Ever since Christopher Summers was a boy, he loved the adventures of the swashbuckling heroes of old novels and movies. Even as a major in the United States Air Force, he chose the call sign "Corsair" in homage to them. Chosen for the space program, he hoped he would soon travel into space. He got his wish, but not in the way he would have wanted. Following a visit to his parents in Anchorage, Alaska, Major Summers was flying his wife, Katherine Summers, and his sons, Scott (a.k.a. Cyclops) and Alex (a.k.a. Havok), down the Pacific coast in his private plane when they were attacked by a Shi'ar starship. Scott and Alex parachuted to safety, but Major Summers and his wife were teleported aboard the starship and taken back to the Shi'ar throneworld. Their last view of their sons was of their parachute on fire, and they assumed their children had perished. Christopher was imprisoned but escaped only to find Emperor D'Ken attempting to force himself on Katherine. They fought and in the scuffle D'Ken murdered Katherine before Summers' eyes and then sentenced him to the mines of the planet Alsibar. Unknown to Christopher, Katherine was pregnant at the time of her death. This fetus was harvested and aged to adolescence in an incubation chamber. The resulting child, Gabriel (a.k.a. Vulcan), was raised as a slave of the Shi'ar. After escaping the mines of Alsibar, Corsair and his fellow escaped slaves began a life of piracy in opposition of D'Ken's rule.
The Starjammers were created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum in 1977 and first appeared in X-Men # 107.
Slowly, Christopher Summers' spirit was broken. This changed when he witnessed some guards viciously beating a fellow slave—a female, catlike alien named Hepzibah. Outraged, Summers attacked the guards. Two more of his fellow prisoners—Ch'od and Raza Longknife—came to his assistance. Together, the four stole a spaceship and escaped. Summers took the name Corsair and called his new band of outlaws the Starjammers, sharing their name with the ship they'd stolen. They became rebels and pirates, revenging themselves on the Sh'ar by attacking their spacecraft.
Meeting the X-Men
The Starjammers helped the X-Men to stop the Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken's attempt to destroy the universe with the M'Kraan Crystal. In gratitude, Lilandra unofficially put an end to the feud between the Empire and the Starjammers. After she was overthrown by Deathbird, Lilandra found refuge with the team until she regained the Shi'ar throne. Now aware that his two eldest sons survived their crash, Corsair developed a distant but emotional relationship with Scott and Alex, although he remained in space due to his responsibilities with the Starjammers.
After Corsair's death at the hands of his youngest son and new Emperor of the Shi'ar, Vulcan. A new group of Starjammers were born determined to bring justice to Vulcan and return Lilandra to her throne as the true Shi'ar Empress. Corsair's second son, Havok, took his father's mantle as leader of the Starjamers. He was accompanied by Rachel Grey (a.k.a. Marvel Girl), Corsair's granddaughter from an alternate timeline, as well as by Lorna Dane (a.k.a. Polaris). Also on the crew were Korvus, Creee, and Sikorsky.
Under Havok's leadership the Starjammers use guerrilla tactics against the Emperor's forces while gathering more military forces loyal to the before exiled General Ka'Ardum of the Shi'ar Military in effort to even the battle against Vulcan and his military forces who also has the Imperial Guard on his side.
They however in the middle of an important battle against Vulcan himself who had amassed his own military power where forced to deal with a new very destructive threat intent on destroying the Shi'ar with an incredibly powerful weapon. This brought about the temporary cease fire between the Summer's brothers thus the Starjammers and the Shi'ar till it was dealt with.
Vulcan however as soon as their mutual enemy was dealt with seized the weapon for his own use and turned on the Starjammers but Havok destroyed the weapon thou not before Vulcan and his Imperial Guard managed to capture both the crew and their ship. With only Marvel Girl, Korvus and Lilandra escaping as they are betrayed by General Ka'Ardum who decides to switch allegiance and sides with Emperor Vulcan.
Vulcan ships the four Starjammers to a new underwater prison, The Hole, on the planet Kr'nn and proceeds to try and break them over the course of months using various means available to him but remains unsuccessful.
The three remaining free Starjammers in the meantime try to find the location of the rest of their crew while managing to retrieve their ship. They eventually manage to get the answer from Gladiator though. Before they could break them out, they encounter a new set of more ruthless Imperial Guards Vulcan has sent to kill them.
On Kr'nn, Havok frees first himself and his crew and proceed to get control over the prison. Deciding to make a stand right there when Vulcan returns as he has been doing frequently since their capture. The other three eventually join up there with the intent of rescuing them when the new Imperial Guard members meet up with them for battle they lose Raza to ZZZXX and shortly after are joined by other Imperial Guards including Vulcan and Deathstrike.
The Starjammers put up a fierce battle unintentionally aided by Gladiator who upon seeing his fellow Strontian who is on the other Imperial Guard team immediately skips the Starjammers and battles her instead. Both Rachel and Korvus mid-battle loose their Phoenix powers that suddenly leaves them. Deathbird attacks Lilandra intent on killing her sister ends up getting impaled by the dethroned impress wounding her critically. Havok having absorbed the Hodinn, an Imperial Guard who is made up of a star, uses this power boost to fight Vulcan to the point where he is about to kill Vulcan when Polaris, who has been holding the ceiling from collapsing on them after it was compromised by the Hodinn and Marvel Girls crash entry, states she can no longer hold the ceiling and Lilandra orders an emergency teleport evacuation for her team despite Havok's protest and once aboard the Starjammer the ship makes a quick getaway heading straight to the Kree homeworld, Hala.
War of Kings
The Starjammers are followed by the Shi'ar all their way to Kree Space where the exiled Lilandra intends to seek audience with the Kree's new King, the Inhuman Blackbolt to grant her asylum from Emperor Vulcan.
During the Royal wedding between the Kree, Ronan the Accuser and the Inhuman, Crystal. Vulcan's Imperial Guard strike fast and hard before teleporting out. The Starjammers are quick to counter attack but are blitzed and Lilandra is captured, Ch'od looses his hand when trying to stop them from taking her.
The Starjammers however are quick to go after her from the clutches of the Shi'ar. They accompanied by the new Inhuman Elite strike and board a Shi'ar vessel to retrieve information on her location and proceed to go after them. They encounter the faction of the Guardians of the Galaxy sent out as an envoy to meet with Emperor Vulcan and quickly take them along to retrieve Lilandra. The Starjammers together with the Guardians drop in on the Shi'ar ship bring Lilandra back to the Shi'ar Throneworld where she is to stand trial. They are quick to engage the Imperial Guard as they board where Rachel aiding Rocket Raccoon gets the drop on Gladiator till he sees through their trick and proceeds to quickly defeat the two teams but then after Lilandra pleads with him he seems to turn on the Imperial Guards and killing one of them in the process.
Members Korvus and Rachel Summers of the Starjammers than suddenly lose their connection to the Phoenix Force during a battle. Havok than leads the Starjammers back to Earth because of this but Ch'od and Raza Longknife stay behind.
X-MEN: The Animated Series
The Starjammers appeared many times during the Animated series run.
They were mainly on it during the show's Phoenix Saga Episodes.