|Silver Surfer #5, Vol. 1
Published by Marvel Comics
"And who shall mourn for him?"
Writer: Stan Lee
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History Behind Issue: The mysterious entity the Stranger having appeared in X-Men and Hulk decides to make his presence known to the Surfer
Plot: Getting ready for the morning the Fantastic Four are caught
unaware as their alarms ring to warn them that an intruder has entered the top floor of
Story detour over, the Surfer returns to Harper who consequently builds a device that will enable the Surfer to escape. The Surfer then flies off too test the device on the barrier.
Thus enters the Stranger, intrigued by the energy emissions resonating on the barrier he ponders to take a look, while revealing his plans for earth, to plant a null-life bomb on the earth to eradicate all living things on the planet. Turning to energy form the Stranger heads off to earth but again sees the energy patterns and decides too investigate. When he reaches the Surfer, he senses that the Surfer is not from earth and so goes to warn him to escape. Upon hearing this, the Surfer objects to the stranger, but to no avail. So he returns to Al Harper to warn him of the Strangers intentions.
The Surfer and Al Harper try to warn the authorities but they won't listen, so the Surfer and Harper must find the bomb themselves. Harper uses a detection device he has built, to track the bomb.
Once in close proximity the two split up with Harper looking for the bomb and the Surfer looking to keep the Stranger busy. While the Surfer battles the Stranger Al Harper finds the bomb. Harper starts to deactivate the bomb, but the bomb is booby trapped, the bomb starts to give out a deadly acidic gas that starts to burn Al Harper's lungs slowly killing him. But he will not give up and finally deactivates the bomb at the cost of his life!
The Stranger gets a signal from the bomb that it's deactivated and realizes he has wrongly judged humanity he undoes all the damage caused by the fight between him and the Surfer, and then departs. But not even the Stranger could return the life to Al Harper.
With things returned to normal the Surfer finds that Al Harper has been buried in an unmarked grave. Recognizing what Al Harper had done the Surfer leaves a final gift, A cosmic flame that marks the grave. With his final respects done, the Surfer leaves us with these words "so long as earth endures...That flame shall burn. May you sleep in peace, Al Harper!, for you have been a Hero"
Comments: Despite the story resembling many of the old 1950's
monster tales, this
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