- Paradise unearned is but a land of shadow!
Appearing in "Origin of the Silver Surfer!"
- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) (Main story and flashback) (Origin revealed)
- Shalla-Bal (First appearance)
- US Air Force
- Col. John Jameson
- "Blue Leader"
- "Barboy Brigade" (Mentioned)
- "Den Mother" (Mentioned)
- Unnamed commissar
- Unnamed colonel
- Chinese communists
- Chairman Mao (Mentioned)
- Unnamed Zenn-Lavians (Only in flashback)
- NYPD (Only in flashback)
- Hulk (Only in flashback)
- Fantastic Four (Only in flashback)
Races and Species:
- Zenn-Lavians (Main story and flashback)
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Zenn-La fauna (Flashback and depiction from the museum of antiquity only)
- Unnamed primitive species (Only in flashback)
- Zenn-La (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
- Museum of antiquity (Only in flashback)
- Unnamed planets (Flashback and depiction from the museum of antiquity only)
- Fourth Dimension (Mentioned)
- 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)
- Silver Surfer's Surfboard
- Zenn-La Star Ships (Depiction from the museum of antiquity)
- Zenn-Lavian ship for Norrin Radd
- Zenn-La history (Depiction from the museum of antiquity)
- Dawn of Time/Ultime Beginning
- Age of Warfare
- Golden Age of Reason
- AGe of Space Travel
Synopsis for "Origin of the Silver Surfer!"
The Silver Surfer flies through Earth. He spots a spaceship crashing into an ocean and manages to save its pilot, who turns out to be John Jameson. The Surfer brings Jameson back to his fellow astronauts, but they think of the Surfer as an enemy and open fire on him. The battle follows the Surfer straight to China, where he decides to speed things up and manages to outmaneuver the soldiers.
Next, he recalls his first encounters with the Hulk and Dr. Doom. He also remembers his life on his birthplanet, Zenn-La, and his beloved girlfriend Shalla-Bal. Surfer also recalls how the planet was attacked by Galactus and how he made his pact to save the planet, and in exchange he would search new planets for him to feed on, as the Silver Surfer! And finally, Norrin remembers his encounter with the Fantastic Four and how they freed him from Galactus, but that he is now in exile here on Earth. But he promises not to give up and continue exploring.
Appearing in "The Wonder of the Watcher"
- Watchers (Main story and flashback)
- Unnamed doctors
- Unnamed neighbors of the Prosilicans
Races and Species:
- Milky Way
- Unnamed galaxy
Synopsis for "The Wonder of the Watcher"
The Watcher observes a team of doctors attempting to save a patient in the emergency room. The patient dies, and the doctor laments the fact that humanity does not have the technology and ability to save everyone. The Watcher also laments the fact that he cannot intervene. In a long flashback, the Watcher details why he and his race cannot interfere in the affairs of other races. Many eons ago when the Milky Way was still forming, the Watcher's race was already ancient. In possession of technology far more advanced than any other race in the galaxy, the Watcher's people are in disagreement: find other races and lift them up from their primitive excistence or pursue a policy of noninterference. The Watcher's father, Ikor, supports the former policy and Emnu, a rival, supports the latter. Ultimately, Ikor's side wins out and their race travels the stars, finding a planet called Prosilicus. The Prosilicans are given the gift of unlimited atomic energy and are left to their own devices. Advancing thousands of years in just a short time, some of the Prosilicans choose to create offensive weapons and attack a nearby planet. In an act of mutually assured destruction, the other planet sends its own nuclear attack at Prosilicus. Both are quickly destroyed. Confronted by a Prosilican crawling from the rubble of his destroyed planet, the Watcher and his father resolve to stay out of the affairs of other species.
- "The Wonder of the Watcher" story is adapted from the story "The Way It Began" from Tales of Suspense #53 (May 1964).
- No letters page.
- One of Comicdom's Greatest Collaborations!
- Proudly Presented By Stan (The Man) Lee And John (Blood 'N Guts) Buscema
- Embellishment: Joe Sinnott
- Lettering: Sam Rosen
- References: Tales to Astonish #93, Fantastic Four #57 and Fantastic Four #50 (twice).
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Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Silver Surfer Vol 1 
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