The essential Silver Surfer Volume one
I like the Marvel Essential series - collecting together early strips in the correct order in graphic novel format. I've purchased a number of these books and couldn't resist picking up the adventures of the cosmic sentinel of the spaceways when I saw it looking down at me in my local Borders store.
You know, Heaven's got to be something like Borders. Only with more extensive back lists and better informed staff. And the complete absence of any Katie Price titles. Oh and not to mention a western section as big as Texas.
Nuff said - back to the book in question.
This collects Silver Surfer 1-18, as well as Fantastic Four annual 5. There are no original publication dates given for the stories but the character is copyrighted 1967 and I think these tales would have gone from 1967 - 1970.
The origin story is here and many Marvel characters make guest appearances - The Hulk, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, The Inhumans. The strips are reproduced in grainy black and white but we're used to reading them that way in the UK. In my day all the Marvel UK reprints were in black and white as was usual for most British comics.
The Silver Surfer's stories here come from the fertile imagination of Stan Lee with art from John Buscema and Jack Kirby. The character being an outcast from his home planet of Zenn-la, forced to wander the ever changing galaxy, made for some mind boggling stories which, to my mind, were always more interesting than the standard superhero books.
This is well worth adding to any comic fan's library.