Herald of Galactus

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Heralds of Galactus
(clockwise from bottom) The Silver Surfer; Terrax; Gabriel the Air-Walker; Firelord and Nova (Frankie Raye) feature on the cover of Silver Surfer vol. 3, #74 (Nov. 1992).
Art by Ron Lim.
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Publisher Marvel Comics

The Heralds of Galactus are fictional characters appearing in publications from Marvel Comics. The Herald concept was introduced in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966) - with the character the Silver Surfer - by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Publication history[edit]

Before the idea of heralds, Galactus created a self-replicating program that sought out planets for him. The Cosmos Automation Program would possess someone of a planet to create a machine that would store cosmic energies and vanquish any threats to his consumption of the planet. After several planets learned how to turn their creation against Galactus himself, he searched for new means to help him satiate his hunger, therefore he chose a group of beings that could scour the universe searching for planets that he could devour.

Generally, Galactus has only one herald at a time.



Shortly after Stardust escaped his black hole, the universe faced a major threat in the form of an insectoid armada led by Annihilus as seen in the Annihilation storyline. Dubbed the Annihilation Wave, the armada began destroying every planet in its path as it made its way towards Earth. Across the universe, cosmic heroes and alien fleets began joining forces to combat Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave, events referred to as Annihilation, but all seemed doomed to failure.

The Annihilation Wave had a profound impact on all of Galactus’ former heralds as Annihilus ordered his forces to bring him the heralds of Galactus alive in the hopes of analyzing and mastering the Power Cosmic. The first to encounter the Wave was Air-Walker, who had regained much of his identity as Gabriel Lan. Sadly, Air-Walker fell during an attack on his homeworld of Xandar by a villain named Ravenous and his fellow Seekers. Without his stalwart partner, Firelord teamed up with Red Shift, who had recently escaped his own black hole. When Galactus realized the danger posed by the Annihilation Wave, he ordered Stardust to combine forces with his two former heralds. Meanwhile, the Seekers failed to capture the power cosmic from the dead body of Morg but they managed to confront and captured Terrax. Finally, in the chaos of Annihilation Wave events, the Fallen One escaped once again and joined forces with Tenebrous and Aegis (Cosmic Entity), both also ancient enemies of Galactus, however, the two gods smelled the scent of Galactus on Fallen One and drained his energy, killing him. Later on, Thanos traveled to reclaim his lost Herald and was presented with the husk of the Fallen One by Tenebrous and Aegis.

During the war Galactus took the Silver Surfer as his herald once more. The Surfer led Firelord, Red Shift, and Stardust in battle against the Annihilation Wave. Stardust and Red Shift later sacrificed themselves to allow Nova (Richard Rider) and his forces time to evacuate Daedalus 5.

Current Herald[edit]

While Stardust has been inexplicably absent from any recent events, when the Norse city of Asgard appeared over Oklahoma, Galactus returned to Earth seeking the Worldheart of Asgard. In order to watch the Worldheart, the Silver Surfer decided to remain on Earth and proposed that Pastor Mike, the head of a small Christian congregation in Broxton who had multiple run-ins with the Asgardian Gods, should become the new Herald to Galactus - one that could possibly become the conscience Galactus needed and spare any life in his wake and so as the Silver Surfer was relieved of his duties he is replaced by Pastor Mike who would come to be known as the Praeter, who seems to have brought back Galactus's own conscience when he decided to return to Earth to protect the seed from being awoken by the Celestials.

List of Heralds[edit]

The Heralds existing in the main continuity of the Marvel Universe include:

Herald Biography[edit]

The Fallen One[edit]

Main article: Fallen One

Although the ancient history of Galactus’ heralds remains rather vague, it is believed that his first herald was the being now known simply as the Fallen One, but unlike the heralds that would follow him, the Fallen One was granted control over the Black Matter instead of the Power Cosmic. However, the Fallen One was too hostile and unpredictable for Galactus to control, so the world-devourer eventually imprisoned him. Over the millennia that followed, the Fallen One repeatedly escaped and tried to confront Galactus, only to be defeated and imprisoned again.

