GOTG Guide For NOOBS! Series: Character Bio - Drax The Destroyer

This is a supplemental article to the "GOTG Guide For Noobs". In this installment we focus on Drax, his origins, and his eventual addition to the Guardians. Read on for more details on this amazingly powerful character on this cosmic team.

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By E.F. "Manny" Camacho - 9/20/2013

Drax, Arthur Sampson Douglas, The Destroyer


Powers:Extreme level of Superhuman Strength, Stamina, and durability; Powerful Cosmic energy projection (Comparable to the Hulk, Pre-resurrection).
Abilities: Can travel through normal space and hyperspace without the need for air, food, or water. Can sense Thanos across vast distances. Resurrected version: Is able to detect those who had been in contact with Thanos, and can foresee those who will be in contact with Thanos in the near future.
Occupation: Adventurer, Harbinger of Death for Thanos
Weapons: Knives (post-resurrection)


Origins


Drax first appeared in Iron Man #55 1973 but his origin is explained in Captain Marvel #32 1974, a year later. A very interesting character, and arguably the most powerful; singularly worthy of a stand-alone film prior to a GOTG release. Drax is the product of necessity against a war against Thanos, one of the most powerful cosmic beings in Marvel history. If you read my piece on Knowhere; I touched upon the concepts of how it came to be, and revealed information on the Celestials. Mainly, the point about the Celestials creating a group of superhuman people from nascent Human genetic experimentation, called “The Eternals”, and placing these beings on Titan, one of Saturn's moons.

One of the Eternals, their leader, “Mentor” had two children. Thanos and Eros (Starfox). When Thanos rebelled and attacked Titan; Mentor asked his father Kronos to aid him in creating a being capable of destroying Thanos. The being we know as Drax The Destroyer.

Drax was originally a human being, named Arthur S. Douglas, and was attacked by Thanos on Earth, while he was driving with his family. Everyone died, except his daughter. Mentor intervened, adopted Arthurs daughter, and encased his spirit in a body that Kronos created. Drax was born, and his daughter eventually grew up to become Moondragon.

Drax, early on, with the help of Iron Man succeeded in his mission to kill Thanos. As a consequence, his daughter ended up psychically attacking and killing him. Only to be resurrected in later comics. This resurrection saw much of his power reduced down. Adam Warlock put restrictions on his mind, which left his intellect slightly muddled. Warlock eventually gained Drax into his Infinity Watch; another set of comics I have recommended in reading specific to Thanos.


Why is this character important to the MCU


The most important reason is (obvious) he is an instrument designed, bred to fight, to kill Thanos. He is able to pass through the Mad Titans force fields; for one. Even with his resurrected reduction in powers, he is still amazingly formidable and is seen favoring a set of knives in combat; however, as a result, is almost completely dimwitted. Even in this state, he was given the Infinity Gem of Power to protect, which gave him unlimited gains to his strength. Although he was unable to really make proper use of it with his current state of mind.

It should be interesting to see if the film is going to utilize a resurrected version with lowered powers; or if he will still retain the ability to fly and project cosmic energy blasts from his hands. I don’t want to speculate; but I haven’t seen any knives in any promo material. If we don’t see knives, he’s the beyond Hulk level powered behemoth. If we see the knives he’ll likely be the "Earthfall" version we see in the earliest comics in the Annihilation series.

Edit: Marvel's original promo image is with him carrying the knives. I must have been fanboy filtering in hopes to get the original overpowered version XD (Thanks Batzack for smacking me with the reality stick.)

Where can we find some of his other appearances…


Drax can be seen throughout the 70’s from his first appearance in 1973 all the way through the 1980’s (& 90's) where he gained a recurring role in the Silver Surfer comics, appearing in Issue #35 where he was resurrected, until Issue #50. His death by Moondragon, as mentioned above, didn’t actually occur until Avengers #220 in 1982. Prior to joining the Infinity Watch with Adam Warlock he appeared in the 6 issue series, The Infinity Gauntlet.

