STAR-LORD: Peter Quill

Real Name: Peter Jason Quill

Identity/Class: Human/Extra-terrestrial (Spartoi) hybrid; possibly extra-temporal

Occupation: Explorer, Warrior

Affiliations: "Ship" (partner and would-be lover); Master of the Sun, (former mentor); Al (his pet owl), people of Cymoril, Kip, Sandy, Sylvana, Thorn, Trinity-That-Is-One

Enemies: Ariguans, Beastmen of Redstone, Gareth of Sparta, Haalmhad, Greg Harrelson, Jake, Lorq, Quan-Zarr, Rruothk'ar, Kyras Shakati of Cinnibar, Shreen, Slavers, Symbion

Known Relatives: Jason of Sparta (father), Meredith Quill (mother, deceased), Eson of Sparta (paternal grandfather), Gareth of Sparta (paternal great-uncle); Jake ("step-father")

Aliases: Starlord, "Boyo" (nickname from Ship, c/o Chris Claremont)

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe; formerly a cabin in the Western United States; the "State orphanage;" Ohio; NASA training center, Houston, Texas;

First Appearance: Marvel Preview#4 (January, 1976); Inhumans IV#4 (October, 2000)

 

Powers/Abilities: Star-Lord wears a costume that enables him to survive in space. It is possible that the costume has actually altered his physical structure, as he does not need to wear any helmet, or any form of life support to survive the nearly absolute zero, airless vacuum. He can fly through air or in space, presumably another attribute of his costume. He possesses enhanced healing and uses personal energy shields. In the event that he were injured beyond his own ability to recover, Ship can administer emergency medical or surgical care.
He wields the Element Gun, which can generate and manipulate the four ancient elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The Gun actually serves as a portal in space, drawing the above elements from the planet. While the supply of these is practically limitless, removal of excessive amounts of one form may up set the balance on that planet, with catastrophic consequences. The use of the Element Gun is limited only by Star-Lord's will, focus, and imagination.

In addition, Star-Lord is highly athletic, a skilled marksman and swordsman, and proficient at hand-to-hand combat. After overcoming his lifetime of hatred, Star-Lord took a vow to never take another life unless absolutely necessary.
His greatest asset is his partner and would-be lover, Ship.

 

History: (Inhumans IV#4 (flash-forward) - As Jason, the prince of Spartoi left the planet Kritnah (exiled from the Spartoi empire by his father), Delphos, a precognitive member of the Shiar Imperial Guard saw his potential future--his search to prove his innocence would bring him to Earth, where he would meet a woman and have a child, destined to be a Lord among the Stars. At the conclusion of the vision, Star-Lord is seen battling some alien creature.

(MarvPrev#11(fb)-BTS) - When war broke out between the Spartoi empire and the Ariguans, Jason's father summoned him home. En route, his ship blew a converter and he crash-landed on Earth. This was observed by Meredith Quill, who found and recovered Jason, and nursed him back to health. Over the course of a year, Jason and Meredith fell in love, but when he had rebuilt his ship, he was forced to leave. Not wanting to risk her life at the hands of the Ariguans (and knowing that she carried his son, and he didn't want to hazard that life), he left Meredith behind. For her own safety and sanity, Jason placed a mindlock on her memories of their time together, so that she would only remember it as a dream.
Within a month, Meredith married her high school sweetheart, Jake.

 

(Marvel Preview#4) <February 4, 1962> - Meredith gave birth to her son, Peter Jason Quill. Jake recognized that the baby looked nothing like him and flew into a rage, assuming Meredith had been unfaithful to him. Jake took the baby outside to kill it with an axe, but instead had a heart attack and died. It was an hour before Meredith had the strength to crawl outside and recover her baby, during which time Peter stared at the starry sky.
Meredith's sanity and health were strained by the series of events, and she withdrew from life, devoting all of her time to her son.

(Marvel Preview#4 ) <1969> - Peter grew up a loner, not fitting in with the other kids, and not wanting to do so, either. He was fascinated by science fiction shows and the US moon landing.

(Marvel Preview#4) <Spring, 1971> - Peter discovered the scorched Earth where his father had crash-landed, but his mother explained it away. It did, however, serve to feed his dream of space and aliens.

(Marvel Preview#11(fb)-BTS) - After a few years, Jason felt it to be safe to bring Meredith and their son to Sparta. However, as Prince, he was too involved in the war and could not leave, so he requested aid from his uncle, Gareth. Seeking to potentially gain the throne himself one day, Gareth decided to eliminate anyone else who would stand in his way, and so he hired Kyras Shakati of Cinnibar to kill Meredith and Peter. Shakati sent Rruothk'ar, of the Ariguan Confederacy to do the deed.

(MarvPrev4) <August 11, 1973> - Rruothk'ar and a band of Ariguans traveled to Earth. However, their understanding of their mission was incomplete. They killed Meredith, but left her son alive, kneeling by her corpse. No one believed his story, but they were unable to prove anything different. Peter was placed in the state orphanage, where he continued to set himself apart from the other kids. In addition, he now developed an inner hostility due to his experiences.

