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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 25 March 2013
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. The first issue is an extended and in-depth origin story, which sets the scene for many a page of anguished memories of the planet Zenn-La and Shalla-Bal, the girl he left behind him, in future stories; the second is an encounter with the Badoon and their Weapon of Weapons, as they attempt yet another invasion of the Earth; the third is a run-in with Mephisto - who is NOT the Devil - who adopts stealing the Silver Surfer's soul as a pet project, and brings Shalla-Bal to Earth in an attempt to corrupt him; the fourth is a run-in with the Mighty Thor, with a little help from Loki; the fifth is an encounter with the Stranger, another Cosmic character, though his back-story had yet to be developed; and the sixth is an adventure in the far future, as the Surfer travels through time to attempt to circumvent Galactus's barrier around the Earth preventing him from leaving. The FF Annual features Quasimodo as the misunderstood villain.

The stories do seem to be a bit repetitive in their minor themes of how the Surfer is misunderstood by the humans he seeks to protect as being a menace, and how ordinary people seem to get punished by fate for sacrificing themselves for their fellow man; but it was 1960s America, and these ideas were in the air and needed to be discussed. But, as I said above this is Stan Lee and John Buscema at the height of their powers producing great comic book stories.
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on 13 April 2013
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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