In terms of his current appearances, following all of the events in the GOTG Guide, he eventually becomes a member of the Guardians and continues to help them with their efforts in the third volume released this year.

Although technically Drax was killed, yet again, during The Thanos Imperative; he is seen two years later in Avengers Assemble, and the writers don’t rectify how Drax came back to life. This can either be, the writers didn’t realize he was dead in the continuity (brainfart...it happens in comics a lot), or they have plans to flashback how he came back to life in later issues of Vol. 3 of GOTG; or some other undisclosed comic issue.

NOTE: If this has happened already, please mention it in comments, I've yet to read an issue explaining that particular resurrection.

Overall Drax has had an illustrious career kicking epic cosmic ass, and is a huge threat against Thanos. Has already succeeded killing him in the past, and has become a mainstay among the guardians.

There is a lot of contextual back-story throughout Annihilation, and Annihilation: Conquest for this character. All of the comics listed here can help you gain a better sense (and knowledge) of the person he is, as well as the juggernaut being he is supposed to be. I'm hoping he is not completely dumbed down as simple muscle in the film, he is technically the most powerful member of the Guardians as they stand.

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batzack - 9/20/2013, 2:31 AM
Great article again lad.
He has his knives in the promo picture you used next to Batista
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 2:38 AM
I have to find the original cover, but that's art that was used to announce the film by other news sources. Granted, chances are it's the post-resurrection version with the knives. I'm referring to images released directly from Marvel.

I would love to see a version of him that was overtly powered...It would put Hulk vs Thor to shame to see a temperamental moment between them.
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 2:39 AM
Now that I think about it, that image is from Marvel.Com

Derp XD lol
MarvelDCfanboy - 9/20/2013, 3:02 AM
Drax is my favorite character in GOTG after Rocket Raccoon...I love the Batista is portraying him....!

Great article as always!! Keep 'em coming!!!
Kayo - 9/20/2013, 3:37 AM
great write up...................my most anticipated movie of 2014

Phase 2 baby!!!
loki668 - 9/20/2013, 4:18 AM
I have to nitpick....sorry.....I've read through all of these storylines........don't want....to....nitpick....but..I......MUST....

It was Moondragon's psychic attack that killed Drax the second time. Kronos brought him back (again) when Adam Warlock returned to stop Thanos (in the Infinity Gauntlet) but Kronos failed to correct the cause of Drax's second death: Brain damage. That's why he was a cosmic version of the Hulk when he had the Power Gem. His mind was incredibly damaged and childlike afterwards (something Moondragon felt guilty about when they were team-mates on the Infinity Watch) It was only later when Moondragon sacrificed some of her psychic strength to repair Drax's mind. In return, Drax had to sacrifice some of his own power (cosmic bolts, some of his super-strength) to stabilize his mind.

*whew* I feel better now. Carry on.
Kyos - 9/20/2013, 4:42 AM
Another one? Nice! :)
MegatronLP9 - 9/20/2013, 5:12 AM
He is important but he isn't going after Thanos this time he's going after Ronan. Well in the MCU
InfiniteMonkey - 9/20/2013, 5:30 AM
Well done. Another good entry into the GOTG series.
I hope its the intellectual Drax we get. Can't have two powerful behemoths coloured green with little or not intellect running about the MCU.
fullmoonfx - 9/20/2013, 5:44 AM
I'm just not excited about this movie at all. I've never read any of the comics, so that's why I read this article. But after reading it, on still not sure if this is going to work.
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 6:17 AM
@loki688 LOL

"I have to nitpick....sorry.....I've read through all of these storylines........don't want....to....nitpick....but..I......MUST...."

of course you do lol...

It was Moondragon's psychic attack that killed Drax the second time.

I said it was her psychic attack, I didn't specify when and which time...I do hope people gain a bit from this articles and go READ the comics...the point is to give a little to suck you in to want to read the source material.

"Kronos brought him back (again)"

Also stated...

"when Adam Warlock returned to stop Thanos (in the Infinity Gauntlet)"

Pointed out for folks to read this series

"but Kronos failed to correct the cause of Drax's second death: Brain damage."

