Well, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has went down a storm – Who would have imagined Major Vance Astro & Co would have been such a hit…Er, what?
Oh, STARLORD & Co… 🙂
Anyway, joking aside, if you haven’t been to the cinema to see it yet, here’s what you’re missing:
Getting back to the Major Vance Astro joke, this was really where my GOTG journey started…
Although they first appeared in Marvel Super Heroes #18 back in 1969, it wasn’t until I got my hands on a copy of Marvel Presents #3 that my eyes were opened to a world of cosmic delights. Needless to say I read those books time and time again, becoming familiar with Vance Astro, Martinex, Charlie-27, Nikki, Yondu and Starhawk.
The concepts covered were simply mind blowing to me as a small child, with the original team coming from a parallel universe (EARTH-691) and having enemies such as The Topographical Man. In fact, I believe I may have got my first introduction to the Badoon via GOTG.
In the early 90’s, they got their own title which ran for around 60+ issues. Not only did this feature the original members, but it also introduced a number of other characters into the mix such as a female Yellow Jacket and a future version of Wonder Man. Actually, during this run Martinex created a splinter-group called the Galactic Guardians who also had their own mini-series.
At this point you may be wondering when the new team was created, well that was the work of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in 2008.
Initially I wasn’t overly taken by the new line up, as I had just found my way back to comics after a couple of years hiatus brought on by paying off a wedding. If it wasn’t for a certain comic book author called Mario Covone of VIDEO NASTY fame, I perhaps would have missed out until the new movie.
What I initially found amusing was that the team leader had went from being Vance Astro, to a new incarnation of Star Lord who I knew from Marvel Spotlight. Actually, the entire team was pretty much made up from characters I already knew such as Gamora and Drax, who were members of the Infinity Watch.
Anyway, no matter what influenced the mix of characters, it certainly seems to have been a MASSIVE hit. There’s a sequel planned for around 2017, an animated show was announced at this years SDCC, and of course, you know you’ve really made it BIG in the world when you get your own SDCC exclusive items.
Heck, even the members of GOTG have got their own solo titles from Marvel at the moment. Hopefully this doesn’t mean they’ll fall victim to the Boy Band mentality, as we wouldn’t want the rest of the group suffering. 🙂
Now, I wonder if I can get to the cinema to sneak in another wee viewing before anyone finds out…