Quote:If not then they certainly draw from the exact same archetypes.
Superficial and vague resemblances do not equal plagiarism.
Quote:Smart-ass human leader with his bad-ass alien girlfriend.
Kitty Pryde is an alien? News to me. Oh, and Star-Lord is half-alien while Corsair isn't. Gamora already was "the deadliest woman in the Galaxy" before the Starjammers' first appearance, while Hepzibah's narrative importance largely derives from the fact that she's Corsair's partner.
Quote: Huge alien guy with his tiny alien companion.
Tree-like being, reptilian alien, what's the diff? But honestly, Cr'reee (I rather suspect that after four decades the name and the looks are still the only interesting things about the character - Cr'reee does not rate an individual (sub-)entry on wikipedia or in OHOTMUDE) is more of a pet(1) than a companion. Rocket Raccoon was a (minor, granted) individual character in his own right before he joined the Guardians.
(1) The Ch'od sub-entry of the Starjammers entry in OHOTMUDE merely notes: "Ch'od is accompanied by his small, furry pet Cr'reee", and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%27od
uses a similar phrase.
Quote: Another bad-ass alien guy with a blade thrown in. But the original Guardians did not fit this.
Well, Yondu's arrowtips are blades of a kind. The original Guardians' leader, Vance Astro, is a normal, white American male like Corsair after him. Martinex is decidedy non-mammalian in appearance, like Groot before and Ch'od after him.
Hey, I love the Starjammers. But let's not exaggerate their importance.