Norrin Radd's early history is unknown, though it is presumably similar to the Norrin Radd of Earth-616.
The Silver Surfer was sent to Earth to herald the coming of Galactus. He was detected by S.H.I.E.L.D., who sent Iron Man to investigate. Before Iron Man could reach him, however, the Surfer was attacked by a ship piloted by Doctor Doom, shattering his board into pieces known as Cosmic Bricks. The Surfer was then kidnapped by Doom.