Real Name
Richard Rider
First Appearance
Nova (Vol. 1) #1 (September, 1976)
Marv Wolfman, John Buscema
Team Affiliations
Nova Corps, Secret Avengers, United Front (Leader), New Warriors, Champions of Xandar, Secret Defenders, , Defenders, Defenders for a Day, Selects of the Phalanx
Bucket-Head, Human Rocket, Kid Nova, Nova Prime, Quasar, Nova #11249-44396
Base of Operations
Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Accuracy, Superhuman Durability, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Reflexes, Regenerative Healing Factor, Flight, Energy Generation, Connection to the Xandarian Worldmind
Skills and Abilities
Fighting Experience

Nova (Richard Rider) is a fictional superhero appearing in the Marvel Universe, historically as the star of his own series, and at other times, as a supporting character in team books such as The New Warriors. He is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, for which he gained superhuman abilities including enhanced strength, flight and resistance to injury.


Richard Rider was an average teenager who was given fantastic powers by an alien who was desperate to find a worthy candidate.  Rider then became Nova, fighting threats both on Earth and beyond.

Biography Edit

Richard Rider was born in Hampstead, New York to Charles and Gloria Rider.  Richard lead a normal life until he was a teenager when he was selected by Rhomann Dey, an alien centurion who was a member of the Nova Corps, to become a Nova Corps member.  Though Rhomann wasn't sure Richard was worthy, he was left with little recourse but to transfer his Nova powers to Richard, as he was dying at the time due to a battle with the space pirate Zorr