Mentor determines that the threat of his son Thanos can no longer be ignored and decides to create a being of sufficient power to defeat Thanos. Enlisting the aid of his father Chronos, who millennia before had become a discorporate wraith, Mentor has Chronos seize the astral form (living consciousness) of Arthur Douglas before it can completely flee the mortal plane. Chronos and Mentor then fashion a humanoid body from immutable soil, grant it superhuman powers, and empower it with Douglas' spirit. Thus, the being who becomes known as Drax the Destroyer is created.
Mentor blocks all of Drax's memories of his old life, instilling in him a monomaniacal hate for and an obsession to destroy Thanos. He seeks out Thanos, and with Iron Man, he battles Thanos and the Blood Brothers. He battles Thanos some time later. For years, Drax serves as Thanos's nemesis, thwarting certain of the Titan's plans, but never finally crushing Thanos himself. Thanos hired legions of alien mercenaries just to keep Drax away from him.
Finally, in Thanos's campaign to possess the Cosmic Cube, Drax, in the company of the Avengers, Captain Marvel, Starfox and Moondragon, battle Thanos. It is revealed how the spirit of Arthur Douglas was resurrected in a new body and given a mission to destroy Thanos, and he then sees Thanos destroyed. Suddenly lacking a reason for existence, Drax soon battles Captain Marvel, who had robbed him of his purpose, to vent his frustrations. Drax then wanders space in grim contemplation, searching for a resurrected Thanos. By the time he learns that Thanos had managed to rematerialize himself, Thanos has once again been destroyed in battle with Captain Mar-Vell, the Avengers, and Adam Warlock. Alongside Captain Mar-Vell, Drax battles ISAAC, Stellarax, Lord Gaea, Elysius, and Chaos.
Sometime later, Drax is possessed by an alien entity and battles Thor and his daughter Moondragon. When he recovers, Moondragon invites him to join her in her journey through space in search of knowledge. Drax accepts the offer, and the two travel aboard Moondragon's personal starship, Sensia. Eventually, they come upon the planet Ba-Banis, in the Ba system, a world of humanoid aliens caught in a vast civil war. Moondragon uses her mental powers to quell the conflict and then decides to set herself up as the world's goddess. Drax recognizes that her ambitions are ignoble and so sends their ship to Earth with a holographic distress message. The Avengers respond and discover Moondragon's world of mentally enforced tranquility. Freed by the Avengers from his daughter's mental domination, Drax advances toward her, seeking to end her menace. In order to stop him, Moondragon mentally forces Drax's life essence to vacate his artificial body. Later, after subduing Moondragon and returning to Earth, the Avengers place Drax's body inside the Sensia and send it into space programmed to self destruct. Without Drax's spirit inside it, Drax's body is destroyed when the Sensia exploded.
Eventually, due to internal strife, the Watch fragments and go their separate ways. Afterward, Drax returns to Titan with Moondragon, who successfully petitions Chronos to restore Drax's mind to its former acuity at the cost of some physical power. Thus, Drax is restored to his original condition.
Following this event, Drax's condition begins to change. His mass and strength climb back to previous levels, and his mind becomes clouded. Finally, he seeks out Moondragon, which leads to an altercation with Genis-Vell, the son of Mar-Vell. In the course of this struggle, Drax is transported to the Microverse with Genis, where, for a time, he finds acceptance and happiness on the planet K'ai.
During a doomed battle between the Annihilation Wave and the United Front on Daedalus 5, Drax stays behind to fight off the invaders while Nova and the rest of the group (including Cammi) finish the evacuation. Drax fights his way to one of the Annihilation Wave's ships in his quest for Thanos. He finds the Titan attempting to release Galactus from his prison on Annihilus' mother ship. Before Thanos can release Galactus using his unique energy signature, Drax breaks through Thanos' defensive shield and punches a hole through the Titan's chest. Drax then realizes that they could "trick" the security system into shutting off by using the Silver Surfer, which succeeds. Once Galactus is freed, he teleports Moondragon and Drax to a far-off planet to spare them from his wrath on the Annihilation Wave. Afterwards, Moondragon says Drax just "disappeared", with it heavily implied she was covering for him.
Cammi is later seen, alive, allied with one of Thanos' powerful, miniature assistants.
Following Annihilation: Conquest, he joins the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
When Drax was later resurrected, his physical might increased, but he suffered severe mental disability in his new incarnation. Instead of his ability to sense Thanos across vast distances, he now possessed the ability to sense when beings have been in recent contact with Thanos, and a precognitive ability to sense when beings will be in contact with Thanos in the near future.
Drax's strength has been compared with that of the merged incarnation of the Hulk, but lacking the latter's rage-fueled potential. He had bright green skin, and almost always wore a purple skullcap.
As of the 2006 "Annihilation" mini-series, Drax has again "died" and undergone a "rebirth," appearing to have lost some of his strength and resilience, as well as his ability to fly and shoot energy blasts. However, his intellect has returned to its original level, and he has taken a liking to using knives in battle. He has also appeared for the first time without his usual purple uniform and skullcap, and gained scarlet tattoos instead. In addition, he has gained a sidekick of sorts, a young earth girl named Cammi whom he seems determined to protect at all costs. As a result of the Annihilation wave, he has also become a mentor to Nova, the sole remaining member of the Nova Corps.
In issue #4 of "Annihilation," Drax displayed an ability heretofore unseen in any of his previous incarnations; while in close proximity to Thanos's body, his own body emitted a strange, form-fitting aura; shortly thereafter, he punched straight through the Mad Titan's chest with a single blow. Given the tremendous displays of Thanos's durability over the years and his ability to withstand the blows of stronger opponents, it can only be assumed that the energy field that Drax manifested was designed for that purpose.
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