|Silver Surfer #2, Vol. 1
Published by Marvel Comics
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Writer: Stan Lee
Penciling: John Buscema
Inks: Joe Sinnott
Letters: Sam Rosen
Original Price: $0.25
Current Value: $130.00
History Behind Issue: After readers learn the origin of the Silver
Surfer in issue #1, Stan Lee and John Buscema continue to deliver. Fans aren't too
pleased with the intellectual reading level and 25 cent price though, even though they get
Plot: The Silver Surfer reflects on what has happened to him. Not
long ago he was a herald of Galactus and free to soar the cosmos, now he is exiled on
earth with those who distrust him. He must not continue without a reason in life, so he
goes to live in a small village.
But man does not trust that which he does not understand. Although one man defends him,
the others cast the Surfer out. The Silver Surfer tries a more civilized town, but they
drive him off as well. The Surfer decides he cannot live in a world without reason any
longer. He longs for freedom and the love he left behind, Shalla-Bal.
And at that very moment, across the universe, Shalla-Bal too, is thinking of her love,
Norrin Radd. Would she ever see him again? She must not lose hope, as Norrin would tell
her. But across the universe, the Surfer declares he will have self pity no longer--he
must try to unite humanity with each other.
Then he notices an alien space ship traveling toward Earth! It enters one of Earth's
larger cites, but people do not seem to notice, for whoever is inside has made their space
craft invisible. But they cannot conceal their identity from the Silver Surfer. The Surfer
tries to warn the crowd, but they do not trust him and put him in prison (he doesn't use
his power against them because it would kill them). Once in prison, he calls his board to
him and escapes.
The Surfer finds the alien craft. Inside are the Brotherhood of Badoon. Although the
Silver Surfer has never met the Badoon, he has heard of its name in fear. But they try to
convince him their intentions are for good.
Suddenly, a human girl warns him of their real intentions. They had tortured her, trying
to learn about earth's customs, and soon they would destroy earth. The Silver Surfer takes
the girl and flees the area, but the Badoon give him only 24 hours before they will kill
him. The girl the Silver Surfer rescues reminds him of his Shalla-Bal. The girl is
unconscious, so the Surfer puts her in a protective field and sends her floating back to
Earth's surface. Late, the Badoon find the Silver Surfer and attack him with their space
craft. The Silver Surfer knows he could destroy their alien craft, but too many humans
would be injured. He tells the Badoon they have only one chance to leave the planet. This
only gets the Badoon madder, so they send out their weapon of weapons--the Monster Badoon.
The monster charges toward the Surfer, but Silver Surfer's speed is too much for him. The
monster then tries to hit the Surfer with lethal ray blasts, but it is blocked with the
Surfers board. The Silver Surfer charges toward him with his board, and the monster grabs
him in return. The Silver Surfer recovers and blasts the monster. The monster has no
chance and the Badoon recall him so he is not destroyed.
What the Silver Surfer does not know is that the monster could not be seen by the human
eye. Thus, the people assume the Surfer has lost his mind and begin to attack him while
the Badoon attempt to flee Earth. The US military attacks the Silver Surfer (assuming he's
crazy and dangerous), but the Silver Surfer is too fast. He soars toward the Badoon's
invisible ship, hoping it will be hit, but their force field blocks the missiles launched
Noticing the force field, the Surfer penetrates the force field, hoping it will help him
break through Galactus' barrier. Then the Silver Surfer remembers the girl he saved
earlier. She will die if he doesn't attend to her. The Silver Surfer begins to heal her,
but the ignorance of humanity attacks again, as they believe he is harming her.
Comments: Stan Lee and John Buscema do an excelent job on this book, making it one of my
favorite books ever. It really shows the nature of man and the nobleness of the
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