STAR-LORD: HIS EARLY ADVENTURES

Marvel Mania is relentless! Already I’ve been hearing it from regular readers who have come to look forward to these harmless, escapist looks at superheroes on weekends. Here’s one for this weekend, a bit later than I usually get them posted. 

starlord 1MARVEL PREVIEW Vol 1 #4 (January 1976)

Title: STAR-LORD – FIRST HOUSE: EARTH

Villains: Ariguans

Comment: This tale presented a Peter Quill quite different from the way he would be retconned by the time the character joined Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy decades later. This Peter Quill grew up feeling tormented by his secret half-alien parentage after his mother was killed in an attack by aliens called Ariguans.

Peter trained to become an astronaut and ultimately wound up serving on a space station, where an entity called the Master of the Sun granted Quill his powers, weapons and sentient vessel called Ship to become an intergalactic adventurer called Star-Lord. The figure let Star-Lord avenge himself on his mother’s killers so he could start his duties unencumbered by a personal vendetta.   

starlord 2MARVEL PREVIEW Vol 1 #11 (June 1977)

Title: HOLLOW CROWN

Villains: Kyras Shakati and Dirac

Comment: At last getting a follow-up adventure, Star-Lord traveled to the planets called Windholme, Cinnibar (planet with a hundred moons) and Sparta.

It was there that he met his alien father, Emperor J’Son of Sparta and after some Space Opera intrigues wound up refusing to take his place on the throne of that world, preferring to explore the universe.

marv prem 14MARVEL PREVIEW Vol 1 #14 (March 1978)

Title: SANDSONG

Villains: The Lorqs

Comment: An alien intelligence summons Peter Quill and Ship to a planet called Ferrol. That planet seems to be one big desert, yet a fleet of Lorq spaceships attack our heroes, intent on keeping them from something on the planet below.

After a lengthy battle, Ship is shot down and crash-lands. Star-Lord is nearly dead, and Ship assumes human form to have the necessary dexterity to save him. In that human form she calls herself Caryth and falls in love with Peter as they struggle to stay alive against the Lorqs and the deadly native life-forms of Ferrol.

Star-Lord and Caryth risk their lives to save the symbiotic life-forms of Ferrol from the depradations of the Lorqs. Sort of an Alien feel to this story even though it came out a year before the movie Alien. In the end, Ship resumes her true identity.   

starlord 3MARVEL PREVIEW Vol 1 #15 (June 1978)

Title: A MATTER OF NECESSITY

Villains: The Haalmhad

Comment: Star-Lord and his sentient vessel Ship encounter a nomadic alien race called the Haalmhad, who travel the universe in a 93 mile long spaceship.

They trade their superior technology with more backward worlds, but also callously wipe out entire species which seem like they might one day pose a threat to them.

starlord 4MARVEL PREVIEW Vol 1 #18 (May 1979)

Title: LESS THAN HUMAN

Villain: Quan-Zarr

Comment: In this adventure Star-Lord and his sentient vessel Ship come across the planet called Redstone.

That world is ruled by its conqueror and dictator Quan-Zarr, a vile man who experimented on the planet’s inhabitants, turning nearly all of them into lionlike beast-men. A beautiful sword-wielding woman named Sylvana helps Star-Lord in his struggle to prevent Quan-Zarr from using his new planet-destroying weapon.

starlord 5MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL Vol 1 #10 (December 1979)

Title: WORLD IN A BOTTLE

Villain: Noah

Comment: Star-Lord and his sentient vessel Ship encounter another extra-long spaceship. This one is called the Ark, is impossibly an entire light-year in length and is captained by an alien called Noah.

Peter Quill learns from a beautiful alien woman named Aletha that Noah and his army plan to conquer the Earth and repopulate it themselves. Needless to say, Star-Lord and Aletha defeat Noah’s plans. Peter finally realizes that Ship is in love with him, sort of redefining the fan fiction term “shipping.”

starlord 6MARVEL SPOTLIGHT Vol 2 #6 (May 1980)

Title: THE SAGA OF STAR-LORD

Villains: The Ariguans

Comment: Star-Lord, pursued by the alien Ariguan race who want to put him on trial for his revenge slaying of their fellows back in his first adventure, seeks help from the Master of the Sun.

The Master of the Sun offers himself to the Ariguans in Star-Lord’s place, since it was he who gave Peter Quill the weapons and space ship he used to attack the other Ariguans for killing his mother. As he is taken away, the Master of the Sun tells Star-Lord to stay true to his mission.   

starlord 7MARVEL SPOTLIGHT Vol 2 #7 (July 1980)

Title: TEARS FOR THE WORLD CALLED HEAVEN

Villain: Shreen

Comment: Star-Lord and Ship arrive at a planet called Heaven, which has clouds as solid as Earth soil and in which live a race of winged humanoids. He encounters Thorn, a winged being who lost his wings for trying to help wingless dwellers on the planet’s harsh surface to reach the paradisal cloud-lands.

The beautiful winged huntress named Shreen is hunting down Thorn to kill him for trying to construct a bridge to let the surface people reach the clouds without first “earning” their wings through good deeds. Star-Lord tries to save Thorn from Shreen but winds up killing her. Thorn offers his own life to make up for her death and calls off his project to help the surface beings bypass good deeds as a means of ascension.

starlord 8MARVEL PREMIERE Vol 1 #61 (August 1981)

Title: PLANET STORY

Villain: An unnamed living planet.

Synopsis: Star-Lord and Ship arrive at an unnamed planet the surface of which is dotted with ruins.

While exploring the world Peter finds no survivors anywhere and soon faces storms, earthquakes and winds that make him suspect the planet itself is alive and is using its weather as a weapon against him. He seeks shelter underground only to have the planet’s root system attack him to feed on his flesh like it did to all the world’s previous inhabitants.

NOTE: This unnamed planet was a bit similar to Ego, the Living Planet which first appeared in Thor #132 (September 1966). The Marvel movies would present the living planet Ego in a different way.

starlordComment: In the decades after these stories, Marvel Comics would drastically retcon Star-Lord’s origin and history. They cannibalized elements of the character Starhawk, a member of the 31st Century Guardians of the Galaxy. Starhawk had been taken from Earth and raised by the Ravager crewmember Ogord, like Peter Quill (in this retconned version) was taken and raised by Yondu.

Marvel’s writers also cannibalized elements of Star-Lord’s new life story from Nikki, a female member of the 31st Century Guardians of the Galaxy. Nikki was the sole survivor of the colony of genetically engineered human beings capable of living on Mercury by the year 3007 A.D. She had passed years listening to old, old Earth music and watching old, old Earth movies from her spaceship home’s archives. 

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10 responses to “STAR-LORD: HIS EARLY ADVENTURES

  1. Darth Scipio

    You are the man! Love Balladeer’s Blog!

  2. Jakub Rejak

    Good to know this. I didn’t know Star Lord went back that far.

  3. Rackem

    I like Chris Pratt as Starlord. I could see him in these stories.

  4. chrisrus1965

    Fascinating stories! I like this Star Lord’s beginnings better than the heavy on the pop songs one we got in the movies.

  5. Bill Corbett

    Woah! Big difference between this Peter Qull and what we got in the MCU.

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