Yondu Udonta is a member of the Zatoan tribe, primitive beings native to Centauri IV. He functions as a hunter. His homeworld was the first planet to be colonized by humans that was outside Earth's solar system. Yondu is born in the late thirtieth century. Yondu's people had fled from contact with overwhelming earth colonizers who had begun arriving in 2940 A.D.
In 3006 A.D., Vance Astro, an astronaut from Earth, lands on Yondu's planet with an antiquated propulsion ship. Despite realizing his mission was pointless, he performs the recon anyway. Vance encounters Yondu during the latter's trial of manhood. Yondu attacks him, but is repelled by Vance's powers. Vance keeps this secret as Yondu's action was illegal. Yondu works with Vance when the Badoon, an alien race, overtakes the planet later that year. All the other Centaurians are believed to have been slaughtered. Vance and Yondu escape in his ship to fetch help but the Badoon capture them easily. The duo are taken to Earth which, by 3007 A.D., has also been conquered. When questioned, Vance pretends to be unfriendly with Yondu, calling him a stupid creature. They later escape the attentions of Drang, the leader of the local Badoon forces, when Yondu changes the course of his arrow as Vance fires at him as part of an escape plan, pretending he wants to execute Yondu with his arrows, but Yondu gives a call that changes the course and distracts the Badoon. They team up with Charlie-27 of the Jupiter colony and Martinex of the Pluto colony when they come out of a telepod (whose appearance was caused by Starhawk) and form the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight the Badoon.
For the next seven years, the four survivors attacked the Badoon's outposts in the solar system. In 3014 A.D., the Guardians teamed with the time-traveling Thing, Captain America, and Sharon Carter to retake New York City from the Badoon forces. In 3015 A.D., the Guardians time-traveled to the 20th Century and met the Defenders. They returned to 3015 A.D. with the Defenders and later met Starhawk. After humanity defeated the Brotherhood of Badoon occupiers, the Sisterhood of Badoon arrived and removed the males from Earth.
Yondu and the Guardians later teamed with the time-traveling Thor, and battled Korvac and his Minions of Menace. Yondu traveled to the present alongside his fellow Guardians, and assisted the Avengers against Korvac. Some time later, in 3017 A.D., Yondu and the Guardians went on a quest to find the lost shield of Captain America. They battled Taserface and the Stark, and defeated the Stark. Yondu's right hand was later destroyed by Interface, and replaced by Martinex with a bionic appendage. Martinex had offered to use their transmutative technology to make him a new hand from his own DNA but Yondu had refused, believing that he should accept the bionic hand as penance for his recent faithlessness and that Anthos was telling him to accept a new philosophy. Yondu would later leave the team when it is revealed that a small enclave of his people have survived on Centauri IV. These Kikaahe (“cave dwellers”) had escaped death at the hands of the Badoon because the walls of the cavern where they lived contained the mineral trillite (“yaka”) which blocks radio waves, thereby shielding them from sensors. Since his newfound people would not accept his bionic weapon-hand, Yondu allowed the Guardians to use their advanced medical technology to restore his flesh-and-blood hand, making his body whole once more. During their farewells, Vance apologizes for what he had thought was unacceptable treatment of Yondu during their earlier adventurers.
Johnny took the kick, going with the momentum to continue the full flip and land in a crouch. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he spit off to the side. "Ya see, Shinobi of the coin machine or whatever you are, I don't care. Ruling the world? That I got a problem with." Hellfire licked from the corner of his eyes but he still held back the transformation. "So, whatever you are, keep pushing and you will very soon not-be. Get me?"
Johnny easily weaved aside from the chain spear, sidestepping out of range and unleashing another blast with his shotgun. "You know, using my own tricks against me ain't too wise. Flaming skull, chains, come on man. I haven't even called the Rider yet. Yer nothing but a knock off in pajamas. Who put you up to this? Blackheart? Mephisto? Maybe Dormamu?"
Johnny shrugged, exhaling through his nose. "You do realize I have the get out of hell free card, right? I mean, I can kinda rip holes in the dimensional fabric or some junk, and meander my way back home. But, suit yourself. Lets see what you got."
Johnny rolled his eyes, not bothering with a fighting stance.. "Whatever bucko, you were warned." Without further ceremony, a gout of soul-searing hellfire belched from beneath his trenchcoat, courtesy of the ensorceled shotgun he always carried beneath. Though it would do no physical damage, the weapon went far deeper, burning the very soul.
Another easy chuckle. "Sure y'are there fancy pants. And here I thought those pajamas were just your putter around the house duds. Look, you're barking up the wrong tree, biting off more than you can chew. Use whatever euphemism you want. Take the warning and go. This ain't your mortal combat, this ain't some tournament. You don't want to push this any further."