Silver Surfer

The Silver Surfer first appeared in the classic Fantastic Four #48, #49 and #50.  As the original Herald of Galactus, the Silver Surfer searches across the galaxy to find planets with enough energy to fulfill Galactus's appetite. Soaring through the Milky way the Surfer happens across the planet Earth. Unknown to Galactus and the Surfer, the Watcher had traveled to Earth to warn the Fantastic Four of the Coming of Galactus.  After signaling Galactus, the Surfer battles with the Fantastic Four. In battle, the Surfer is knocked off of the Baxter Building and lands in the apartment of Alicia Masters.  Alicia convinces the Surfer that the planet Earth is worth saving. Fully recovered from his earlier battle, the Surfer challenges Galactus pleading for him to look for a different planet to devour.  Galactus ignores the Silver Surfer's request and begins the process of destroying the planet Earth. Galactus is finally stopped by the Fantastic Four when the Human Torch breaks into Galactus's starship and steals the Ultimate Nullifier, a super powerful weapon.  Mr. Fantastic threatens to destroy Galactus with the Ultimate Nullifer if he does not stop his attempt to consume the planet Earth. Defeated in battle, Galactus swears to never harm the Earth again. In fury over the Silver Surfer's betrayal, Galactus dooms the Silver Surfer to be confined to the planet Earth forever.

The Origin of the Silver Surfer was first told in The Silver Surfer #1. With the arrival of Galactus to the planet Zenn-La, no one could stand in his way from destroying everything and consuming the planets raw energy. In desperation, one citizen named Norrin Radd, pleaded with Galactus to spare his home world. Norrin offers to be the devoted servant and Herald of Galactus in exchange for Zenn-La's safety. As a Herald, the Silver Surfer would seek out planets for Galactus to destroy and consume for energy. Galactus realizes that this opportunity would allow him to be freed up to focus on other matters. Agreeing to spare Zenn-La, Galactus transforms Norrin Radd into the Silver Surfer.

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