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The 1969 Guardians of the Galaxy team is the original 31st-century team from an alternate timeline. The Guardians first appear in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969). The initial roster consisted of Vance Astrovik (Major Victory), Martinex T'Naga, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta. Created, in large part, by Starhawk (Stakar Ogord). Later members included Stakar Ogord, Aleta Ogord, and Nikki.

The 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy team is the modern version of the team formed in the aftermath of Annihilation: Conquest. These Guardians first appeared in Annihilation: Conquest #6 (June 2008), but not officially called the Guardians of the Galaxy. One could argue that these Guardians of the Galaxy actually originated in Annihilation: Conquest #2 (February 2008) when Peter Quill and Rocket Raccoon selected members for their elite force, including Mantis and Groot. But the first formal presentation of this named group was in the Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (July 2008). This GotG consisted of Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Phyla-Vell (now as Quasar), Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Adam Warlock. Members came and went, including Bug, Black Flag and Starhawk.

The New Guard of the Guardians of the Galaxy consists of Kitty Pryde, Thing, Drax, Venom, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and later Star-Lord and Gamora. This Guardians team first appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy" Vol. 4 #1 (October 2015). Initial roster of Rocket Raccoon, Kitty Pryde, Thing, Drax the Destroyer, Agent Venom and Groot. However, Star-Lord and Gamora eventually re-joined the team, and so did Angela.

