The right arm of Vance Astro part 2: return of the pain – http://wp.me/p4oX4g-7C
Less than a month till Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 is out. We have Yondu with a mowhawk and the ‘best’ named villain the original Guardians ever had, Taserface.
As part of my usual what comics are coming out e-mail, I noticed that Marvel are releasing this today.
This is the final in their In the year 3000 line of Guardians of the Galaxy Classics TPB which covers the period from issue 51-62 which ended the original Guardians of the Galaxy series. As a long standing Guardians of the Galaxy fan, this was a nice little suprise to see.
Also available after a quick search was
As well as the other two volumes covering the Gallagher/West run. Was glad to see that this era has been well represented by Marvel’s collected edition people, that they haven’t forgotten that there was a group guarding the galaxy before Rocket met Groot.
In the interests of saving space on here, am going to be removing any non-Guardians of the Galaxy posts from Standing Guard. What I’ve been doing recently is sharing stuff from my other blogs to here, rather than add new content, which doubles the space I am using.
If you are following this blog for new content, the two blogs I am using here are Munky on Merseyside ( http://misfitmunky.wordress.com,) for personal stuff and general geekiness and ( https://marvelmunky76.wordpress.com ) for My Marvel Life related stuff.
There will be new content here from time to time, but if you’re following this blog, please follow the others for the stuff I have been posting here in the past year.
While shopping this afternoon, I saw something at a supermarket and just had to get it.
It was a toy, but before you roll your eyes, I get it, late thirties, shouldn’t be buying toys. Like many comic fans I have bought actions figures, as decoration. One by one, they fell into disinterest until my son was born, at which point, I knew where they’d end up. So any toys have been his, but I have my weakness, the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
Lets be honest, have one of the team tattooed on my right arm, so when I saw this.
One of the original Guardians of the Galaxy has his own figure, living in a geeky golden age.
That was it, just wanted to brag about my swag.
In an attempt to move foward, to move past some mistakes in my past, am covering a tattoo on my right arm, yesterday was the first of what I hope to be just two sittings.
Being a life-long comic reader and an old school Guardians of the Galaxy, the best choice for me was Vance Astro, sometime leader of the Guardians, at the time when he first started to wield the Shield of Captain America.
That decided, I needed three things, the time (hard with a little one) an artist and the desire to be in pain for a minimum of two hours at a time.
This weekend I had all three and visited Design for Life Tattoo parlour in Liverpool City Centre http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/
The talented Simon K Bell, who can be found on instagram https://www.instagram.com/simonkbell/ , did a fantastic job and turned the shower of s**t you see here with the stencil.
And then after another painful hour….
There is still reds, silvers and some background oranges and yellows, but so far I think it’s going really nicely. My thanks to Simon Bell for the work and my wife, the always awsome Rosie, who was with me distracting me, while someone was tatooing over scar tissue.
Getting it finished in March.
Ta Ta For Now internet people.
From 1969 to 1996, they guarded the galaxy. During that time, they did it all, time travel, evil twins, epic losses and victories and high adventure. They travelled to the past, lived in the far future and kicked ass in both. They met everyone from Spider-Man to Adam Warlock, from Quasar to the Thing. They helped the Fantastic Four, worked with the Defenders and at one point joined the Avengers. Their enemies ranged from the Stark to the Badoon, from Dr Doom to Galactus and at one point, the devil himself. They were the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The great advantage they had, by not having their own title for much of their early years, was that they were passed around from creative team to creative team and were worked on by some of the best around.
They were written first by Arnold Drake, but were also written by Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Tom DeFalco, Michael Gallagher, Steve Gerber, Mark Gruenwald, Len Kaminski, Ralph Macchio, Ron Marx, David Michelinie, Jim Shooter and Jim Valentino.
Drawn first by the excellent Gene Colan, but he was followed by pencillers Jerry Bingham, Sal Buscema, John Byrne, Howard Chaykin, Colleen Doran, Dale Eaglesham, Don Heck, Ron Lim, Bob McLeod, Al Milgrom, the legend that is George Perez, Mark Texeira, Herb Trimpe, Jim Valentino, Mike Vosburg and Kevin West.
There were from where I sit 5 distinct eras for the Guardians.
1969-1975: The guest star years, their first appearance, the war with the Badoon and adventures with the Defenders.
1976:-1977: The solo adventures, their post war years with strange adventures and a new member or two.
1977-1980: The second guest era, including both the Korvac Saga and and the point where the Guardians’ timeline diverged from the 616 timeline.
1990-1992: The Valentino years, where the team came into their own and had their own adventures in their own really entertaining title.
1992-1995: The post Valentino years, where Michael Gallagher and Kevin West blazed their own trail taking the series to it’s conclusion.
My favourite will always be the Jim Valentino era, he brought me into the series and it stills hold up. The other eras have their high points and all of them are worth having a look. In a time when the only Guardians of the Galaxy anyone remembers include a talking tree and a ill tempered raccoon, I wanted to fly the flag for the first team:
Captain Charlie-27: Last of the soldiers of Jupiter.
