Sweet Merciful McGillicutty, Star-Lord's Origin Is Friggin' Weirdlightninglouie8/27/14 2:19amFiled to: I CAN'T STOP THIS FEELING9027EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalinkHey cool! Marvel put all of the original Star-Lord stories in one trade paperback! I loved Guardians of the Galaxy! I've seen it twice in IMAX 3D! OOGA CHAKA OOGA OOGA—AdvertisementSlow down there, tiger. This isn't quite the Star-Lord you know and love from the movie. It's not even the same Peter Quill you might be familiar with from the current comics.OOGA CHAK— huh? No whimsical mix of boyish bravado and wounded vulnerability? No hilarious obscene gestures? No self-aware references to '80s pop culture? No Walkman stuffed with upbeat '70s AM rock? No crazy mask that seems to protect him from the vacuum of space even if he's just wearing regular clothes? NO DANCE-OFFS?AdvertisementNope. A lot of that's been gradually retconned into the character over the years, but you won't find it here. Nor will you find any monosyllabic anthropomorphized trees or wisecracking raccoons, or Thanos, or Gamora, or Drax, or any of the other characters or planets who made it into the big Marvel movie. In fact, it's not likely that these old stories are supposed to be set in the Marvel Universe at all.But Marvel's always had space heroes, right? The Guardians have been around in one form or another since the end of the '60s.Well, sure. And starting in the mid-'70s, Marvel got very interested in space and science fiction (not unlike the great novelty entrepreneur Irwin Mainway). SF was about to become a really big deal in popular culture. Star Trek was a huge phenomenon, The Six Million Dollar Man was a ratings smash, Space: 1999 had just arrived on American screens, big-budget movies like Rollerball, Logan's Run, and The Man Who Fell To Earth were popular with audiences, and there was a little independent film called The Star Wars on the horizon. Science fiction novels were starting to appear regularly on bestseller lists; rock music was suffused with genre imagery and themes. The science fiction iron was hot; if there was any time to strike, it was now.