The Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of superheroes who appear in Marvel Comics. The team was created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan, and made their first appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in January 1969.
The team originally consisted of a diverse group of characters from different parts of the galaxy, including Major Vance Astro, a human from the 20th century who was sent into space as a child and spent a thousand years in suspended animation; Martinex T’Naga, a crystaline alien from the planet Pluton; Captain Charlie-27, a soldier from the Jupiter colony; and Yondu Udonta, a blue-skinned archer from the Centauri IV colony.
The Alien Badoon
The team was formed to combat the forces of the alien Badoon, who were attempting to conquer the Milky Way galaxy. The Guardians worked to defend the galaxy and protect its inhabitants, often coming into conflict with other powerful alien races and villains.
Over the years, the team has undergone numerous lineup changes and has included a variety of different characters from different parts of the galaxy. Some of the most well-known members of the team include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.
New Comic Book Series
In 2008, the Guardians of the Galaxy were relaunched in a new comic book series, which was set in the present day and featured a new lineup of characters. This new version of the team became extremely popular and led to the release of a successful film adaptation in 2014.
Today, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a beloved and iconic part of the Marvel Comics universe, and continue to defend the galaxy and protect its inhabitants from all manner of threats.
The Disney Story Line
The Guardians of the Galaxy film and subsequent media, including sequels and animated television shows, are considered a separate continuity from the original Guardians of the Galaxy comics, which are known as “Earth-691” in Marvel Comics continuity. As such, there are some differences in the story lines and characters between the two versions of the team.
For example, in the original Guardians of the Galaxy comics, the team consisted of a diverse group of characters from different parts of the galaxy, including Major Vance Astro, Martinex T’Naga, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta. In contrast, the Guardians of the Galaxy film and subsequent media feature a team that includes Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.
Additionally, the story lines and conflicts faced by the two versions of the team differ, with the film and media versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy facing off against villains such as Ronan the Accuser and Thanos, while the original comic book team faced off against the forces of the alien Badoon and other powerful alien races.
I Still Love This Team
It’s clear that The Guardians of the Galaxy remains a popular franchise, even after the changes brought about by Disney. Its origins continue to matter as the series continues to evolve, whether it takes the form of movies, comics, or a potential television series.
Despite any changes that may come, the core of The Guardians of the Galaxy remains the same: a group of outcasts who come together to protect the universe from threats. As the franchise continues to grow and attract new fans, it will be interesting to see how the Guardians’ story unfolds in the future. Regardless of the direction it takes, it’s certain that The Guardians of the Galaxy will continue to be a beloved and enduring part of pop culture.