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Quote1 It matters not how you know of Shalla Bal and what there was between us, but if you knew love at all, you would not be the bitter soul you are this day. Quote2
Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)

Appearing in "The Fight Game"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • The Audience (First appearance)


  • Algol Demonstar (First appearance)
  • Bruindilda (First appearance)

Other Characters:

Races and Species:


  • Earth-616
    • Asteroid with fighting arena (Unnamed)
    • Earth (Vision or hallucination)
    • The Audience's home planet (Vision or hallucination) (Unnamed)



Synopsis for "The Fight Game"

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer comes across a fighting arena and tries to stop the warriors from killing each other. They try to get him to join, but he leaves in disgust when he realizes that they are battling for money and the entertainment of others. However, they trick him into returning by making him think that they are holding Shalla Bal captive. He returns to fight their main fighter, Algol Demonstar. The two battle, but the Surfer prevails upon learning that he has been fooled by a fake Shalla Bal. He tries to shut down the entire operation, but they escape in their teleporter.

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Detailed Summary:
While traveling through space, the Silver Surfer comes across a inter-galactic fighting arena. Not realizing that the warriors are fighting for sport, the Surfer disrupts the battle and incurs the wrath of the main fighter, Algol Demonstar. The promoter stops his attack on the Surfer and convinces him that the battle should be fought by the book, in order to make the most profit out of it.

The Silver Surfer refuses to fight for entertainment and leaves them in disgust. However, the promoter finds out about Shalla Bal and has her shape-shifter turn into the Surfer's true love. The fake Shalla Bal pleads for the Surfer's help and gets his attention. He rushes back to the arena and is attacked by Algol Demonstar. The two battle and, since the Surfer doesn't want to kill him, Algol gets the upper hand. However, before Algol and deliver the final blow, they reveal that Shalla Bal is a fake.

Realizing that he has been tricked, the Silver Surfer destroys Algol's weapon and reveals his true, disfigured face to everyone. With the battle finished, the Surfer learns about the Audience, the alien race that feeds off of watching violent acts. It is they who pay the warriors to battle in front of them. The Surfer insists that they stop encouraging violence, but the Audience and the fighters escape in a transporter to seek out new opportunities. The Silver Surfer is left alone and once again returns to the beauty of the infinite.

Solicit Synopsis

The Silver Surfer is caught in an intergalactic gladiator game with a horrifying twist!


  • The Silver Surfer stranded George Prufrock, who was infected with the Lifeform virus, on a barren planet so that he couldn't harm anyone. [1]
  • The fight promoter sees visions of the Silver Surfer and Galactus finding Earth and meeting the Fantastic Four [2], as well as visions of the Surfer's true love, Shalla Bal. [3]


  • Algol the Demon Star is part of the constellation Perseus and represents the eye of Medusa. [4] Medusa, with her hair of snakes, is referenced when the Silver Surfer removes Algol's helmet to show his disfigured head.
  • "The Cosmic Pipeline" letter column has letters published from: Miles Lacouture, Dylan Lange, John Barrell, Matt Thompson, Bill Hickok, and Melissa Page.

See Also

Links and References


  1. Silver Surfer Annual #3
  2. Fantastic Four #48
  3. Silver Surfer #1
  4. Algol Wikipedia. Retrieved on 25 November 2021.