Back in 1976, Marv Wolfman – then editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics – came up with the name Star-Lord and passed it on to writer Steve Englehart to flesh it out. The result appeared in Marvel Preview #4, January 1976.
His second appearance came in Marvel Preview #11, Summer 1977, again written by Englehart, and drawn by two guys just starting out: John Byrne and Terry Austin. That story is arguably why readers remembered Star-Lord as fondly as they did before 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.
This piece was the opening page from the story.