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Collects Marvel Super Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29, Marvel Presents #3-12. Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Thing, the Hulk and other familiar faces join the star-spanning heroes in the greatest war the future ever saw! Then, as the Guardians help a planet in turmoil rebuild, threats rise from two otCollects Marvel Super Heroes (1967) #18, Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #4-5, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Defenders (1972) #26-29, Marvel Presents #3-12. Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Thing, the Hulk and other familiar faces join the star-spanning heroes in the greatest war the future ever saw! Then, as the Guardians help a planet in turmoil rebuild, threats rise from two other worlds: one of them living, the other gone mad!...

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  • Shannon Appelcline
    2019-03-03 05:51

    Marvel Super-Heroes (18). It's great to see this first appearance of the Guardians. Mind you, it's kind of flawed: the artwork is very primitive and blocky, the writing is mediocre, and Yondu gets a somewhat racist depiction. But it's still full of original and innovative ideas, particularly for the time [7/10].Marvel Two-In-One (4-5). The Guardians' return five years later is a sloppy story, primarily because Gerber likes his continuing stories, rather unusually for the time period. Thus we get lots of what was going on at the time in Marvel Two-in-One and very little of the actual Guardians, and what we see is mostly fighting -- which isn't that unusual for the time period. It's good to see the Guardians' new costumes and also to see a pretty epic storyline, but it's not particularly great [5/10].Defenders (GS5, 26-29). This arc really doesn't start off very encouragingly, with a battle against Eelar, the mutated electric eel (seriously!), but from there it becomes an epic battle for Earth itself. There are also a lot of innovative introductions here, like the young Vance Astro, the Sisterhood of the Badoon, and Starhawk. So, there's a lot to love in what's the Guardians' first really major story [7+/10].The Gerber Marvel Presents (3-7, 9). After Gerber rather suddenly closes off the Badoon storyline, he moves on to the wacky, psychedelic, drugged-out stories that were more typical of his run on Defenders. They're kind of delightful to see in the outer space setting, but also not as great as more the epic and sensible Badoon stories. The highlight is surely Gerber's last regular issue, which manages to convey exactly the big-picture ideas that he was trying to convey -- though I'm quite happy that he was able to come back and detail part of Starhawk's origin, which was quite interesting too [7/10].Silver Surfer (8). Ick! Pretty much the definition of a fill-in. Not only does this story not fit into continuity, but as far as I can tell, it's mostly a reprint of an old Silver Surfer story -- and one that wasn't that interesting. I would have preferred they just include the Silver Surfer story back in its appropriate place, and skip this silly frame [4/10].The Stern Marvel Presents (10-12). Unfortunately, Stern doesn't really keep the strip up to the standards of wackiness and thoughtfulness that Gerber set. The plots aren't nearly as interesting, and often read more like Star Wars than Guardians. I also really didn't like some of the elements: the finale to the origin of Starhawk didn't make much sense; and the conclusion of the kids' storyline felt very disrespectful of what Gerber had set up. I came close to skimming some of these final issues. Nonetheless, it was good to have the conclusion [4/10].Overall, this is great space adventure of a sort that was likely totally unprecedented at the time. It still holds up well, and Marvel did a really good job of collecting together this storyline from its several major sources.

  • Zack! Empire
    2019-03-14 10:04

    A really nice collection. I've actually become a fan of the original, and seemingly less popular, versions of the Guardians. This book also made me want to have a nice Marvel Two in One color collection, read more of The Defenders, and I'm definitely a fan of Steve Gerber now. There's also two text peices at the end where Steve Gerber and Roger Stern, who comes on to write the last few issues after Steve, talk about working on Guardians. I really like those glimpses into the old Marvel Bullpen. I can definitely see myself picking up the second volume of this.

