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Silver Surfer #1: Review

Aug 1968
Stan Lee, John Buscema

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The Origin of the Silver Surfer

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4 stars

Silver Surfer #1 Review by (February 17, 2018)
Norrin Radd, who becomes the Silver Surfer, is a noble heroic human-like extraterrestrial being who is troubled by how his people go on their every day lives. He complains, among other things, for their continuos search for pleasure. Nevertheless, Radd basically gives it all to save them when an invincible menace, the supreme being Galactus, threatens to destroy them.

Galactus turns Radd into a bright, shinning super human capable of amazing wonders. And he also locks him on Earth when the Surfer turns against his master due to yet another noble cause: Save humankind. 

Creator Stan Lee hints as how he might have borrowed ideas from the Bible, a book he was delighted with, when conceiving the Surfer's story. The Surfer could be linked to two opposite characters, which is very interesting: The savior hero Surfer to Jesus, and the bright flying locked in Earth Surfer, to Lucifer (Satan).

Prior to Radd reaching out to Galactus, the Zenn-La people used their most wondrous weapon to stop the god-like creature. That weapon was so powerful that Galactus had to hid in another dimension to stay safe. The weapon retaliated, leaving the once-perfect world, devastated. Was not by Radd's intervention that Galactus spared his world. That is a clear message by Stan Lee that DIPLOMACY and not VIOLENCE is the best way to prevent death and destruction when two powerful forces should face each other.

As per the ARTWORK, John Buscema lays a great foundation for the masterpiece artwork he will be do later on in the Surfer book.

By Peter Silvestro on February 10, 2010
The encounter with the Hulk is a flashback to Tales To Astonish #93. The meeting with Doctor Doom is from Fantastic Four #57 and the tale of the Surfer and Galactus coming to Earth is, of course, from the classic Fantastic Four #48-50.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Silver Surfer #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Image from Silver Surfer #1
The Silver Surfer travels the Earth marveling at its wonders and beauty. But wherever he goes, he is met with fear and hostility by humans. He recalls his unhappy confrontations with the Hulk and Doctor Doom, leading him to look back on his past.

He was once Norrin Radd, citizen of Zenn-La, a utopia planet, and loved by Shalla Bal, but he is bored with the sterile paradise. Then Galactus, the world-devouring entity, arrives to feed upon Zenn-La. When they fail to stop the menace with their most powerful weapon - which leaves their once pristine world in ruins, Norrin offers himself as the servant of Galactus if only the alien will spare his home world. Galactus accepts his sacrifice and transforms Norrin into the Silver Surfer, destined to fly through the galaxies, searching out planets for his master to feed upon.

On Earth, however, the Surfer rebels against Galactus, with the aid of the Fantastic Four, to save humanity, and as his punishment, he is exiled by Galactus and locked in Earth, unable to escape from its orbit.

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John Buscema
Joe Sinnott
Bill Everett
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
Marie Severin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Sam Rosen.


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