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Comic Book / Rocket Raccoon (1985)

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Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Named Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon is a 1985 comic book limited series from Marvel Comics. It's written by Bill Mantlo with art by Mike Mignola, with inks by Al Gordon. Color art is by Christie Scheele.

The titular Rocket Raccoon was created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen, first appearing in Marvel Preview #7 (dated Summer 1976) as a supporting character for Prince Wayfinder in The Sword in the Star story. He reappeared in The Incredible Hulk #271, with Hulk teleporting to Rocket's homeworld, which leads into the limited series.

Rocket Raccoon comes from Halfworld, a planet in the Keystone Quadrant, inhabited by Funny Animals and Human Aliens called the "Loonies", descendants of the first humanoids on the Quadrant. To keep the Loonies safe, the former were genetically modified to guard and save them, getting their own consciousness and becoming a World of Funny Animals. Rocket is The Hero of the Keystone Quadrant, its guardian and savior, who has to struggle against the plans of Judson Jakes and Lord Dyvyne, who want to rule the Quadrant by themselves. Rocket also has various allies, such as his sidekick and partner Wal Rus, a walrus, and his girlfriend Lylla, an otter who's also the Damsel in Distress of the series, as well having his own Cool Spaceship, the "Rakk 'n' Ruin".

After the mini-series, Rocket all but disappeared save for a few guest appearances in the pages of She-Hulk and Quasar in The '90s. It wasn't until the 2007 event Annihilation: Conquest in which he appeared again as a support character for Star-Lord with his backstory and personality changed completely, now being an Anti-Hero instead of a straight hero, as a kind of rebooted character.

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Alternative Title(s): Rocket Raccoon Classic