  • Andy Goldman
    2019-03-02 04:50

    It’s been quite a while since my last graphic novel review. Partly this is because I tore through a bunch of new Valiant graphic novels (reviews to come later), but it was also because I’ve been reading this dense collection of the original Guardian of the Galaxy comics. Well, I’m finally done, so here are my thoughts on it.I was first introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy in 1990 with Jim Valentino’s version of the comic. I bought three copies of issue #1 and I got them signed, thus assuring my financial future! But much like this version of the Guardians, the future in which I got rich from collecting comics was only a possible future. Alas, it was not meant to be. But I digress. After collecting the Valentino run for a while, I worked on collecting earlier appearances of the Guardians, but never got them all. That’s where this handy volume comes in. The 18 issues it compiles bring the Guardians from guest star status alongside the Thing and the Defenders, to their own run in Marvel Presents.So who are these original Guardians, in case you’re only familiar with the new team? They start off with Major Vance Astro, an Earth native sent on a 1000-year voyage in stasis. The only problem is that hyperdrive is developed while he’s on his voyage, so humans from Earth have already populated the galaxy when he arrives at his destination. Plus, he is somehow damaged by the stasis and has to be encased in a full body suit lest he disintegrate. But his eyes and mouth can be uncovered. And he has psychic powers. And he’s kind of a whiny teenager in a grown-up’s body, and … what was he going to do at the end of his 1000 year voyage if people hadn’t developed hyperdrive while he was asleep, anyway? It’s best not too think too deeply about him. He’s old, he’s pissed, and he’s kind of an ass. ‘Nuff said.Charlie-27 is the last survivor of the genetically-modified humans who lived on Jupiter. Same with Martinex, except he’s the last survivor of Pluto. Charlie-27 is big and strong, and Martinex can create and manipulate fire and ice, because Pluto. The last member of the team is Yondu, a version of which became Michael Rooker’s character in the recent movie.Later on, the team grows to include Starhawk, a character who is “One Who Knows,” which means he gets to move the plot along and act mysterious. He also turns into a woman sometimes, which gets explained toward the end of this volume. Nikki, the last Mercurian, also joins the team. Her power is… she’s got spunk? In an essay in the back of this volume, Stever Gerber says “she was our token female and our token Mercurian.” Way to kill two birds with one stone.Okay, so that’s who the Guardians are, but what do they do? Well, they don’t get to guarding the galaxy for a while. The first half of this volume involves them kicking the alien Badoon off of Earth, where they have turned the remaining human population into slaves. The Badoon, a race of lizard-like humanoids, are also the reason why so many of the team are the last of their kind. To get rid of these vile creatures requires help from the past in the form of Captain America, the Thing, Doctor Strange, and the Hulk, to name a few guest stars.The second half of the volume takes the Guardians off Earth and out into the galaxy. There’s some inventive ideas in here, a lot of silly ones, and more than a few batshit crazy ones, like a giant (we’re talking light-years-long) humanoid being whose existence is anti-life itself.I mentioned before that there’s an essay in the back from Steve Gerber. There’s also one by Roger Stern. Reading them puts a new light on some of the strangeness in the preceding comics, as it makes clear how much of the comic was a seat-of-the-pants affair. Here’s Roger Stern on taking over from Steve Gerber:[It] was basically my first title for Marvel. I picked it up under circumstances that have since become a trademark for Marvel–it was already late, and not only that, but my first issue was to be the conclusion of a two-part tale about the origin of Starhawk. When Steve brought in the pages of the preceding issue, I said, ‘Gee, this is really bizarre, Steve! How does it end?’ And Steve revealed that he hadn’t really figured that out yet. I was thunderstruck.”Given that sort of planning, it’s no surprise that these stories meander a bit, but there’s some fun and powerful stuff in there along with the filler. Especially toward the end of this volume, there are stories that pack more of an emotional wallop than I expected from the stories that came before.

