Much like the Thing/Liberty Legion hardcover, this book falls under the category of “Reprints I Never Expected to See”. I’m glad it happened, but I never would’ve thought that Marvel would reprint these errant adventures of the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Old school fans know them, but I think many fans of the newer time might get a little confused.
The book features the very first GOTG story from Marvel Super-Heroes #18, by the adept team of Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. It reprints the group’s next appearances chronologically, from two issues of Marvel Two-in-One and a slew of Defenders stories.
Drake and Colan’s is the standout of the volume, of course, though Don Heck and Sal Buscema provide some very servicable artwork for the other issues, with Steve Gerber providing the scripting. The stories are good, standard seventies sci-fi/super-hero fare, and a very fun read.
Most of the tales involve time travel of some sort, to varying degrees of success, so expect a bit of hokeyness at times. It happens … ignore it and have a good time reading these stories on a rainy afternoon!