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ROM, The Greatest Of The Spaceknights, Returns To Mavel Comics In All-New Omnibus Collections


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Marvel Comics is thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Hasbro, a global leader in play, that will result in brand-new collections and reprints of Rom’s original comic book adventures!

The popular toy turned comic book superstar headlined his very own solo series throughout the 80s, igniting readers’ imaginations for 75 issues. Set in the main Marvel Comics universe, Rom was a full-fledged Marvel icon who had memorable team-ups with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, and even battled bravely against the likes of Galactus and the Skrulls! These incredible stories by industry legends Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, along with various Rom guest appearances, will be reprinted for the first time ever in ROM: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1, on sale January 2024. In addition to this long-awaited collection, fans can pick up a facsimile edition of Rom’s comic book debut, 1979’s ROM #1, this September!

ROM: THE ORIGINAL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 will collect ROM (1979) #1-29 and POWER MAN AND IRON FIST (1978) #73. He strikes from outer space…and nothing can stop him! Marvel Comics is proud to present the iconic early adventures of the greatest of Spaceknights — Rom! Centuries ago, Rom pledged his life to protect his planet, Galador, from the evil Dire Wraiths. Now, Rom has tracked these vile creatures across the cosmos to Earth, where they have infiltrated the highest levels of power — including S.H.I.E.L.D. itself! Armed with his energy analyzer, only Rom can see the Wraiths’ true form — and with his neutralizer, he can blast them into Limbo! But what will Earth make of this armored invader? Will Rom’s quest be aided or hindered by encounters with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Jack of Hearts, Nova, and Power Man and Iron Fist? And when Galactus targets Galador, can Rom and his fellow Spaceknights save their homeworld from destruction?

ROM #1 FACSIMILE EDITION boldly re-presents ROM (1979) #1, one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, in its original form, ads and all! Long ago, Rom offered his life to serve his planet of Galador as a Spaceknight — an armored warrior, sworn to protect his people from the vile alien invaders known as the Dire Wraiths. Now, his solemn vow brings him to Earth — the latest front in an ancient cosmic conflict! The Wraiths can assume human form, and they’ve been worming their way into our society. Only Rom’s trusty energy analyzer can detect them — and with his powerful neutralizer, he can banish them to Limbo! In this landmark first issue, Rom blasts his way into the Marvel Universe, meets his future ally Brandy Clark and begins his quest to free Earth from the Dire Wraiths’ invisible infiltration!

Check out the covers now, including the exemplary original ROM #1 cover art by Frank Miller. In addition, view never-before-seen Rom artwork from industry legend George Pérez’s archives. Received from his estate, this piece will serve as a Direct Market Exclusive Variant Cover!

Experience these beloved and rare stories all over again or for the very first time when ROM #1 FACSIMILE EDITION hits stands in September and when ROM: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS arrives next year!

ROM: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by BILL MANTLO, STEVEN GRANT & JO DUFFY
Art by SAL BUSCEMA & GREG LAROCQUE
Cover by FRANK MILLER
Direct Market Exclusive X-Men Variant Cover by FRANK MILLER
Direct Market Exclusive Variant Cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
Direct Market Exclusive Variant Cover by SAL BUSCEMA
On Sale January 2024

ROM #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
Written by BILL MANTLO
Art by SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by FRANK MILLER
On Sale September 2023

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We can only hope that this partnership will result in a new 1:12 scale figure for ROM. At this point I don't even care if it's part of the Legends line or not - I'd buy it even it was a straight Hasbro release on their own. Hopefully the Micronauts won't be far behind!

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On 5/22/2023 at 10:35 PM, The Mad Bubbler said:

Rom and Crystar are high on my want list of Marvel Legends. Does anyone know if there are complications with the rights, due to being toy tie-in characters? 

I do believe Crystar is Marvel through and through but Rom is mainly Hasbro.

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This January, Rom reunites with your favorite Marvel heroes in new variant covers! Throughout Rom’s hit solo series, the popular toy turned Marvel super hero teamed up with the Avengers, the X-Men, and more in beloved stories. Now, thanks to an exciting collaboration between Marvel Comics and Hasbro, a leading toy and game company, the armored Spaceknight will once again battle bravely beside Marvel icons in a series of stunning covers! Brought to you by some of the industry’s leading artists, these six all-new variant covers will adorn some of the January’s hottest issues and feature Rom, armed with his legendary neutralizer, blasting his way through the Marvel Universe alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and more.

Rom was a pivotal figure of 80s Marvel Comics storytelling, and now fans can experience his original adventures with long-awaited Rom collections and reprints, including last month’s facsimile edition of Rom #1, and the upcoming Rom and the X-Men: Marvel Tales #1, and Rom Omnibus. Celebrate the resurgence of these rare stories with these fantastic all-new variant covers! Check out all six today and inquire with your local comic ship regarding availability and preorders!

On Sale 1/3
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 ROM VARIANT COVER BY RYAN STEGMAN
THANOS #2 ROM VARIANT COVER BY TAURIN CLARKE

On Sale 1/10
CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 ROM VARIANT COVER BY DAVID MARQUEZ

On Sale 1/17
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10 ROM VARIANT COVER BY LUCIANO VECCHIO
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #14 ROM VARIANT COVER BY SKAN
X-MEN #30 ROM VARIANT COVER BY PEACH MOMOKO

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I get the affinity for ROM, he had a greater than most run I'm comics and took part on .a y crossovers of the day. But Crystar is another story. 11 issue comic run and never saw the light of day again until that one fan who could make it happen got that turd a Legend figure. 

Now, ROM surely needs a Legend figure too. Or at least a Legends scale figure. 

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