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Quote1 Where soars the Silver Surfer... There must he soar--- alone! Quote2
--Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)

Appearing in "Origin of the Silver Surfer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #1.

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  • Zenn-Lavian Items
    • Mental Transportation Element (Only in flashback)
    • Study-Cubes (Only in flashback)
    • Cyberno-Materializer (Only in flashback)
    • Weapon Supreme (Only in flashback)
    • Mental-Constructor (Only in flashback)
  • Ultimate Nullifier (Recap)

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Synopsis for "Origin of the Silver Surfer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #1.

Brief Summary:
Growing tired of his banishment on Earth, the Silver Surfer thinks back to the days before he became Galacuts' herald. He was Norrin Radd of Zenn-La and, while he loved Shalla-Bal, he was growing restless on his planet. The Zenn-Lavians' lives were complacent, not looking to discover more about the universe around them. Norrin Radd was not happy with this fact and when Galactus appeared he saw this as his chance to save his planet and seek a new life. Galactus made him his herald and he became the Silver Surfer. The planet was saved, a new life was won, but his old life and love had to be left behind.

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Detailed Summary:
As the Silver Surfer is flying over the Earth, he spots a space capsule crashing into the ocean. He finds the craft at the bottom of the ocean, blasts open the door, and brings the unconscious Col. John Jameson out of the water and safely on to a nearby aircraft carrier. The servicemen think that the Surfer is a threat and jets are sent after him. He easily speeds away from them, as well as the Russian and Chinese missiles that are shot at him as he passes over their countries.

Tired of being banished on Earth, the Surfer longs to be able to return to his home planet Zenn-La. He remembers Zenn-La, an advanced planet that had achieved perfection through their technology. All war, crime, and illness had been eradicated. Before he was the Silver Surfer, he was Norrin Radd. While most of his fellow citizens were happy with their life on this nirvana, Norrin was bored and restless.

Back to present, the Surfer runs into a group of Yetis that instantly attack him. Instead of fighting back and hurting them, he distracts them with his surfboard and escapes unnoticed. This attack reminds of his first encounters with the Hulk and Doctor Doom. Both attacked him in the past even though he approached them as friends. He comes across the ruins of a once prosperous city and only finds desolation. This scene reminds of his last days on Zenn-La.

Norrin was with his beloved, Shalla-Bal, when the citizens' alarm sounded and an announcement was made. A gigantic alien spacecraft was headed for Zenn-La and the planet, being peaceful, had little left to defend itself from this potentially hostile stranger. Zenn-La's only option was to use the Weapon Supreme, a weapon so powerful that it destroyed much of the planet's buildings when it was fired at the approaching spacecraft. Unfortunately, the alien ship took refuge in the fourth dimension as the weapon was being fired and only the planet itself suffered from using it.

While most Zenn-Lavians felt all was lost, Norrin was determined to try and save his planet. He found a member of the council of scientists and had him build Norrin a spaceship that could reach the alien spacecraft. He arrived at the spacecraft to meet Galactus, devourer of worlds! Norrin made a deal with Galactus to save Zenn-La. He agreed and became the Silver Surfer, Herald of Galactus. While Zenn-La would survive, Norrin must leave and help find other planets for Galactus to eat for the rest of his life. He bid farewell to Shalla-Bal and soared off into space, all alone.

The Surfer started off by finding Galactus only planets that were free of living creatures for him to eat. But as the years went by, his vigilance to save innocent life faltered and he lead Galactus to Earth. He soon regretted this decision and fought back with the Fantastic Four to prevent the planet from being eaten. Galactus agreed to leave Earth but banished the Surfer to the planet, no longer able to roam the galaxies. Tired of this hostile planet and missing outer space, the Silver Surfer wonders where his destiny lies.

Appearing in "When Lands the Saucer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #2.

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Synopsis for "When Lands the Saucer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #2.

Brief Summary:
While the Silver Surfer was unsuccessfully trying to escape Galactus' barrier, he noticed an alien ship hovering over Earth. He realizes that no one but him can see the ship and soon discovers that the aliens on board, the Badoon, are here to take over humanity. He battles the invisible aliens, while the people below see a crazed Surfer fighting himself. The army fires up at him, hitting the cloaked space ship. Thinking that they have lost the element of surprise, the Badoon abandon their mission and leave Earth.

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Detailed Summary:
The Silver Surfer is floating on the edge of Earth's outer atmosphere, mourning his continuing exile, when he's shocked to his senses by a falling meteor that crashes into him. He realizes that he cannot aimlessly drift over this planet for ever and decides that he should try and find a home among the humans with whom he is forced to live.

He arrives at an Alpine town with the intent to live there, but the Surfer is driven away by the panicked locals who distrust the Surfer because he looks different. The Surfer once more tries to integrate into society by going to an American city instead, however his arrival there is also met with fear, distrust, and hatred.

Returning to space, the Surfer laments humanity's many ills and desperately tries to force himself through Galactus' barrier. Over and over he tries to ram through the invisible barrier, unsuccessful each time and finally stopping only from exhaustion. While resting, he thinks of his beloved Shalla-Bal. At the same time, Shalla-Bal is mourning her loss of Norrin Radd. Thinking of the times they had with each other back before he became the Silver Surfer.

Just then the Surfer notices the arrival of an alien space ship, hurtling towards Earth. He follows the ship down as it heads to New York City and is surprised to find that no one else seems to be able to see it. The Surfer tries to warn the people on the street, but is attacked by them instead as they accuse him of trying to start a riot. Thrown into jail for disturbing the peace, he escapes by having his board crash through the prison's wall.

He decides to confront the aliens directly. They let him enter their space ship and introduce themselves to the Surfer as the Brotherhood of the Badoon. They state that they come in peace and only want to share with Earth their knowledge and technologies. The Surfer is skeptical of their intentions as he had heard of the Badoon, in his past travels, and the fear and dread that they bring with them. The Badoon insist that they can be trusted, but an earth girl suddenly bursts into the room to warn the Surfer of their true intentions. She said that she was captured by the Badoons and that they intend to invade the Earth. However, before she can say anymore, the girl is shot by the Badoon and falls unconscious into the Surfer's arms.