Martinex T’Naga: Last of the scientists of Pluto
Nicolette Gold: Young survivor of Mercury.
Yondu Udonta: Last warrior of Alpha Centauri
Aleta Ogord: Lady of Light
Starhawk: One who knows
Vance Astro: Survivor of the 20th Century.
These guys guarded the galaxy and they did it with style.
They guarded the galaxy. They entertained and inspired me, check them out, back issues or the recent reboot Guardians 3000.
Now, in case it wasn’t apparent, the Guardians of the Galaxy and all associated characters are trademarks of Marvel Entertainment and all rights are reserved to them. No infringement is meant and this blog is simply my way of thanking Marvel for all the entertainment they have given me and so many others.
Before I go I want to say a thankyou to Al Sedano, who’s podcast about Adam Warlock, (which I mentioned in an earlier post about Podcasts, the link’ll be there) inspired me to start doing this. He deserves plenty of credit, or blame, maybe it’s blame. The person I have to thank most is my most excellent wife Rosie, without her support and encouragement, many things, including this blog, would not happen. She is my north star, when I see her, I always know where home is. Also a bit of shout out to my son Sam, for being awesome and the greater online fan/podcasting communities, keeping the flame alive for so many things we loved once and loved still.
New Warriors 68 was cover dated February 1996 and was on sale December 1995, sharing the spinner racks with Askani’son #1, DC vs Marvel #1, Firebrand #1, Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis #1, Storm #1 and Vamps: Hollywood & Vein #1.
Future Shock 1: Just Yesterday was written by Evan Skolnick, pencilled by Patrick Zircher and inked by Andrew Pepoy and opens with someone falling through time in a very painful manner, landing in 1947. The scene then shifts to a wharehouse in New York in 1995, where the New Warriors are having a games night together playing risk. Team members Robbie (Speedball) Baldwin, Mickey (Turbo) Mushashi, Rina (Timeslip) Patel, Alex (Powerhouse) Power, Angelica (Firestar) Jones and Carlton (Hindsight) LaFroyge are joined by former members Mike Jeffries and Richie Rider, the former Turbo and Nova, also present is Laura Dunham, Richie’s girlfriend. Rounding off this group is Justice, the team leader, there in his civilian identity of Vance Astrovik (Wow, that’s a familiar name isn’t it?) enjoying the game, which Carlton has taken very seriously.
Also in attendence is Helix, who the team have taken in, who is unable to speak a word of english and the team having no spanish speakers on it, are unable to determine his identity and as a result. he’s just been hanging out with the team. There is a blackout, then a flash of light and seven beings appear inside the Warriors’ headquarters.
They are Vance (Major Victory) Astro, Yondu Udonta, Aleta Ogord, Captain Charlie-27, Nicholette Gold, Martinex T’Naga and Simon (Hollywood) Williams, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are looking for some kind of temporal anomaly that is in the room with them. Vance talks to younger Vance while the rest of the team start scanning and then everyone starts looking at Timeslip.
Convinced the anomaly is her, the Guardians try to take her out, then the readings change and we learn that the actual anomaly is Speedball. The Guardians attempt to take Speedball and that’s when things kick off.
There is a fight, with Helix joining in and the Warriors seem to be doing well against the Guardians. Timeslip feels she isn’t contributing enough and concentrates and in so doing, finds herself transported back in time, to before the Guardians arrived and only she has notice this.
She tries to tell them about what happened, but time seems somehow reset. The blackout and flash of light happens again and we expect this to be the arrival of the Guardians of the Galaxy. But it isn’t, it’s one of Nova and the New Warriors’ greatest threats, the Sphinx.
The Guardians of the Galaxy:
This was the last appearance of the Guardians as we know them. Any future appearances were alternate versions, where Vance was called Major Victory before being freed from his protective suit and other minor variations.
For the first time is so many posts, this is not a Guardians centric story, they are guest characters in this book and actually act and are treated like the villains, until their appearance is retconned away and the Sphinx returns.
This was an action heavy issue and was quite enjoyable.
The New Warriors:
The New Warriors first appeared in The Mighty Thor #412 back in October 1989 and got their own title in May 1990: The original line up was Dwayne (Night Thrasher) Taylor, Angelica (Firestar) Jones, Vance (Marvel Boy) Astrovik, Robbie (Speedball) Baldwin and Namorita Prentiss, Night Thrasher left the team and Namorita was MIA at this point and the series by Fabian Nicieza was a decent enough series with some excellent early work by Mark Bagley and Darick Robertson.
The team and the title had several ups and downs with members including Avengers Rage and Darkhawk and even the original Scarlet Spider at one point. This was a fun title that I loved when it was coming out and if not for the Guardians getting to me first, this maybe would’ve been a New Warriors blog.
The Sphinx first appeared in The Man Called Nova #6 in November 1976 (Ironically, November 1976 is my first appearance too) and was an enemy to Nova and the Fantastic Four before settling as a New Warriors villain several times. His most recent appearance was in the 4th volume of Nova in 2010.
NEXT TIME: … We say goodbye to this era of the Guardians of the Galaxy.