Sort of a Way Back Wednesday. Back in 2008, one of my first blog posts read something like this: "Nova! The Human Rocket! If you are old enough to remember the mid-70's, you might remember an un-remarkable comic produced by Marvel of the same name. I loved it! It only lasted 25 issues and Marvel has tried to re-introduce him several times since, but they all met with cancellation as well. When he started out, he was like Peter Parker without his brains. Making him even more of a loser who suddenly gets super-powers from a dying alien while having a soda in an ice-cream shop!! Sound corny?? Yeah, but I recently read an interview with his creator (Marv Wolfman, who also co-created the New Teen Titans for DC comics and had THAT adapted to a cartoon series.) and he stated that Nova was created for kids. For the same type of reader that loved Spider-Man at the same age. Then it really hit me how cool he would be for a cartoon!" And this was a year before Disney bought Marvel, and eleven years before Disney + launched!! It makes even MORE sense now!
I toyed with the idea of doing more with Nova several times and some eagle-eyed folks out there even pointed the drawings out and how I was using Wart from Disney's Sword in the Stone as a model. I initially sketched it out to follow that model and do it like I have been doing a bit of. It came together VERY quickly but since I was basing it on the cover of his first appearance, that shouldn't be surprising. I did change direction in what style I wanted. I broke from the regular Disney look and went more with the cartoons my son watched when he was younger like Ben 10. If this were to be an episodic series, I went with that instead.
This was such a fun project!! I totally want to see this happen!! If it does, milkshakes are on me at Uncle Fudge's!! If you know, you know.
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