- Guardians of the Galaxy (Original)
"For the Modern team, see"
Guardians of the Galaxy (Modern)
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The original Guardians of the Galaxy are a
fictional superheroteam that appear in comic bookspublished by Marvel Comics. The Guardians first appear in "Marvel Super-Heroes" #18 (Jan. 1969).
The team first appeared in the partial reprint title "Marvel Super-Heroes" with issue #18 (Jan. 1969), written by
Arnold Drakeand illustrated by Gene Colan. They appeared sporadically through several Marvel titles, such as " Marvel Two-In-One" #4 -5 (Jul. - Sep. (bi-monthly) 1974); "Defenders Giant Size" #5 + "Defenders" #26 - 29 (Aug. - Oct. 1975) and "Thor" Annual #6 (1977). In each case, other heroes such as Captain America; the Thing; the Defenders and Thor aid them in their war against the alien Badoon. The Guardians also featured in the main stories of the title Marvel Presentsfrom issues #3 to #12 (Feb. 1976 - Aug. 1977).
This was followed by a series of appearances in Avengers, being #167 - 177 (Jan. - Nov. 1978) and #181 (Mar. 1979) respectively, which dealt with the ramifications during and after of the battle against
Korvac. In the 1990s the Guardians had a self-titled comic that ran for 62 issues, initially written and illustrated by Jim Valentino. Michael Gallaghercommenced writing the title from issue #29 (Oct. 1992) until cancellation with issue #62 in July 1995.
A second volume was published in May 2008, written by
Dan Abnettand Andy Lanning. The title features a new team drawn from participants in the "" storyline. ["Guardians of the Galaxy" vol. 2, #1 (May 2008)]
Fictional team history
The Guardians are active in the 31st century in an alternate time-line of the
Marvel Universe. The original members of the team include Major Vance Astro, an astronautfrom the 20th century Earth who spends a thousand years travelling to Alpha Centauri in suspended animation. He is also the future-counterpart of the hero Vance Astrovik, now called Justice. Martinex T'Naga, a crystalline being from Pluto; Captain Charlie-27; a soldier from Jupiter, and Yondu Udonta, a blue-skinned "noble savage" from Beta CentauriIV comprise the original team.
Each is apparently the last of their kind and is forced to unite as a team against the actions of the
Badoon, an alien race which attempts to conquer Earth's solar system. During the course of the war against the Badoon, the team recruit two more members - Starhawk and Nikki - and travel back in time and encounter several of the heroes of 20th century Earth, including Captain America, the Thing, [" Marvel Two-In-One" #4 -5 (Jul. - Sep. (bi-monthly) 1974)]
The Guardians eventually defeat the Badoon, but soon find themselves facing a new foe called
Korvac, who was in fact a creation of the Badoon. After teaming with the Thunder God Thor to defeat Korvac in the 31st century, ["Thor" Annual #6 (1977)] the Guardians then follow Korvac to 20th century Earth, where together with the Avengers they fight a final battle. ["Avengers" #167 - 177 (Jan. - Nov. 1978)]
The Guardians reappear years later and have a series of adventures in their future, ["Marvel Super-Heroes" #18 (Jan. 1969)] with several others eventually joining the Guardians, such as the Inhuman Talon; Replica the
Skrulland the second version of Yellowjacket, Rita DeMara.
Wanting to expand the Guardians to a multiple team organization, Martinex eventually leaves the team to look for additional members for a second unit, nicknamed the Galactic Guardians. ["Guardians of the Galaxy" vol. 2, #62 (July 1995)]
During the events of "
Avengers Forever" it is revealed that in an alternate future the Avengers become an army and conquer the galaxy, with the Guardians of the Galaxy acting as resistance fighters. ["Avengers Forever" #1 - 12 (Dec. 98 - Nov. 99)]
In February 1992, a
trade paperbackwas released titled "Guardians of the Galaxy: Quest for the Shield" (ISBN 0871358794) reprinting "Guardians of the Galaxy" issues # 1 - 6.
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* [http://www.comics-db.com/Marvel_Comics/G/Guardians_of_The_Galaxy/index.html "Guardians of the Galaxy"] at the
Big Comic Book DataBase
* [http://www.imagecomics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=144 Jim Valentino comments on his issues] , and lays out his plans up to what would have been issue #51
* [http://www.marveldirectory.com/teams/guardiansofthegalaxy.htm Marvel Directory entry]
* [http://www.geocities.com/mailittomarvell/gotg.htm Guardians of the Galaxy Appearances in Publication Order]
* [http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080606-FBGuardiansGalaxyv1.html Friday Flashback: Guardians of the Galaxy] ,
Newsarama, June 6, 2008
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