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Quote1 They long for peace, yet gird for war! They search for love, yet harbor hate! If man is sane... then the universe is steeped in madness! Quote2
Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)

Appearing in "The Flame and the Fury!"

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Synopsis for "The Flame and the Fury!"

Brief Summary:
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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Detailed Summary:
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 rescues 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.

Solicit Synopsis

Everyone's been asking for a battle between our silvery sky-rider and our fiery flame-master -- so here's the Surfer versus the Human Torch!


  • Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer fought above the the streets of New York City. [1]
  • The Silver Surfer battled the Overlord in an alternate future. [2]
  • The Silver Surfer fought the Stranger in order to prevent him from destroying the Earth. [3]
  • Mephisto sought the Silver Surfer's soul by attacking him, but was unsuccessful. [4]
  • Galactus banished the Silver Surfer to Earth for betraying him in an attempt to save the planet. [5]
  • This is the first time that the Silver Surfer refers to the Fantastic Four as "the first four humans to have ever befriended" him. Later on, the idea of the Surfer being an adopted member of the FF family becomes more prevalent.


  • This issue was reprinted in July 2007 as a mini comic and came packaged with a Marvel-branded DVD.
  • The Who Speaks for the Surfer? letter column has letters published from Martin O'Hearn, Tom Oberlin, Michael Susko Jr, "The Peacemaker", Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nils Osmar, and Duane Stice.

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