The Silver Surfer[edit]

Main article: Silver Surfer

When Galactus threatened to destroy Zenn-La, Norrin Radd offered to become the world-devourer’s servant if Galactus would spare his homeworld. Galactus agreed and, perhaps humbled by his experiences with the Fallen One, Galactus imbued Radd with a small fraction of his own power cosmic, transforming him into the herald known as the Silver Surfer. As Galactus’ new herald, the Surfer was dedicated to finding uninhabited but energy-rich worlds for Galactus to consume.

The Silver Surfer served Galactus for many years, during which Galactus gradually altered Norrin Radd’s mind. With his emotions and memories repressed, the Surfer began leading Galactus to inhabited worlds. When the Silver Surfer arrived on Earth, however, he encountered Alicia Masters, who sensed Radd’s nobility and courage. Moved by Alicia, the Silver Surfer rebelled and joined forces with the Fantastic Four and Uatu to drive Galactus away from Earth. Galactus punished the Silver Surfer for his betrayal by trapping him on Earth. Galactus would later reconsider this decision, but the Silver Surfer resisted all of Galactus’ efforts to regain his services and the world-devourer began searching for a new herald.

The Air-Walker[edit]

Main article: Air-Walker

Galactus began scanning the minds of sentient beings across the universe for a suitable replacement of the Silver Surfer. Eventually, he chose Gabriel Lan, captain of an Xandarian exploration vessel, to become his next herald. A member of the Nova Corps, Lan was brave and prone to wanderlust. He did not refuse Galactus’ offer of immense power and unlimited freedom to travel the universe under his own power. Galactus gave Lan a tiny portion of his power cosmic, transforming Gabriel into the Air-Walker.

The Air-Walker served Galactus faithfully for years, and even befriended the world-devourer. The Air-Walker eventually sacrificed himself to protect Galactus from a fleet of Ovoid warships. Galactus was weak from hunger and could not protect or resuscitate Lan, but eventually managed to transfer Gabriel’s consciousness into a robot replica of the Air-Walker. Unfortunately, Lan’s personality and passion for exploration did not survive the process, and the Air-Walker automaton was a hollow image of Galactus’ former friend and ally. Frustrated, Galactus sent the Air-Walker to Earth to convince the Silver Surfer to return to his role as Galactus’ herald. The Silver Surfer declined, and the automaton was badly damaged in a subsequent battle with the Surfer and the Fantastic Four. Galactus abandoned the automaton on Earth, where the Air-Walker robot was secretly captured by the Machinesmith.


Main article: Firelord (comics)

Pyreus Kril was first officer aboard Gabriel Lan’s Xandarian exploration vessel, and was present when his friend was seemingly kidnapped by the alien starship belonging to Galactus. Determined to rescue his captain, Kril took command of the exploration vessel and pursued Galactus’ ship across the universe.

Years passed, but Kril did not give up his quest. Eventually, Kril located Galactus’ ship and, unaware that Lan had already been slain battling the Ovoids, teleported aboard the massive vessel. Kril confronted Galactus and demanded that Lan be released. Impressed by the man’s courage, Galactus offered to reveal Lan’s fate if Kril agreed to become his new herald. Kril accepted the offer, receiving the power cosmic and becoming Firelord.

Galactus told Kril of Air-Walker’s death, and the apparent destruction of the Air-Walker automaton. However, he immediately altered Firelord’s mind, suppressing the information he had just imparted to his herald.

Firelord’s servitude to Galactus was extremely short-lived. While on a mission to Earth, Firelord encountered Thor, who negotiated with Galactus for Firelord’s freedom. In exchange for releasing Firelord, Thor provided Galactus with an Asgardian construct known as the Destroyer. Although he retained the power cosmic and was free to roam the universe, Firelord’s subconscious compelled him to remain on Earth, the last known location of the Air-Walker automaton.

Months later, the Machinesmith accidentally reactivated the Air-Walker automaton, and the android gradually regained consciousness. The Air-Walker robot set out to kill the Silver Surfer, but was instead engaged by Thor, who destroyed the automaton’s self-repair circuitry. Upon learning of the Air-Walker’s existence, Firelord’s suppressed memories flooded back and he took possession of the android. He buried the automaton – the only remains of his friend Gabriel Lan – on an asteroid in the Tranta System, near their homeworld of Xandar.

