G A L A C T I C ORI G I N S

Chart­ing the Guardians’ comic book roots

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While Dan Ab­nett and Andy Lan­ning are re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing the cur­rent team to­gether in 2008, the Guardians of the Galaxy also owe a huge debt to the work of Jim Star­lin. In fact the whole Marvel cos­mic uni­verse is in­spired by the su­per­heroic space op­eras that he wrote and drew in the 1970s. Star­lin also cre­ated Drax the De­stroyer and Gamora, who made their re­spec­tive bows in 1973’s Iron Man #55 and 1975’s Strange Tales #180, along with other prom­i­nent char­ac­ters like Thanos and Adam War­lock. “Jim Star­lin is one of my favourite cre­ators, and his work on War­lock and Cap­tain Marvel are bench­marks for me,” says Ab­nett. “It was a plea­sure to use those char­ac­ters and, I hope, hon­our that legacy.”

Star-Lord’s first ad­ven­ture – the work of Steve En­gle­hart and Steve Gan – ap­peared in 1975’s Marvel

Pre­view #4 while Rocket Rac­coon’s in­au­gu­ral out­ing, by Bill Mantlo and Keith Gif­fen, was in Marvel

Pre­view #7 the fol­low­ing year. The Stan Lee/ Jack Kirby/ Dick Ay­ers-cre­ated Groot is ac­tu­ally the old­est of the Guardians, dat­ing back to 1960’s Tales

To As­ton­ish #13.

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