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Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer Volume 1 TPB [Paperback]

Jack Kirby , Stan Lee
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12 May 2010 Marvel Masterworks
The Silver Surfer, the Sentinel of the Spaceways, has betrayed Galactus to save the Earth, but now he is trapped there! In his breakout series, the Silver Surfer is a misunderstood alien doing his best to protect humankind from whatever threats abound! See: the first appearances of the Badoon and Mephisto! Witness: the manipulations of Loki! Experience: the threats of Quasimodo, the Overlord, and the Stranger! All this, and the origins of the Silver Surfer! Guest-starring Thor and the Fantastic Four!

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (12 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142829
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Trapped - in a World he Never Made!" 25 Mar 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This volume reprints the first 6 bi-monthly issues of the Silver Surfer solo magazine, from August 1968 to June 1969, written by Stan Lee and pencilled by John Buscema, with inks by Joe Sinnott (#1-3) and John Buscema (#4-6). The Silver Surfer was Stan Lee's favourite character, and so he reserved the right to write his solo adventures for himself, and coincidentally assigned his best artist to the double-sized stories - and who can blame him, for is it not written that With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power? And this was Stan Lee at the height of his powers, and John Buscema was usually at the height of his.

The Stories are -
P001: #1 - 'The Origin of the Silver Surfer!'
P039: #2 - 'When Lands the Saucer!'
P080: #3 - 'The Power and the Prize!'
P121: #4 - 'The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny!'
P161: #5 - '--And Who Shall Mourn for Him?'
P201: #6 - 'Worlds Without End!'
P241: Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967) - 'The Peerless Power of the Silver Surfer' (Stan Lee & Jack Kirby)
P254: Not Brand Echh #13 - 'The Origin of the Simple Surfer' (Roy Thomas & Marie Severin)

These are all Earthbound stories, apart from the occasional flashback, as the Silver Surfer was exiled to Earth by Galactus back in Fantastic Four #50, lo, those many years ago, and it would be many more years before he would win his freedom and another solo series.
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By Dracul
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to me this was the cream of the sixties. the artwork of John Buscema has not been bettered,i fully recomend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Silver Surfer Rendition Ever - RIP Mr Buscema 9 Aug 2010
By FranckY - Published on
The Collection is a reprint of the 6 first legendary issues from the 70's.Always loved it so I am a little biased.
Everyone knows about the story and the art so nothing to add here..
So what about the collection?The cover by Dean White is really great (despite that the figure is a little bit too squarish for me) and give a sense of respect for this oldie.The minus is really the color reconstruction(art?) it's like some rookie or someone with no knowledge of the material did it..really poor and a pity for this new set of MasterWorks.I hope the second volume is better "reconstructed".
But after all I recommended it's a classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Reach Exceeds The Grasp A Bit; Still, Very Good Stuff 11 July 2011
By Art Turner - Published on
The beginnings of the SILVER SURFER solo comic, lovingly reproduced in this high-quality, reasonably-priced trade paperback editions, were, as you may know, Marvel writer and editor-in-chief Stan Lee's attempt at getting the superhero genre to grow up a bit. That the attempt was only intermittently successful is hardly the worst of failings - too often, critics label as "pretentious" anything that labors to rise above the hackwork and pablum we are usually offered, leading us to conclude that... they prefer the hackwork and pablum? God only knows. Anyway, although is hardly a Watchmen-level breakthrough, it's pretty heady stuff for its time; Lee's dialogue is at its most endearingly exclamatory, florid, and pseudo-philosophical; John Buscema's compositons and layouts have never been more adventurous or striking, and one can see with greater clarity than ever every stroke of Joe Sinnott's and Sal Buscema's pen and/or brush. And the Surfer? Well, he's just the coolest darn Christ figure to ever hop on a surfboard and sky-ride through the spaceways. But you already knew that, didn't you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for readers 5 Aug 2011
By Jacktavish - Published on
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As others mentioned, the coloring is truly bad: bright yellow, bright red & bright green seem to be the main colors. Though I own issue #3 & #5, to actually buy Silver Surfer #1, 2, the rare #4 & #6 would set me back $100 - $200. So I'm happy to have bought a used copy of this book for $6. People used to complain about the poor coloring, printing & paper in '60's comics, but they are so much richer & more complex, & just plain superior to these books.
Anyway the stories are great, even with the hammy philosophizing, & this was John Buscema at his peak before he got watered down to imtate Romita on Spider-Man & later Kirby on FF & Thor. Though my favorite Marvel cover artists would have to be Jack Kirby & Steranko, the cover of SS #4 may be Buscema's best cover and a stone-cold Marvel classic, with the quintessential image of an angry Thor facing an angry Surfer. It should be a 3 ft poster!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning...>>> of Philosophical & Enlightened Comic Books = by the Great Stan Lee, and MARVEL!!!! 15 Feb 2014
By Book & Music thief, from HI - Published on
In my review of `Watchmen' I mentioned that during my 1970's childhood, I was enraptured by the superhero Tales produced by Marvel Comics (and was not a very big fan of DC, at that time = `Watchman' came later circa 1986, when I was no longer reading comics).
But, in the mid to Late 70's, Marvel was definitely on the `cutting-edge' combining `realistic' human drama (not just super-heroics) - with elements of Science Fiction, and even some deep philosophical insights (much beyond the normal reach, of a mere 10 year old!).
Much of the credit of course, goes to Stan Lee, the head writer/conceptualist/Creator at Marvel since the mid-1950's (but really making his mark in the early 1960's with Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spiderman, Thor, Iron Man, Avengers, et al), with BIG assist from artist extraordinaire Jack Kirby! By the mid-Sixties, Lee and Kirby, in the hallowed pages of Fantastic Four, had greatly broadened the horizons, scope & Scale of stories that could be presented in this previously `juvenile' medium. The `Galactus Trilogy' encompassing FF#48-50, was like the `Star Wars' of comics, with the Earth threatened by the planet devouring Galactus (a near omnipotent `force of nature' neither good nor evil - simply necessary, in the grand-cosmic scheme of things) - the only thing standing between Galactus munching a gourmet Terra-firma Lunch (i.e. Earth-burger Delux, hold the mayo!), was that enlightened, shiny-domed board riding philosopher, the `Silver Surfer' who uncannily saw the potential for good, in human beings, and decided that our planet deserved a second-chance (and also that we probably didn't taste very good, to boot!).