The Destroyer[edit]

Main article: Destroyer (Thor)

At Thor’s urging, Galactus agreed to trade Firelord’s freedom in exchange for the Asgardian Destroyer. The Destroyer is actually a suit of mystic armor created by Odin to battle the incredibly powerful Celestials. The armor is constructed of a metal superior to Uru (the metal that comprises Thor’s hammer) and has been enchanted by Odin. These enchantments allow the armor to contain the powers of various Asgardians, including those of Odin, Thor and others.

Though powerful, the Destroyer armor was far different from the sentient heralds that Galactus had previously employed. Galactus' enchantment of the armor was removed during a fight with the High Evolutionary.

Terrax the Tamer[edit]

Main article: Terrax

While the Silver Surfer had been noble, brave, and even heroic, those are qualities that ultimately led him to betray his master in order to protect Earth. Hoping to find a new herald that would have no qualms about identifying inhabited worlds for Galactus to consume, the world-devourer searched for a ruthless, power-hungry being to accept his offer. Eventually, Galactus identified Tyros, the tyrannical dictator of the city Lanlak on the planet Birj, as a worthy successor to the Silver Surfer. But Tyros was already very powerful, born with a unique mutation that allowed him to animate stone. Galactus knew that he would need to first overpower Tyros before he could transform the despot into his new herald. Ironically, Galactus turned to the Fantastic Four for aid: he offered to help them defeat the Sphinx if they would in turn promise to subdue Tyros. Reluctantly, the Fantastic Four accepted this offer, and the quartet did defeat Tyros as promised. Galactus immediately brought Tyros under his cosmic control and imbued him with a tiny fraction of his power cosmic. This transformed Tyros into Terrax the Tamer, an immensely powerful being whose complete control over stone allowed him to move 100-mile-wide planets.

As Galactus had hoped, Terrax was immoral and had no concerns about pointing his master towards inhabited worlds. However, Terrax was also ambitious and had no sense of loyalty to Galactus. He eventually began conquering planets for his own selfish ends, and only served Galactus out of fear. Seeking to escape Galactus’ service forever, Terrax eventually fled to Earth, where he took Manhattan hostage and threatened to demolish the city unless the Fantastic Four destroyed Galactus’ ship. Galactus was enraged by this treachery and stripped Terrax of his powers – something he had not done to any of his previous heralds – transforming him back into Tyros. Galactus then hurled Tyros from the top of the World Trade Center and left him for dead.


Main article: Nova (Frankie Raye)

Frankie Raye was the adopted daughter of William Raye, secretly Phineas T. Horton in disguise. Horton, the inventor of the original Human Torch, became enraged when Johnny Storm began using the same moniker. When Horton tried to reactivate the android Human Torch, his daughter was exposed to the same chemicals used to construct it and gained the android’s powers as a result.

Perhaps due to the similarity of their powers, Frankie Raye was drawn to Johnny Storm. She began a relationship with him and even began fighting alongside the Fantastic Four. However, over time, Frankie became restless. She dreamed of experiencing "cosmic grandeur" and space-faring adventures. When Galactus yet again threatened Earth, Frankie volunteered to become his newest herald to spare the planet. Galactus agreed and transformed Frankie into Nova – a being with the power of a miniature sun.

In the tradition of the Silver Surfer, Nova used her powers to seek out uninhabited worlds for Galactus to consume. She also teamed up with the Silver Surfer to battle the Elders of the Universe, who attempted to destroy Galactus and thereby come the oldest living being in the universe. After this adventure, Nova and the Silver Surfer began a (somewhat rocky) romantic relationship.

Like the Air-Walker before her, Nova formed a strong bond with Galactus, who let down his guard and shared his private thoughts and feelings with his new herald. But Galactus remained driven by his insatiable hunger and encouraged Nova to lead him to inhabited worlds. Nova continued to ignore Galactus’ demands until the world-devourer dismissed her from his service.


