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The FF4 meet the Silver Surfer: The Outer Call to Adventure

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What I think is especially compelling about the story of the Silver Surfer is that it is presented in layers.  He was introduced in Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four title, issue 48: “The Coming of Galactus!”

The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

The Call To Adventure is not for the Silver Surfer, but is externalized to the Fantastic Four.  (The internal call will be explained in the Surfer’s origin story, where Norrin Radd becomes The Hero by way of Galactus.)  They are squarely in the realm of the Known, while the Surfer is an Unknown.

The Silver Surfer sends Galactus a signal from Earth

The threat, as is discovered later, is Earth’s impending destruction, to feed the hunger of a cosmic being called Galactus.

Galactus arrives on Earth

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me. The username is still unique as of 2016, so it's just me, and only me. It's the real me, because I'm bad at faking otherwise.

One thought on “The FF4 meet the Silver Surfer: The Outer Call to Adventure

  1. Reblogged this on the tao of jaklumen and commented:

    Somehow, dear readers, I missed this post when I organized this series for my About page. You’ll want to read this to understand how the Silver Surfer was introduced to the Fantastic Four and what I mean by an “Outer Hero’s Journey”. He also seemed like a villain (or at least part of the threat) at first, and his origin story wasn’t even penned by Stan Lee until after the FF4 storyline finished. In fact, Galactus alone was Stan’s idea, and the Surfer came about as an afterthought when Jack Kirby added a figure on a surfboard to the original conceptions for Galactus.

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