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Follow the Path - Star-Lord

In this feature I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media. I'm sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Alex S., we take a look at how the Star-Lord of the comics changed based on Star-Lord in the hit Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy...

Peter Quill, Star-Lord, made his debut in 1975's Marvel Preview #4 by writer Steve Englehart and artist Steve Gan.

The concept of the character is that a young man was born on a day that all of the planets were aligned. His father felt that he was not his own son so tried to kill him as an infant, but instead died of a heart attack before he could kill his boy. The boy's mother was then killed by aliens visiting the Earth. Young Peter vowed revenge and dedicated his life to destroying the aliens who killed his mother. He became an astronaut and when a mysterious figure offered to give an Earthling the role of a Star-Lord (a sort of cosmic cop), Peter sort of went nuts and stole the opportunity away from another. He then met the mysterious and powerful Master of the Sun...

Said origin was pretty much ignored by Chis Claremont and John Byrne when they then wrote some awesome Star-Lord stories, including one where he meets his real father, who is an alien King.

Star-Lord went into basically complete character limbo for years until Keith Giffen brought him back in page of Thanos as being in an intergalactic prison. Later, in a tie-in to the Marvel Cosmic event, Annihilation Conquest, Giffen wrote a Star-Lord mini-series (with amazing artwork by Tim Green III and Victor Olazaba) where he acknowledged the Englehart and Claremont stories but showed that Quill was now more or less a "normal" (if badass) person...

Quill acquitted himself well in Annihilation Conquest and when it was finished, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning wrote a Guardians of the Galaxy team book starring Quill, and once again, Quill is shown as a competent soldier...

His hair is also dark.

Then Chris Pratt was cast as Star-Lord...

And now Star-Lord's looks changed in Brian Michael Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy series...

But when the movie actually CAME OUT, then things really changed!

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