8. Norrin Radd (The Silver Surfer)
the King of the Jungle to the Sentinel of the Spaceways, we take our
journey from the plains of Africa to the cold vacuum of space.
Unbeknownst to many a casual superhero fan, Marvel and DC comics have
extensive sci-fi sections of their universes. Both comic companies have
thousands of characters whose adventures take them far from the confines
of Earth. Organizations exist to police the galaxy (Marvel’s Nova Corps
and DC’s Green Lantern Corps), megalomaniacal tyrants kill in search
for ridiculous power (Darkseid from DC and Thanos from Marvel), and
planets live (Marvel’s Ego and DC’s Mogo). However, through all of those
characters and the writing thereof, there is only one Silver Surfer.
What has endeared me to the character of the Silver Surfer is the
fact that his origin story is far different from most other super hero
origins. Unlike, so many heroes whose origin began in the death of those
around them, Norrin Radd became the Silver Surfer to protect life. He
makes a deal with the planet eater, Galactus, that in exchange for not
destroying his home planet, Zenn-La, he will find other planets to eat.
While Radd’s intention was to find only uninhabited planets for Galactus
to consume, his memories were destroyed while being imbued with the
power cosmic. It takes the Fantastic Four on Earth to bring back the
With the power cosmic given to him by Galactus, the Silver Surfer is
one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe. Due to this
fact, I have noticed a trend. The character is left out of quite a
number of huge crossover events in Marvel because the Surfer’s power
could have solved the problem in a matter of minutes. Onslaught could
have been defeated by Silver Surfer and Norrin Radd could have single
handedly stopped the Civil War. However, he is nowhere to be scene in
In light of all this, why does the Silver Surfer only rank as number 8
on my list? Well, depending on who’s writing the character, he has a
penchant to be severely depressed. If he’s not feeling guilty for all
the planets he’s led Galactus to destroy, he is lamenting the fact that
he cannot be with his former lover Shalla-Bal from Zenn-La. While, it is
understandable given his predicament, it can be amped up to nth degree
and unbearable to read at times.
Best portrayal: Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos
Greatest Moment(s): I will still go back to his
origin because of the selflessness Norrin Radd displays in order to save
his planet and become the Silver Surfer.