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The Silver Surfer

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Book by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Simon & Schuster
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Rene Blansette
One of the first graphic novels to be published. I think MacGregor amd Gulacy's Sabre was published about the same time, but since this being from Marvel and Simon and Schuster, had better marketing behind it. Kirby's art was a little more detailed than usual, pobably because he had more time to work on it. Or at least I hope he did. (I can't remember if he was back at Marvel at the time, so maybe it was in between issues of either Captain America or Devil Dinosaur). Stan's dialogue and captions ...more
Bobby Bermea
You want it to be better than it is.

What makes it special regardless of its shortcomings is, of course, Kirby's artwork. Fascinatingly though, the two men chose to abandon almost completely the history of the Surfer in the Marvel Universe and create a new story from whole cloth.

I am unabashed and unrepentant about my love for the early years of Marvel and the Sixties years of The Fantastic Four comic books (and The Amazing Spider-Man) hold up for me particularly well in ambition, execution and
Kirby's art is fantastic but Stan's dialogue and captions are kinda painful to read in this case. I was never a fan of the cosmic characters but I was curious about this book, being one of the earliest graphic novels, so I gave it a shot.
Mike Cassella
Dec 23, 2007 Mike Cassella rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Silver Surfer or Jack Kirby
In my opinion, this is one of the definitive stories of the classic Silver Surfer. Essentially, this book is a stand-alone, out of continuity retelling of the Surfer's first appearence except with no Fantastic Four whatsoever. It is the Surfer and Galactus coming to Earth in our reality so there aren't any heroes to stop them. The Surfer, moved by humanity and its various wonders, decides to rebel and that's where the story gets going. Classic Jack Kirby art over old-fashioned (albeit outdated) ...more
Whether it is the goofy, late-1970's intro from Stan Lee, the great photo of a pipe-wielding Jack Kirby, or the amazing over-the-top grandeur of the story... or the effortlessly incredible artwork (those space vistas... that blobby shadow inking... Galactus...), this is pretty much top-notch.
One of the first graphic novels I ever owned (the original printing from 1978). If you ever wondered why Kirby belongs in a pantheon all his own, look right here.
Not Lee's best work by a long shot. Kirby, however, is in top form. The story's closer to a One-star. 10-star Kirby.
Streator Johnson
The artwork is FANTASTIC. The story, not so much.....
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex,
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