Get out your cosmic surfboard and a box of Kleenex! Our host Adam Graham takes a look at the end of the Silver Surfer and Dawn Greenwood’s travels together in Dan Slott and Mike and Laura Allred’s A Power Greater than Cosmic.
Welcome to the first episode of the Classy Comics Podcast! From Boise, Idaho this is your host Adam Graham. You can send your comments to: Classy Comics at adamsweb.us
Now here on Classy Comics Podcast, I’m in search of comics I enjoy. Which often times will be classic comics from the 1940s-1960s, and even into the 1970s. Though I’m not one to say that all modern comics are horrible. But indeed there are some really good ones. Particularly after the recent relaunch with the DC Rebirth line.
So this podcast will focus on my search for classy comics. And I’ll let you know if I think it’s classy or not. And we’ll stick to one collection per episode. And we generally do trades. That’s how I tend to read comics, is in the trade editions. Which are more economical. Plus there are a lot of comic book series being written for the trades, with six-part story arcs or with five-part story arcs with a one-parter included. They are made that way these days.
So our first trade will be Silver Surfer: A Power Greater than Cosmic. It’s volume 5 of the Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott with art by Mike and Laura Allred.
A brief backstory on the Silver Surfer and this series in general. The Silver Surfer was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s. He was the herald of Galactus who came to inform the Earth that Galactus was coming and to be ready to meet their doom before the Devourer of Worlds. The Surfer ceased being Galactus’ herald and sided with the humans, earning himself exile to Earth for many years.
The character was given his first ongoing series in the 1960s. It was written by Stan Lee and the Surfer saved humanity from various problems but always found himself pondering the problematic nature of human beings, their prejudice, etc. And the Surfer remained after that series was canceled an earth-bound character for decades. He was a very good supporting character for Marvel to have around. He was a guest star in many different series including Fantastic Four. He was also a member of the Defenders for a time.
He got his own on-going series toward the end of the 1980s, logging more than a 100 issues. These tended to be very much cosmic-based adventures as he interacted with beings such as Thanos. Since the end of that long series, he’s had a lot of short series, not necessarily all mini-series but some that were labeled as Silver Surfer and canceled after a few on-going issues. He’s also been a guest star again in a lot of Marvel comic books. During Mark Waid’s very good run on Daredevil. He just had an issue where the Silver Surfer just randomly showed up to guest star. It wasn’t part of any plot arc or anything. It was just the Silver Surfer in the way he’s often used in Marvel Comics.
Which brings us to the latest two Silver Surfer series. Dan Slott’s take on the Silver Surfer began with Dawn Greenwood being kidnapped from her family’s inn in Maine and taken into deep space by aliens who believed she was the most important person to the Silver Surfer. And the Silver Surfer’s reaction was essentially, “Who’s this?”
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