“Inspired by the great movies, I just wanted to get all the team in a group shot.” – Joe Rubinstein
From the archive of Marvel and Hall of Fame artist Joe Rubinstein, a vintage style movie poster of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, volume two.
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning formed the team from existing and previously unrelated characters in Marvel Comics, created by a variety of writers and artists. The 2008 team roster included Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Phyla-Vell, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Adam Warlock. The MCU film released in 2014 elevated the recognition of this group in pop culture more than the original (volume one) Guardians team created by Arnold Drake, Roy Thomas and Stan Lee in 1969.
“Inspired by the great movies, I just wanted to get all the team in a group shot. I had attended an award ceremony honoring Stan Lee, and my role was to draw and entertain people. (I was drawing because my balloon animals suck). All night long I was asked, can you draw a Baby Groot? Clearly people responded well to the film franchise. When I came out I knew there was an audience for the Guardians. Everything I draw I do from hand, so the end result doesn’t have the fancy photoshop features and often gets credit as “old school” or “vintage”. Which I guess at my age I am.” - Joe Rubinstein
Josef ""Joe"" Rubinstein, born in Germany 1958 is a Hall of Fame comic book artist whose storied career spans more than four decades with notable credits that include the acclaimed 1982 Wolverine mini-series, the Infinity Gauntlet series and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Joe is known to be the artist to have given artist Art Adams (the Uncanny X-Men) his first professional work and nurtured the careers of Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Jose Marzan, Jr. (The Flash) and Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk). Joe’s record-setting post on Marvel Comics' saw him ink more pencillers than any other inker in history (and more than 2,500 comic books). He currently enjoys exploring painting techniques and creating portraits.