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Title: Silver Surfer Omnibus

Date: 2007 (reprinting material from 1968 - 1970)

Vitals: One of the stranger creations from Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's Fantastic Four was this cosmically-powered, purple-prose-spouting peacenik who liked to fly around space on his floating surfboard. Amazingly, recreational drugs were apparently not connected with his origins.

Famous names: The Omnibus reprints the Surfer's short-lived late-60s solo series by Lee and artist John Buscema, with co-creator Kirby returning for the final chapter in time to bid the character a fond farewell as he headed towards cancellation.

Crunchy goodness: 3

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: Even before his appearance in this year's Fantastic Four movie, the Surfer had already managed to crossover into video games and animation - He headlined his own Saturday morning cartoon in the '90s, which was canceled when someone realized that children get scared by naked silver men on surfboards.


Elevator pitch: Hang loose with the alien who matches the power of a God with the mind of Alan Alda.
Most painfully dated moment: He's a pacifist who wants everyone to love each other while weeping over man's inhumanity to man. The entire book is a painfully dated moment.

Silver Surfer at Marvel