Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

written by Walt’s Basement Board Member Arthur E. Vassar

Marvel has been hitting the ball out of the park with recent movies featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, et al. So who are the Guardians of the Galaxy, and why did Marvel decide to bring them to big screen? The fact that other major properties (ie – Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four) are in contract to other production companies, is a part of it. But maybe they decided that going with the underdogs was what Marvel does best.

Early Days

In the late sixties, Marvel had introduced many of the A-list characters and teams that have become synonymous with the Marvel name. But they were still recovering from the anti-comic book hysteria of the 1950’s. Many of their titles were partial reprint comics, featuring a new character or team story followed by reprint stories from their library of westerns, science-fiction, romance, etc. that had sustained them for so many years. Marvel Super-Heroes was one of those titles, but in issue #18 (cover dated January 1969), the lead story featured a group known as The Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The time is the 31st century, and this is an alternative time-line to the main-stream Marvel Universe. The Guardians are made up of the team of Major Vance Astro, a 20th century astronaut who spent 1000 years in suspended animation on a trip to Alpha Centauri and finds humanity had arrived before him with technology discovered after his trip began. Martinex is a crystalline being from Pluto; Charlie-27, a humanoid from Jupiter that was genetically engineered for density on the gas giant; and Yondu, a native from Centauri-IV (fourth planet of Alpha Centauri-B. Each of them is the last of their respective races and they unite as a team to fight against the Badoons, an alien race that has mostly taken over Earth’s solar system.

Their next appearance didn’t happen until 1974, along with two new members (Starhawk, the-one-who-knows and Nikki, last survivor of the Venus humanoids) when issues 4 and 5 of Marvel Two-In-One featured the team along with Captain America and the Thing (Fantastic Four). In 1975 they showed up again, this time teaming with the non-group known as The Defenders in issues 26 through 29 and Giant Size Defenders #5. Both of these adventures had The Guardians traveling back through time to join up with the other heroes in their ongoing fight against the Badoon.

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The Guardians next appeared for 10 issues of the series Marvel Presents, followed by a run of eighteen issues of various titles that brought back the villain Korvac from the Giant-Size Defenders story. Korvac had been intended as a one-shot villain, but he emerged as a major player in the Marvel Universe… the stories were known thereafter as The Korvac Saga.

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Again the Guardians disappeared from the comic racks until the early 1990’s when then got a self-titled series that ran for 62 issues. It featured the original team in their future along with some new members, incuding a Skrull (alien shape-shifter), and Inhuman (Earth based superhuman) as well as Yellowjacket 2 (Rita DeMara) and a future version of the super-hero Wonder Man who is now the sole remaining Avenger. The team decides to continue the expansion and Martinex goes in search of more members in a mini-series Galactic Guardians.

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Modern Team

So how do we get to the team that will eventually show up in the movie? In 2007 a epic storyline entitled Annihilation: Conquest ran in the Marvel Universe that brought together a group of varied galaxy spanning characters that ranged from serious to a lesser known space-farer (Rocket Raccoon) and a former Marvel monster of the 1960’s repackaged as a cosmic level entity (Groot). It was in the aftermath of this story that Star-Lord brought together the team to as he put it “on the heels of two back-to-back wars, they’re out to prevent any new Annihilation-size disasters from erupting.” The new team is based out of a space station named Knowhere. Along with some members that will not be a part of the film, they faced the Universal Church of Truth, King Blastaar (Fantastic Four villain), and two crossover stories (War of Kings and Realm of Kings) in its short 25 issue run. They then went on to tie up some loose storyline ends in The Thanos Imperative and Avengers Assemble from 2010 to 2012. Most recently the team has gotten a new series as a part of the new Marvel NOW! branding started in 2013. It has all the members we will see in the movie as well as Iron Man who is trying to expand his outlook after the events of the A vs. X storyline.

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So looking at the movie cast who will we see? Star-Lord (Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt) is a thief, rogue and a bit of a jerk. Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) was an orphan trained by Thanos to be his assassin and is now seeking personal redemption. Drax the Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista) is a warrior is search of vengeance against one of the films protagonists Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is a tree-like humanoid that is both deadly and sweet, the only innocent in a group of ne’er do wells. Lastly we have Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) who is a genetically altered raccoon bounty hunter, mercenary, master of weapons, and battle tactics. Together they are the Guardians of the Galaxy… coming to a theater near you in August!

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Brand New Disney Dream Portrait Series-Featuring BRAVE’S Merida-by Annie Leibovitz

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Making their own fate, the first Disney/Pixar film character has been recreated in a Leibovitz portrait. It is Brave‘s princess that takes charge of her own future- Merida.

This is a part of the Disney Dream Portrait series, created by Annie Leibovitz.  Entitled, “Where Your Destiny Awaits,” it features Jessica Chastain as Merida.

