From his premiere in the January 1975 issue of Marvel Preview, Star Lord has been trouble for not only his publisher and creators (they just keep re-introducing and revamping him!) but also for any aliens that get in his way.
Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne (of Uncanny X-Men fame), the first Star-Lord (Jason of Spartax) was an action adventure sci-fi character. He had a gun that shot out the four basic elements and a ship he could communicate with telepathically.
His successor, Peter Quill, was released upon the comics world in 1977 by Steve Englehart and artist Steve Gan. Quill was a hard drinking fit throwing emotional mess, much more in tune with the edgy underground feel that the Marvel Magazine (Tales of the Zombie, The Incredible Hulk, The Punisher… and more) line wanted to portray.
Creator and genius comic book craftsman Steve Englehart (of Batman, Defenders, Justice League and Avengers fame to name a few) describes his initial take on the character as “… something very large.”
“My hero would go from being an unpleasant, introverted jerk to the most cosmic being in the universe, and I would tie it into my then-new interest in astrology. After his earthbound beginning, his mind would be opened step by step, with a fast-action story on Mercury, a love story on Venus, a war story on Mars, and so on out to the edge of the solar system, and then beyond.”
This is very much in tune with the story which depicted a young man whose parents are taken from him during an alien encounter that looks more like a break-in.
Peter Quill grew up to become a gifted astronaut with a single purpose in life, to kill the damned aliens that took his folks! The first stop along the way was with a strange guru who tried to heal Quill’s temper… but it was like putting a band aid on a volcano.
In 1996, sci-fi author Timothy Zahn created another Star-Lord called Sinjin Quarrell.
Pretty complicated, eh?
It gets better.
This Summer Englehart’s Star-Lord Peter Quill will be coming back to kick more alien hinder.
After taking part in the blockbuster sci-fi epic published last year called Annihilation (collected in handy hardcover editions for those who missed it), Star-Lord is returning in the four issue mini Annihilation: Conquest by Keith Giffen and Timothy Green II.
But this time Star-Lord ain’t alone.
He’s bringing Captain Universe, Mantis, Deathcry, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Bug from the Micronauts with him.
Hell, it’s either going to be brilliant or terrible, isn’t it?
X-Men: Days of Future Past(by Claremont & Byrne)
Dr. Strange: A Separate Reality (by Englehart)
Essential Defenders, Vol. 1 (by Englehart)
Annihilation, Book 1 (Marvel Comics)
Annihilation, Book 2 (Marvel Comics)
Annihilation, Book 3 (Marvel Comics)