Let Earth Be The Prize!
The Surfer leaves the ship with the injured girl, promising to save the Earth by himself. Before he can do this though, he needs to keep the girl safe by wrapping her in a protective field of spatial energy. With this completed, he's able to return to New York City and confront the Badoon.

The Badoon launch a rocket at Silver Surfer that can follow his every move, but he is able to out maneuver it and lead it into the side of a mountain to explode. They unleash the Weapon of Weapons on him and the creature known as the Monster of Badoon crashes into the Surfer. As they battle over the city, the people below are once more put in a state of panic because the Badoon's cloaking technology makes it look as though the Surfer is on another rampage. The Surfer unleashes the full extent of his Power Cosmic at the monster, but the Badoon retrieve their weapon before it can be defeated.

Meanwhile, the military start their attack on the Surfer. Launching a volley of missiles in his direction, but hitting the cloaked Badoon ship instead. The Badoon think that their invisibility is lost and that the humans can now see them. They quickly retreat and head towards space. The Surfer sees an opportunity to escape Galactus' barrier and flies close to the fleeing ship, protected by its force field.

At the last second, he remembers the injured girl that he left behind and he begrudgingly leaves the protection of the ship and falls back to Earth. He begins to heal the girl with his cosmic energy, but the military continue their attack on the Surfer with another missile strike. Realizing that he can't stay with the girl (because of the military's hostility towards him), he leaves her to be recovered by them, barely clinging to life.

Appearing in "The Power and the Prize!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #3.

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Synopsis for "The Power and the Prize!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #3.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer's power and nobility catches the attention of Mephisto. He sees the Surfer as an obstacle in his plan to tempt all of humanity into becoming his slaves. He brings Shalla-Bal to Earth as a way to torment the Surfer. But neither this or any other temptations can get him to falter. Mephisto resorts to brute strength by his demons and then himself to fell the Surfer, but nothing is successful. His only solace is the pain that the Silver Surfer feels when Mephisto sends Shalla-Bal back to Zenn-La.

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Detailed Summary:
The Silver Surfer tracks down the woman that was severely injured by the Badoon. He tries to finish healing her with his cosmic powers, but the hospital staff and police try to intervene. Despite the police’s laser attack, the Surfer is able to save her life. However, angered by the human’s continued aggression towards him, he swears to get his revenge on mankind.

Flying above the Earth, the Silver Surfer uses all his power to bring civilization to a standstill. A series of his cosmic bursts envelope the entire planet, which shuts down all machinery, dims all lights, and blocks all communications. This attack causes mass panic everywhere and catches the attention of Mephisto.

The Earth is one of Mephisto’s prized places for lost souls and any threat to this planet concerns him. His mystic vapors reveal that it is the Silver Surfer that is the cause of mankind’s current panic. The Surfer’s nobility and power is a threat to Mephisto’s control over the Earth and he begins to devise a plan for his demise.

Mephisto transports himself to Zenn-La, into Shalla-Bal’s quarters. He promises to bring her to Norrin Radd if she does as he commands. Desperate to be with her beloved, she agrees to his request. They board a spaceship and head to Earth.

The Surfer, calming down and realizing the mass fear that he has caused, reverses the cosmic field that he had created, and the world was restored to order. Just then he notices a Zenn-Lavian spaceship entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Before he can react, the Earth’s nuclear defenses attack it. The Surfer destroys the weapons, but not before Shalla-Bal’s ship is damaged and she is injured. The Silver Surfer races to the crash site to find Shalla-Bal gravely injured. He uses his power cosmic to revive her, but Mephisto appears and vanishes with her.

Duel in the Depths
Mephisto retreats to his underworld lair with the captive Shalla-Bal. He doesn’t want to just kill the Surfer but make him his slave. Before he can continue with his plans, though, the Surfer surprises him by appearing before him. He had no problem tracking them to Mephisto’s realm. Mephisto warns him that he holds his beloved hostage and that he must destroy the Surfer so that his control over Earth is not diminished. He tries to tempt the Surfer with wealth, lust, and power, but fails to win him over.

Angered by this defiance, Mephisto attacks the Surfer with his demons. While each subsequent creature is stronger and deadlier than the last, none can stand up to the might of the power cosmic. Mephisto envelopes him amoebic energy, draining his strength and restricting his movement. While physically defeated, his soul is still not Mephisto’s to have. So Mephisto implants the Surfer into his own brain to slowly bend him to his will. However, Surfer’s purity caused Mephisto too much pain and he was forced to release him.

Finally, Mephisto threatens to send Shalla-Bal back to Zenn-La unless the Surfer swears his allegiance to him. Tormented to see their long-anticipated reunion cut short, both Shalla-Bal and the Silver Surfer realize that she must go back so that Mephisto’s plan will fail. Satisfied with their anguish, Mephisto sends them both away and vows to one day defeat the Surfer.

Appearing in "The Good, The Bad and the Uncanny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #4.

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Synopsis for "The Good, The Bad and the Uncanny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #4.

Brief Summary:
Loki is determined to defeat his brother Thor. He looks for someone that he can use to accomplish this. He comes across the Silver Surfer and tests his abilities. Loki tricks the Surfer into thinking that Thor is Asgard's enemy. He agrees to help the Surfer escape Galactus' barrier if he helps defeat Thor. Surfer attacks Thor, but soon realizes that Loki may have not been telling him the truth. When Loki realizes that the Surfer was becoming wise, he sends him back to Earth before his scheme could be revealed.

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Detailed Summary:
Loki broods in his lair, angry that Thor continues to thwart his nefarious plans. He decides to go to the Cavern of Shadows to find someone with enough power to defeat his brother. While there, he discovers the Silver Surfer and learns about his past and present. He realizes that the Surfer is someone that he could deceive into doing his bidding. Eager to bring his plan into motion, he rushes through Asgard and crosses path with the Warriors Three. Confident of his impending success, he gloats to the three and warns them that Thor will soon be gone forever. They quickly rush to Thor to warn him, setting him on edge and getting him to prepare for war.

