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'Guardians of the Galaxy' described as 'pirates for good'

Spacefaring team had origins in Marvel Comics
by Matthew Price Published: August 1, 2014

Spacefaring heroes of the Marvel Universe star in this week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. The team has a long history in Marvel Comics, associated with several characters.

Brian “Buck” Berlin of New World Comics will host a “Guardians of the Galaxy” superhero school at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for kids and fans to find out more about these cosmic heroes. Cosplayers dressed as the Guardians will answer questions about the Guardians characters: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

The slightly offbeat characters include a talking raccoon and a sentient tree that says “I am Groot!”

Current “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer Brian Michael Bendis recently described the Guardians characters as “pirates for good.”

“But I also think there’s something — a lot of people today end up making their own family. Y’know?” he said in an interview with Vulture. “There’s the family you came from, and it may have been broken, or you may not have fit in it, or whatever. Then, you grow up and you make your own family.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in comics in 1969 as a team from the far future. The modern team was created in 2008 by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, rounding up several of Marvel’s spaceborne heroes from previous series, including Star-Lord, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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Superhero School

Where: New World Comics, 6219 N Meridian Ave.

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 721-7634 or



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