  • Rick
    2019-03-03 09:44

    As a kid the individual comics that are collected in this compilation charged my imagination in ways that only a few others comics did. There was the Fantastic Four and Kamandi (and maybe OMAC), but the Guardians of the Galaxy had something those others didn't, they didn't have a regular comic series. There was nothing like not having a regular diet of something to fuel the hunger for more. These stories created a future history for the Marvel Universe that loosely tied together the cybernetic nightmares of Astonishing Tales and the Amazing Adventures of revolutionaries fighting off Martian invaders and only left me wanting more and more. Whether it was a visit from the Thing, Captain America and SHIELD agent Sharon Carter or the help of the entire non-team of the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy were going to free their future earth from the evil Badoon or die trying. But the biggest threat would come only after the succeeded! Today's readers might be disappointed that their is no Starlord, Rocket Raccoon or Groot in these pages, but this was the original version of the Guardians of the Galaxy and those cinematic characters wouldn't be created for decades after these original Guardians had appeared and saved their future galaxy from the Badoon, the Topographical Man and Arcturian Reavers.

  • Bob Wolniak
    2019-02-19 05:05

    Important backstory to the team including its original appearances and unique cast of characters which is not the same as today's movies (except Yondu). I bought this volume because it included the Defenders #26-29 Baddon revolution story I remembered so well from childhood. Most of the early stories were about how each member is the last of their race from human colonies on other planets banded together to fight the galaxy-spanning Badoon empire. The later stories introduce Nikki and give more of the origin of Starhawk. Unfortunately, much of this volume has very uneven illustration that would not be appealing to this generation.

  • Surly
    2019-03-12 07:53

    Gary lent me this book. Hey comics! Probably the star of the show is Milgrom, whose penciling is above average for era, and Gerber occasionally strives for high space opera. Otherwise a fairly typical specimen of the era, largely patterned on the familiar Fantastic 4 tropes: Vance Astro as the id (a 1000-year-old man at the emotional level of a 12-year-old); Charlie-27 as the ego (hey, look, muscles!); and Martinex as the superego (can't we be rational about this?). And look, there's a girl or two in this book! Girls are pretty but don't have much agency. With those caveats, diverting but not stellar.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-02-24 09:06

    This book collects the early appearances of the original Guardians of the Galaxy Team that feature Major Vance Astro from Earth, Charlie-27 from Jupiter, Yondu from Centauri IV and Martinex, the Crystal Man from Pluto. Later Starhawk and Nikki, a Mercurian Girl were added later. The book features the Guardian's pilot story in 1969's Marvel Superheroes #18, their Guest Appearance with the Thing and Captain America in Marvel Two-in-One #4 and 5 and with the Defenders in Giant Sized Defenders #5 and Issues 26-29 before they took over Marvel Presents for Issues #3-12.The stories are okay. The pilot issue by Arnold Drake introduces but doesn't give them a lot of definition. Writer Steve Gerber's obsession with them, even to the point of bringing modern Marvel Characters to the future in these crossover stories explains why the Guardians survived, even though the actual stars really dominated the stories. I liked the idea in Marvel Two-in-One #5 that Captain America's legend inspires people fighting for freedom even a millennia later and the Guardians' big focus is on freeing the Earth which both the Defenders and Captain America and the Thing gave them a hand towards.In Marvel Presents #3, this plot was dispense summarily so that our heroes could enjoy the freedom of the Stars with Starhawk joining the series and Nikki coming along to be the "token woman" to quote an interview with Gerber published in the back of this volume. Such brilliant character development led to some flat characters. He worked in one dimension to each character, with Vance he chose to make him unbalanced. A dubious creative choice given that as someone originally from the 20th Century was actually the character readers could relate to. Gerber focused on social commentary including the idea that the apocalypse was brought about in the 1980s as a result of not banning aerosol spray cans. However, as often happened at Marvel in the 1970s, Gerber became over-tasked as evidenced by Issue 8 which mostly reprints a Silver Surfer story with a half hearted Guardians frame around it. Gerber started Part One of the origin of Starhawk but ended up handing the storyline off halfway completed to Roger Stern without actually knowing how it ends. Stern actually does a pretty good job with the hand he was dealt and finishes the series off with style.This is a very choppy and uneven series of comics. This answers the question of the origins of the original Guardians of the Galaxy Team and provides some average comics (through Issue 8) and then the book gets a bit better.