Meanwhile the Silver Surfer seeks refuge amongst nature and the wild animals, eager to escape the violence of man. This respite is short-lived though, as Loki appears and quickly attacks him. He wants to test the Surfer’s mettle and determine truly how powerful he is, but the Surfer refuses to fight back. It’s only when Loki threatens the humans that the Surfer begins to react. During their battle, Loki realizes that he has found his tool to defeat Thor and he stops the fight as quickly as he started it. Loki tells the Surfer that his power is needed to save Asgard from Thor. If the Surfer helps, then he will free him from Galactus’ barrier. Upon hearing this promise, the Surfer agrees to Loki’s request.

Sure enough, traveling with Loki to Asgard on the Bifrost by-passes Galactus’ barrier and allows the Silver Surfer to escape Earth. Upon entering Asgard, Loki quickly disappears so that his fellow Asgardians will not suspect the Surfer’s true mission: to vanquish Thor. The Surfer first meets Heimdall at the Golden Gates and is allowed to pass, since he does not seem to be a threat. He then enters Thor’s castle and interrupts their feast by challenging him to a fight. The Warriors Three leap at the Surfer for his threat, but Thor stops them and encourages everyone to eat first before any challenges begin. The Surfer agrees to Thor’s request and is fascinated how so many people seem to be loyal to someone that is supposed to be evil.

As they eat, they watch the gladiators do battle and Loki secretly arrives in his astral form. He puts dark suspicions into the Surfer’s mind and forces a gladiator to hurl is sword at him. This causes the Silver Surfer to lash out in anger and attack the Asgardians, which also brings Thor into the fight. Word is sent to Odin of the battle, but he is not worried since he can sense that both combatants are pure of heart. He believes no harm will come to them and decides to go to bed.

The two trade blows, but the Silver Surfer (with Loki’s power added to his own) is too much for Thor to handle. Balder and Sif rush to protect Thor and once again the Surfer is surprised by the loyalty that Thor commands. He starts to doubt Loki’s story and intentions. Before he can explain everything to Thor, Loki transports him back to Earth and back to his banishment.

Appearing in "-- And Who Shall Mourn for Him?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #5.

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Synopsis for "-- And Who Shall Mourn for Him?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #5.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer breaks into the Baxter Building and steals Reed Richard's latest experimental device. He uses it in an attempt to break Galactus' barrier. Instead the device explodes and the Surfer falls back to Earth. He's found by Al Harper, who offers to help him build another device. Harper ends up creating a device that allows the Surfer to leave Earth, but he is forced to return after meeting the Stranger and finding out that he intends to destroy the planet. The Surfer fights the Stranger as Harper finds the alien bomb. He defuses it, but dies in the process. The Stranger leaves and the Surfer remains stuck on Earth.

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Detailed Summary:
An intruder has broken into the Baxter Building and stolen Reed’s space-scrambler. Before the Human Torch can catch up with him, the mysterious thief speeds into space. The thief is actually the Silver Surfer and he has stolen the device in hopes that he can use it to break through Galactus’ barrier. Unfortunately, the device malfunctions and explodes, knocking him unconscious and sending him back to Earth.

He sees a vision of Shalla-Bal but wakes up in the house of Al Harper. Harper was walking in the woods when he saw the Surfer falling from the sky. He took the unconscious Surfer back to his cabin so that he could recover. The Silver Surfer explains to Harper his dilemma, who ends up sympathizing with his plight. Harper is a physicist and agrees to help him. However, he needs a good amount of money to create a device that could breach Galactus’ barrier.

Donning human clothing, the Surfer sets out to get the money that Harper needs. First, the Surfer tries to find a job at various employment agencies. Due to his lack of work experience and proof of identity and his silver skin, no one wants to take a chance and give him a job. Next, he breaks into a bank to take the money, but realizes that doing so would make him just as bad as the humans that anger him. Suddenly a security guard spots him and tries to stop him. Instead, the Surfer erases his memories of the incident and fixes the damage that he had done.

Out in a near-by alley, he runs across a man who had been roughed up after being in an illegal gambling room and finding out that the game that he was playing was rigged with weighted dice. He lost all his money during the altercation, but the Surfer insists that he show him the location of the gambling den. Upon entering the establishment, the Surfer uses his cosmic powers to control the dice and win a large amount of money. However, the operators of the gambling room are not impressed with having lost so much money and beat up the Surfer as he leaves. As they get in their car, the man who told the Surfer about the gambling room tries to stop them from leaving. They are about to run him over when the Surfer intervenes and destroys the car. He gives the man some of his winnings for his help and returns to Harper with the rest.

With the money, Harper is able to build a device that can disguise the Silver Surfer’s molecular structure and thus enable him to cross Galactus’ barrier. However, as he was about to pass through the barrier, he comes face-to-face with the Stranger. The Stranger warns the Surfer that he should leave, because he has come to Earth to destroy it. After his previous experiences on the planet, he has realized that mankind is a plague that no longer deserves to exist and plans to use the null-life bomb to destroy them. The Surfer attempts to stop him, but the Stranger disappears in order to carry out his plans.

The Surfer decides to return to Earth in order to save mankind. He tells Harper of the threat and he goes to the police in order to warn them. Nobody believes his story of the alien bomb, so he decides to build a device that will be able to locate it. While Harper is trying to find the null-life bomb, the Surfer seeks out the Stranger. Upon finding him, they engage in combat. Meanwhile, Harper must escape a mob of locals that are suspicious of his device and claims of an alien attack. He locates the bomb and begins to dismantle it. Toxic vapors begin to emanate from the bomb and slowly start to kill Harper. However, with his last breath he disables the bomb and saves mankind.

Sensing that his bomb has failed, the Stranger accepts defeat and leaves the Earth unharmed. Realizing that Harper has perished, the Surfer tracks down his friend and gives him a proper burial. As a tribute, he leaves an eternal flame at his grave site.

Appearing in "Worlds Without End!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #6.