Main article: Morg

After dismissing Nova, Galactus was yet again left without a herald. He considered his past mistakes and recognized that he needed a herald who was both amoral enough to lead Galactus to inhabited worlds, but pliable enough to remain loyal to his master. While consuming an unnamed planet, Galactus located Morg, a bloodthirsty court executioner. Evidently unconcerned with his planet’s fate, Morg agreed to become Galactus’ new herald even after Galactus destroyed his homeworld. As with all past heralds, Morg received a fraction of Galactus’ power cosmic. He later increased his powers even further by immersing himself in the Well of Life, thereby becoming Galactus’ most powerful herald yet.

Morg quickly proved that he was also far more vicious than any of Galactus’ previous heralds. The Silver Surfer, Firelord, and Nova realized that Morg would cause the death of untold billions and agreed to join forces against their successor. To this end, they combined their cosmic powers to resurrect the Air-Walker android. The four former heralds battled Morg and seemingly killed him, but not before Nova was slain when Morg stabbed her in the back. The Silver Surfer flew Nova’s body into a nearby sun.

After Morg’s apparent demise, Galactus reluctantly accepted both Firelord and the Air-Walker automaton back into his service. The first known paired heralds, Firelord and Air-Walker could more easily find uninhabited worlds for Galactus to consume than a single herald alone. During this time, Firelord tried to revive Gabriel Lan’s personality, which was still buried deep in the Air-Walker android.

While Air-Walker and Firelord served Galactus faithfully, Galactus secretly resurrected Morg, altering his personality in the hopes of making him more tractable. But Morg was kidnapped by Galactus’ old foe, Tyrant. Galactus agreed to let Tyrant keep Morg in exchange for a truce between the two ancient enemies. When Morg eventually escaped, he returned to Galactus and attempted to kill his "replacements." The Silver Surfer arrived in time to save Firelord and Air-Walker. Tyrant confronted Galactus soon after, and Morg proved his undying loyalty to Galactus by attacking Tyrant with the Ultimate Nullifier. The resulting blast seemingly destroyed both Morg and Galactus.

Red Shift[edit]

Main article: Red Shift (comics)

Galactus survived the Ultimate Nullifier by escaping into another dimension, and later returned after consuming the power of Hyperstorm, a villain from an alternate timeline. After this ordeal, however, Galactus’ hunger only grew, nearly driving him insane. He became obsessed with consuming sentient life, but was yet again without a herald. He quickly recruited Red Shift, a mysterious herald about which very little is known, and planned to at last devour Earth.

Sensing Red Shift’s use of the power cosmic, the Silver Surfer tried to convince the herald that Earth should not be destroyed. Red Shift refused to listen to reason, and the two heralds clashed. Red Shift used his powers to open a portal to a black hole, into which he hoped to send the Silver Surfer, but his plan went awry and both heralds were swept into the trap. Their battle continued within the black hole until the Silver Surfer unleashed a massive explosion of cosmic energy. Red Shift lost his two swords (the weapons which enabled him to open his portals) and remained trapped in the black hole even after the Surfer barely escaped.

The Invisible Boy[edit]

Sometime after Red Shift’s battle with the Silver Surfer, a federation of aliens from various worlds consumed by Galactus arrived on Earth. These aliens had created a technology that could cloak and conceal other planets from the world-devourer. However, they feared that Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. would become a pawn of Galactus, who would use her powers to make their devices useless. In an attempt to prevent this, the aliens planned to kill Sue, and they threatened to destroy Manhattan unless she surrendered to them. To save his wife, Reed Richards used one of his own inventions to seemingly strip Sue of her powers. Convinced that Sue was no longer a threat, the aliens departed. However, it was soon revealed that Reed had really used his device to swap powers between Sue and her brother, Johnny Storm. Thus, Sue became the Human Torch and Johnny became the Invisible Boy.

Galactus, already intent on using Sue Storm’s powers to thwart the alien federation, arrived on Earth soon after Johnny’s transformation. Discovering the switch, Galactus kidnapped Johnny and immediately infused him with the power cosmic. Although Johnny was initially overwhelmed by his new powers, he began seeking an uninhabited world for Galactus to consume while secretly rallying other worlds against Galactus. His delaying tactics allowed the Fantastic Four and Quasar to eventually catch up to Johnny. Using his new powers, Johnny analyzed Galactus and instructed Reed and Quasar in the construction of a device that removed Galactus’ cosmic energy. Galactus temporarily reverted to his original form – that of the powerless Galen – and was brought to Earth. There, the Fantastic Four convinced Galen to exile himself into an energy-rich dimension.