  • Nathan Dehoff
    2019-03-09 10:52

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who was introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy through the movie, but they actually had a different line-up before that. That is, the comics came out before, but took place after, as this team primarily operated in the thirty-first century. This is a time when the galaxy has been conquered by lizard-people known as the Badoon, and they've wiped out Earth's colonies on the other planets in our solar system. The Guardians consisted of Vance Astro, a twentieth-century astronaut kept alive by his suit; Charlie-27, a giant-sized militiaman from Jupiter; the crystalline Martinex T'Naga from Pluto; the flame-haired Nikki Gold from Mercury; the weapons master Yondu Udonta from Centauri IV (okay, he WAS in the movie, but his personality was pretty different); and Starhawk, a mysterious being with the powers of an ancient hawk-god. Since team-ups are a staple of superhero franchises, several stories either involve the Guardians going back in time or heroes from the present journeying into the future. The stories collected in this book have Captain America, the Thing, the Hulk, and Dr. Strange fighting alongside the Guardians. Since many of the Marvel heroes have their home bases in New York City, it's not surprising they'd run into each other pretty often, but that becomes a bit less likely when other planets and thousand-year time gaps come into play. The stories are kind of silly, but the characters are fun and have interesting designs. Although it ended up being destroyed, I liked Starhawk's rustic cabin on an asteroid, a clever mix of the futuristic and archaic. By the way, if Starhawk's children consider Stakar their father and Aleta their mother, and the two of them are adopted siblings who share the same body, how did they reproduce?

  • Mike Clooney
    2019-03-09 10:00

    This volume reprints the Guardians' mid-1970s series in its entirety, as well as all of their prior appearances. It's steeply priced for a moderate-length paperback at 40 bucks, and there's a second volume which reprints the remainder of the Guardians' Bronze Age appearances at the same price. These two volumes could easily have been combined into one $20.00 black-and-white Essentials book. I don't know that there's much of an audience for high-end color reprints of these mostly-mediocre yarns.The majority of issues contained here are written by Steve Gerber, but don't come close to approaching the quality of his classic runs on MAN-THING and HOWARD THE DUCK. It reads something like a second-rate mash-up between Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Gerber himself admits (in an included text piece) that science fiction isn't a genre for which he has a particular affinity, and his lack of interest shows. The characterization is muddled, the plots are aimless, and Gerber's take on the future setting is anything but visionary (Martinex needs a transistor to repair the Guardians' starship, for example). The art by a novice Al Milgrom is uneven, but is strengthened in the issues inked by Terry Austin and Bob Wiacek.For die-hard enthusiasts of 70s comics only... but even they will probably be put off by the price-tag.

  • Budd
    2019-02-18 09:08

    This is a fun if somewhat corny book. Corny, mostly because it is so dated. It was a huge mistake of having a character from the 70's/80's era in the far future as a member of the team. This original version of the team has several members, most are post human inhabitants of other planets in our solar system. While it is fun imagining what these people would be like, it really makes the invasion look implausible. These few guys that are so tough are the exact genetic makeup of everyone else on their respective planets. Yet the Badoon march in and take over only to be forced out by a very small group. Doesn't make sense. Not to mention that they fly around in a mock up of the Enterprise that they have named the Captain America. This book is wordy. It is about 20 issues of some of the wordiest comics you will read. not that this is either good or bad, it is and you should just be expecting it. Not great, but not horrible either. There is some good writing tucked away in several issues and some interesting ideas that seldom ever seem to get fully explored. The art is on par with other titles of the time and some of it is rather striking.