Between the Silver Surfer's nearly limitless `cosmic' powers (originally endowed by Galactus, himself), in combination with Reed Richard's Einstein+ brainpower, the Earth (along with us) Lived another Day!

The `Silver Surfer' proved so popular, and so `in tune' with the peace & Love zeitgeist of the Late 1960's, that he was given his own eponymous `Mag' in 1968 - I didn't start reading/collecting comics until around 1977 - but at that time, you could still get a lot of the 1960's classics, at relatively reasonable prices (at flea markets, etc. - as long as you did not require an expensive `Mint' copy!).

But fortunately, in the last decade or so, Marvel has produced many `compilation' books, of nearly all their Key issues (and even entire series runs) - the `Silver Surfer' is one of my very favorites - and actually holds-up quite well, even when read as an adult (the masterful John Buscema Art doesn't hurt, either - almost like Michelangelo!)

Trivia: Yes, the film `Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' did cover roughly the same ground as the FF comic issues #48 thru 50 = and I actually liked the movie, a lot! And I don't understand why they decided to stop making FF films? With the phenomenal recent success of `Avengers' I wonder if the FF will come back?! The Fantastic Four was actually one of the most Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction based Marvel franchises = seems like there would be tremendous on-going movie/Story potential there (might have to ask the omnipotent `Watcher' to go talk some sense to those thick-headed movie producers! - or better yet...just send them out to Lunch, with Galactus*!)

Note*: I think H. Ellison would endorse this suggestion!

note2 = Clarification, this compilation collects 'Silver Surfer' issues 1 thru 6 (1,3 &4 are especially 'classic' Buscema's Art in #4 is Spectacular!!); and
if you also want to re-read FF#48-50, and also the debut of 'Inhumans' => order from Amazon, of course: Fantastic Four Marvel Masterworks, Vol. 5 - this is Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, at the height of their significant 'Cosmic' Powers!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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Classic surfer
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