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This Day In Comics: Rom the Spaceknight

Rom the Spaceknight debuted in Rom #1 (September 4, 1979).

Silver sentry from the golden galaxy, Rom has come to Earth to destroy the forces of the Dire Wraiths.

Originally “Rom” was a toy co-created by Scott Dankman, Richard C. Levy, and Bryan L. McCoy. To promote the toy, the creators of licensed the character to Marvel comics, who created the series Rom: Spaceknight. Meanwhile in present day,the licenced characters and name belong to Hasbro, mostofthe background and developtmed of the character belongs to Marvel Comics.

Rom, the Spaceknight comic was based off a toy created by Bing McCoy and Richard Levy and made through Parker Brothers.

Parker Brothers licensed the rights to Marvel Comics to increase sales of their toy product. Rom made his first comic appearance in Rom #1, 1979. The comic book was given to Bill Mantlo as writer and Sal Buscema as artist. Bill Mantlo held the helm for 75 issues till Marvel lost the rights due to lack of sales of their toy product.

ROM was recently integrated to the IDW characters than include Transformers, G.I.Joe , Micronauts and others licensed characters. In this universe ROM was given a new origin by writer Christos Gage and artist Chris Ryall.