(MP4) <February 4, 1975> - On his thirteenth birthday, Peter ran away from the orphanage.

(MP4) <November 11, 1987> - Peter enjoyed his lifelong dream, training for NASA. Still he remained isolated from other trainees and everyone else. He saved a fellow trainee, Greg Harrelson, from a centrifuge accident, but rather than accept his thanks, Peter berated him for his stupidity and turned a potential friendship into a mutual hatred.

(MP4) <June 7, 1989> - Peter proved to be one of the most proficient graduates in the aeronautics program, but his lack of people skills continued to plague him. He was passed over for inclusion in the Mars probe program because it was known that he could not work with the other astronauts. Quill flipped out, cursed out his superiors, and got hee-hee-hammered on Jim Beam.

(MP4) <November 23, 1989> - Missing that position served as a wake-up call to Quill and he reapplied himself, eventually being placed aboard the Space Station Eve. Quill was ecstatic to finally make it into space.

(MP4) <January 26, 1990> - The crew of the Eve were confronted by the image of Star-Lord, which described itself as a concept one of them would become, in 14 days. Quill proudly volunteered himself, but was turned down, in favor of someone with more space experience--Greg Harrelson. Quill went ballistic, screaming and smashing anything he could get his hands on. He was soon discharged from service and sent back to Earth.

(MP4) <February 9, 1990> - Quill, determined not to miss this opportunity, broke into Cape Canaveral and stole a scoutship. He arrived back on Eve and fought his way into the chamber in which Harrelson was being prepared. Quill forcibly dislodged Harrelson from the oval chamber and was taken in his place. He was instantly transported into a city in space, where the Master of the Sun transformed him into Star-Lord.
The Master of the Sun then sent him to gain his vengeance on the aliens who had killed his mother. He soon encountered an Ariguan ship and slew everyone aboard, after which he immediately returned to the Master of the Sun's realm. Quill was unsure whether he had actually ever left the realm, but the Master told him that he had experienced his vengeance and was now free of his past life--"free to form a new life...Then come, Star-Lord. Leave your madness behind and walk with me."

(Marvel Spotlight II#6(fb)) - - The Master of the Sun introduced Star-Lord to a sentient energy being that had once been a star. The energy being reforms itself to become his ally, "Ship."

(MP11) - Star-Lord rescued the prisoners of a group of Slavers, taking them to the planet Windhölme. He was then joined by Kip and Sandy, two recent slaves, who wished vengeance on those who had sent the Slavers. Their search brought them to the planet Cinnibar, and to the merchant Kyras Shakati. They were briefly ensorcelled by Shakati's Telempathic Crystal, but managed to break free. Shakati tried to offer hidden information to Star-Lord in exchange for his own life, but Sandy killed him before he could speak--she then revealed that Shakati had a finger-blaster trained on Star-Lord and would have killed him had she not stopped him. Star-Lord and his allies narrowly escaped as the palace exploded, as it was programmed to do upon Shakati's death.
Star-Lord learned that the profits from the worlds stripped by the Slavers were being used to replace the Emperor with his uncle, Gareth. Star-Lord and his new allies traveled to Sparta, where Ship was shot down and they crashed on the planet. Kip and Sandy were captured, but Star-Lord made it to safety and then rescued them. Quill confronted Gareth and his associate Rruothk'ar, whom he recognized as the one who had slain his mother. Star-Lord fought and killed Rruothk'ar and then Gareth, as well. He then met the Emperor, who revealed himself to be his father, Jason, and revealed his origins. Jason offered Peter the role as heir to the throne of Sparta, but he declined, preferring the freedom of space. Instead, Quill recommended that Jason adopt Kip and take him as heir to the throne.

 

(MP14) - A squadron of Lorq starfighters blasted Ship out of the sky over the planet Ferrol and she crash-landed on the surface. Star-Lord was gravely injured, and Ship created a human form to operate and save his life. When he revived, she pretended to be a woman who had found him, and named herself Caryth Halyan. Star-Lord and Caryth explored the planet, searching for what the Lorq had been after. She attempted to seduce him, but found the feelings this generated to intense for her, and so she broke it off. They encountered and saved the life of the Trinity-That-Is-One and its insectoid symbionts, and Star-Lord provided a water source to keep them alive. Then the Lorq attacked anew, slaying Caryth and destroying Ship before he could fight them off. Ship, however, as a being of primal energy, was able to reform. Star-Lord guessed that she had been Caryth.

(MP15) - Star-Lord accompanied Ship on a mission to defeat the Haalmhad homeship, saving the planet Cymoril, although they were too late to save the planet Carillon.

(MP18) - Star-Lord traveled to the planet Redstone, where he and Ship encountered Sylvana, Quan-Zarr, and the Beastmen. Quill stood back as the last of the Beastmen slew Quan-Zarr to retake the Power Rod, but then was forced to kill the Beastman to stop him from using the Rod to destroy Redstone.

(Marvel Spotlight II#6) - Star-Lord sensed an attack on the Master of the Sun and rescued him. However, the Master instructed them to return him so he could accept his fate.

