What If? #15 [Direct]
(July 1979)

Marvel, 1977 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1979-03-27
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Roy Thomas (credited as R. Thomas) (co-editor); Marv Wolfman (credited) (co-editor); Jim Shooter (credited as J. Shooter) (consulting editor); Mark Gruenwald (credited) (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

What If Nova Had Been Four Other People? (Table of Contents)

Nova / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed as Validar)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (signed as Sinnott)
Colors
?
Letters
Irv Watanabe

Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Fantastic Four: Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Thing [Ben Grimm]
Doctor Doom [Victor Von Doom] (Earth-97751); Kingpin [Wilson Fisk]; Nova; Red Skull [Johann Shmidt] (Earth-97751); Sphinx [Anath-Na Mut] (Earth-97751)
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What If...Someone Else Had Become Nova? (Table of Contents: 1)

Nova / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils
John Buscema (credited); Walter Simonson (inset 1); Carmine Infantino (inset 2); Ross Andru (inset 3); George Pérez (inset 4)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (credited); Bob Wiacek (inset 1); Frank Springer (inset 2); Frank Giacoia (inset 3); Tom Palmer (inset 4)
Colors
Michele Wolfman (credited as Michele W.); Nel Yomtov (inset 1); Roger Slifer (inset 2)
Letters
Irv Watanabe (credited as Watanabe)

Job Number
LG-418
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Worlds co-exist with many other worlds...
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Doom [Victor Von Doom] (Earth-97751) (inset 4); Ginger Jaye; Nova [Richard Rider] (origin); Nova (inset 4); Nova Prime [Rhomann Dey]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (flashback) (cameo); Thor (flashback) (cameo); The Watcher [Uatu] (host); Nova [Helen Taylor, Earth-79715]; Nova [Jessie, Earth-17797]; Nova [Peter Parker, Earth-51977]; Uncle Ben Parker [Earth-51977]
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Indexer Notes

Framing sequence, pages 1-2 and 34. Last page has four insets with stories' illustrations.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Nova / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils
Walter Simonson (credited as Simonson)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (credited as Wiacek)
Colors
Nel Yomtov (credited as Yomtov)
Letters
Michael Higgins (credited as Higgins)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Behold, the first of many alternates.
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Kingpin (death); Fantastic Four [Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]]; Watcher [Uatu]; Willie DuBrow (death); Nova [Helen Taylor]; Officer Gannon; Frank Taylor (death); Jack; Black Louie (corpse); Two-Finger Schwartz (corpse); Sam
Synopsis
A woman who wants vengeance gets the Nova power.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Nova / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils
Carmine Infantino (credited as Infantino)
Inks
Frank Springer (credited as Springer); Joe Rubinstein (sourced)
Colors
Roger Slifer (credited as Slifer)
Letters
Michael Higgins (credited as Higgins)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our second tale concerns a second Earth.
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
The Watcher [Uatu]; Nova; Skrulls; Nova [Jessie] (death); Blythmerc; Catherine; Henry; Sarakar; Jonathan
Synopsis
In a world without heroes, a homeless man gets the power and fends off an invasion.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Nova / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils
Ross Andru (credited as Andru)
Inks
Frank Giacoia (credited as Giacoia)
Colors
Michele Wolfman (credited as Michele W.)
Letters
Michael Higgins (credited as Higgins)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Infinite variations on a single critical occurrence...
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Peter Parker [Nova]; Aunt May Parker (death); Uncle Ben Parker; Betty Brant; Harry; Jack; Professor Warren
Synopsis
Peter Parker is crippled by the spider bite until he gets the Nova power.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Nova / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman (credited)
Pencils
George Pérez (credited as Pérez)
Inks
Tom Palmer (credited as Palmer)
Colors
Michele Wolfman (credited as Michele W.)
Letters
Michael Higgins (credited as Higgins)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now let us finish our final reality...
Genre
superhero; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Doom [Victor Von Doom] (Earth-97751) (introduction, death); Nova (introduction, origin, death); Red Skull [Johann Shmidt] (Earth-97751) (introduction, death); Sphinx [Anath-Na Mut] (Earth-97751) (introduction); The Watcher [Uatu]; Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Human Torch [Johnny Storm; Thing] (corpses); Iron Fist (cameo); Ghost Rider [Johnny Blaze] (cameo); Thor [Don Blake] (cameo); Iron Man [Tony Stark] (cameo); Falcon (cameo); Daredevil (cameo); Ms. Marvel (cameo); Valkyrie (cameo); Scarlet Witch (cameo); Hulk [Bruce Banner] (cameo); Sub-Mariner (cameo); Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (cameo); Captain America [Steve Rogers] (cameo); Cyclops (cameo); Captain Marvel [Mar-Vell] (cameo); Nighthawk (cameo); White Tiger (cameo)
Synopsis
A villain gets the powers.
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Keywords
Earth-97751; Nova Prime Ship

Indexer Notes

What if a criminal gained Nova's powers.

The Thing and the Ultimate Weapon! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Hostess Fruit Pies; The Thing / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Why Not? / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Letters
typeset

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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment by "The Great Aims".

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. What If Nova Had Been Four Other People?
    Nova
  2. 1. What If...Someone Else Had Become Nova?
    Nova
  3. 2. ["Behold, the first of many alternates."]
    Nova
  4. 3. ["Our second tale concerns a second Earth."]
    Nova
  5. 4. ["Infinite variations on a single critical occurrence..."]
    Nova
  6. 5. ["Now let us finish our final reality..."]
    Nova
  7. 6. The Thing and the Ultimate Weapon!
    Hostess Fruit Pies; The Thing
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Why Not?
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