It’s never easy to introduce a new character, and one with a bullethead is probably even harder. In this issue, we get a fairly standard origin: Richard Rider is a high school loser, never made it with the ladies, ’til a Nova Centurian cruises by Earth in pursuit of a dude who blew up the Centurian’s home planet and, with his last dying breath, gives Rich the Nova powers.
It’s kind of a Green Lantern/Superman/Spider-Man/Sha-Zam origin all tied together.
Creators: Marv Wolfman and John Buscema
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.