  • Jason Luna
    2019-02-25 06:49

    The clearest appeal of this book is the artwork. Art from Sal Buscema and Al Milgrom, with bright coloring on top of it, makes the stories largely set in space and with people shooting power beams very appealing to look at.And the stories themselves are very interesting. The stories of the Guardians are able to build a lot of suspense. For one thing, the Guardians are trying to save the world from worldwide subjugation in the 30th century. And then a lot of stories involve flying a spaceship across space, so you don't know where you're going, what forces are at play.Steve Gerber's run on the characters is the best. He's able to build a lot of psychological things for the different aliens in the group, as well as place them in distressing situations that build up tension.A lot of cool looking/poweful characters blasting through weird looking things, and the art is great. This is the cosmic Marvel stuff in the mid-late 70s that is usually very entertaining and impressive (considering it's comic books).5/5

  • Blake Petit
    2019-03-03 09:07

    The earliest tales of the original Guardians of the Galaxy are still a fun read. Superhero stories set in the far future incorporate tons of sci-fi and space opera tropes: the man frozen in time, new strains of humanity evolving super powers based on what planet they're on, an alien invasion force and, of course via time-travel, appearances by the likes of Captain America, the Thing, and the Defenders. The early Guardians stories do go a bit further, with innovative ideas like the bizarre relationship between the two genders of the Badoon and the tragic fate of Vance Astro. I was a fan of these Guardians long before there was a movie, but I admit, it's the movie that gave me the urge to revisit them.

  • Christopher
    2019-03-02 10:05

    This was the first thing that I can recall reading by Steve Gerber. He seems to have written number of weird superhero comics in the 70s. The Guardians of the Galaxy were one of his many creations. There were heroes from the 30th century, but really there didn't seem to be anything that marked them as being from another millenium. The one exception is that there each were from different genetically altered human species. The storytelling of Gerber, or perhaps of the 70s seems less complex or developed than current comic books. Though Roger Stern took over the writing towards the end, and he's one of my favorites.

  • Rosa
    2019-02-24 11:59

    I thought this would be the new take on the Guardians of the Galaxy when I first got it on interlibrary loan. It turned out to be the original appearances explaining how the group got to together and letting us get to know it's original members and where they came from. I liked the book. I know to some people it probably comes off as cheesy but I kind of like the light straightforward story sometimes so it totally worked for me. Although I thought of this as a superhero book when I first got it after reading it all I definitely felt like it had more of a science fiction space exploration story. Still working on quantifying why that is.

  • Mike McDevitt
    2019-03-07 10:05

    Moments of creativity in this text-dense downbeat seventies SF tale. The story of a handful of PTSD space adventurers, each of whom is the "last" of his people, fighting to free a post-apocalyptic Earth from the enslavement of the space-lizard Badoons.I can only assume, like Solaris, that the tedium could be relived by ingesting seventies-era chemicals. Which, in fairness, I do not recommend.Try DC's Legion of Super-Heroes instead. Or the modern group (in name only) Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Reviewer from Terra
    2019-03-09 13:05

    I love the first story in here that introduces the original Guardians, but the later stories are just paint by numbers and I found them less than interesting. Forcing the Guardians into the past to join the modern ,Marvel universe was a bad idea, and I found the starhawk storyline totally convoluted and uninteresting. A curiosity at best.

  • Devero
    2019-03-10 06:52

    Storie oramai fuori tempo, dove quel folle di Steve Gerber tentò la stessa operazione di critica sociale che gli riuscì decisamente meglio con Man-Thing. Hanno un valore prettamente accademico, e se siete vecchi abbastanza, magari nostalgico.

  • Angela
    2019-03-06 05:43

    Don't be fooled - this has nothing to do with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie - but it was still a good romp through '70s Marvel comics.

  • Samantha Luciano
    2019-03-17 04:46

    it's nothing offensive. it's just that I'm truly not interested. if anyone else enjoyed this, that's great. again, not something I'm interested in.

  • Scott
    2019-03-09 05:57

    Decent space romp that suffers heavily from racism; every time Yondu is first brought up in a collected issue, he is described as a '[noble] savage'.

  • Bill
    2019-02-22 11:45

    Old-timey comic book fun.

  • Lawrence
    2019-02-23 06:57