Alongside Galactus, the Silver Surfer is one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe. The best Silver Surfer comics brought the greater Marvel Cosmic Universe into focus. He first appeared all the way back in 1966's The Fantastic Four #48, and he's been one of the most interesting and important characters ever since. In terms of power, he's almost unmatched, and since he left the employ of the World Devourer as his herald, the Silver Surfer has been a great asset to the heroes of Earth as well as the rest of the cosmos.
Over the 52+ years he's been cruising around the cosmos on his surfboard, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Silver Surfer, making it hard to determine which is the best of Silver Surfer's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Silver Surfer reading guide.
Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Silver Surfer story ever told!
When Strikes The Silver Surfer!
Story Found In: Fantastic Four #55
Details: The Silver Surfer made a stunning debut in the pages of The Fantastic Four, but after showing up and rebelling against his master, he disappeared for a little while. It was nearly six months before he showed up in the pages of The World's Greatest Comic Magazine once more, and the story was incredible.
In the story, "When Strikes The Silver Surfer," Galactus's former herald decides to visit one Alicia Masters, but the Thing isn't too happy about it. In a fit of jealousy, the Thing attacks the Surfer, and it all stems from one misunderstanding after another. Despite recently helping thwart Galactus's plans to consume the planet, there was still very little known about the Silver Surfer, and he had very little understanding of human emotions as well.388A great storyline
Silver Surfer: Black
Story Found In: Silver Surfer: Black #1-5
Details: What happened to the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Silver Surfer when they were thrown into a black hole? Were they lost forever? Of course not! To beat back the infinite darkness, the Silver Surfer must look deep within himself to find his inner light, or he will lose his very soul!
The Power Cosmic is fading, and the darkness is descending upon him, but out of nowhere, an unexpected ally shows up to save the day! The Surfer taps into a potential power to turn things around, but will he be able to pay the horrible price, and what will happen when he comes in contact with the sinister world of the symbiote?270A great storyline
The Herald Ordeal
Story Found In: Silver Surfer #70-75
Details: Galactus has a history of bad interactions with his heralds, as they either disappoint or defy him sooner or later. The Silver Surfer was a classic example, and now, Galactus' current herald, Nova, as decided to turn on her master just as her predecessor did.
At this point, Galactus is sick of finding heralds, granting them the Power Cosmic, and then having them turn on him, so he opts to bring on the most sadistic herald of them all: Morg! The Surfer must unite all of Galactus's former heralds to stop the World Devourer, but the combined might of a small army of former heralds may not be enough...242A great storyline
Silver Surfer: Judgment Day
Story Found In: Silver Surfer: Judgment Day
Details: This incredible Marvel graphic novel from the minds and talent of Stan "The Man" Lee and John Buscema features a story that shows what happens when the Silver Surfer finds himself between a cosmic rock and a hard place.
Those two being none other than his former boss, Galactus: The World Devourer, and Mephisto, the Lord of the Damned! The story in this book is fantastic, but it's far more notable for the artwork, which is played out on fully-illustrated splash pages by Buscema, making it a particularly beautiful book.224A great storyline