Groot is a fictional character that appears in comics published by Marvel Comics. Its first version was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, first appearing in Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960). In this version Groot was a creature with the appearance of a Humanoid tree, which sought out alien beings to use in scientific experiments. The character was recast in 2006 by Keith Giffen and Timothy Green II to be a noble hero, first appearing in the storyline Annihilation: Conquest (September 2007). Groot went on to star in his spin-off series, Guardians of the Galaxy, joining the team of the same name. Groot has been featured in a variety of related Marvel products, including animated television series, toys and cards. Vin Diesel voiced Groot in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, its 2017 sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. incorporated the character through motion capture in the first film. Since his film debut and animated series debut.