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  • Shalla-Bal
  • slave girl of Overlord (Earth-6966) (Death)
  • sole survivor of Zenn-La (Earth-6966) (Death)

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  • Overlord (Rakkhal) (First appearance) (Main story and flashback) (Apparent death)
  • primitive alien beings (Earth-6966)
  • Overlord's army (Earth-6966) (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "Worlds Without End!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #6.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer defeats Galactus' barrier by flying fast enough around the planet to be sent into the future, where the barrier has faded. However, this future is also where the entire universe has been destroyed by the Overlord. The Surfer tries to fight him, but his powers are too great. Finally, the Surfer decides to travel back in time to right before the accident that gave Overlord his powers had occurred. He stops the accident from happening which prevents the Overlord from getting his powers and thus saves the universe.

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Detailed Summary:
The Silver Surfer is lamenting his plight, his banishment on Earth, and his separation from Shalla-Bal. At the same time, Shalla-Bal is also lamenting the loss of Norrin Radd. Both hold out hope that one day they will be reunited.

The Surfer travels back to Al Harper's lab to pay his last respects for his fallen friend and to try and see if there is anything else he can use to breach Galactus' barrier. There he learns that it's possible to move through time if he travels faster than the speed of light. Hoping that maybe in the future the barrier would no longer exist, the Surfer speeds around the Earth faster than light and ends up in the distant future.

He is horrified to find that the Earth has been decimated, but the barrier around the Earth is now gone. Traveling to Zenn-La, the Surfer also learns that his home world has also been destroyed beyond recognition. In fact, everywhere he travels he only finds empty worlds.

Finally, he finds a world with primitive life. They instantly attack and capture him and deliver him to the army of the Overlord. The soldiers quickly bring the Surfer to their master, as he wants to know what part of the universe he has not yet conquered and destroyed. When the Surfer realizes that the Overlord has created all the destruction that he has seen across the universe, he attacks in anger.

Overlord is pleased to see the Surfer's power and promises to battle him soon. He first explains that he is a mutant, unable to be killed, and worthy to rule the universe. Then he feasts and is entertained by his captive dancers. The Surfer tries to save one of the enslaved dancers that reminds him of Shalla-Bal, but the Overlord lashes out at both of them and kills the slave. Angered by the senseless violence, he again attacks the tyrant. The Surfer senses the immense power of Overlord and is knocked unconscious when he attempts to save the slaves from their master's uncontrolled rage.

Thinking him dead, the Overlord orders the Surfer to be disintegrated. Luckily, the man in charge of this is the lone survivor of Zenn-La and he remembers the legend of Norrin Radd. He realizes that he is still alive, so he revives him and hides him from Overlord's soldiers. He tells him the origins of the Overlord. That his father was irradiated by a defective nuclear reactor and his son was born a mutant. As the boy quickly grew, his rage was nigh uncontrollable. After his parents' death, he conquered his planet and began rampaging across the universe, taking over all because he was indestructible.

When the Overlord discovers that his slave has revived the Surfer, he sends his soldiers to attack them. The Surfer easily defeats the soldiers, but not before the Zenn-Lavian is killed. Realizing that he cannot defeat the Overlord, the Silver Surfer travels back in time and destroys the nuclear reactor that was going to irradiate the Overlord's father. This act creates a new future where the Overlord no longer exists and the universe is not destroyed. The Surfer returns to his own time to find himself once more trapped on Earth.

Appearing in "The Heir of Frankenstein!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #7.

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Synopsis for "The Heir of Frankenstein!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #7.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer rescues Ludwig von Frankenstein from an angry village mob. Frankenstein tricks the Surfer into entering his experimental machine so that he can clone him and his powers. He creates a Frankenstein Surfer that attacks the Silver Surfer and the nearby villagers. The Surfer confronts his dangerous double. He leads him to space and reabsorbs his powers back into himself, causing the clone to vanish.

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Detailed Summary:
Ludwig von Frankenstein, the modern descendant of Victor von Frankenstein, and his hunchbacked assistant Borgo attempt to create life using modern scientific technology. But the local villagers have had their fill of the Frankenstein legacy and storm the castle. Frankenstein decides to activate his latest project, Experiment X. But in order to do so, he needs a powerful living host – one that is strong enough to survive the process.

The Silver Surfer, flying through the Alps, sees the villagers storming the castle and believing them to be aggressors, repels them with his cosmic blasts. Count Frankenstein invites him into his castle and pretends to befriend him. The Silver Surfer is reluctant to trust him at first, but agrees to help him. Frankenstein tricks him into becoming the host for Experiment X. Trapping the Surfer and strapping him to a table, he begins to siphon the power cosmic from him and redirect it into a lifeless clay model. Imbued with the power of the Silver Surfer, the creation comes to life, assumes the Surfer's form, and attacks him. Frankenstein sends the false Surfer into the village to avenge himself against them.

Frankenstein notices that the Silver Surfer is still alive and decides to finish him off with another of his weapons. To his surprise, the Surfer stands unharmed and demands to know what are his plans for the clone. Borgo reveals to him that Frankenstein plans to use the duplicate to bring fear to the world. The Silver Surfer departs to stop his evil doppelganger.

The two Surfers confront each other. Their fight rages throughout the village and eventually the Silver Surfer carries the battle out into Earth’s atmosphere to avoid harming others. Both combatants are evenly matched, but the Surfer's experience gives him an advantage.

Back in the Alps, the diminutive Borgo decides that he has taken Count Frankenstein's abuse long enough. He tackles Frankenstein, as he is firing down on the villagers, and both of them topple out of the castle window where they fall to their deaths.

Back in the sky, the duplicate decides to bring the battle back to the city. The Silver Surfer, looking to end the violence once and for all, grabs a hold of the false Surfer and begins to drain him of his cosmic energy. Before long, there is nothing left of clone and he disappears into thin air. The Silver Surfer is once again whole.

Appearing in "Now Strikes the Ghost!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #8.

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Synopsis for "Now Strikes the Ghost!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #8.

Brief Summary:
Mephisto returns and sets his new plans into motion for defeating the Silver Surfer and stealing his soul. He finds the Ghost of the Flying Dutchman and gives him enough power to crush the Surfer.

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Detailed Summary:
Furious over his previous attempt to collect the Silver Surfer's soul having met failure, Mephisto decides to try once again. His hatred is so strong that it flows from his body and attacks the Surfer. The assault is so strong that it nearly kills him, however Mephisto stops the attack before this happens. He needs to acquire the Surfer's soul before he is slayed.