You can find this new portrait in the upcoming February issue of O – The Oprah Magazine. For some of the past images that have been magically created, check here.

 

BraveBrave (2012 film), a computer-animated 3-D film produced by Pixar

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Reside in the Haunted Mansion?

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by Mztressofallevil

 

Everyone in my family (other than those that live in my house, that is) thinks I am a bit mad. I would LOVE to live in the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.

Ever since I was a young girl I have been amused and fascinated by the 999 Happy Haunts and their not-so-humble abode. They always tell you that there is “room for one more” and ask for volunteers, so why not? I VOLUNTEER, DISNEY!

In all seriousness, the details of the mansion are something that scores of Disney fans adore and cherish. Just traveling through the mansion is a feast for the senses. You feel the chill of the breeze regardless of the weather outside, and you can sense the “spirits” all around you without fearing the “other side”. It is a grim grinning great time for all ages.

You begin in the all-time favorite, the Stretching Room, complete with the hilarious portraits and the introduction to our “Ghost Host”.

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Just a bit later, after you find your way out of the room with no windows and no doors, you can see much from the comfort of your Doombuggy. These images are intentionally out of order, however, for I don’t want to spoil it if you have not yet ventured into the mansion yourself.

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Lots of stairs. That could get confusing if one leaves a Doombuggy. I will wait for a better departure point.

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Definitely leaving this lid intact as long as possible.

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Ah, here we go! The Ballroom banquet. What’s for dinner?

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Of course, I don’t think I could party on the chandelier above the table. Heights are not my thing. But party on, chandelier dudes!

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The Singing Busts. I can carry a tune- oh they just have to let me join in.

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Madame Leota presiding over her seance.Lots of musical instruments in that room. Maybe she will let me play one?

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The Attic and a portrait of Constance with one of her unlucky husbands, all of whom met with an early demise courtesy of an axe.

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Constance! I am sure we would get on fabulously- after all, we could have lots of girl talk and I am not taking anything with sharp edges with me.

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Ezra, Gus, and Phineas. Now why are they always trying to hitch a ride away from the mansion? Ah, the grass really is always greener I suppose.

Which is YOUR favorite room in the Haunted Mansion?
Would YOU join the 999 Happy Haunts as I would? (Or is my family right- am I batty?)

Shall we plan a weekend?

Meet Walt’s Basement’s Disney Forum Ambassadors

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Walt’s Basement Disney Forum Currently has four (4)

Ambassadors:

Duffy, Winnie The Pooh, Piglet, and Mickey Mouse!

Each Basementeer (Forum member) may request that one of the
Ambassadors visit them for a period of two (2) weeks, before sending
them on to another Basementeer.


While an Ambassador is visiting you and your family, you should take
lots of pictures and post them on their travel page so we can all see
what travels / adventures they have been on.

All four (4) Walt’s Basement Ambassadors have a Smartphone Pet ID

Tag with GPS.  These tags will help locate where the Ambassadors are,
if necessary.


Walt’s Basement Ambassador Introductions:

Duffy The Disney Bear:
My first adventures began on November 6, 2010, at Walt’s Basement
Grand Gathering, at Disneyland.  I have had some great adventures
and met some wonderful Basementeers.  I am adventurous and love to
travel, make new friends, and a very good listener / companion.  My
goal is to bring some happiness, some luck, and some love to all
Basementeers.

I love to go Geocaching and have a Geocache Trackable Travel Bug.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Winnie The Pooh:


“Oh, bother”, my name is Winnie the Pooh and I am one of Walt’s
Basement newest Ambassadors.  I am always looking for a “smackeral
of hunny” and there is usually a “rumbly in my tumbly”.  Being one of
the newest Ambassadors I have not done a lot of traveling and it would
be an honor to meet you and your family and see the sights where you
live.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Piglet:


My name is Piglet and I am the smallest Ambassador.  I would love to
come and visit with you and your family.  I love to travel, “I musn’t f – f
- f – fear!”, and share with everyone all the places I have been to.  Some
of the places I have visited are: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and I
have even been on a Disney cruise.


I discovered a new hobby called Geocaching and have a Geocache
Trackable Travel Bug.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Mickey Mouse:


“Oh, boy!” Mickey Mouse here and I am Walt’s Basement newest
Ambassador.  So far I have been able to visit a few families and have
already made some new friends here on Walt’s Basement.  Traveling is
one of my favorite things to do.  I am a pretty good photographer also.
Minnie says I take too many pictures, but I disagree.  “Gosh, meeting
and visiting you would be swell!”


To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

A WB In Depth Look at Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom in Dateline Disney Forum

A WB In Depth Look at Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom in Dateline Disney Forum.

 

What a great article at Walt’s Basement about Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom- plus, they have a Trading Post Board where you can trade and find the cards you need if you collect them. Check it out!

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