Sunday, 20 July 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy then and now

Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 1 18

The next major Marvel Comics based superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy is due for release at the end of the month (though has already premiered in Singapore of all places), so time for a quick look at the comic that inspired the film.

First appearing in Marvel Super Heroes no 18 in 1969 the group calling itself the Guardians of the Galaxy bears no resemblance to the characters that appear in the current line up. The story featuring Major Victory, Charlie 27, Martinex and  Yondu is also set in the far future. The year 3007 to be precise and the solar system is occupied by a bunch of nasty aliens called the Badoon. They band together to fight back and so a mini comics legend is born.

Later on they pick up a couple of new members Starhawk and Nikki, the latter being genetically engineered to live on Mercury. It was Starhawk though who had the most surprising secret. Starhawk was a dual entity with two beings Satka and Aleta (two former lovers) who shared the same physical space.

The team made a number of appearances in the Marvel universe including a long run in their own title during the 1990s.

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) 25-A by Marvel

However everything changed in 2008 when British writers Dan Abnet  and Andy Lanning revamped the team concept during their Annihilation: Conquest story line.  Debuting in a new title of their own, the new team consisted of Starlord, Drax the destroyer, Gamora and my personal favourites Groot! and Rocket Racoon.


Now of course there is the moving picture heading to a theatre near you!

 The five Guardians, sporting various weapons, arrayed in front of a backdrop of a planet in space.

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