Appearing before a satanist attempting to summon a demon, Mephisto uses him as a mortal bridge to find a soul in limbo. He summons the wandering ghost of Joost van Straaten, the legendary Flying Dutchman. He is trapped in limbo as punishment for forcing his crew to sail on a fatal journey into a deadly storm. Mephisto uses his powers to transform the ghost of van Straaten into a super-powerful entity known as "The Ghost," powerful enough to crush the Silver Surfer.

Meanwhile, the Surfer recovers from Mephisto's attack and uses his memories of Shalla-Bal to regain his strength. As he reflects, a vision of Shalla-Bal appears before him. They attempt to embrace, but instead she wakes up from her sleep and realizes that they are still connected no matter how far they are apart from each other.

Mephisto tells The Ghost that if he can get the Silver Surfer's soul, then he will free him from limbo. The Ghost is sent into the city to terrorize people in order to lure the Surfer out for another battle.

Appearing in "..To Steal the Surfer's Soul!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #9.

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Synopsis for "..To Steal the Surfer's Soul!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #9.

Brief Summary:
The Ghost continues his rampage on the city when the Silver Surfer confronts him. The battle is intense, but the Surfer prevails by pulling his power from the reaches of infinite space. Mephisto gives the Ghost more power, but he refuses to fight anymore. He slowly fades away and Mephisto vows to never accept defeat.

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Detailed Summary:
With the Ghost as his pawn, Mephisto lures the Surfer back to Earth and guides him into battling the Ghost, who has been terrorizing the people of New York City. As the two battle, the Surfer and the Ghost appear to be equally matched, with the Surfer refusing to give up his soul. Mephisto decides to secretly join the battle on Earth and help the Ghost with his battle.

The Ghost grabs a human hostage and threatens to kill her if the Surfer doesn't give up his soul. He falters, not wanting to lose his soul and also not wanting an innocent to suffer. This makes the Surfer open to the Ghost's laser attack, because he does not want to strike back for fear of hurting the human. He determines to use the Power Cosmic as never before, by gathering his power from the infinite reaches of space and harnessing it. He uses it to launch a pinpoint strike at the Ghost, disabling him and freeing the hostage.

The Ghost fails in collecting the Surfers soul. Wrought with guilt over the Surfer's chastising for threatening an innocent, the Ghost renounces Mephisto. Despite Mephisto's threats, the Ghost begins to fade back to limbo. However the Surfer sheds a tear over the torment of the Ghost's soul, thus breaking the curse, freeing him from the bondage of limbo, and giving him eternal rest. Mephisto departs, but not before vowing to never accept defeat.

Appearing in "A World He Never Made!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #10.

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  • Yarro Gort (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
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Synopsis for "A World He Never Made!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #10.

Brief Summary:
Shalla-Bal travels to Earth to find the Silver Surfer. In order to learn more about how the humans think, he decides to disguise his appearance and walk amongst them. He arrives at a South American town and is instantly attacked by armed men. A woman helps him, but is later captured by them. The Surfer attacks their headquarters and rescues the woman. Shalla-Bal arrives to see another woman in her beloved's arms.

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In order to find Norrin Radd, Shalla-Bal has sought the help of Zenn-La's most skill scientist, Yarro Gort. Gort has only agreed to help in order to prove to her that the Silver Surfer is either dead or has found another lover. Since she doesn't believe this is true, Shalla-Bal agrees to marry him if this is what is found and thus he builds a ship to take both of them to Earth.

Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer comes to the rescue of a police officer who is trying to talk down a suicidal bridge jumper. They both fall, but the Surfer catches them. Even though he brings them to safety, the gathered crowd still refuses to believe that his intentions were good. The Surfer leaves, determined to find out why humans are so untrustworthy.

The Surfer decides to make another attempt to integrate himself into human society. Taking some clothes and left over money from the late Al Harper's home, the Surfer travels to a small South American town where he finds that it is under attack by an occupying army. After defeating some soldiers who tried to arrest him for being out after curfew, the Surfer is offered refuge by a villager named Maria who lets him stay the night hidden in her attic.

However, minutes later, Maria is captured for not revealing the location of the Surfer. He awakens later to find her gone and travels to the occupying force's castle. He fights past the guards and frees Maria from El Capitan. As they escape the castle, Maria kisses the Surfer in thanks, a sight which is seen by Shalla-Bal and Yarro as they arrive in Earth's atmosphere.

Appearing in "O, Bitter Victory!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #11.

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  • Yarro Gort (Death)
  • El Capitan (Death)
  • The General (First appearance) (Death)

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  • The General's Army
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Synopsis for "O, Bitter Victory!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #11.

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The General's army, recovering from their battle with the Silver Surfer, panic when they see Shalla-Bal's approaching space ship. They shoot it down and capture her and Yarro Gort. Gort agrees to help El Capitan and the General destroy their enemies and the Silver Surfer with Zenn-Lavian technology. Meanwhile, the Surfer meets the freedom fighters that have been rebelling against the General. He joins them as they attack the invading army. Silver Surfer battles Gort and frees Shalla-Bal, but not before she is shot. Surfer is forced to send her back to Zenn-La to receive medical treatment.

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The General's army, recovering from their battle with the Silver Surfer, panic when they see Shalla-Bal's approaching space ship. They shoot it down, prompting Yarro and Shalla-Bal to abandon ship. The soldiers take them prisoner and bring them to El Capitan.

Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer notices the damaged ship and prevents it from crashing. He enters the ship and realizes that it's from Zenn-La. He wonders who was on it and why they came here.

Yarro and Shalla-Bal are brought to El Capitan and Yarro agrees to give him Zenn-Lavian technology if he spares his life. Intrigued by his promises of weapons that can defeat the Surfer, El Capitan brings him to see his boss, the General.

The Silver Surfer brings Maria back to her house, but he is attacked by men hiding inside. Maria stops the hostilities by convincing them the Surfer is an ally. The men are part of the Underground, the local rebels that are fighting the General's occupation. As soon as this is explained, the General's army attacks the rebels. The Surfer diffuses the situation by destroying the army's weapons and letting them depart. The rebels are mad at the Surfer for letting their enemies leave and the Surfer, annoyed by man's unending violence, leaves in frustration.