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#Comic NameRef.Issue NumberDateCreative TeamMarvel UniverseMiscellaneous Information
1Tales to AstonishRef.13Nov-60Lieber - Kirby - Heck -DitkoEarth-6161st appearance of Groot, Monarch of Planet X, "killed" by termites.
2Tales to AstonishRef.46Aug-63Hart - Lieber - LeeEarth-6161st appearance of Kraglin as an alien on Earth investigating humans using a robotic cyclops.
3Fantastic FourRef.66Sep-67Lee - KirbyEarth-616Creation of Him (later is Adam Warlock), but not seen in this issue.
4Fantastic FourRef.67Oct-67Lee - KirbyEarth-6161st actual drawing of Him (later is Adam Warlock).
5Marvel Super-HeroesRef.18Jan-69Drake - Everett - BinderEarth-69131st Guardians of the Galaxy form as they fight the Badoon who have taken over Earth's solar system.
6Iron ManRef.55Feb-73 Starlin - FriedrichEarth-6161st appearances and origins of both Thanos of Titan and his prisoner, Drax the Destroyer (created by Kronos).
7The AvengersRef.112Jun-73Englehart - HeckEarth-6161st appearance of Mantis (Celestial Madonna) observing The Avengers
8The AvengersRef.113Jul-73Englehart - HeckEarth-616Manits and mysterious companion travel to New York City to join The Avengers
9The AvengersRef.114Aug-73Englehart - HeckEarth-616Manits and her "man", Swordsman who alone rejoins The Avengers, defeat the Lion God.
10Strange TalesRef.180Jun-75Jiltrin - StarlinEarth-6161st appearance of the unnamed Gamora who wishes to help Adam Warlock fight The Magus, if he's willing.
11Strange TalesRef.181Aug-75Jiltrin - StarlinEarth-616Gamora introduces herself to Pip as the "Deadliest Woman in the Whole Galaxy."
12Marvel PreviewRef.4Jan-76Englehart - Mantio - GanEarth-7911st appearance of Peter Quill, Star-Lord/Starlord, raised by his widowed mother. Brat as a young man from not being believed about aliens. Made super-powerful by the Master of the Solar Sytstem.
13Marvel PreviewRef.7Jul-76Mantio - Claremont - GiffenEarth-6161st appearance of Rocket Raccoon. On the planet Halliailae, he leads Prince Wayfinder to food but they are captured by the witch, Kirke.
14The AvengersRef.257Jul-85Stern - BuscemaEarth-6161st appearance of Nebula who is commander of the Sanctuary II and has Captain Marvel as a prisoner.
15Captain MarvelRef.16Jan-04 David - AzacetaEarth-6161st appearance of Phyla-Vell in last page where she is annointed the new Captain Marvel by her mother, Elysius.
16NovaRef.8Jan-08Lanning - Abnett - AlvesEarth-6161st appearance of Cosmo when Nova (Richard Rider) is transported to Knowhere.
17Annhilation: ConquestRef.2Feb-08Lanning - Abnett - RaneyEarth-616Peter Quill and Rocket Raccoon select members for their elite force, including Mantis and and the refined, from the original, Groot.
18Annhilation: ConquestRef.3Mar-08Lanning - Abnett - RaneyEarth-616Mantis, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Star-Lord trying to demolish Phalanx power spire and free Kree
19Annhilation: ConquestRef.4Apr-08Lanning - Abnett - RaneyEarth-616Appearance of Mantis, Groot, Rocket Raccoon. And Star-Lord, who is being interogated by Ultron.
20Annhilation: ConquestRef.5May-08Lanning - Abnett - RaneyEarth-616Mantis, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon rescue Star-Lord
21Annhilation: ConquestRef.6Jun-08Lanning - Abnett - RaneyEarth-616Peter Quill wishes to formally start the unnamed Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems
22Guardians of the GalaxyRef.1Jul-08Lanning - Abnett - PelletierEarth-616The formal presentation of the classic GotG: Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax, Adam Warlock, Groot, Phyla-Vell (Quasar)
23Guardians of the GalaxyRef.2Aug-08Lanning - Abnett - PelletierEarth-616Cosmo wishes to join the GotG eventually. GotG find Vance Astrovik of the 31st centuray GotG, and with Captain America's shield!
24Guardians of the GalaxyRef.16Sep-09Lanning - Abnett - CraigEarth-616 - Earth-91118The 21st century GotG meet the 31st centruy GotG.
25Guardians of the GalaxyRef.n/aAug-14 Gunn - Perlman - AbnettEarth-199999Alternate 1st appearance of Star-Lord (Peter Quill) in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 movie).
26Guardians of the GalaxyRef.1Dec-15Bendis - SchitiEarth-616New Guard: Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Agent Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde, Ben Grimm (the Thing)
27Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3Ref.n/aMay-23 Gunn - Starlin - LeeEarth-1999991st appearance of Blurp, a F'saki (became Warlock's pet after killing Ravager Fitz-Gibbonok) inGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023 movie).
Silver Surfer and Guardians of the Galaxy in the same issues
1Silver Surfer AnnualRef.4Jul-91Starlin - Marz - LimEarth-616Korvac Quest, part 3; vs. Korvac, 1st app. as Keeper
2Annihilation: NovaRef.1Jun-06Abnett - Lanning - WalkerEarth-616SS in one panel; last of the Nova Corps, repository of Worldmind
3Annihilation: NovaRef.4Sep-06Abnett - Lanning - WalkerEarth-616SS in Daily Bugle ad
4Annihilation: RonanRef.4Sep-06Furman - LucasEarth-616SS in Daily Bugle ad
5Annihilation: Nova Corps FilesRef.1Oct-06multipleEarth-616Characters of the Annihilation series
6AnnihilationRef.2Nov-06Giffen - Divito - VillariEarth-616SS and Galactus in suspended animation. Drax's daughter is kidnapped.
7AnnihilationRef.5Feb-07Giffen - Divito - VillariEarth-616Drax frees SS who frees Galactus; Ronan defeats Ravenous, destroys Kree Supreme Intelligence
8AnnihilationRef.6Feb-07Giffen - Divito - VillariEarth-616The Surfer unleashes Galactus' rage upon Annihilus' troops
9The Thanos Imperative: IgnitionRef.1Jul-10Abnett - Lanning - WalkerEarth-616SS in 1 panel remembrance and last page preview
10The Thanos ImperativeRef.1Aug-10Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS on cover and as an observer in a panel, and in previews
11The Thanos ImperativeRef.2Sep-10Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS and Abstracts show up to save Universe
12The Thanos ImperativeRef.3Oct-10Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS at the fault, Thanos trying to learn how death died
13The Thanos ImperativeRef.4Nov-10Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS and fellow superheroes whooped by Lord Mar-Vell; Thanos kills Drax (but can he really die in that universe?)
14The Thanos ImperativeRef.5Dec-10Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS & fellow superheroes continue the fight against Lord Mar-Vell & the Cancerverse
15The Thanos ImperativeRef.6Jan-11Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616SS & fellow superheroes continue the fight at the fault; Nova, Star-Lord, and Thanos fall. (typo bottom title page!)
16The Thanos Imperative: DevastationRef.1Mar-11Abnett - Lanning - SepulvedaEarth-616Cosmo retrieves SS to join the new super group, the Annihilators!
17Guardians of the GalaxyRef.11Jan-20Cates - Smith - OlazabaEarth-616SS from waist down in one panel
18Guardians of the GalaxyRef.12Feb-20Cates - Smith - OlazabaEarth-616SS and other superheroes vsit the recovering Rocket Raccoon

