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Silver Surfer: Parable

(Silver Surfer: Parable #1-2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  974 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Silver Surfer: Parable collects a two-issue miniseries written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Moebius, orginally published by Marvel's Epic Comics imprint in 1988 and 1989. This miniseries won the Eisner Award for "Best Finite/Limited Series" in 1989.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published December 28th 1988 by Marvel Comics (first published January 19th 1988)
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Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Silver Surfer: Parable, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Moebius is easily one of the best stories to come out of Marvel's eighties era that has gone largely unnoticed and under appreciated by today's Marvel comics fandom. Much like the Silver Surfer himself. Parable is often referred to as one of the first Marvel tales that may take place in an alternate universe. With an alternate Silver Surfer and an alternate Earth. The events in Parable don't seem to fit in with any predominant Marvel story ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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A really shallow commentary on religion and spirituality. The notes in the back of the book by Moebius hint at the possibility that he didn't want to do this. Lee says they met each other for coffee and Moebius said he liked Lee's work, especially Silver Surfer. Moebius states that he received a detailed plot - not a script (the Marvel way) - from Lee and struggled to begin the book. Moebius seems to have a high opinion of the work; perhaps because critics praised it in comparison to the other A ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
A future televangelist thinks that he can be the (self appointed) messenger of Galactus and force he frightened population to follow him...but false gods have a way of falling on those who worship them. Stan Lee (story) + Moebius (art) = classic Silver Surfer parable!
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero-comics
This was intriguing, surely not the typical superhero comic by far, as it was expected with Moebius on the wheel. Wanted to read this for years and ofc i enjoyed it, although the Surfer was too messianic for my taste.

The "making-of" interview of Moebius at the end, except of the stage-by-stage analysis of the creative process and an, almost en-vivo, insider's view of his working procedure on the american comic form, proves how great an artist and person Jean Giraud was. He is and will always be
Ill D
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dum(b)-Dum(b)s
While lauded as one of Stan Lee’s (R.I.P.) and Moebius’ (R.I.P. also) greatest works, there is a palpable lack of anything great here. The lettering is crudely simplistic, besmirching any potential greatness and lacking in basic legibility. And the art within embodies a skeletal palette enshrining a quasi-polychromatism that waxes and wanes between like colors within an oddly (and decidedly) uncreative border. Topping off this sundae of not-so-awesomeness, the ensconced themery and characterizat ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not great. The writing feels like a non-native speaker wrote part of it (a helicopter is constantly referred to as a "ship"). The exposition is laughable (how do you let your audience know that two characters are related? Just have one of them randomly say "I'm your sister"). The lettering was bad. Galactus says he is sick of Earthlings destroying each other so he commands them...wait for destroy each other (yeah, I know that's part of his master plan, but that's the best he could come u ...more
Alexander Case
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superheroes
This is as much a Moebius work as it is a Stan Lee work, and it is fantastic. Anyone who wants to call themselves a fan of Moebius needs to read this. Period.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the very few Moebius art projects for Marvel. I think I had a poster of Iron Man he did as well, maybe a cover or a pin up somewhere, but that's about it as far as I know.

Quite a shame. Can you even imagine a Thanos story or some of the more cosmic characters like The Watcher being drawn by this master?

Oh well, what we have is good and it is appreciated.

Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved Moebius' drawing, lettering also. Story was good, plausable.
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Stan Lee And Moebius.
Nuff' said.
Luiz Fernando
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
The good story by Stan Lee, and the Superb (!!!) artwork by Jean "Moebius" Giraud makes this small book a must for comic books fans.
Trey Piepmeier
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Really pretty artwork, insanely bad writing. The entire thing was like it was written in stilted bible verse. This book would be 3X better if you just removed the word bubbles.
Mike Kleine
Parable #1

Ugh, Stan Lee is a terrible writer. Or, since this is my first time actually realising I just read a Stan Lee sorry—it was horrendous. Overly simplistic, extremely odd prose and no more interesting than a late-night Oxyclean television promo.

The Moebius art is fantastic. The Silver Surfer, as a story-telling tool, is severely under-used, but that’s not his fault. I can see why this comic is always described as “over-looked.” It ought to be, truly. If not for Moebius’
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for a Jean Giraud?


Ok, put down the torches…there should be an asterisk beside that two.

Although this TPB is called Parable, it is in fact TWO stories.

Parable by Moebius is sublime. The art is timeless and certainly could stand alongside modern indie comics with a nice minimalistic vibe. The writing and lettering are biblical and foreboding.

This part of the TPB is certainly higher than a two…

Here’s where the
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Okay, now I know the gist of the Silver Surfer. Super cool dude.

I also enjoyed Stan Lee's little explanation of the history of its creation. He credits and praises the men he worked with on the project - a creative, funny, humble guy with an amazing legacy.
Adam Graham
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book collects two separate Silver Surfer stories that both have to be considered out of continuity. The first is "Parable" in which original Silver Surfer writer Stan Lee teams up with European comic legend Moebius who provides the art. Galactus has landed on Earth but after his promise not to destroy it. Instead, he sets himself up as God and proclaims a lifting all moral code and have yourself good time, putting the Earth in peril. It turns out his plans to feed his hunger is letting the ...more
Steven Matview
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Stan Lee. If you’re an avid comic reader you know his writing can be a bit cheeseball at times, but also incredibly endearing. But with “Parable,” Lee goes for something a little deeper.

