Rare New Warriors Sketch Cards

Cartoonist Fred Hembeck (Petey Parker, Marvel Age, Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe) has created wonderful New Warriors sketch cards. These one-of-a-kind trading cards depict the original 6 New Warriors in their costumes from New Warriors #1. They’re available now on eBay until the auctions end on April 13, starting at $6.99 each, so get them while you can. Click the image to be taken to each character’s auction page.

Fred Hembeck wrote and drew the first chronological appearance of Speedball in Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11 “With Babysitting Comes Great Responsibility!!”, one of his Petey stories of Peter Parker the future Spider-Man as a kid. He also wrote and drew Nova in a couple of issues of Marvel Age where Rich Rider explained his return and the name confusion with Frankie Raye. Nova by Hembeck also appeared in the Fantastic Four Roast.

J is for Justice

Artist/graphic designer Fabian Gonzalez has made a neat poster called ABC Superheroes. And our own Justice (aka Vance Astrovik) was used for the letter J, appearing alongside Superman, Batman, Wolverine and other iconic heroes.

Can you identify all of them?

If you’d like to add this unique appearance to your collection, you can buy different sized prints starting at $13.99, as well as hoodies, t-shirts and other goodies.

(Via Comics Alliance)

New Minimates: Nova, Cloak & Dagger

At this weekend’s American International Toy Fair in New York City, Art Asylum debuted their next series of Marvel Minimates. Toy news site Superhero Times has pictures from the trade show which show that the line-up will include Cloak & Dagger, as well as Nova in his current costume. The Nova Minimate appears to come with a replacement head of Richard Rider without his helmet. A Minimate of Rich’s occasional girlfriend Gamora is also part of the line-up. Release dates are not yet known. (UPDATED with better pictures)

See the Nova Minimate (close-up of Rich Rider head)

See the Cloak Minimate

See the Dagger Minimate

Nova action figure in January

The Nova Prime Page reported yesterday that the Nova action figure from Hasbro is currently scheduled for a January 2008 release as part of their Marvel Legends Series 4 line, priced at $14.99 each. The line was originally announced this past summer at the San Diego Comic-Con International with an intended December release.

The figure can currently be pre-ordered through Diamond Comics’ November catalog.

Nova action figure and tumbler

Hasbro’s 4th series of Marvel Legends action figures will feature Nova, according to Toyfare Magazine‘s website. The line is getting officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con International, which started today and continues until Sunday. The figures are scheduled for a December release. The line also includes Black Bolt of the Inhumans, the Punisher, Beast as seen in Astonishing X-Men, Tigra of the Avengers, and Daredevil in his original yellow costume. Each figure will come with a piece of a larger figure that, when assembled, forms Nemesis from the Age of Apocalypse event. Click on the picture for a closer look.

This marks the second time that an action figure of Richard Rider has been released, but technically the first time a figure of Nova has been released. The 1998 figure from the Silver Surfer line was called “Super Nova” to avoid confusion with a figure of the other Nova, Frankie Raye. Not the first time Rich’s name was altered because of Frankie. When The New Warriors first debuted, Rich’s super-identity was temporarily modified to Kid Nova for the same reason.

Also in the pipeline is a glass tumbler featuring Nova from PopFun Merchandising’s Toon Tumblers line. The tumbler comes in two variations: clear or frosted. Both will retail for $10.99 and will ship to stores in August. Originally previewed at the New York Comic-Con back in February, one has to wonder why we didn’t hear about this sooner. Come on Warrior fans, we’ve got to help each other out! Keep your eyes open.

Strange as it may sound, this isn’t the first time Nova has been on the side of a drinking cup. Back in 1977, the Human Rocket was featured on plastic cups sold exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores. This collectors item still shows up on ebay.

Other Nova merchandise of interest: A bust of Nova was released in 2005 by Bowen Designs.

Firestar bust coming in December

Diamond Select Toys is releasing a 6-inch bust of Firestar in her original costume. The bust, sculpted by Steve Kiwus, will include a Certificate of Authenticity and a hand-numbered base. Only 2,000 copies of the bust are being produced. A release date of late December ’07 has been announced, with a suggested retail price of $49.99.

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