(MarvSpot II#7) - Star-Lord and Ship traveled to the planet Heaven, where they tried to save Thorn from Shreen and allow Thorn to regain his wings and return to the cloud world. Ultimately both Shreen and Thorn died, a result of their debts of honor.

(Marvel Premiere#61) - Star-Lord investigated the planet "Symbion" (see comments). The planet, a sentient being, tried to form a temporary symbiosis with him, but he mistook it to be a parasitic creature. He broke free of its clutches and planned to destroy the planet to prevent it from taking other victims. Ship talked him out of it, and he left the planet behind.

(Marvel Super Special#10) - Ship and Star-Lord were pulled through a warp associated with a black hole and were separated. There Star-Lord met an alien race living on a massive, planet-sized ark. Their leader, Noah, initially claimed that they were the last remnants of the human race, having come from 3 million years in the future. However, another member of the race, Aletha, revealed that they were aliens, using illusions (which they called "smoke") to appear to be human. Aletha revealed that "Noah" and his allies had actually sought to use Star-Lord's knowledge to conquer Earth and take it for their new home. With Star-Lord's aid, Aletha and the rest of the people of the ark overthrew Noah and his warlords, so that they would then live on the ark for the rest of their lives.
After a brief affair with Aletha, Star-Lord was then reunited with Ship. As they left the ark, Ship revealed that she had been linked with Aletha for the course of their adventures.

(Star-Lord#2(fb)-BTS) - Ship, and presumably Star-Lord, were caught in the pull of a black hole. Ship narrowly escaped destruction by "slingshotting" around the gravity well, but she crashed on the planet Bovric. Twelve years later, Star-Lord was still missing, and Ship had no memory of what had happened to him. Ship encountered and trained Sinjin Quarrell to be the new Starlord until they could find the original.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan.
Officially connected to the Marvel Universe by Carlos Pacheco and Ladronn.

How does Star-lord fit into the Marvel Universe?
In Inhumans IV#4, in the modern era, as Jason left the planet Kritnah, Delphos (a precognitive) saw a potential future of Jason going to Earth and fathering the child who would become Star-Lord, consistent with his origins. The original Star-Lord series tied him firmly to having his origins prior to the modern era (it WAS the modern era then, but that's Marvel's sliding timescale for you). In that story, Peter Quill was born in 1962, his mother was killed in 1973, began training with NASA in 1987, and he became Star-Lord in 1990. One of a few things would explain this:

What happened to Star-Lord?
Marvel Super-Special#10 was published in Winter of 1979, which would place it between Marvel Preview#18 and Marvel Spotlight II#6. However, the trip through the black hole seems to connect it to the disappearance of Star-Lord discussed in the 1996 Starlord series. I see two possibilities.

When first written by Englehart, Star-Lord was a heavy mix of Astrology and Sci-Fi. Given that it was the seventies, I guess it could have been worse--he could have replaced Astrology with Satanism, or perhaps even Kung Fu. Englehart's Star-Lord was also something of a mad dog, with a lot of hatred inside of him. We'll never know where Englehart was going with this saga. There were about 18 months between the first and second Star-Lord sagas. John Warner, editor of Marvel Preview, maintained an interest in the character and decided to bring him back, but by this time, Englehart was involved with other commitments.
The next batch of stories, written by Claremont, dropped the Astrology, as well as Peter's inner rage and hatred. There was a period of years, at least, in Star-Lord's time between Marvel Preview#4 and 11, so it is ASSumed that he came to terms with himself and mellowed with age.
Why did his hair turned from brown to blond (in Marvel Preview#18 (the cover anyway), Marvel Spotlight II#6+7, and Marvel Premiere#61)? In Marvel Super Special, it was also blond on the cover, and brown in the story.
Maybe all the exposure to sun/star light bleached it!

Characters from the Starlord sagas, including Kyras Shakati and the Slavers from Marvel Preview#11 are seen at a party at Imperial Center, hosted by Lilandra Neramini, in Uncanny X-Men#125, also by Claremont and Byrne. Also present: Popeye!

Changing Writer's Syndrome is usually a bad thing. However, while Star-Lord never made it into the big time (A Star-Lord series was in the works back in the 1970s, as discussed in the pages of Marvel Preview), I enjoyed all of the different takes.

Taking some "profiler's license," as I often due, I'd like to name the planet that Starlord encountered in Marvel Premiere#61 "Symbion." This is mostly for clarification and future reference.

Lastly (for now), Ship and Sinjin visited a planet called R'Ralmis and mentioned that the Master of the Sun once lived there. Whether this is the same place that Starlord visited in Marvel Preview#4 is unclear.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Peter Quill, Star-Lord, should be distinguished from:

Eson of Sparta has no known connection to:

The Power Rod, aka the Ultimate Weapon, formerly held by Quan-Zarr and the Beastmen, has no known connection to:

Quan-Zarr

Redstone, the planet that was the former home of Quan-Zarr, has no known connections to:

Rruothk'ar, of the Ariguan Confederacy, is described as a Sith-Lord. This is unclarified, but there are no known connections to:

Sparta (or Spartax), the planet of the Spartoi, has no known connection to:


Last updated: 12/14/02

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