Yarro Gort demonstrates to the General the weapons that he has built for him. Suddenly, the Underground attacks the army base. Yarro uses his weapons against the rebels and the alien technology draws the attention of the Surfer. Shalla-Bal, not willing harm to come to her beloved, tries to stop Yarro from turning a powerful cannon on to the Surfer and is instead shot by El Capitan. Shocked to see her here, the enraged Surfer swoops up the injured Shalla-Bal and destroys the cannon with a cosmic blast. Yarro, El Capitan, and the General are all killed in the blast and, without leaders, the occupying army is quickly defeated.

With her wounds being too critical to be healed here on Earth, the Surfer repairs the space shuttle and sends Shalla-Bal back to Zenn-La. As much as he dreads seeing her go, their more advanced science has a better chance of saving her from the near fatal gun shot wound.

Appearing in "Gather, Ye Witches!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #12.

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Synopsis for "Gather, Ye Witches!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #12.

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A coven of witches seeks to prove their power by summoning a creature that is capable of killing the Silver Surfer. They rescue the Abomination from exile, but he refuses to obey the coven's commands. He leaves with his own agenda to subjugate and rule the world. The Silver Surfer similarly escapes the coven and battles the Abomination. The Abomination is eventually defeated by the Surfer.

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A coven of witches practice their dark arts near Stonehenge, while above the Silver Surfer once again tries to force himself through Galactus' barrier. He is desperate to get off Earth and to return to Zenn-La so that he can find out if Shalla-Bal has recovered from her earthly injuries. The intense collision he experiences as he hits the barrier knocks him unconscious and causes him to crash land near Stonehenge.

Warlock Prime, the leader of the witches coven, comes upon the Surfer has he is returning home. Recognizing who it is, he brings him home and waits for the Surfer to revive. The Surfer is tricked into drinking a sedative and Warlock Prime brings him to the coven's meeting place. He has a plan to destroy the Surfer and thus prove to the world the power of the coven.

To destroy the Surfer, the coven makes the Abomination appear. They are shocked when the Abomination does not listen to their commands. He throws Warlock Prime against the other witches and sets off to take over the planet.

Finally waking up, the Surfer does not hesitate to heal the injured Warlock Prime. He is warned that only he can stop the rampaging Abomination, but the Surfer (now weakened from exerting so much of his power to save a life) wants no part in the human's madness. He starts to fly away, but then guiltily changes course when he sees the nearby city in flames.

The Surfer attacks the Abomination, hoping to stop him from creating anymore destruction. The Abomination easily repels the weakened Surfer, but he eventually perseveres, using his power cosmic to lull the beast to sleep. He returns the Abomination to the coven and demands that they send him back from whence he came.

Appearing in "The Dawn of the Doomsday Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #13.

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Synopsis for "The Dawn of the Doomsday Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #13.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer learns about a powerful robot that was created to withstand any hostile environment. It was so powerful that they decided it was too dangerous to use. They secured it in a remote bunker, so that it would never get out. However, the robot does get out and the Surfer is forced to stop it before it sets off a deadly bomb. He sends it to the core of the Earth and launches the bomb into space.

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The Silver Surfer reads in the newspapers that the United Nation is calling a special session to discuss the threat of the Doomsday Man. He is not sure exactly what this Doomsday Man is, but it reminds him of a recent incident. The Surfer came across a remote island in the Pacific that was heavily guarded by battleships and infantry. On the island they were building a heavily fortified structure. While mysterious, it didn't concern him so he went on his way. Now he's determined to go to the United Nations and find out if what he saw and the Doomsday Man are connected.

At the United Nations, the ambassadors meet to hear Dr. Kronton explain the history of the Doomsday Man. It's a powerful robot built to be the USA's ultimate defensive robot in space. It can survive on any world and under any conditions. However, after the robot was competed, they realized that they made the indestructible robot too powerful. Unable to destroy it, they instead sealed the robot into a large concrete prison on an uninhabited island. They thought they had solved the problem, but recently movement has been reported inside the bunker and there is concern that the robot is moving and trying to get out.

Meanwhile, the Surfer arrives at the United Nations, but is stopped from entering by a guard. He decides to bypass security by flying directly to floor that the meeting is being held. Dr. Kronton welcomes the appearance of the Silver Surfer and sees his power as being crucial to stopping the Doomsday Man. The ambassadors are skeptical of all of it and the meeting breaks down into arguing.

Tired of all the talk, the Surfer departs with Dr. Kronton and they head to the bunker to investigate. They break into the fortified structure from below and are quickly attacked by the robot. While the Surfer recovers from its laser attack, the robot grabs a large cobalt bomb and breaks out of his prison.

They follow the robot and it is revealed that Dr. Kronton is controlling the robot. He plans to threaten the world with the deadly bomb that it is carrying and force every nation to pay him a ransom in order to stop the robot.

The Surfer distracts the robot enough that it puts down the bomb and attacks him instead. He dodges the robot's assault and has it fall into a bottomless pit created his cosmic blast. Dr. Kronton tries to help the robot out of the pit, but is killed by his creation instead. The robot falls to the core of the Earth and the Surfer hurtles the bomb into space. The crowd that had gathered blame him for the doctor's death and accuse him of unleashing the robot, but instead of defending himself the Silver Surfer just silently walks away.

Appearing in "The Surfer and the Spider!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #14.

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Synopsis for "The Surfer and the Spider!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #14.

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The Silver Surfer and Spider-Man cross paths while both are soaring through the city. Based on what he's heard about the Surfer, Spider-Man treats him with hostility. The Surfer tries to avoid fighting him, but Spider-Man doesn't let him leave. The army enters the battle and begins to fire on the Surfer. He calls his board, but is shocked to see a boy on it. The Surfer sacrifices himself to protect the boy from the army's firepower. Seeing this sacrifice, Spider-Man and the army stop their attack, realizing they were wrong in seeing the Silver Surfer as the enemy.

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The Silver Surfer is knocked out while stopping two meteors from colliding above the Earth. He ends up falling into the New York Harbor and slowly revives himself in the cool waters. He takes to the air and flies around New York City, trying to clear his head.

