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ROM: Space Knight

ROMromfrontROM: Space Knight… I first encountered this character when it was introduced as a toy. A 12″ action figure that I felt provided less action than I desired in a toy. Sure, he had light-up and noise making features and gadgets you could place in his hands. But his legs couldn’t move. How could I put him in what looked like the splits but was actually a “run super fast” position? For a toy this size, I was spoiled by my Bulletman action figure with multiple points of articulation.

A few years later, I discovered Marvel had put out a comic series about ROM. I only had a couple of issues that I had gotten when I purchased my friend’s collection (an event that more than doubled my collection that I call the Great 10th Grade Comic Acquisition). I read and re-read those few issues multiple times.

rom-annual_superI don’t recall who drew the issues I had. But I did have ROM annual #3, one of the last ROM comics. It guest starred The New Mutants which was becoming one of my favorite comic series. And I loved this Bill Sienkiewicz cover.

Just recently, while perusing my Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, I came across the ROM entry. I remembered reading the comic and being inspired by the art and concept. So I decided to try my hand at drawing ROM. He has a pretty simplistic design. The fun really comes in playing with the metallic textures.

I don’t know who owns the license, but it would be kinda cool to see ROM re-enter the Marvel Universe… Assuming there was a big enough demand for that sort of thing.

This piece was draw with black, red, and silver Sharpie on cardboard.

Also posted on my Deviant Art page and my Facebook Fan Page.

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  1. June 23rd, 2010 at 14:57 | #1

    Great article, Todd.

    The 1st Rom annual was drawn by Broderick. Sal Buscema drew annual #2 and Rom annual 3 was drawn by W.M Johnson with a sort-of Pat Broderick look. Ditko drew the 4th annual. Did you know Steve Ditko drew a lot of Rom issues?

    Rom issue 1 page 1 was used as an ad and is probably the best opening of any comic ever.

  2. June 23rd, 2010 at 15:43 | #2

    Love it Todd. ROM is one of those forgotten characters. I just checked out the Wiki entry and learned that it was originally named “COBOL”- Ha!

    Since you’re dredging up little known comics… how about something from the New Universe? Justice perhaps? Nightmask?

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