Galactus wants nothing more to take a huge bite out of the Earth – he’s a planet eater, after all. Unfortunately for him, a sacred oath has kept him from achieving his gluttonous goals. So imagine the surprise of his one-time herald – the Silver Surfer, living on Earth as a vagrant – when Galactus plants his feet in Times Squar
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Finally, an actual Stan Lee penned book! Silver Surfer 2 part series, is a very philosophical book, which makes sense when you know it's about a cosmic being, the former Norinn Radd, Silver Surfer and his former boss Galactus, the devourer of planets.
This is more a book however, about faith, belief, power, truth, greatness, and other things.
Galactus comes to Earth in the near future, where the Surfer lives in retirement in disguise, but he is not there to destroy Earth, as he had vowed to
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two Silver Surfer stories.

Parable is the first. And it's the worst thing Stan Lee ever wrote. Ever. Imagine some really stoned youth writing, for the very first time, something "wise" and "profound". Yup, it's that bad. And ham-fisted. Mobius is often an interesting artist, but the story is so god awful, nothing helps. ZERO STARS.

The second story is The Enslavers and it's pretty good as a stand alone. It doesn't work in the context of the Marvel Universe. Why? Bec
Pablo Martinez
Simple but good story about Silver Surfer, in a world where there are no Fantastic Four (or any other super hero for that matter). Galactus seeks to become Earth's god so he can consume it, while a very "Christ" looking Silver Surfer tries to teach humanity that divinity is not outside, but inside of people. Philosophical and somewhat religious story, but the plot is not ham-fisted or pretentious, the narrative is the classic Stan Lee's theatrical dialog with simplistic but beautiful art by Moeb ...more
Citlalli Vargas Contreras
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This comic book is beyond beautiful. Moebius art is just wonderful, he had such a poetic way to tranform all the scenarios he once imagined. Also, Lee's story is quite deep and intense. In less than 100 pages, both made such a hard and critical portrait of one of the worse aspects in humanity. Sincerely, this is one of the best comic books ever made.
Vincent Stoessel
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A unique collaboration between Stan Lee and the late Moebius, one of my favorite artists.
The 2 part story is indeed a parable and commentary on the human condition and regards to faith and the acceptance of the "other"
My edition had an aditional Lee/Pollard story that ok but seemed a little out of place for the moebius stories.
Russell Mark Olson
Really, I should have given this edition 3.5 stars. This edition of parable is lumped together with the Lee/Pollard Enslavers story, which is a bit flat and fairly tedious. But the Lee/Moebius story is so good that it bumps it up to 5 stars. Moebius is on top form and his process statments at the back of the book, although brief, are very insightful. Great GN.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I had never heard of this Silver Surfer story, but I decided to read it on a whim. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Silver Surfer or wants to read something a bit different from the typical super hero tale.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parable was pretty good; The Enslavers not so much. Moebius' art is amazing as always, and I got a thrill when I saw the unexpected Moebiua pinups of other Marvel heroes like Elektra, the Thing, and Iron Man.
Carlos Rioja
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Buena historia!
James Schneider
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Art: 10000000 stars, writing two stars. Beautiful to lookat.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hooo boyyyy this was a doozy. I'm reviewing the first half of the 168-page HC premiere edition that also includes Silver Surfer: The Enslavers, as part of a stack of galactic Marvel books featuring Thanos, Groot, and Silver Surfer. When I opened this one and realized it was written by Stan Lee, I took a deep breath and tried to set my preconceived notions about him aside. After all, Moebius is an extremely talented illustrator, and this was made at the end of the '80s, centered around religious ...more
Guillermo Galvan
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moebius is one of the greatest and most underrated artists. Check out his works and prepare to get your mind blown. Moebius goes beyond an artistic interpretation of Silver Surfer. He stresses the question of what it means to be a benevolent godlike-being from space who watches mankind destroy itself through religious fanaticism. The subtle Christ attributes are painted with beautiful finesse.

Moebius is one of the greatest and most underrated artists. Check out his works and prepare to get your mind blown. Moebius goes beyond an artistic interpretation of Silver Surfer. He stresses the question of what it means to be a benevolent godlike-being from space who watches mankind destroy itself through religious fanaticism. The subtle Christ attributes are painted with beautiful finesse.

Classic science-fiction fans will enjoy the story's set up, as it reads like a thought experiment: two godlike beings present themselves to the world. One uses his presence alone to induce religious hysteria with the aim of allowing people to destroy themselves. The second, less powerful being attempts to hold back the tidal wave of madness. The resolution will leave the reader to reflect on humanity's craving to worship the marriage of divinity and political power.

My only gripe with this book is the second and greatly inferior story. After the thought-provoking cover story, The Enslavers delivers a hollow bong with a corny plot, cheesy super villain, and brainless action. Parable is a short story of about 50 pages, so it's understandable why they would pad the page count. Still, why do it with such a moronic story?

Moebius did an excellent job depicting Silver Surfer in terms of artistic style and psychological depth. I wish Parable could have been extended in some way. Moebius and Silver Surfer fans will enjoy this alternate perspective on an iconic super hero.

Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly never expected to love a comic written by Stan Lee. Respect a Stan Lee comic? Yes! Appreciate a Stan Lee comic? Totally! Ponder the impact of a Stan Lee comic on all that succeeded it? Erryday! But, to start reading and not be able to stop? Discover a fresh (sort of?) take on the human condition?

First, this comic looks and feels apart from Marvel's output. That is, of course, primarily due to the Artist: Moebius. Coming from the European school of comics, Moebius filters the
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) was an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

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