Star-Lord was created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan. He made his first appearance in Marvel Preview #4 in 1976. He appeared again here and there over the years in Marvel Super Special, Marvel Spotlight, and Marvel Premier. He returned again in Thanos #8-12 in 2004, Annihilation #1-6 in 2006 and a 4 issue run titled Annihilarion: Conquest – Star-Lord leading into Annihilation: Conquest.
Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, is a human-alien hybrid, having an alien father (Jason of Spartoi) and a human mother (Meredith Quill). At age 11, he witnessed the death of his mother at the hands of the Spartoi. Eventually, he grew up to be an astronaut, working for NASA where an alien being known as the Master of the Sun bestowed upon him the mantle of Star-Lord along with a sentient vessel known as “Ship.”
While he has no actual “super powers,” Peter Quill is a master strategist, and is an expert in close-quarter combat, human and alien firearms, and battle techniques. Due to severe injuries he sustained during a battle with The Fallen One, one of Galactus’ former heralds, he received cybernetic implants that enhance his senses and give him 100% recall.
He is outfitted in a Kree heat-dampening-espionage-battle suit, a helmet that improves his vision and regulates his oxygen. He also carries a pair of signature Kree sub-machine guns.
Star-Lord is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.