Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy - Did You Know...

Did you know...

...One of the first Star-Lord stories was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Byrne as a warm-up for their run on X-Men?

...The Guardians of the Galaxy we see on screen, with Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and the others, is not the original team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy?

...Writer Steve Englehart gave Star-Lord the name "Peter Quill" because both words were euphemisms for "dick"?

...Expanded Star Wars universe author Timothy Zahn also wrote a Star-Lord series for Marvel in the nineties?

Or that until writer Keith Giffen brought Peter Quill in as a character in the Thanos series in the 2000's, he hadn't actually been in the regular Marvel Universe?

Find out all about the characters and stories behind the blockbuster movie of the summer - Guardians of the Galaxy - in my series of columns on the team and its characters over at Comic Related. In these histories I summarize the stories and interview the creators about the books. My newest one just went up, as I interviewed writer Dan Abnett and covered the first year-and-a-half or so of these Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008 - a team close to the version we'll see on screen:

Learn all about the character Peter Quill - Star-Lord - In this column, writers Steve Englehart and Chris Claremont share their insights on his creation & early days in the seventies:

Tim Zahn explains how he came to write a Star-Lord series in the nineties where Star-Lord wasn't Peter Quill, and Rafael Marin tells us why Star-Lord is Peter's father Jason Quill in the Inhumans series in 2000 in this one:

And editor Andy Schmidt helps explain how Peter Quill - Star-Lord - came into the Marvel Universe in the Thanos series and came to play such big roles in the two Annihilation series in this column - where we also learn about the first gathering together of the team later known as the Guardians of the Galaxy

If you do want to learn more about the original team, the Guardians of the Galaxy of the sixties through the nineties, their story starts here:

And all of my Cosmic Crackle columns can be found here: - Enjoy!