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Quote1 Now there can be no quarter given. In all the cosmos, there is not room enough for you and me! Quote2
-- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)

Appearing in "The Heir of Frankenstein!"

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  • Borgo Next (First appearance) (Apparent death)

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  • Experiment X

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Synopsis for "The Heir of Frankenstein!"

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 "I, The Gargoyle"

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  • Atomic Mole Machine

Synopsis for "I, The Gargoyle"

A kind but ugly, and hence lonely, man pilots a digging machine on a one-way journey to the Earth's core where he discovers a civilization who "see with their hearts" and not their eyes in the dim light. They offer him acceptance and love and he believes he's found heaven.

Solicit Synopsis

Once again the name of FRANKENSTEIN spreads fear thruout the land – and only the SILVER SURFER can save mankind from the strangest threat of all!

Notes

"The Heir of Frankenstein!"

  • Although Borgo appears to perish in this issue, along with Ludwig von Frankenstein, he makes a return appearance in Doctor Strange. [1]
  • The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #4 credits this issue as the first appearance of the Frankenstein Monster. This is incorrect as The Frankenstein Monster's actual first appearance is in a flashback scene in the X-Men story, The Mark of the Monster! [2]

"I, The Gargoyle"

  • Adapted from the story I, The Gargoyle with the Watcher as the host.[3]

Trivia

"The Heir of Frankenstein!"

  • Ludwig von Frankenstein has movie reels of the original Frankenstein experiments, which is impossible since recording technology did not exist in the 18th century.
  • The "Who Speaks for the Surfer?" letter column has letters published from: John Stewart II, Charles Oldham, Paul Snyder, Rick Brown, Roy Wortman, Tim Sullivan, and Dan Recchia.
  • This is the last 40-paged story of the series.

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