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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So WHAT’S Star-Lord’s Origin Exactly?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So WHAT’S Star-Lord’s Origin Exactly?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion to me by myself in the most recent “When We First Met” (spotlighting the debut of the various members of the current Guardians of the Galaxy)

When Steves Englehart and Gan introduced Star-Lord in Marvel Preview #4 in 1975, Englehart gave Peter Quill an astrological birth (the planets were aligned for his birth, something Englehart suggests also happened with the birth of Christ…yes, he actually opens with the birth of Christ and then the birth of Peter Quill) and a clearly defined reason for wanting to grow up and seek interstellar justice…

And when he finally is turned into the Star-Lord by the Master of the Sun, he is given a special gun…

Two years later, in Marvel Preview #11, Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin somehow felt that the aliens showing up on Earth to kill Peter’s mom had to have a reason for being there, so it is revealed that Peter is actually part alien, which he discovers when he meets Jason, Emperor of Spartax…

Marvel Preview #11 is a great and fun story with awesome Byrne/Austin art, but I never understood the purpose of this revelation.

So anyhow, that was pretty much it for Star-Lord besides a few stories here and there.

One of them, 1980’s Marvel Spotlight #6 by Doug Moench and Tom Sutton had a bizarre retcon that a few of you commenters pointed out. The revelation was that the Master of the Sun was actually ONE OF THE ALIENS WHO KILLED PETER QUILL’S MOM!!!

Besides a mini-series in the 1990s that Peter Quill was barely in, this was it for Star-Lord until he finally was established as being part of the Marvel Universe in the 2000s. Read on to the next page to see how Star-Lord made his way into being established as being part of the Marvel Universe while also gaining a new origin…

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