The Guardians of the Galaxy would not be complete without their stocky but lovable brute, Drax. Dave Bautista's portrayal of Drax as an MCU character sparked renewed interest in the warrior, but those who are only familiar with the Drax from the movies are missing out on the majority of his epic feats. Drax the Destroyer's comic book history goes all the way back to 1973 when he first appeared in an Iron Man comic. Since then, he has transformed from his humble human origins into one of the coolest warriors in the galaxy.
Drax's origin story begins when he's a man named Arthur Douglas, but Thanos's intervention gives Drax his life's purpose. From his solo days fighting cosmic threats to the time he wore the Infinity Gauntlet to his induction into the Guardians of the Galaxy, these are the most fascinating moments from Drax the Destroyer's backstory.
Drax Was Originally A Human Named Arthur Douglas
In his first comic appearance, Drax is very different from the character we know and love. When we first see him, he's a real estate agent named Arthur Douglas. Douglas has a wife named Yvette and a daughter, Heather. The Douglas family is introduced in 1953 while on a road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after having just seen Elvis live in concert. It is only after a chance encounter with his future mortal enemy, Thanos, that Drax becomes the powerful being with which we are familiar.
Thanos Ruins Arthur Douglas's Life
One night, as the Douglas family are driving through the Mojave desert, their car is spotted by Thanos. Concerned that the family could expose his whereabouts, he decides to incinerate the vehicle. Douglas's wife, Yvette, immediately loses her life. His daughter, Heather, survives, though Douglas spends years unaware of that fact.
Arthur Douglas is also slain, but he doesn't rest with his wife, and the tragedy of losing his family is only the beginning of his story.
Kronos Puts His Spirit In A New Body For The Sole Purpose Of Defeating Thanos
Thanos takes out the Douglas family to make sure no Terrans witness him, but Thanos's father, Mentor, is well aware of the Titan's whereabouts and watches as he ruthlessly wipes out an innocent family. Mentor is so horrified that he decides it's time to finish off his son. He turns to his own father, Kronos, for help.
Kronos captures Arthur Douglas's soul, or astral form, as it's exiting his body. The two cosmic beings then create a new, more powerful form for Douglas and connect it to his living consciousness. And so, Drax the Destroyer is born. Mentor blocks Douglas's memories and gives him the sole purpose of taking out Thanos once and for all.
His Daughter Survives And Eventually Becomes A Psychic Warrior Named Moondragon
Arthur's daughter, Heather, also undergoes some serious transformations after her encounter with Thanos. Heather survives the blast that ends her parents and is contacted by Mentor and brought to Titan. There, she is trained by the legendary Shao-Lorn monks to become a powerful warrior and psychic. She becomes Moondragon after slaying the demonic Dragon of the Moon, but the creature secretly survives by implanting itself into her body.
Part hero and part villain, Moondragon has had many fateful encounters with her father.