Real Name:Norrin Radd
First Appearance:Fantastic Four #48 (1966)
Created By:and Stan Lee
Powers:The Silver Surfer wields the power cosmic which was granted to him by the world eating Galactus. He is an extremely powerful being with amazing abilities that give him a near godlike status.
The Surfer’s near indestructible body can survive indefinitely in space and can take immense amounts of damage. He is impervious to most forms of damage.
With his silver surfboard, he is able to travel at speeds faster than lightspeed, crossing vast distances of time and space. He is also telepathically linked to it, allowing him to control and direct it with his mind.
Team Affiliations:Herald of Galactus The Defenders
Currently Seen In:The Silver Surfer has had his own comic book and also often appears in the Fantastic Four.
Interesting Fact:In an unusual act of kindness, Galactus once recreated a destroyed Zenn-La, knowing that when the Silver Surfer finally quit being a herald, he would have a place to come home to.
Origin:The Silver Surfer started out not as a pawn to a planet devouring creature, but on a utopian planet where there was no crime, hunger, disease, war, or want. He was born Norrin Radd and his planet was known as Zenn-La. While most of the populace gave into their every whim and desire, Norrin, was trained by his father to resist such temptations, and devote himself to the pursuits of the mind. He fell in love with a girl, Shalla-Bal, but the suicides of both his parents drove Norrin deeper into research, study, and history.
They were also aided by the blind friend of the Fantastic Four, Alicia Masters, who was able to break through Galactus’ changing of the Surfer’s personality and brought forth his emotion. The Surfer turned against his master and aided the Fantastic Four in warding off Galacuts with the Ultimate Nullifier. Galactus agreed to spare the Earth in return for getting back his doomsday device. For his part in the plan, Silver Surfer was banished to stay on earth forever.
With the aide of the Fantastic Four, the Surfer was able to escape from Earth and travel through deep space. His adventures brought him to face the alien races of the Kree and the Skrull, as well as the demon Mephisto, who sought to gain souls from his homeworld Zenn-La. He later discovered that his homeworld had been destroyed by a powerful being called the Other, leaving him alone.
Recently, the Silver Surfer has rejoined with Galactus as his herald when his former master’s life was threatened during the Annihilation war between Annihilus’ forces and the rest of united space. After the event, which Galactus inadvertently helped bring an end to, he has resumed seeking planets for Galactus to take over and consume once more, a lost soul among the cosmos.