Silver Surfer (comic book)

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Silver Surfer
Cover of the 1st issue
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Format vol. 1 ongoing series
vol. 2 one-shot
vol. 3 ongoing series
vol. 4 limited series
vol. 5 Ongoing series
limited 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
vol. 7 May 2014 - Present
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
vol. 7 5 (as of October 2014 cover date)
Main character(s) Silver Surfer
Collected editions
Silver Surfer Omnibus ISBN 0-7851-2753-4

Silver Surfer is the title of several series of comic books published by Marvel Comics featuring the Silver Surfer.

Publication history[edit]

The first series was published beginning in 1968[1] and was written by Stan Lee with art by John Buscema (#1-17)[2][3] and Jack Kirby (#18). Villains introduced in the series include Mephisto in issue #3 (December 1968)[4] and the Ghost in issue #8 (September 1969).[5] Spider-Man guest-starred in issue #14 (March 1970).[6]

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."[7]

In 1982 Marvel published a Silver Surfer one-shot by Stan Lee, John Byrne, and Tom Palmer.[8]

The third volume series ran from 1987 to 1999 for 146 issues, making it the longest running volume of Silver Surfer. 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."[9]

The fourth series was a 1988 two-issue out-of-continuity mini-series from Stan Lee and Moebius through Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, later collected under the title Silver Surfer: Parable.[10][11]

The fifth series started in 2004 and was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss, lasting 14 issues.[12]

The sixth series was a five-part miniseries published in 2011, written by Greg Pak with art by Stephen Segovia.[13] The seventh series, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Mike Allred began in May 2014.[14]


Volume 1[edit]

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).

Volume 2[edit]

The Silver Surfer one-shot released in 1982 was plotted and penciled by John Byrne and scripted by Stan Lee.[15]

Volume 3[edit]

Writers for Silver Surfer vol. 3 include:

Issues Story Writer
#1–31 Steve Englehart
#32–33 Jim Valentino
#34–48, 50 Jim Starlin
#49, 51–102 Ron Marz
#103, 124-125, 146 Glenn Greenberg
#104–110 Mike Lackey
#111–123 George Pérez
#126–145, -1 J. M. DeMatteis

Volume 4[edit]

Stan Lee returned to the character for both issues of volume 4 published through Marvel's Epic Comics imprint beginning in 1988.

Volume 5[edit]

Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss wrote all 14 issues of Silver Surfer volume 5, published from 2004-2005.

Volume 6[edit]

Greg Pak wrote volume 6, consisting of a five-issue miniseries released in 2011.

Volume 7[edit]

As of 2014, Dan Slott is writing volume 7 which began in May 2014.[14]


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.


Eponymous series[edit]

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[edit]

The Silver Surfer has starred in four original graphic novels:

Additional series[edit]

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)

Intercompany crossovers[edit]

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)

Collected editions[edit]

The character's various series have been collected into the following trade paperbacks:


  • 1989:[16]
    • Won "Best Finite Series" Eisner Award
    • Nominated for "Best Graphic Album" Eisner Award


  1. ^ Silver Surfer at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ 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."
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 3 at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 4 at the Grand Comics Database
  12. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 5 at the Grand Comics Database
  13. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 6 at the Grand Comics Database
  14. ^ a b Rogers, Vaneta (October 13, 2013). "NYCC 2013: Dan Slott Crams 'Kirby Cool' Concepts Into New Silver Surfer Series". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ Catron, Michael (August 1981). "Silver Surfer Special Set". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (3): 17. 
  16. ^ "1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. 

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