The original Starjammers

Dave Cockrum was a wildly creative guy, and was constantly coming up with ideas for new characters. For instance, Marvel fans will recognize Raza and Ch'od, part of the Starjammers team:

Cockrum came up with the team of space pirates known as the Starjammers in 1972. He submitted the idea to Marvel Spotlight and Marvel Premiere, the tryout/anthology books, but was told they were booked for two years in advance. So he went to Chris Claremont and convinced him to put the Starjammers into X-Men... with some changes.

Rather than Corsair, the leader of the team would have been a guy called Bloodstar:

If you remember Dave's other creations, the Strangers, you'll recognize Phaedra as being a reworking of the character Belladonna from that pitch, who would have been a vampire lady and the Wolverine character's sister:

In 1994, Cockrum partnered with Action Hobbies to release a model kit of Phaedra, which revealed some of the original intended 1972 Starjammers story:

Phaedra is a warrior princess of the planetary republic of Shandilarr; she is also a Genjaak Sorceress and member of the Bright Council of Llangobar.

Driven from her homeworld when it was destroyed by the Dark Empire, Pahaedra, with her chief warlord Bloodstar, formed a resistance group to combat the Dark Empire. The called themselves The Starjammers...

A princess from a destroyed planet leading a rebel group against an evil Empire? It'll never work!

For his part, Claremont tried to convince Cockrum not to use the Starjammers in the book - not because he didn't think they were good characters, but because if they appeared in X-Men, then they'd be X-Men characters: if they appeared somewhere else first, Cockrum would still have claim to them, and could possibly get royalties for it. He even offered to drop their scenes from Uncanny #107, and write around the absence. But Dave was excited about the team, so into the book they went, which is why today we have Corsair instead of Bloodstar.

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3 Responses to The original Starjammers

  1. Note that Ch'od has four fingers per hand & fins down his spine & calves.

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  3. Oliver says:

    Oh wow, NEVER seen Cockrum's profile view of Ch'od before! One of my all-time fave characters...

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