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

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  16 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)
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Jul 15, 2016 Shadowdenizen rated it really liked it
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Sure, it's a little ponderous and overwrought (This is COMICS, not Shakespeare!), but this first Silver Surfer series (which all 18 issues is covered in these 2 Marvel Masterworks volumes) really works.

This is classic Lee and Kirby, and it just works, regardless of whether the villains are the lame-ass "Order of Baddoon", or on the level of Mephisto.

Surfey's gone thru some ups-and-downs over the years, but this really where it all began. (Also useful to readers wanting to know Surfer mythology i
Jonathan Briggs
May 21, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it it was ok
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
Jun 29, 2013 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- 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
Matt Garcia
Jun 24, 2014 Matt Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2014 Kyle Burley rated it liked it
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
Bill FromPA
Oct 27, 2014 Bill FromPA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
Marvel exploited various pagan mythologies to create superheroes of Thor and Hercules, but the Silver Surfer is the closest they came to taking a hero from Christianity. The Surfer’s origin story supplies two world saving sacrifices on his part: as a result of the first he is transformed into the Silver Surfer and becomes the herald and scout of Galactus, leaving forever his home world and his beloved Shalla-Bal. The second, his enabling of the Fantastic Four to defeat Galactus, results in his e ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2012 Kevin Mann rated it it was amazing
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
Timothy Boyd
Feb 09, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
The Marvel Masterworks volumes are fantastic reprints of the early years of Marvel comics. A fantastic resource to allow these hard to find issues to be read by everyone. Very recommended to everyone and Highly recommended to any comic fan.
You have to really like a character or concept to read much of Stan Lee's early comics. Full of interesting ideas but the writing is so overdone. The Sufer's origin isn't very exciting either.
May 31, 2009 Drew rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2015 Anastasia marked it as to-read
Paul Mirek
Sheer Silver Age perfection. This is the closest Stan's come to the thought-provoking sci-fi of the EC mags while retaining the hipster style he pioneered. But it's Buscema's depictions of the Surfer Agonistes that lend these six issues a vitality that survives even 50 years later. It's clear that no one's quite sure where the Surfer fits in with the Marvel Universe at this point, and that's just fine. I'll take these parables of metaphysical alienation and genre-clashing over half-baked "space ...more
Jun 04, 2011 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.

Edward Davies
I've never been a big fan of the Silver Surfer when he appeared in the Fantastic Four comics, but these comics that focus solely on Norrin Radd are actually pretty good. These are well worth checking out if you have any interest in the Silver Surfer, but even those who don't think he's all that should get a real kick out of these six giant-sized issues.
Jan 18, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure cheesy Stan Lee awesomeness!!
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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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