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Subj: Re: What Are The Best/Greatest Silver Surfer Stories, And What Did Everyone Think Of Requiem?
Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 at 08:47:17 am EST (Viewed 530 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What Are The Best/Greatest Silver Surfer Stories, And What Did Everyone Think Of Requiem?
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 11:53:45 am EST (Viewed 572 times)
I agree, he has had some amazing runs, and I have a theory as to why.
Silver Surfer, back in 1968, was as close to Vertigo as you could get without being Warren. It was more thoughtful, it had lofty messages. It got philosophical.
Now by the likes of what we have seen, it wasn't much, but for teh tiome it was big.
A book like this was inevitable, Stan, Jack, and the rest had given Marvel a sizable teenage and college readership. Those of that age remembered, held it sacred.
Many of the creators of the 70s had it in their their minds, whether Len Wein and Swamp Thing, or Man-thing and Howard the Duck with Gerber, Starlin's everything in the 70s, or Englehart's D. Strange, they all drew strength from the comic that dared.
However, no one could touch it, Stan only made rare acceptations until 1987... When Englehart finally got his chance. That just built up the pressure.
Because of this, The Surfer was usually treated as something special. A place where you bring your A-game. You had to be a little smarter or at least creative.
Englehart knew it, I think Starlin got it too, Even Marz who may have been the most run of the mill had some really good works. Perez run may have even okay, but he tried something different. AS did Dematteis, digging into that potential.
Even Pak dug a little deeper when he had his mini series.
I hate Dan Slott's run (did love Allred's art). I think it is the worst run the character ever had. I found it annoying Dr. Who fan fiction, with Dawn Greenwood being boring.
HOWEVER, I do give him respect for breaking the mold. He tried something new... at least for the character. So whether I like it or not, he gets my respect for talking that chance. Also , he claimed it was personal, as the Surfer almost must be, so respect for that too.
That is why I was always more forgiving of that 14 issue series. Was it the best? No, but it was interesting and different. I think it gets a bit too much hate, but it wasn't a classic. The spirit of the Surfer lives on.
It is almost like the character taps into the GOOD part of our young selves that want to hit the road and experience, to know, and make the world better.
I make no apologies for him being one of (if not my top0 favorite characters. I have every solo comic story he was in. It was still hard to trim any fat for a "classic."
He is the only character Stan Lee has wrote every decade...except for this one.
Maybe it is hard to pick a classic because you feel and absorb the character, not the tale.