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Star-Lord's Father: Comic Book Origins

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Script written by Craig Butler Father-son relationships can be challenging – especially when Dad’s the head of a galactic empire. Welcome to and today we will explore the comic book origin of Star-Lord’s Father J’Son. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.

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Comic Book Origins: Star-Lord's Father J'Son

Father-son relationships can be challenging – especially when Dad’s the head of a galactic empire. Welcome to and today we will explore the comic book origin of Star-Lord’s Father J’Son.

As with most comic book characters, there are often re-imaginations and different versions to a character’s past. We have chosen primarily to follow the storyline which unfolded in 1977’s Marvel Preview #11 and which was expanded upon in 2000’s Inhumans #2-4 and 2013’s Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1.

J’Son, the father of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, doesn’t possess otherworldly superpowers. Sure, he’s very handy with all sorts of weapons, but that doesn’t really matter. See, when you’re Emperor of Spartax and control entire planets, you don’t really need superpowers.

J’Son was introduced into the Star-Lord saga about a year after Peter Quill himself debuted. Star-Lord was fighting goons on the planet Spartax when he came face to face with the Emperor – who turned out to be his own father. As J’Son told it, when he was a prince, he couldn’t stand all the pomp and circumstance of court life. So he took off to explore the universe.

But when war broke out between Spartax and an enemy, J’Son headed toward home – only to find that his spaceship was in need of repair. He crashed on Earth, in a remote area, where a young woman named Meredith Quill found him. J’Son was badly hurt, so she nursed him back to health – and (wait for it) the two fell in love. His ship repaired, J’Son left for Spartax, promising to return for her – and the son she was now carrying.

Back on Spartax, J’Son charged his uncle with retrieving Meredith and her baby. But the duplicitous uncle hired an assassin to take care of them. Meredith was slain, but Peter escaped. And the uncle simply told J’Son that both Meredith and her son had died in childbirth. After the death of his father, J’Son then assumed the throne. He offered Peter the chance to stay with him, but Star-Lord had no use for court life and quickly left.

More of J’Son’s backstory was revealed in a 2000 tale in which the group known as the Inhumans were being forced by Ronan the Accuser to sabotage a royal wedding. J’Son – now known as Jason - was to wed the princess of another empire, to unite the two forces. He met the Inhumans, not knowing of their plans to assassinate his bride, and took them as his guests. It seemed that he was especially fond of Medusa, although he was honor-bound to go through with his own wedding.

Jason’s training involved working in a dozen different capacities, including as a fighter pilot. His exposure to other people made him question the legitimacy of his Empire and whether he would really like to lead it. But he felt it was his duty to do so, even if he had qualms.

On the wedding day, the Inhumans attacked as planned – but they were foiled. Enemies of Jason then framed him as being the instigator of the assassination attempt, using as evidence his friendliness with the Inhumans and his conversation about doubting the worth of the Empire. He is then banished forever to wander space – which eventually leads to his arrival on Earth and his meeting of Meredith Quill.

In 2013, J’Son’s story about coming to Earth got another retelling. The basics of the story remained the same as the original, but there was more time for J’Son and Meredith’s bond to develop. Also, gone was any indication that he had been banished from his home. More importantly, this version of J’Son seemed loving and kind.

But he sure didn’t act that way toward Star-Lord when they finally met. As Emperor, J’Son went so far as to declare Earth a protected planet and that aliens who landed there could be punished by death – all as a way of luring Star-Lord there so he could take him as a prisoner of war – and maybe kill him.

Thanks to the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Star-Lord has become quite famous. But don’t look for J’Son as his father. Instead, Kurt Russell plays the human personification of Ego, the Living Planet. Yes, a planet is Star-Lord’s father on the big screen. And why not? But J’Son has appeared in the Guardians TV series – where his relationship with his son is appropriately complicated.

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