As he soars above the buildings, Spider-Man accidentally catches his web on the bottom of the Surfer's board. Thinking he is being attacked, he tries to get rid of Spider-Man. Spider-Man doesn't appreciate the Surfer's attitude and doesn't let him leave.

A young super-hero fan named Henry sees the Surfer fly up to the roof of his apartment building and rushes upstairs to see him. He watches the two heroes argue and battle each other. The battle draws the attention of the authorities and the army is sent in to attack the Surfer. They begin firing at him, forcing him to call for his board. However, by summoning his board, he unknowingly pulls Henry into battle as well. This is because the boy was playing on the board while the other two were distracted with their fight.

Realizing that no one else sees the boy approaching the battle, the Surfer lowers the power level of his cosmic energy to delicately bring him to safety. This diminished power leaves the Surfer open to attack, but he sacrifices himself to protect the child. Henry's father stops the army's attack, when he sees his son standing next to the wounded Surfer. Realizing the sacrifice that the Silver Surfer made, Spider-Man and the army leave, feeling ashamed that they saw him as a threat.

Appearing in "The Flame and the Fury!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #15.

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Synopsis for "The Flame and the Fury!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #15.

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The Silver Surfer seeks out the Fantastic Four to help him get past Galactus' barrier. When he arrives at the Baxter Building he finds them agreeing to help the military get the Surfer. He leaves in anger and the Human Torch pursues him. The two battle through the city and only when the Torch gets injured does the Surfer calm down. He finds out that the army only wanted him to help them with their space program and he leaves in disgrace.

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Once more deciding to become part of humanity, the Silver Surfer goes to a tailor to get a set of clothing. Upon entering the store, the salesman is shocked to see the Surfer and starts to run away. Only after the Surfer seals the doors does he agree to help the him find him the perfect outfit. As he's being measured, he reflects on his recent adventures and recalls his and the Fantastic Four's battle against Galactus. The Surfer decides that he should contact the Fantastic Four to see if there is anything that they can do to help him get past the barrier that Galactus has erected.

As he arrives at the Baxter Building, the Surfer overhears the Fantastic Four agreeing to help the military get the Silver Surfer. Mr. Fantastic notices the Surfer eavesdropping at the window and grabs him. He quickly shocks him with the power cosmic and, believing himself to have been betrayed, the Surfer flees with the Human Torch in hot pursuit.

The two battle across the city, however the Surfer eventually overpowers the Torch and knocks him unconscious. Seeing Johnny fall on to the subway tracks shocks him out of his rage. The Surfer recuses him from an oncoming train, but hides when the military arrives on the scene. The Surfer overhears the Torch tell the military that they were trying to contact the Surfer to get him to help them with their space program, not to take him prisoner. The Surfer, ashamed of his actions, departs.

Appearing in "In The Hands of... Mephisto!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #16.

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Synopsis for "In The Hands of... Mephisto!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #16.

Brief Summary:
Mephisto returns with another attempt to steal the Silver Surfer's soul. He removes Galactus' barrier, so that the Surfer can return to Zenn-La. However, Mephisto has captured Shalla-Bal and brought her back to Earth. The Surfer returns to save her, but the only way to do this is by doing Mephisto's bidding. He agrees and is ordered to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Silver Surfer is overcome with a premonition of danger as he soars over the Earth. This is for good reason, as Mephisto is once more planning an attempt to steal the Silver Surfer's soul.

He travels to Earth, disguising himself in human clothes and walking amongst the humans until he can call forth the Surfer. He quickly tires of the humans and creates a violent storm to ward off the crowds. Mephisto then summons the Surfer to come to him. He gives the Surfer what he wants most: freedom from Galactus' barrier!

While suspicious of Mephisto's intent, the Surfer is surprised to finally be able to leave the Earth. He quickly returns to Zenn-La, but is shocked to find that his beloved Shalla-Bal had been captured by Mephisto.

Returning to Earth, the two engage in an intense battle that attracts the attention of Nick Fury. Mephisto tells the Surfer that the longer he resists him, the more Shalla-Bal will suffer. The Surfer agrees to do his bidding in order to save her. Mephisto orders him to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. so that Shalla-Bal may live.

Appearing in "The Surfer Must Kill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #17.

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Synopsis for "The Surfer Must Kill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #17.

Brief Summary:
Before doing Mephisto's bidding, the Silver Surfer tries to find where he has hidden Shalla-Bal. Unable to locate her, he accepts the fact that he has to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. to save her. S.H.I.E.L.D. stops the Surfer's initial attack. However, when he realizes that Mephisto was trying to get him to mistakenly kill Shalla-Bal during the assault, the Surfer directs his aggression towards Mephisto instead. They battle, Shalla-Bal disappears, and the Silver Surfer is forced to leave.

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Mephisto has given the Silver Surfer an ultimatum: destroy S.H.I.E.L.D., or lose Shalla-Bal forever. Knowing that Mephisto has hidden Shalla-Bal somewhere on Earth, the Surfer searches the planet to try and find her. However, his quest turns up empty.

Meanwhile, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. frantically try to find out who is the mysterious person that has been streaking across the skies. Reed Richards helps him deduct that it is the Silver Surfer and Tony Stark creates a weapon for Fury to use against the Surfer. In the middle of this chaos, Mephisto secretly replaces a receptionist at S.H.I.E.L.D. with Shalla-Bal in the hopes that the Surfer will kill her along while he attacks the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Surfer, knowing that he has no other choice, travels to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and attacks, resolving to only destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D. base and not take any lives. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been given Z-Gas, by Tony Stark, as a means of counter attacking the Surfer. They are able to stop him by knocking him out with the Z-Gas and then locking him up in a cell.

The Surfer awakens to find himself imprisoned. However, through the window he sees Mephisto with Shalla-Bal. Realizing that he hid her here in hopes that the Surfer would unknowingly harm her during his attack of S.H.I.E.L.D., he believes that Mephisto had violated their agreement. The Surfer breaks loose and attacks Mephisto, who makes Shalla-Bal disappear. After a brief battle with the Surfer, Mephisto makes his retreat and the Surfer makes his escape as he is doused with more Z-Gas. Although he is able to get away, the Silver Surfer eventually falls victim to the gas and crashes in the hidden realm of the Inhumans.

