Starjammers are a small band of space pirates who travel
through the Shi'ar
Galaxy, plundering Shi'ar starships in order to strike
out against the Shi'ar Empire. The leader of the Starjammers
is former United States Air Force test pilot Major Christopher
Summers, who now calls himself Corsair.
He was one of the original four Starjammers, long with
Ch'od, Hepzibah, and Raza, each a member of a different
alien race native to the Shi'ar Galaxy. Ch'od is a Saurid
of the planet Timor of the Varanus System, which is an
amphibious humanoid race. Hepzibah is a member of the
Mephitisoid race, who were once the Shi'ar principal rivals
for control of their galaxy. Today the Mephitisoids are
kept virtually under Shi'ar martial law. Since Corsair,
who later became Hepzibah's lover, could not pronounce
her name (which is expressed by Mephitisoids through a
combination of pheromone odors), he dubbed her "Hepzibah"
after a beautiful female slink in a comic strip. Raza
heritage has yet to be revealed, as have the circumstances
under which he was transformed into a cyborg.
The four later joined the "Sikorsky," an insect
like being who serves as their physician, and by the superhuman
Earth woman Carol Danvers, also known as Binary.
The Starjammers travel aboard the Starjammers, whose operations
are overseen by the sentient computer Waldo (named by
Corsair after a character in a science fiction story by
Robert A. Heinlein).
Over twenty years ago Major Summers was flying himself,
his wife Katherine Anne, and their young sons Scott
and Alex in a
private plane down the Western American coast their plane
was attacked by a starship from the Shi'ar Empire on an
exploratory mission. Scott and Alex parachuted to safety,
but Major Summers and his wife were teleported aboard
the Shi'ar starship
and taken to the Shi'ar Imperial Throneworld. There Major
Summers was separated from his wife and imprisoned. He
broke free and discovered the corrupt Shi'ar emperor D'Ken
attempting to rape Katherine Anne. D'ken responded to
this interruption by murdering Katherine Anne before Summers'
eyes, and then ordering Summers sent to the slave pits,
where criminals and political prisoners were held.
It was in the slave pits that Summers first met Ch'od,
Hepzibah, and Raza, who were also prisoners there. Together
the four escaped and stole a starship. They called their
ship the Starjammer (they have had at least two starships
by that name) and themselves the Starjammers, and began
engaging in space piracy, thus taking vengeance on the
Shi'ar by plundering their starships, but taking care
not to harm innocent passengers in the process. The Starjammers
therefore were regarded as outlaws by the Shi'ar Empire.
Summers was the leader of the Starjammers. He adopted
the name "Corsair" for himself and "Starjammers"
for his group because of his love for tales of swashbuckling
The Starjammers met the X-Men
when the two groups joined forces on a world in the Shi'ar
Galaxy to battle the Shi'ar Imperial
Guard, who were then serving the mad D'ken. D'ken
was deposed and succeeded as Shi'ar ruler by his sister
Since the Starjammers had aided her against D'ken, Lilandra
put an unofficial end to the Shi'ar Empire's opposition
to the Starjammers. The Starjammers subsequently aided
Lilandra and the X-Men against the alien Brood
and the treacherous Shi'ar Lord Samedar, both of whom
were allied with Lilandra's sister Deathbird.
Deathbird finally staged a coup d'etat and seized the
Shi'ar throne. Lilandra then traveled with the Starjammers,
seeking an opportunity to regain her throne. Lilandra
and Corsair went to Earth through teleportation via a
Shi'ar "Stargate" device to save the life of
her lover Professor
Charles Xavier, who lay on the point of death. Lilandra,
Corsair and Xavier were teleported back to the Shi'ar
Galaxy by the Stargate, and Xavier was fully healed aboard
the Starjammer. However, the Starjammer's ultra-light
drive for swift travel between galaxies was heavily damaged
by enemy attack, and Shi'ar Stargates were not too heavily
guarded for the Starjammers to utilize. Unable to return
to Earth, Xavier joined the Starjammers and Lilandra in
First Appearance: X-Men #104