Silver Surfer (History) – Comic Basics

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Silver Surfer

Real Name: Norrin Radd

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #48 (March, 1966)

Powers: All abilities given with the Power Cosmic

Affiliation: Heralds of Galactus, The Defenders

Love Interests: Nova

Enemies: Galactus, Mephisto, Bic Razors

Did You Know: The surfboard of the Silver Surfer was created because Jack Kirby was tired of drawing spaceships.

A Little History…

Norrin Radd was a scientist born on the planet Zenn-la. Overtime, Radd grew a desire for more than life had to offer on his home planet. He longed to learn about the past and the things that it housed…war, fighting, etc…

As fate would have it Radd would get his wish.

Galactus, the Devourer of worlds, came to Zenn-la to deplete the planet of its energy. In an effort to stop him, Radd made an agreement with the demi-god. Learning that the constant searching for planets to feed on tired Galactus, Radd offered his life to him. Effectively, would become the servant of Galactus and search for planets for him and in return, Galactus would leave Zenn-la alone.

The acceptance offered two things. First, Zenn-la was safe. Second, Radd could find uninhabited planets for Galactus to feed on thus saving countless lives.

With the agreement complete, Galactus gave Norrin Radd a small portion of his Power Comic. The Power Cosmic granted him incredible strength but more importantly, took away his need for oxygen and food. Unfortunately, the Power Cosmic also took away his memories.

Now called the Silver Surfer, Radd set out to fulfill his pledge to his new master.

Image © Makia Minich

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