|Silver Surfer #4, Vol. 1
Published by Marvel Comics
"The Good, The Bad, The Uncanny"
Writer: Stan Lee
Original Price: $0.25
History Behind Issue: People wanted to know who was stronger Silver Surfer or Thor, and this issue was the first test between them.
Plot: This issue starts off with Loki in his throne room deep in thought on how to achieve the death of Thor. Loki having tasted defeat by Thor many times believes that another must serve in his stead, "Another must bear the wounds--while the triumph will be mine!"
So Loki creates a potion that sets his spirit free, so that it may roam the earth looking for his champion unaffected by Time and Space. The first being Loki comes upon is the Hulk. "But, though in brute STRENGTH he seems boundless " Thinks Loki "He is lacking in SKILL!" the search continued. Next was The Thing, but turned down because "Surely no MORTAL may oppose mighty Thor".
Lastly Loki looks at Hercules but again there is a sting in the tail "Would that thy might were to enlist!" he muses "But, not even Loki would brave the wrath of OLYMPUS ASSEMBLED!"
Leaving the earth Loki comes upon The Surfer hurtling himself at a hidden barrier again and again. "Though less than godling his power SURPASSETH that of a mortal!"
Thinks Loki "Hath Loki thus found him who shall slay the thunder God?"
Now, That Loki is intrigued by the Surfer he wants to learn more, so he casts a Temporeal spell, that allows Loki a look through the Surfers origin. Having a plan Loki returns to his body and rides off on his horse and comes upon the Warriors Three and boasts to them that at last he has a way of defeating Thor.
Hearing Loki's boast they run off to tell Thor so that he can be
prepared for battle.
Loki then tells the surfer that Asgard is in trouble and is being invaded by the Thunder God and will soon inflict the earth as well and that only a stranger could get close enough to Thor. At first the Surfer is uninterested, then Loki mentions that he can get the Surfer past Galactus's barrier, the Surfer now stops and listens. The surfer is finally willing to accept Loki's offer when the Norse God shows him a picture of Thor preparing an army (ironically to battle Loki).
The Surfer is then transported to The Rainbow Bridge, where upon
Loki takes his leave. After being allowed to enter Asgard by Heimdall. The Surfer makes
his way to a huge banqueting hall where Thor is at the head of the table, he approaches
Thor calmly walking up to him and announcing to the audience that he is here to challenge
Thor. As soon as this is announced he is attacked by Warriors Three, but before the fight
can progress Thor tells all involved to stop "Is Thor not fit to face his foe?"
he questions, not surprisingly it stops! The surfer is then invited to sit next to Thor
the Surfer then begins to doubt Loki "Can such a man be truly evil? How do I explain
the love they have for him?" Thinks the Surfer "and yet -- I have pledged my
word to Loki!"
The surfer dodges the sword and gets up now convinced by Loki's
lies. Loki makes sure of this by having his astral form tell the surfer that Thor is not
angry at the Gladiator's deed but the fact he failed to kill him! Thor then tries to
apologise to the Surfer, but Loki casts a spell so the Surfer can't hear Thor's words, So
the fight begins!
The Surfer begins to doubt his victory and wonders how he defeated
Thor he then comes to the conclusion that he has acquired power from Loki. Thor hears the
Surfer mention his step brothers name and tells the surfer that Loki is the Master of
Evil, before any more can be told Balder and Sif rush to Thor's rescue. The Surfer begins
to get more doubts about Loki's intentions" Again they race to the Thunder god's aid
--ignoring their own safety!" thinks the surfer "Never could evil inspire such
The Surfer, realising his mistake, he cries out loud that Loki has
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