(August 1968)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1968-05-16
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Official Magazine Corp.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

The Silver Surfer #1 is seen briefly in the 1983 movie "Breathless" starring Richard Gere. The main character is clutching it while dancing and makes several complimentary comments about the appeal of the character. On-sale date from 1968 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
Awards

The Origin of the Silver Surfer! (Table of Contents)

Silver Surfer / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Buscema
Inks
Joe Sinnott; Frank Giacoia (see notes)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Silver Surfer [Norrin Radd]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover inks credit from Sinnott's personal records. After examining the original art Nick Caputo suspects that Frank Giacoia provided additional brushwork on the Surfer and backgrounds.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Joe Weider / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Origin of the Silver Surfer! (Table of Contents: 2)

Silver Surfer / comic story / 38 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
John Buscema (credited)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (credited)
Colors
Bill Everett
Letters
Sam Rosen (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
High o'er the roof of the world he soars--free and unfettered as the roaring wind itself!
Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Silver Surfer [Norrin Radd] (origin in flashback); Col. John Jameson; Shalla Bal (first appearance, flashback); Zenn-Lavians (flashback); Galactus (flashback); Hulk [Bruce Banner] (flashback); Doctor Doom [Victor von Doom] (flashback); Fantastic Four [Mister Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]] (flashback); abominable snowmen
Synopsis
The Surfer remembers his origins and why he is now trapped on Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
mental transportation element; ultimate nullifier; weapon supreme; Zenn-La

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit supplied by Lee de Broff through the GCD Errors list, July 2008, and confirmed by the sale of the original color proofs at Heritage Auctions.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Spectacular Spider-Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Not Brand Echh / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

The Fantastic Four / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

American Circle Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Don Bolander Career Institute Booklet / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Stamps; Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

The Fantastic Four / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Marvel Super-Heroes T-Shirt; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Wonder of the Watcher! (Table of Contents: 13)

Tales of the Watcher / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (credited)
Pencils
Gene Colan (credited)
Inks
Syd Shores (credited)
Colors
Bill Everett ?
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With but a single gesture, I could save the fading life below!
Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Watcher [Uatu]; Watchers (also in flashback); Watchers High Tribunal [Ikor; Emnu] (in flashback); Prosilicans
Synopsis
The Watcher recaps the story of why he and his people no longer interfere in other people's affairs.
Reprints
Keywords
atomic warfare; delta rays; origin; Prosilicus

Indexer Notes

Watcher's origin retold from TALES OF SUSPENSE #53

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Strat-O-Matic Baseball Game / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Shop by Mail] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Missile Firing Tank (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Honor House Products / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Centre Coin Co. Catalog / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Spider-Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Origin of the Silver Surfer!
    Silver Surfer
  2. 1. ["Secret muscle building "tools""]
    Joe Weider
  3. 2. The Origin of the Silver Surfer!
    Silver Surfer
  4. 3. ["The greatest event in the history of comic magazines!"]
    Spectacular Spider-Man
  5. 4. ["Now twice as many pages! Twice as nutty as ever!"]
    Not Brand Echh
  6. 5. ["Another Marvel masterpiece"]
    The Fantastic Four
  7. 6. ["Magic world of surprises & mystery"]
    American Circle Corp.
  8. 7. ["Boys 12 or older sell Grit in your spare time"]
    Grit
  9. 8. ["Shamed by your English?"]
    Don Bolander Career Institute Booklet
  10. 9. [Stamps; Shop by Mail]
  11. 10. ["Another Marvel masterpiece!"]
    The Fantastic Four
  12. 11. ["Gangway, world! Marvel's marching on!"]
    Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox
  13. 12. ["Marvel super-hero T-shirts"]
    Marvel Super-Heroes T-Shirt; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit
  14. 13. The Wonder of the Watcher!
    Tales of the Watcher
  15. 14. ["Baseball fans are crazy about this true-to-life baseball game"]
    Strat-O-Matic Baseball Game
  16. 15. [Shop by Mail]
  17. 16. Missile Firing Tank
    Honor House Products
  18. 17. ["We'll pay you $10,000.00 for this Lincoln penny"]
    Centre Coin Co. Catalog
  19. 18. ["Another Marvel masterpiece"]
    Spider-Man
  20. 19. ["3 complete fishing outfits"]
  21. 20. ["132 Roman soldiers set"]
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