Galen eventually reverted to Galactus and – for reasons of his own – left his self-imposed exile and returned to his home dimension. Again he sought a herald, this time choosing a mysterious entity named Stardust as the recipient of the power cosmic. Although very little is known about Stardust’s history prior to becoming Galactus’ herald, he claims that he was already quite powerful even before meeting his new master. What is known is that Stardust quickly became the most fanatical of Galactus’ heralds, worshipping his master like a god. His fanaticism led him to not only seek out new planets for Galactus, but also hunt down any survivors of worlds destroyed by Galactus so that no trace of these civilizations would be left alive.

While hunting down the last of the Korbinite race, Stardust clashed with their protector, Beta Ray Bill. During this battle, Stardust used his powers to open a dimensional gateway that he hoped would consume Beta Ray and the last of the Korbinites. Instead, Stardust unwittingly released a demonic entity from a "cosmic hell" known as Asteroth. Realizing that Asteroth threatened the entire universe, Beta Ray and Stardust reluctantly joined forces to stop her. Meanwhile, Galactus revived Beta Ray’s predecessor – Alpha Ray – and ordered him to find Stardust and Beta Ray.

To banish Asteroth, Stardust created a massive black hole. Alpha Ray arrived as the black hole was opening, and he drove Asteroth back into the rift. Both Alpha Ray and Stardust were also sucked into the void, but Stardust soon escaped and returned to Galactus’ side.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Main article: Power Cosmic

Galactus bestows the Power Cosmic on each Herald, which grants them a range of abilities, including extremely high levels of super strength, stamina, and durability (totally impervious to the rigors of space); enhanced reflexes; energy manipulation; molecular transmutation; a degree of "cosmic awareness" (ability to perceive the happenings of the universe); flight and the ability to travel at superluminal velocities in space. Many of Galactus' heralds wield weapons that can channel their cosmic energies. These items include the Silver Surfer's board, Firelord's staff, Terrax's axe, Red Shifts swords, Morg's double-bladed axe and Stardust's staff.

As the Heralds are indirectly responsible for the destruction of many worlds and in turn extinction of many species, Galactus suppresses all feelings of guilt and remorse in those of his Heralds who have a conscience. Despite this, some of Galactus' Heralds - such as the Silver Surfer and Nova - have rebelled and left their master.[28]

Other versions[edit]

A number of other versions exist, almost all of which are alternate universe characters that exist outside of mainstream Marvel continuity.

Golden Oldie[edit]

In Marvel Team-Up #137, May Parker was transformed by Galactus into the cosmically-powered being Golden Oldie to serve as his herald. Rather than lead him to populated worlds, Oldie discovered an extraterrestrial baker who bakes planet-sized snack cakes that sate Galactus's hunger. May's transformation is ultimately revealed as a dream. The issue, a parody of an old Hostess snack cake advertising campaign, was part of Marvel's "Assistant Editors Month" series of humorous issues.

Heroes Reborn[edit]

In the Heroes Reborn world, Galactus has five heralds simultaneously and all are worshiped by the Inhumans. They are the Silver Surfer, Firelord, Terrax, Air-Walker and Plasma.[29] Of all the heralds of Galactus created in this universe, Plasma would be the only one without an Earth-616 counterpart. They were all used to try to consume the Earth, but were eventually unsuccessful when the Silver Surfer turned on his master.


Galactus had an Alien Silver Surfer,[30] although it was indicated that Norrin Radd was also the Silver Surfer at some point in this universe. After the death of the alien, Hercules' granddaughter Juno became the new herald, also to be made in the appearance of the Silver Surfer[31]


In this alternate universe, Galactus exiled his Terrax the Tamer to a black hole for eternity after he had betrayed him. Galactus then teleported Dazzler aboard his Worldship and proclaimed her to be his new herald, promising to spare Earth his future wrath once she did so. Once she was transformed into Galactus´s new herald, Alison "skated" out into space, singing a sad song of her slavery until she was free by Galactus himself. Dazzler immediately returned to Earth but unfortunately, during the centuries she had been away, an unknown holocaust had destroyed all life on Earth. Since there was nothing for her on Earth, Dazzler decided to return to Galactus and continue her duties to keep him from devouring inhabited planets.[32]


