Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer, Vol. 1” as Want to Read:
Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer, Vol. 1
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer #1)

by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In order to save his beloved homeworld of Zenn-La, Norrin Radd sacrificed himself, becoming the herald of Galactus. Upon coming to Earth, he rediscovered his humanity and betrayed his world-devouring master. Now bound to his new home, this protector of purity wages war against the ultimate evil. Collects Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #1-6
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Marvel Entertainment Group (first published 1990)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Marvel Masterworks, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Marvel Masterworks

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 218)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jonathan Briggs
All credit to Stan Lee's imagination. He helped create many of the greatest comix characters in the history of the artform. As a writer, however, hoo boy, is that a different story. If I were a 10-year-old or a filthy hippie baked out of my mind, I'm sure I'd enjoy this collection from Marvel's early days. But I just couldn't get my 40-year-old head in the right mindset (empty) to properly appreciate this goofy book. There is some Ed Wood-caliber camp value to be had in the ludicrous plotting an...more
Kami
- That was my favorite intro by Stan Lee so far! It was really funny and very Stan.

- The Silver Surfer comics really show the weaknesses of mankind. It is kind of sad.

- I don' t know if I'd help save Earth after being treated so poorly. Why does the Silver Surfer care for the people of Earth so much?

- The Silver Surfer is one tormented soul. I feel really bad for the guy.

- It was really fun and interesting to learn how the Silver Surfer became what he is and how he became the servant of Galactus...more
Matt Garcia
Incredible collection of a sometimes overlooked super hero. The artwork is absolutely amazing and the eye-popping colors make it a wonderful sight to behold. Silver Surfer's dialogue contains a perfect blend of poetic and noble qualities that make it endearing to the reader. Fantastic read.
Kyle Burley
The Silver Surfer is a great character, emblematic of exactly the kind of odd, silly but truly inspired concepts that make Marvel, to this day, the number one mainstream comics publisher in the world . Unfortunately he always brought out the worst in Stan Lee's already affected writing style. In attempting to create a cosmic hero with an empathetic, philosophical personality he managed to make the Surfer a whiny brooder defined by monumental self-pity. (What the kids today now refer to as "Emo")...more
Caroline
The Silver Surfer is such an excellent superhero: brooding, lovelorn, repeatedly too noble for his own good. Plus he cuts a lovely figure on his board out in the psychedelically rendered cosmos in his gleaming, skin-tight protective coating. The despair he feels at the senselessness of humanity and at his own predicament reveal a glimmer of change for the comic book world of the late 1960s. The colors and design elements are bright and bold; the power cosmic is strong; the stars are within our g...more
Kevin Mann
My 5 star review is a bit misleading. That is mainly due to the mind-blowing kirby-esque jaw-dropping BIG JOHN Buscema art. While i read some silver surfer when i was a kid, mainly his appearances as a frequent guest star, one thing that stuck with me was his on-going characterization as a backwards, "i cannot undestand your world" paranoid schitzo, but a usually well-meaning schitzo. Well, this book is the blueprint for that and it is definetly "of it's times" --the 60s! Much of the over-wrough...more
Drew
Kind of an odd book for Stan Lee. Much more philosophical and rambling than most Silver Age Marvel books. I liked it, but I can see why the series only lasted 6 issues: even for a run that short, it was hard for them to come up with enemies powerful enough to make a halfway decent challenge for the Surfer. Especially since the whole premise is that he's trapped on Earth, and therefore trouble basically has to come to him. After he defeats Satan at the end of #3, it's pretty much all downhill fro...more
Charles
I remembered with fondness the Origin of the Silver Surfer, which I had back when I was a kid. That's why I bought this collection, which contains that issue. I enjoyed revisiting that one but most of the rest of the stories were just very lame. It's almost painful how the Silver Surfer has to narrate everything that happens to him. "I am attacked by order of the Thunder God." "A sudden pounding in my ears! I cannot hear your words!"

Reminded me why I don't really read comics much.



Adam
Pure cheesy Stan Lee awesomeness!!
Clydelee
Clydelee marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2014
Bobby
Bobby is currently reading it
Oct 02, 2014
Danish
Danish marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Jason Hall
Jason Hall marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Filipe Alves
Filipe Alves marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Lara
Lara added it
Aug 14, 2014
Bas
Bas is currently reading it
Aug 09, 2014
Eric
Eric marked it as to-read
Jul 30, 2014
bookster
bookster marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
10303
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, Captain America, and many other characters, int...more
More about Stan Lee...
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 1 Essential Classic X-Men, Vol. 1

Share This Book