Didn't talk about this, it's in the comics. I only pointed out his issues with his mind being "dimwitted"

"That's why he was a cosmic version of the Hulk when he had the Power Gem."

Pointed out he had Gem, and left it at that, there is a whole story arc to this that is better read not summarized.

"His mind was incredibly damaged and childlike afterwards (something Moondragon felt guilty about when they were team-mates on the Infinity Watch)"

Again, already pointed out his dimwitted mind...I didn't into Moondragon's redemption in this article that leads her to later request Kronos to help him, where she sacrifices some of herself for his mind to be "repaired"

"It was only later when Moondragon sacrificed some of her psychic strength to repair Drax's mind."

Just mentioned this above lol...

"In return, Drax had to sacrifice some of his own power (cosmic bolts, some of his super-strength) to stabilize his mind."

Part of the above, and best to read through those comics individually

"*whew* I feel better now. Carry on."

I'm glad you do, but technically you didn't really nitpick, as there was nothing wrong. I left out Moondragon's aspect to do a separate write up. But good comments either way.

:)
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 6:19 AM
@inifinitemonkey yeah, that's true...Yet, it would be amazing to see them both going it; but then again we get enough random punch tossed carnage from Superman vs Zod in MoS. I want to see some crazy cosmic battles though!
superotherside - 9/20/2013, 6:54 AM
Great article. Love Drax. Hope he's the more powerful one at first but still is smart like in the more modern version. I would like to see the more recent version as well though, so perhaps they can have him get depowered a bit at some point.

If they remade this panel on screen some day that would be mind blowing.

BigCHarvey - 9/20/2013, 7:41 AM
Better shot of his knives:

xcan - 9/20/2013, 7:56 AM

Sadly, Davey B won't be able to pull off the current version of Drax in GOTG. What a poor pick by Disney!

Heck, the guy who played Sabretooth in the first movie X-Men has more range than Bautista and is even a larger physical threat.
nikgrid - 9/20/2013, 8:00 AM
I hope he has the disco collars in the movie.
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 8:51 AM
@Bigcharvey thanks for posting those!
deepee3 - 9/20/2013, 9:06 AM
That pic with Drax punching through Thanos' chest is a truly awful drawing.
Drax must have Mr. Fantastic's stretching power to wield an arm that long!

And why is Wasp showing Thanos her business?

sheesh.....

dellamorte1872 - 9/20/2013, 10:10 AM
I believe they WILL use the contemporary "dumbed down" version. I have seen the pic of the blades and more importantly they will portray the character like he CURRENTLY is bc the GOTG comic def keeps that creation not the HULKED out cape wearing version. I could see that possibly even never being entertained bc the execs have to debut ADAM WARLOCK in the sequel and they can not have his powers even remotely overshadowed. If DRAX is more muscle WARLOCK will be the POWER
xcan - 9/20/2013, 11:15 AM
Della,

If they use the dim Drax, then they fccked up even worse. Having Bautista playing that version of Drax (Hulk size equal) is like having The Thing played by some guy who's 5'7!! Oh wait... is FOX co-producing this? Not liking what I'm seeing...
efcamachopmp - 9/20/2013, 4:54 PM
@Mercwitham0uth it's definitely a good time to take a lot of old comics that match this series and hit up heritage auctions, or your local shop, and make some sales. Unless you're like me and just hoarde it all away; only selling extras. I saw that issue here at Big Dog Comics- he had it for $100. Some folks are jacking up value and trying to make a kiling while people are ravenous for the material. There's always digital; when available, at least that is easier on the wallet.
loki668 - 9/21/2013, 12:35 AM
@efcamachopmp

Thanks for understanding:) I've been a fan of GOTG since I found my uncle's collection of the original stories. This version of the Guardians is just about my favorite (will be again once they bring back Adam Warlock). I'm glad there's someone else who knows these stories and shares a love for the characters. Great articles! Keep 'em coming!!!

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