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The current Star-Lord (Peter Quill) features on the cover of Annihilation: Star-Lord #1 (Sep. - Dec. 2007)
Art by Nic Klein.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Preview #4 (Jan. 1976) (I); Inhumans vol. 3, #1 - 3 (June - Aug. 2000) and #4 (Oct. 2000) (II); Star-Lord #1 - 3 (Dec. 1996 - Feb. 1997) (III)
Created by Steve Englehart & Steve Gan (I); Carlos Pacheco & Jose Ladronn (II); Timothy Zahn and various (III).
In-story information
Alter ego Peter Quill (I); Jason of Spartax (II); Sinjin Quarrell (III)
Species Alien
Team affiliations Guardians of the Galaxy
United Front
Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Abilities Via suit:

Star-Lord is the name of three fictional characters that appear in publications published by Marvel Comics.

The first Star-Lord to chronologically appear is Peter Quill, first appears in Marvel Preview #4 (Jan. 1976), and was created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan. The second version, Jason of Spartax, is in fact the father of Peter Quill and appears in a flashback tale in the limited series titled Inhumans vol. 3, #1 - 3 (June - Aug. 2000) and #4 (Oct. 2000) and was created by Carlos Pacheco and Jose Ladronn. The third and final version is Sinjin Quarrell, and first appears in the limited series Starlord #1 - 3 (Dec. 1996 - Feb. 1997), being created by Timothy Zahn and various artists.


Publication history

The character first appears in the magazine publication Marvel Preview, with creator Steve Englehart stating on his website:

I conceived something very large. My hero would go from being an unpleasant, introverted jerk to the most cosmic being in the universe, and I would tie it into my then-new interest in astrology. After his earthbound beginning, his mind would be opened step by step, with a fast-action story on Mercury, a love story on Venus, a war story on Mars, and so on out to the edge of the solar system, and then beyond.

But — after his earthbound beginning, where I established him as an unpleasant, introverted jerk, I left Marvel, so no one ever saw what he was to become.[1]

The title establishes that Peter Quill is born during an unusual astronomical phenomenon when many of the planets align. Seeing no resemblance, the man who believed he was Quill's father angrily accused his wife Meredith of infidelity and attempts to kill the infant, but dies of a sudden heart attack. Quill is raised by his single mother until she is killed by an alien. The character is placed in an orphanage but escapes and eventually becomes a trainee NASA astronaut. An alien entity called the Master of the Sun eventually visits the space station that Quill and other astronauts are currently inhabiting, and offers the mantle of Star Lord (an interplanetary policeman) to a worthy candidate, Quill volunteers, but is rejected in favour of a colleague he once treated badly.

Quill is outraged, and NASA orders his return to Earth and discharge for his conduct. The character, however, steals a scoutship, and on returning to the space station takes his colleague's place. Quill is then chosen to become Star-Lord, with the Master of the Sun first creating an illusion in which the character is able to find and kill the aliens that murdered his mother to free him of his past. Equipped with a sentient vessel called "Ship", Quill commences his role as Star-Lord.[2]

Star-Lord reappeared in Marvel Preview, with writer Chris Claremont revamping the character and using science fiction adventure stories like the Heinlein juveniles for inspiration.[3] Heinlein's lawyers threatened legal action over the cover, which featured a blurb that described the content as "a novel-length science fiction spectacular in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein," leading to the issue being pulled and reprinted.[4] Star-Lord continued to make sporadic appearances in the titles Marvel Super Special;[5] Marvel Spotlight[6] and Marvel Premiere;[7] eventually featuring in a self-titled limited series, that featured another character - Sinjin Quarrell - taking on the identity.[8]

The third Inhumans limited series reveals that Peter Quill's father is Jason of Spartax, the second son of the galactic Emperor who acted as Star-Lord before him.[9]

Peter Quill is used by writer Keith Giffen in a storyline for the title in the shortlived Thanos series. The character encounters the former Herald of Galactus the Fallen One and is almost killed defeating the entity (Star-Lord's vessel "Ship" is destroyed in the conflict). The pair are subsequently imprisoned in the intergalactic prison the Kyln.[10] Star-Lord is freed by the hero Nova during the Annihilation storyline and aids in the war against villain Annihilus.[11] The character also features in the sequel Annihilation: Conquest, acting as military adviser to the Kree general Ronan the Accuser against the invading alien race the Phalanx.[12] When the Kree homeworld of Hala is conquered by the Phalanx, a related self-titled limited series details Star-Lord's efforts to lead a band of rebels against the invaders until the war is over.[13] In the second volume of a self-titled series, Star-Lord becomes the leader of a new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy, deciding to be "proactive" and end emerging galactic threats.[14]

Powers and abilities

As Star-Lord, Peter Quill wears a suit that grants augmented strength and durability and the ability to travel through space. The character also uses an "Element Gun", a special meta-pistol capable of projecting one of the four elements (air, earth, fire and water). Star-Lord also shares a psychic link with his sentient space vessel, "Ship".


  • Marvel Preview #4, Jan. 1976; #11, Summer 1977; #14 – 15 Spring – Summer 1978; #18 Spring 1979
  • Marvel Comics Super Special #10, Winter 1979
  • Marvel Spotlight vol. 2, #6 – 7 May – July 1980
  • Marvel Premiere #61, Aug. 1981
  • Starlord, the Special Edition #1, Feb. 1982 [reprints Marvel Preview #11]
  • Starlord #1 – 3 Dec. 1996 – Feb. 1997
  • Thanos #8 – 12 May – Sep. 2004
  • Annihilation: Conquest - Star-Lord #1 – 4 July – Nov. 2007


  1. ^ Star-Lord
  2. ^ Marvel Preview #4 (Jan. 1976)
  3. ^ Marvel Preview #11 (Summer 1977)
  4. ^ Comic Book Legends Revealed #194, Comic Book Resources, February 12, 2009
  5. ^ Marvel Super Special #10 (Winter 1979)
  6. ^ Marvel Spotlight vol. 2, #6 - 7 (May - July 1980)
  7. ^ Marvel Premiere #61 (Aug. 1981)
  8. ^ Star-Lord #1 - 3 (Dec. 1996 – Feb. 1997)
  9. ^ Inhumans vol. 3, #1 - 3 (June - Aug. 2000) and #4 (Oct. 2000)
  10. ^ Thanos #8 - 12 (May - Sep. 2004)
  11. ^ Annihilation #1 - 6 (Oct. 2006 - Mar. 2007)
  12. ^ Annihilation Conquest #1 - 6 (Jan. - June 2008)
  13. ^ Annihilation Conquest: Starlord #1 - 4 (Sep. - Dec. 2007)
  14. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, #1 (July 2008)

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