The New Warriors was originally compiled by writer/editor Tom DeFalco, consisting of the young superheroes Nova, Speedball, Namorita, Marvel Boy, and Firestar, all of whom were once featured in solo series or were supporting characters in more established series. To this mix DeFalco added Night Thrasher, an original character to serve as the team\'s founder and leader. This made them a counterpart to DC Comics’ Teen Titans or a junior version of Marvel’s own Avengers, although the New Warriors were not sidekicks of the Avengers as many of the original Teen Titans were to members of the Justice League. The New Warriors were featured in an eponymous series from 1990 until 1996, which both benefited and suffered from being marketed to the MTV Generation.
The New Warriors first appeared in issues 411 and 412 of the Marvel Comics title The Mighty Thor. The issues were written by Tom DeFalco, who assembled the team by scanning entries of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and finding characters he felt had been forgotten but were a part of the next generation of superheroes. The appearance proved popular and plans were made for a spin-off as part of the informal \"Heroes for the \'90s\" group of new comics Marvel debuted in the first six months of 1990. Amid derisive comparisons to the New Kids on the Block and predictions of failure before its release, The New Warriors hit comic stands in May 1990. The first issue was written by Fabian Nicieza, drawn by Mark Bagley, and edited by Danny Fingeroth.
To the surprise of its detractors, the comic became a hit, garnering an enthusiastic readership and strong sales, continuing for 75 issues before being cancelled due to low sales.