Origin of Nova Richard Rider
Real Name: Richard Rider
First Appearance: The Man Called Nova # 1 (September 1976)
Powers: As a member of the Nova Corps, Richard Rider has superhuman durability and strength. He can also fly, has the ability to understand almost any language, projects energy blasts, is telepathic, can create forcefields, is able to open wormholes, and is able to breathe underwater and in space.
Affiliation: Nova Corps, United Front, New Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders, Champions of Xandar, and Secret Avengers.
Did You Know? Richard Rider has been in possession of the Xandarian Worldmind.
A Little History
The origin of Nova Richard Rider is pretty straightforward.
Richard Rider first appeared in The Man Called Nova # 1 back in September of 1976. He was created by Marc Wolfman and John Romita Sr.
After the dying Xandarian Rhomann Dey was struck down in battle, he randomly chose Richard Rider as his heir to the Nova Corps. Now a member of the Nova Corps, Rider was suddenly pushed into a life he wasn’t prepared for. As a superhero, Rider was forced to come to blows with the likes of Condor, Photon, Sphinx, and Powerhouse.
Eventually, Nova learned that Xandar had been threatened by the Skrull Empire. He and a few others joined forces and pledged to help the planet. Together, the group successfully fought off the Skrulls. With the Skrull retreating and Xandar safe, Richard gave up his power and returned back to Earth.
Fast forward a few months and Richard was recruited by Night Thrasher to join his team of New Warriors. Richard, who believed he gave up his power when he left Xandar, told Night Thrasher that he couldn’t be of any help. Not willing to believe him, Night Thrasher tossed him from the top of a building. Richard’s freefall caused a surge of adrenaline to course through his body and as a result, his dormant Nova powers were reawakened.
And that’s it. The origin of Nova Richard Rider.