON .thanks for posting that link and glad your back . I too find the later issues harder to find 73,and 74 took long time to get.

      Shlomo good find on that other shot of them both .btw i did read that two page nova time line when you posted it

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    6. Joseph, you must have been one of those kids in class that always did their home work : )
      alright folks i'm off to work now talk to you all again in about 17 hours from now.

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    7. Actually I was the bully kid who took those kids answers.Im not proud of that and did change in my late teens.

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    8. -Intruder! INTRUDER!!!
      Shun the bully!!! Sssshhhunnn! ~SSSHHHUUUUUUNNNA!!!!!!

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    9. If wasnt really like that kot not like the 3 oclock high kind of bully.i had one bad year in middle school with home work (bad stuff at home) the kids who gave me the goods did so on their own will because i asked not by threats. maybe cuz i had a rep or the hottest chick in school was my gf that year.was a werid comming of age year .of course she dumped me that summer.i did all my own work all the years before and after that one year

      All joking aside bullying is no joke. Kids today have taken their lives over it. As a single parent i had to deal when it happen to my own child before .Now he is his school saftey ambassador. Their like one step above the saftey patrol. Their task is if they see bullying happen to ANY kid to disfuse and divert he situation with many peaceful methods. I fully support him in his desire to do that and something i am proud of. he is raised in the what would ROM do way !

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    10. I was just messin' with you, man...
      As far as bullying goes... shit, I'm sure that most people on here can identify with some of the following; I was reading comics when that was no where near the "popular" thing to do... I was playing video-games back when jocks made fun of you for it. I was into anime before it became the "in thing"... I listened to metal at a time when that meant you MUST be a devil worshiper... I got clothes from the thrift-store because my family was poor- not because I was trendy. -I liked science fiction, didn't play sports, was fat, wore glasses, etc... etc...
      Basically, I'm saying I was bullied my entire fuckin' childhood. But, honestly; I think I came out stronger because of it. My morals are clearly defined, I hold fast to things I enjoy- no matter what anyone has to say, and I am not overly sensitive to every little thing in life. Sure- it had the unfortunate side-effect of my being a self-righteous prick for a few years after... but I outgrew that...... mostly. *cough*

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    11. I never wore glasses or had weight issues but i can relate to most of that. i never got bullied much but looking back i wish i had stood up more to some of those fucken assholes. hey K.o.T is there a new video on the horizon?

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    12. Ha- you're not a nerd if you can't relate to at least ONE of those things! I'm King Dork.
      The glasses never bothered me- except the few times I had really horrible looking frames my Parents had picked... Always thought that was such a nonsensical thing to make fun of. As soon as I could buy my own, they were always cool. Man, I remember the first ones I got in High-school were (intentionally) identical to the ones Henry Rollins wore in the Liar video. THOSE got me made fun of the most- I'm like fuck you all- you don't GET it!
      Then I had a wire frame pair with round lenses I thought looked SO anime. Shit- I'm rockin' Armani these days! Like a PIMP! Glasses are cool.
      Never had weight issues? -You lucky fuck! Hahaha- my entire family is fat- on both sides! I never had a fucking chance!!! Even at my skinniest- I've still been kinda chubby. My genes are wreaked!

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  4. I put up a short video a few days ago- but it's just an advertisement for my new blog I'm doing- here on BlogSpot, actually! -Finally made the move. It doesn't feel like a shameless plug- since you asked! Thanks.
    It's all about comic books- updated daily for now... I've got the first 10 posts already scheduled in the queue. Figure I read enough comics- I want to share the little things with people!
    http://littlethingsincomics.blogspot.com/
    The first three or four are actually older posts- ported over, but I doubt they've ever been seen- that old blog site SUCKED.

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  5. I admit I didn't re-read the Hembeck Nova bit. (I read it back in the day.) That's because I purchased the Essential Nova TPB. But to tell the truth, I had a hard time getting through it. I don't know if it's because the stories are not that great, or they simply weren't written to be read in large chunks, or the lack of color, but I've had a hard time getting through all three of the Essentials I've bought. (The others were Savage She-Hulk and Super-Villain Team-Up.) The main problem with reading them in large chunks is the recapitis they suffer from. That is, each issue constantly recapping previous issues, which isn't needed when you've got the whole series in one book. If you've ever re-read Rom, you've probably noticed it suffers from this problem, too.

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    1. i could be wrong but i wanna say that recaping routine was something of an 80s thing.

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    2. It was a thing in comics for a long time. Sometimes it's just done better than others. Marvel tried to circumvent it by introducing a recap page inside fold-out covers for a while, but it didn't stick. Even so, you don't see it as much today because sometimes writers "write for the TPB" and because the lack of spinner racks full of comics at the corner store makes it less likely "every issue is someone's first."

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    3. yeah i've got a few Avengers and X-Men issues that do that fold out recap. i think most stuff reads better as individual issues one at a time. there are exceptions like anything written by jonathan hickman which is more enjoyable reading as a trade. but fuck him just the same for what he did in Infinity last year.

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