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As in title. Why does Guardians of the Galaxy start at Volume 2 instead of Volume 1?

Is the Volume 1 the old Guardians of the Galaxy or something?

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The Guardians of the Galaxy were created and debuted in 1969, but only appeared as guests or highlighted characters in other books like Marvel Super-Heroes, Marvel Two-In-One, Giant-Sized Defenders, Marvel Presents, The Avengers, et al.

In 1990, they finally received their own self-titled book. It starred a group made up of different members, but using the same name.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

It ran for 62 issues before finally being cancelled.

That 1990 series is considered "Volume 1".

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Yes. Volume 2 is the second incarnation of the team. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was first published in 1969, and the series was cancelled in 1995. Volume 2 (first published in 2008) starts with Star Lord attempting to reform the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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