With the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie coming out next week, we look at what makes this team of misfits click.
With a name like the Guardians of the Galaxy, you would think that they would be a lot bigger than Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. After all, you can’t get any bigger than being the self-appointed protectors of the galaxy! But no, although they’ve been around since 1969, and visited every sector of the galaxy, the Guardians have never quite gained the fame they deserved.
Back then, it was a completely different team that made its debut in Marvel Super Heroes #18. Co-created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, the original space-faring protectors were from the 31st century in an alternate Marvel timeline (Earth 691). Led by Major Vance Astro (a 20th-century astronaut who survived through suspended animation), the team included Captain Charlie-27, Yondu Udonta, Martinex T’Naga, Starhawk and Nikki. In short, they resembled more of an “intergalactic version of the Village People” than a super strike force. The team’s motivations revolved around its fight against the Badoon, an alien race with plans to conquer Earth’s solar system.