You know those terrible links you see floating around the web that scream, “28 Awkward Child Star That Are Now Crazy Hot?” This is one of those. Sort of.

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Back in the 1980s, Marvel rolled out a kid-focused imprint called Star Comics. Aside from Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham, most of the Star titles have been long forgotten. But one of the imprint’s lamest characters has been back in the mainline Marvel Universe for a little while.

Here’s what happened this morning: I’m scrolling through new comics from this week that I haven’t read yet and see Drax #8. The cover’s foreground features salty space vagabond Pip the Troll, a Jim Starlin-created mainstay who often appears in Marvel’s various cosmic storylines. There’s also a guy who at first quick glance looks like Adam Warlock, another Starlin character whose brooding, philosophical early adventures made him one of my favorites. Pip and Adam Warlock? I’m there.

I haven’t been reading Drax but decide to jump in cold, thinking I’ll go read back issues later if I find myself confused. Several pages in, Drax calls the red-tunic-wearing dude Planet Terry.

“Ha ha, deep cut, writers CM Punk and Cullen Bunn,” I think, wondering what status quo change might have led to Adam Warlock being the butt of jokes. But, no. As I keep on reading, it becomes apparent that Red Tunic is actually—for-real-life, as my daughter would say—Planet Terry. They ain’t joking.

In a line of bad comics, Planet Terry was one of the worst. Launched in 1984, Star Comics was a collection of toy and cartoon tie-in projects (Starhawks, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos), goofy mutations of the publisher’s established superheroes (Spider-Ham) and blatant rip-offs of other companies’ successes (Royal Roy was basically Richie Rich). The character named via a bad pun was just the tip of Planet Terry’s awkward execution iceberg. The main plot of the series was rooted in classic child-hero tragedy: Terry traveled the spaceways, looking for long-lost parents that he’d never met. However, the tragedy was undercut by hammy gag-writing that wasn’t going to land well with its intended audience.

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Exhibit A: these scenes from the first issue of Planet Terry.

Harsh one, diaper-wearing aliens.

Who thought it was a good idea to have an antenna-ed homage to legendary Borscht Belt comedian Henny Youngman in a kids’ comic?

You couldn’t think of a word to express dislike? Y’all were just telling Terry to scram a few pages ago. Not that big of a linguistic leap, guys. So far, we’ve got lame, made-up, letter-salad alien language, trope-y interventionist-space-explorer beats and anti-sympathy for the orphan hero. Know what this kids’ comic needs? Vavavoom girl robot jokes with a sad note of AI obsolescence.

[Checks box]

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There’s more wince-inducing stuff in Planet Terry #1 but let’s move on. The series’ main character reappeared in an 2009 X-Babies miniseries, looking like he took that alien meanness to heart.

Terry was still shown as a kid in X-Babies but he’s all grown up in his re-emergence in the Drax series. His surprise return happened at the end of Drax #6.

No one really remembers Planet #*$&@ Terry, which hurts his feelings.

Being a fan of the way that Venture Bros. has riffed on the ‘terribly aged boy hero’ idea with Dr. Venture, Action Johnny and Jonny Quest himself, I like the use of Planet Terry in the last few issues of Drax. It’s a fun instance of digging into cobwebbed portions of the Marvel character stable and making a flubbed experiment useful more than 30 years later, seeing as how his appearance got me to pick up a comic I hadn’t been reading.

I kinda hope he doesn’t die a funny, humiliating death anytime soon.