Four #50, Vol. 1
Published by Marvel Comics
"The Startling Saga of the
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciling: Jack Kirby
Inks: Joe Sinnott
Color: George Roessos
Letters: Artie Simek
Original Price: $0.12
Current Value: $200.00
History Behind Issue: Continued from Fantastic
Four #49, this issue marks the conclusion of the Silver Surfer's first appearance.
Plot: Silver Surfer, herald of Galactus, tries to reason with his
master. He wants to leave earth and spare it from destruction. But Galactus does not
budge. The Silver Surfer must use force, but he cannot defeat the devourer of worlds.
Meanwhile, the Human Torch, mentally guided by the Watcher, returns from sub-space with
the Ultimate Nullifier. And while the Silver Surfer dodges Galactus, Mr. Fantastic
threatens to destroy the universe with the Ultimate Nullifier if Galactus does not
In defeat, Galactus vows to spare earth if his Ultimate Nullifier is
returned. But before he leaves, he removes the space-time powers of the Silver Surfer,
exiling him on Earth. Alicia Masters thanks the Silver Surfer before he is off to explore
Galactus has landed on earth. The Watcher tries to persuade him into
leaving the planet, but Galactus must devour earth in order to survive, even if it means
life must suffer. Thing and Human Torch each try to attack the devourer of worlds, but
both fail to even harm Galactus.
Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer falls into the apartment of Alicia
Masters. The blind Alicia senses the Silver Surfer is not of this world, but she also
senses nobility in him. She offers him food, but the Silver Surfer doesn't need to eat.
Instead, he converts the items into pure energy, so no gram of energy will be wasted.
The Fantastic Four prepare to attack, but are stopped by the Watcher.
The Watcher explains exactly what Galactus plans to do with Earth and how the Human Torch
can stop him. While the Fantastic Four attack Galactus, the Watcher explains to the Human
Torch what he must do to obtain the Ultimate Nullifier. The Human Torch travels time space
distortion through the universe into the center of infinity, till his destination: a
gargantuan space station which serves as the home of Galactus.
Meanwhile, Galactus' watchdog, "The Punisher," defeats the
Fantastic Four, who are powerless as Galactus begins the destruction of earth. Suddenly,
the Silver Surfer finds something in Alicia Masters, in humanity, worth protecting. He
will betray Galactus! His betrayal may disrupt the Watcher's plan and cause the
destruction of Earth!
Comments: What can I say about a classic??? Story by Stan Lee,
art by Jack Kirby...'nuff said.
Review written by James