Some miscellaneous suggestions for alternate universes of the Guardians of Galaxy from:

Earth-791 Star-Lord (Peter Quill) sired by Jason of Sparta, given Star-Lord identity and weaponry by Master of the Sun. Marvel Preview #4 (1976)

Earth-11189 The Guardians of the Galaxy from Reality-616 found a world worshipping the Magus and battled the Universal Church of Truth. Still battling the Universal Church of Truth, the Guardians of the Galaxy struggled as Jack Flag started to dissipate. Behind a mass of Starhawks, Kang came through a time portal, summoning Star-Lord, fixing the age of the Guardians. Guardians of the Galaxy #18 (2009)

Earth-14971 Following the supposed death of Peter Quill, Gamora took up the mantle of Star-Lord to lead a Guardians of the Galaxy team consisting of Drax, Groot, Charlie-27, a nanite consciousness Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon and his three relatives Uno, Duo and Trey. By 2061 AD, the Guardians took it upon themselves to stop the Silver Galactus, a powered up Galactus that had absorbed the Silver Surfer and become hungrier than ever. Battling the Silver Galactus' newest herald, seemingly their former teammate Vance Astro (secretly a disguised and still living Peter Quill), the Guardians battled the Silver Galactus' Punisher robots until "Astro" shut the Silver Galactus down to prevent him from consuming the entire Multiverse, revealing himself to be Quill. 100th Anniversary: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (2014)

Earth-17132 Guardians of the Galaxy (Jack Flag (Jack Harrison), Nova (Richard Rider), Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Yondu) hunted for the Infinity Stones. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 (2017)

Earth-21818 Diverged from reality-199999 when the Ravagers abducted Wakandan prince TChalla instead of Peter Quill. Raised by Yondu Udonta, TChalla became known as Star-Lord and influenced the Ravagers to be a force for good, with Nebula, Korath and Thanos joining their ranks. After stealing the Embers of Genesis from the Collector, TChalla decided to return home and reunited with his family. He and the Ravagers stopped Egos plan from launching an expansion of himself across the universe. Star-Lord was subsequently recruited into the Guardians of the Multiverse to defeat Ultron-29929. What If...? episode What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord? (2021)

Earth-28609 Guardians of the Galaxy (Cosmo, Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas), Quasar (Phyla-Vell), Star-Lord (Peter Quill)) were hunting for the Infinity Stones. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 (2017)

Earth-77302 Guardians of the Galaxy (Bug, Groot, Major Victory (Vance Astro), Star-Lord (Kitty Pryde)) hunted for the Infinity Stones- All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 (2017)

Earth-91118 Circa 3009, Guardians of the Galaxy (Charlie-27, Hollywood, Killraven, Nikki) battled Martian Masters/Keepers; briefly visited by time-traveling Guardians-616 (Bug, Cosmo, Jack Flag, Mantis, Star-Lord) --Guardians of the Galaxy II#18

Earth-91912 Drax was a music promoter/organizer. Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #1 (2015)

Earth-911218 Reality-616s Star-Lords Guardians of the Galaxy aged forward or backwards via warps. Guardians of the Galaxy #18

In addition, the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurs in Earth-199999.