Appearing in "To Smash the Inhumans!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #18.

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Synopsis for "To Smash the Inhumans!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Silver Surfer #18.

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The Silver Surfer happens upon the Inhuman's Great Refuge and is quickly attacked by Maximus' minions. Maximus hopes to anger the Surfer enough that he will attack the Inhuman royal family. All the violence instead enrages the Surfer and he departs, ready to declare war on all of humanity.

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Following his intense battle with SHIELD, the Silver Surfer plunges dizzily into the Great Refuge of the Inhumans. Upon his arrival, he finds himself quickly attacked by a group of Inhumans led by Maximus. While Maximus' minions are no match for the Surfer's power, they do succeed in making him believe that the Inhumans as a whole are responsible for the attack. To Maximus' pleasure, the confrontation offends the Surfer and he decides to seek out the leader of the Inhumans.

Traveling to the center of the Great Refuge, the Surfer is met by Black Bolt. The leader hoped to greet him as an honored guest, but some of the Inhuman royal family, thinking the Surfer was a threat, interrupt the meeting with a violent attack that knocks the visitor out.

As they argue amongst each other, Maximus attacks the Inhuman city. The Surfer awakens and lashes out at the Inhumans around him. Overwhelmed by the savagery of the Inhumans for each other and himself, he flees the Great Refuge. The Silver Surfer is finally fed up with being constantly harassed by humanity and vows from that day forward to become an enemy of humanity.

Appearing in "The Peerless Power of the Silver Surfer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four Annual #5.

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Synopsis for "The Peerless Power of the Silver Surfer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four Annual #5.

Brief Summary:
Quasimodo asks for the Silver Surfer's help in escaping his machine prison. The Surfer uses his powers to make him human. However, he's forced to turn him into a statue in order to stop him from attacking the city.

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While flying with a flock of ducks, the Silver Surfer is surprised by a volley of gunfire around him. Thinking he's being attacked, he quickly fires a cosmic blast at the hunters causing them to run for cover. Realizing that the meant no harm, the Surfer continues his flight to New York City.

As he flies through the city, he senses many different emotions from the people below. Suddenly, he senses such intense anguish that it causes him to investigate from where it is emanating.

His search leads him to an abandoned laboratory, where he finds Quasimodo entrapped in a machine. The computer begs the Surfer to use his power to make him human. Using his cosmic energy, the Surfer changes Quasimodo into a living being. The misshapen creature then goes on a rampage, attacking Surfer and the city. The Surfer fights back and turns Quasimodo into a stone statue in order to stop his murderous riot.

Appearing in "The Origin of the Simple Surfer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #13.

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  • Silver Burper (Main story and flashback) (Origin revealed) (Real name first revealed)

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  • Shallo-Gal (Only in flashback) (First appearance)

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  • Earth-665 (Main story and flashback)
    • New York (Main story and flashback)
    • Hoop-La (Only in flashback) (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of the Simple Surfer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #13.

Brief Summary:
Growing tired of his banishment on Earth, the Simple Surfer thinks back to the days before he became Galacticus' herald. He tells the story of Borin' Kadd and how he saved his home planet, Hoop-La, from Galacticus.

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Tired of being trapped on Earth, the Surfer thinks back of times past and his home planet Hoop-La.

On the planet of Hoop-la, the man named Borin' Kadd was going to be married to his girlfriend Shallo Gal. However, a fateful interruption fatefully interrupts with the news that a gigantic alien spacecraft was going to destroy the planet. Borin' Kadd gets into his spaceship and leaves the planet, hoping to escape the alien threat. However, he gets swallowed up by the orb-like spaceship instead.

Inside the orb, Kadd meets Galacticus, the most powerful star-to-star salesman in all the galaxy. He's looking for an assistant and Kadd quickly volunteers, hoping to avoid his impending marriage. Galacticus warps him in Saran Wrap, gives Kadd the power of a silver surfboard, and renames him The Simple Surfer.

Simple Surfer flies back home to give Shallo Gal the bad news, only to find that Shallo Gal has a new boyfriend named The Watchit. Heartbroken, The Simple Surfer flies away to start working for Galacticus. His career ends quickly when he gives a free lifetime magazine subscription to the Fantastical Four. Galacticus gets mad and banishes The Simple Surfer to Earth.

Depressed at first, the Surfer's demeanor improves once he heads to the beach and finds a group to call his own: fellow surfers.

Solicit Synopsis

Born by the hand of the world-devourer, Galactus, Norrin Radd sacrificed himself to save his home planet and his true love, Shalla-Bal, but the price of their lives was servitude to the mighty Galactus - as his herald, the Silver Surfer! Now, exiled upon Earth, he struggles to understand the beauty and humanity of mortal men, and nobly seeks to heal the rifts that separate man from his brothers.

Created by the titanic team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, the Silver Surfer went on to become one of the most-beloved characters in all comicdom. Embodying the mind-blowing concepts of Kirby and Stan's socially conscious writing craft, the Surfer's stories expressed their creative vision in staggering and unique tales. Another talent would touch the character, however, granting him a soul-wrenching humanity that helped define him to this very day: the one and only John Buscema! A master of the craft, Buscema's Silver Surfer is considered by many to be the peak of comic-book art.

Now, the original adventures of the Silver Surfer are presented in one complete volume! Containing every story and letters page, restored and recolored to match the original issues, plus behind-the-scenes bonuses and critical essays, this book is the guaranteed way to get in on the character in the upcoming Fantastic Four film!

Notes

  • The 1st printing contains Silver Surfer Vol 1 1-18. Subsequent printings also contain stories from Fantastic Four Annual Vol 1 5 and Not Brand Echh Vol 1 13.
  • Only the main stories are reprinted from Silver Surfer Vol 1 1-7 and not the Watcher back-up stories.
  • Only the Silver Surfer story is reprinted from Fantastic Four Annual Vol 1 5.
  • Only the Simple Surfer story is reprinted from Not Brand Echh Vol 1 13.

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