In the 31st Century, Kathisul Evin was a member of a survey team where she acted as tracker and guide. She was able to use her mystical abilities to access ley-lines, dragon paths, and other mystical forces. She led the team to chieftain’s burial mound on the Island of Fandor, where she accidentally scraped against a picture, and apparently caused an explosion. She was able to escape the explosion unharmed, but she was confronted and captured by a stone figure. She was rescued by Galactus, who exalted her to the mantle of herald. He blessed her with the gift of the Power Cosmic and named her "Dark Angel"[33]

Earth 8327[edit]

In this alternate universe after betraying Galactus during their first visit to Earth, Galactus stripped the Silver Surfer of the Power Cosmic, returning him to his original human form of Norrin Radd and left him stranded on Earth. Galactus returned to Zenn-La where he is confronted by Shalla Bal. After learning that her former love had been exiled on Earth, Shalla Bal asked Galactus to make her his herald if he spared her planet origin. Galactus agreed and transformed her into Starglow, however as he didn't wish to go through similar situation as he had with the Surfer, he also stripped Shalla Bal of all her memories. When Radd found her, she did not recognize him and left with Galactus.[34]


In the MC2 Universe nothing is known about Galactus' herald, Dominas the Wavemaster, only that he was a bureaucrat on some "insignificant planet", as he put it before becoming a Herald of Galactus.

Soaring through space, Dominas helped Galactus absorb both the Shi'ar Empire and Asgard. Later, Dominas fought the mighty Thor and helped Galactus capture both him and the Odinsword. Dominas met his fate when the Silver Surfer, a former Herald of Galactus, received word about his former master's insane plans. The two Heralds fought each other, with the Surfer winning and destroying Dominas. However, the Surfer did absorb Dominas' cosmic power to help him defeat Galactus.[35]


It is revealed to Superman that his home world, Krypton, was destroyed by Galactus, which later turns out to be a ruse by Cyborg Superman. Upon learning about the seemingly true fate of his own world, Superman travels to the Marvel Universe to seek the help of the Fantastic Four in putting an end to Galactus' universal threat. Before the team has a chance to fully brief Superman about Galactus, Galactus tracks down Superman and turns him into his new golden herald. In the end, it isn't until a deal is cut with Cyborg Superman that Superman is finally saved from Galactus' control.[36]


While on a mission on Earth-552 with the Exiles, to defended the life of Galactus the World Restorer from the mad former herald the Silver Surfer, Sabretooth becomes for a briefly time a herald of Galactus. He was imbued with the powers cosmic and was called Silver Sabretooth. He was later dismissed from his duties and his place is taken by Manta from the Shi'ar Superguardians who is able to convinced Galactus in healing other damaged worlds that didn't died from natural causes. In which they started with Earth's restoration.[37]


When this universe's version of Galactus and the Silver Surfer attack Asgard, the Norse Gods and all the warriors of Valhalla put up a brave yet losing battle. However, when Thor defeats the Silver Surfer, Galactus is impressed and offers him a deal. If Thor serves as his herald, he shall spare Asgard. Seeing that there is no other choice to save his world, Thor concedes. He becomes the herald of Galactus and leads him through the universe in search of planets to consume.[38]

What If? World War Hulk[edit]

In an issue of What If? revolving around World War Hulk, the first story that detailed Tony Stark not hesitating to use the Satellite Laser on Hulk has the Hulk aiding the heroes against the Skrulls invasion on Earth, inspiring people to help. In this world, it's the Wasp who's a Skrull and she infects Henry Pym with the bio-weapon that wipes out the remaining heroes. The Hulk survives and summons the Silver Surfer, demanding the Surfer to call Galactus to destroy Earth. The Surfer does so but leaves, disgusted at the Hulk's blood-thirsty ways. Galactus arrives and feeds upon Earth destroying the Skrulls and the planet. He lets the Hulk live, promising to take away the monster's pain and memories. The Hulk agrees and is transformed into Galactus' new herald, the World-Breaker.[39]

