Silver Surfer (comic book)
Cover of the 1st issue
|Format||vol. 1 ongoing series
vol. 2 one-shot
vol. 3 ongoing series
vol. 4 limited series
vol. 5 Ongoing series
|Publication date||vol. 1 September 1968 - September 1970
vol. 2 June 1982
vol. 3 July 1987 - November 1998
vol. 4 December 1988 - January 1989
vol. 5 September 2003 - December 2004
vol. 6 April 2011 - August 2011
|Number of issues||vol. 1 18
vol. 2 1
vol. 3 147 (#1-146 and #-1) and 8 Annuals
vol. 4 2
vol. 5 14
vol. 6 5
|Main character(s)||Silver Surfer
|Silver Surfer Omnibus||ISBN 0-7851-2753-4|
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Writers
- 3 Artists
- 4 Bibliography
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The first series was published beginning in 1968 and was written by Stan Lee with art by John Buscema (#1-17) and Jack Kirby (#18). Villains introduced in the series include Mephisto in issue #3 (December 1968) and the Ghost in issue #8 (September 1969). Spider-Man guest-starred in issue #14 (March 1970).
The Silver Surfer : The Ultimate Cosmic Experience by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott was published in September 1978 as part of the Marvel Fireside Books series and is considered to be one of the first true "graphic novels."
The third volume series ran from 1987 to 1999 for 146 issues, making it the longest running volume of Silver Surfer produced by Marvel Comics. This volume is sometimes referred to as the second Silver Surfer volume, but, according to indicia found inside the comics, the 1982 one-shot was designated "Volume 2" and Marvel therefore designated the second series, beginning in 1987, as "Volume 3."
Stan Lee wrote all 18 issues of Silver Surfer, vol. 1 beginning in 1968. He later wrote many of the character's subsequent appearances, including the first Silver Surfer graphic novel in 1978 (published by Simon & Schuster).
Writers for Silver Surfer vol. 3 include:
|#34–48, 50||Jim Starlin|
|#49, 51–102||Ron Marz|
|#103, 124-125, 146||Glenn Greenberg|
|#126–145, -1||J. M. DeMatteis|
Stan Lee returned to the character for both issues of volume 4 published through Marvel's Epic Comics imprint beginning in 1988.
Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss wrote all 14 issues of Silver Surfer volume 5, published from 2004-2005.
Greg Pak wrote volume 6, consisting of a 5-issue miniseries released in 2011.
Dan Slott is currently writing volume 7, which began in March of 2014.
Marshall Rogers was the first to pencil Silver Surfer vol. 3 in 1987, then to be replaced by Ron Lim. Tom Grindberg took over from Lim and was later replaced by Scot Eaton. Ron Garney produced the artwork for several issues after that until issue #130, after which various artists illustrated the series. Guest artists before issue #130 include Joe Rubinstein, Joe Phillips, Bart Sears, and John Buscema.
The Silver Surfer has been the focus of six eponymous series:
- Silver Surfer vol. 1, #1-18 (Marvel Comics, 1968-1970)
- Silver Surfer vol. 2, #1 (Marvel Comics, 1982)
- Silver Surfer vol. 3, #1-146 (Marvel Comics, 1987-1998)
- Silver Surfer vol. 3, #-1 (Marvel Comics, 1997)
- Silver Surfer vol. 3, #1/2 (Marvel Comics / Wizard Magazine, 1998)
- Silver Surfer Annual #1-7, Silver Surfer '97, and Silver Surfer / Thor '98 (Marvel Comics, 1989-1998)
- Silver Surfer vol. 4, #1-2 (Marvel Comics / Epic Comics, 1988-1989)
- Silver Surfer vol. 5, #1-14 (Marvel Comics, 2003-2004)
- Silver Surfer vol. 6, #1-5 (Marvel Comics, 2011)
- Silver Surfer vol. 7, #1-current (Marvel Comics, 2014-present)
Original graphic novels
The Silver Surfer has starred in four original graphic novels:
- The Silver Surfer : The Ultimate Cosmic Experience 114 pages, September 1978, Fireside Books, ISBN 978-0-671-22821-7
- Silver Surfer: Judgment Day 64 pages, June 1988, ISBN 978-0-87135-427-3
- Silver Surfer: The Enslavers 64 pages, May 1990, ISBN 978-0-87135-617-8
- Silver Surfer: Homecoming 64 pages, November 1991, ISBN 978-0-87135-855-4
The Silver Surfer has also headlined or co-headlined the following series:
- Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4 (2006)
- Captain Universe / Silver Surfer one-shot (2006)
- Silver Surfer: Dangerous Artifacts one-shot (1996)
- Silver Surfer vs. Dracula one-shot (1993, reprint issue)
- Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1-4 (2007)
- Silver Surfer: Loftier Than Mortals #1-2 (1999)
- Silver Surfer: Requiem #1-4 (2007)
- Silver Surfer / Warlock: Resurrection #1-4 (1994)
- Stan Lee Meets the Silver Surfer one-shot (2007)
Marvel has featured the Silver Surfer alongside characters from other companies in the following crossovers:
- Green Lantern / Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances (DC Comics / Marvel Comics, 1995)
- Rune / Silver Surfer one-shot (Malibu Comics / Marvel Comics, 1995)
- Silver Surfer / Superman one-shot (Marvel Comics / DC Comics, 1996)
