When I was tapped to write a series of 60-page stories that could kick off in MARVEL PREVIEW (man, all these PREVIEWs and PREMIEREs are hard to keep track of!), I conceived something very large. My hero would go from being a jerk to the most cosmic being in the universe, and I would tie it into my then-new interest in astrology. After his earthbound beginning, his mind would be opened step by step, with a fast-action story on Mercury, a love story on Venus, a war story on Mars, and so on out to the edge of the solar system, and then beyond.

But - after I established him as a jerk, I left Marvel, so no one ever saw what he was to become. The guys who followed me were clear that they couldn't follow through on the astrology, so they settled for smoothing off his rough edges - a very useful approach as time has shown.

I later wrote the Mercury story as part of a relaunch under the name SunDancer for Eclipse, but they went out of business before publishing it.

So there sat Star-Lord, mostly ignored for many years, until Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning made him the leader of a small band of misfits called the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the rest is history. Thank God he never got past his initial state.

So that's four Hollywood productions I've helped get made to this point (Dr Strange, UltraForce and Captain America are the others), in addition to the five I've generated directly (Dr Strange, Batman, NightMan, Batman: The Animated Series/The Adventures of Batman & Robin, and The Silver Surfer).