- Perhaps for the first time within memory... I have found something... something worth protecting!
Appearing in "If This Be Doomsday!"
- Fantastic Four
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "If This Be Doomsday!"
With Galactus on Earth, the Watcher tries to appeal to the planet eater to leave Earth alone, when diplomacy doesn't work Johnny and Thing try to attack Galactus to no effect. the Watcher tells them to return to their base and he will contact them shortly.
Meanwhile, the unconscious Silver Surfer is taken in and cared for by Alicia Masters. Meanwhile, Galactus continues to assemble his planet devouring device and the Watcher explains to the Fantastic Four what will happen to the Earth if Galactus succeeds. The Watcher explains that there is a device aboard Galactus' ship that he will need the Human Torch to collect. While back at Alicia's apartment, Alicia learns of the Surfer's mission on Earth and appeals to him to turn against his master and help save the Earth.
When the Fantastic Four begin attacking Galactus' almost completed device, the planet eater sends his cyborg Punisher to keep them out of his way while he repairs the device. With this distraction and delay, the Watcher uses a device to boost Johnny's powers to a degree that will allow him to travel to Galactus' ship and retrieve the weapon they need to defeat him. While finally, Alicia convinces the Surfer to help save the Earth.
- The portions of this story that pertain to Galactus are retold from a different perspective in Marvels #3.
- The Silver Surfer's lack of humanity in this story is revealed to due to the manipulations of Galactus who suppressed the memories of his past as well as his ability to feel emotions. This was explained in Silver Surfer #1. It is further explained that this was necessary on the part of Galactus when the Surfer's homeworld of Zenn-La was destroyed by the Other, as depicted in Silver Surfer Vol 3 #130. Galactus erased those memories and submerged it then fabricated a hoax to make it look as though Zenn-La still existed.
- To date the origins of the Punisher are unknown. It has been explained as both a mechanical and organic construct in Iron Man #109 and Silver Surfer Vol 3 #17. The Punisher cyborg returns in Fantastic Four #74 when Galactus returns to Earth to reign in the Silver Surfer.
- The worldship of Galactus is later referred to a Taa II, as first stated in Super-Villain Classics #1. Taa is the name of the homeworld of Galactus first seen in Thor #163.
- This is the first time that the Watcher openly violates his oath of non-interference. This has been the case since the Watchers accidentally caused the mass extinction of the Prosilicans when they provided them with nuclear technology, as seen in Tales of Suspense #53 and expanded upon in Original Sin #0.
- This issue is reprinted in Marvel Masterworks #25, Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four #5, 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time #1, Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby, Volume 1, Essential Fantastic Four, Volume 3, Marvel's Greatest Comics #36, the Silver Surfer: The Coming of Galactus Vol 1 1 trade paperback and Fantastic Four (Fireside).
The hands of Galactus used on this cover art were subsequently used on the Target novelisation of Doctor Who - The Three Doctors (1974).
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