- Silver Surfer / Weapon Zero one-shot (Marvel Comics / Top Cow Productions, 1997)
- Silver Surfer / Witchblade #1/2 (Marvel Comics / Top Cow Productions / Wizard Magazine, 1997)
- Weapon Zero / Silver Surfer one-shot (Top Cow Productions / Marvel Comics, 1997)
The character's various series have been collected into the following trade paperbacks:
- Son of Origins of Marvel Comics includes Silver Surfer #1, 249 pages, October 1975, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671221669
- Bring on the Bad Guys: Origins of the Marvel Comics Villains includes Silver Surfer #3, 253 pages, October 1976, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671223557
- Marvel's Greatest Superhero Battles includes Silver Surfer #4, 253 pages, November 1978, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671243913
- Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer
- Essential Silver Surfer
- Silver Surfer Omnibus collects Silver Surfer #1-18, Fantastic Four Annual #5, and Not Brand Echh #13, 576 pages, hardcover, June 2007, ISBN 0-7851-2753-4
- The Definitive Silver Surfer collects Silver Surfer #1, Silver Surfer vol. 2 #1, Silver Surfer vol. 4 #1-2, Fantastic Four vol. 1 #48-50, Tales to Astonish #92-93 and The Tomb of Dracula #50, 260 pages, August 2007, Panini Comics, ISBN 1-905239-67-X
- Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos collects Silver Surfer vol. 3 #34-38, The Thanos Quest miniseries, and "The Final Flower!" from Logan's Run #6, 224 pages, softcover, April 2006, ISBN 0-7851-2046-7, hardcover, August 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4478-1
- Silver Surfer: Parable collects Silver Surfer vol. 4 #1-2, 72 pages, hardcover, December 1988, ISBN 0-87135-491-8, softcover, 1998, ISBN 0-7851-0656-1
- Silver Surfer: Parable collects Silver Surfer vol. 4 #1-2 and Silver Surfer: The Enslavers graphic novel, 168 pages, hardcover, May 2012, ISBN 978-0-7851-6209-4
- Silver Surfer: Communion collects Silver Surfer vol. 5 #1-6, 136 pages, June 2004, ISBN 0-7851-1319-3
- Silver Surfer: Requiem collects Silver Surfer: Requiem #1-4, 104 pages, hardcover, December 2007, ISBN 978-0-7851-2848-9, softcover, July 2008, ISBN 978-0-7851-1796-4
- Silver Surfer: In Thy Name collects Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1-4, 96 pages, softcover, June 2008, ISBN 978-0-7851-2749-9
- Silver Surfer: Devolution collects Silver Surver vol. 6 #1-5, 200 pages, September 2011, ISBN 978-0-7851-5665-9
- Silver Surfer at the Grand Comics Database
- DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1960s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 131. ISBN 978-0756641238. "When Stan Lee was told to expand the Marvel line, he immediately gave the Surfer his own title...Since Jack Kirby had more than enough assignments, Lee assigned John Buscema the task of illustrating the new book."
- Daniels, Les (1991). Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Harry N. Abrams. p. 139. ISBN 9780810938212. "Beautifully drawn by John Buscema, this comic book represented an attempt to upgrade the medium with a serious character of whom Lee had grown very fond."
- DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 133: "Created by editor Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, Mephisto hated the Surfer the moment he became aware of him."
- DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 137: "Roughly based on the Flying Dutchman legend of a ghost ship that can never go home, Stan Lee and artist John Buscema introduced a character they simply called the Ghost."
- Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1970s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 53. ISBN 978-0756692360. "The Silver Surfer paid a visit to New York City in this Stan Lee/John Buscema tale. Like most first encounters in the Marvel Universe, the Surfer's introduction to the web-head didn't go too smoothly."
- Sanderson, Peter "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 187: "[In 1978], Simon & Schuster's Fireside Books published a paperback book titled The Silver Surfer by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby...This book was later recognized as Marvel's first true graphic novel."
- Silver Surfer vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
- Silver Surfer vol. 3 at the Grand Comics Database
- Daniels p. 225: "Stan Lee, who continues to write stories featuring the idealistic Silver Surfer, collaborated with the renowned French artist 'Moebius' (Jean Giraud) on this 1988 graphic novel."
- Silver Surfer vol. 4 at the Grand Comics Database
- Silver Surfer vol. 5 at the Grand Comics Database
- Silver Surfer vol. 6 at the Grand Comics Database
- Catron, Michael (August 1981). "Silver Surfer Special Set". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (3): 17.
- 1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees, Comic Book Awards Almanac