Marvel are making a movie about the Guardians of the Galaxy, unfortunately not the Silver and Bronze Age version but an update from 2008. Whilst never stars, the Guardians did appear in some excellent Bronze Age comics. Re-reading the stories what struck me was the contrast between the Silver Age trappings of the debut tale from 1969 and the Bronze Age stylings of their next appearance in Marvel Two-in-One in 1974. Arnold Drake and Gene Colan brought us the origin tale in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969).
|Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969)|
Pencil Art by Gene Colan, inks: Mike Esposito
Drake had recently come over to Marvel from DC where he had created and written the excellent Doom Patrol, probably the most Marvelesque of all the Silver Age DC books, and the highly original Deadman. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the story epitomises the most staid aspects of contemporary DC and could easily have appeared in DC's Showcase try out title as it doesn't feel like a Marvel book at all. Obviously Marvel fandom was underwhelmed with this issue as we had to wait until July 1974 for the team's next appearance. Luckily for us the superb Steve Gerber was scripting and the Guardians we know and love emerged.
|Marvel Two-in-One #4 (July 1974)|
Pencil Art by Gil Kane, inks:Joe Sinnott
|Marvel Two-in-One #5 (August 1974)|
Pencil Art by John Buscema, inks: Mike Esposito