Drax, the Destroyer, created by Mike Friedrich and Jim Starlin, first appeared in Iron Man #55 in 1973. He appeared sporadically in issues of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Warlock until he was prominently featured in the The Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1-42 in the early 90s. Like the rest of this team, he was reintroduced in Annihilation: Conquest.
Originally a human named Arthur Douglas, he and his entire family were killed by Thanos. Desperate for a warrior to defeat Thanos, the Titan god Kronos placed Douglas’s spirit into a new body, creating Drax, the Destroyer. Unfortunately, by the end of The Infinity Gauntlet, Drax witnesses Thanos’ death at the hands of Captain Marvel. He then takes to wandering through space in deep contemplation, having been robbed of his purpose, before being recruited by Adam Warlock for his first team-up, the Infinity Watch.
Drax’s powers include strength, resilience, flight, and the ability to shoot blasts of energy from his hands. He can also sense Thanos from across the universe. His trademark weapons are two huge, long knives.