In other media[edit]


  • In the Season 1 of the 1990s Fantastic Four animated series, the Silver Surfer, Firelord, and Terrax fight the Fantastic Four while Galactus attempts to feed on Earth. In Season 2, all but the presence of Silver Surfer in that battle is ignored as Terrax is seen again and referred to as being the replacement for the Silver Surfer. In the episode "When Calls Galactus", Terrax is killed/turned into a worm. Nova becomes the new herald.
  • In the Silver Surfer animated series, the Silver Surfer is the herald for a very short time (episode wise). He is replaced by Nova (Frankie Raye) after the young girl somehow teleports onto his ship after Galactus and Silver Surfer part ways. Both heralds have regular appearances on the show and even team up at times.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Avengers Assemble", Galactus arrives on Earth with not just one, but with four heralds. Each of the Heralds represent a basic element: Terrax (for earth), Firelord (for fire), Air-Walker (for air), and Stardust (for water, in an aquatic instead of an energetic form). In this incarnation, they are not truly sentient beings, but energy constructs granted limited sentience to carry out their assignments. They are eventually destroyed by the Avengers and their allies.
  • The Heralds of Galactus appear in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. In "Galactus Goes Green," Terrax was seen as Galactus' Herald until he strips him of his Power Cosmic upon being defeated by She-Hulk in Las Vegas. Galactus transforms her into the Emerald Emissary. Following She-Hulk taking a dive in her fight against Terrax, Galactus returned the Power Cosmic to Terrax who takes Galactus to an uninhabited planet as part of the deal that She-Hulk made with Terrax. In "Planet Hulk" Pt. 1, Firelord appears as Galactus' latest Herald after Terrax was mentioned to have failed him.

Video games[edit]

  • In Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, an update to Marvel vs Capcom 3, a new game mode called Heroes and Heralds has players choosing to either play as the playable characters defending Earth or as a Herald version of the playable characters (all of which have the Silver Surfer-like coloring) seeking to attack it for Galactus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thanos #11 (Aug. 2004)
  2. ^ Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1 (2006)
  3. ^ Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966)
  4. ^ Fantastic Four #50 (May 1966)
  5. ^ Galactus the Devourer #2 (1999)
  6. ^ Annihilation: Silver Surfer #3 (2006)
  7. ^ Mighty Thor #6(2011)
  8. ^ Fantastic Four #120 (March 1972)
  9. ^ Annihilation: Silver Surfer #3 (2006)
  10. ^ Thor #225 July 1974)
  11. ^ Thor #228 (October 1974)
  12. ^ Thor #228 (Oct. 1974)
  13. ^ Fantastic Four #172
  14. ^ Fantastic Four #211 (Oct. 1979)
  15. ^ Fantastic Four #244
  16. ^ Fantastic Four #244 (Jul. 1982)
  17. ^ Heralds #5 (2008)
  18. ^ Silver Surfer #75 (February 1992)
  19. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 3, #70 (Sep. 1992)
  20. ^ Annihilation:Silver Surfer #3 (2006)
  21. ^ Galactus: the Devourer #2(October 1999)
  22. ^ Annihilation #2 (2006)
  23. ^ Fantastic Four #520 (January 2005)
  24. ^ Fantastic Four #524 (April 2005)
  25. ^ Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #1 - 6 (March - Aug. 2005)
  26. ^ Fantastic Four #547 (2007)
  27. ^ The Mighty Thor #6 (Sept 2011)
  28. ^ Fantastic Four #50 (May 1966) and Fantastic Four #242 (May 1982)
  29. ^ Fantastic Four (Vol 2) #10
  30. ^ Hercules: Twilight of a God #1
  31. ^ Hercules: Twilight of a God #5
  32. ^ What If? #33 (June 1982)
  33. ^ Cyberspace 3000 #2 (Aug. 1993)
  34. ^ What If #37 (Feb. 1983)
  35. ^ Last Planet Standing #1 (July 2006)
  36. ^ Superman/Fantastic Four #1 (April 1999)
  37. ^ Exiles #88 (Jan. 2007)
  38. ^ What If? Featuring Thor (Dec. 2005)
  39. ^ What If World War Hulk #1 (Feb. 2010)

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