The demon declares the Spaceway Sentinel too good to live!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Occasionally, major characters make their first appearances in unexpected manners. Among those with strange debuts sits the demon known as Mephisto, who joined the Marvel Universe with 1968’s SILVER SURFER #3.

After turning against his master Galactus in the classic FANTASTIC FOUR #48#50, the Surfer found himself stuck on Earth, trying to understand the people he sacrificed so much for. To say the people of his new home planet didn’t seem overly grateful would be…an understatement.

In fact, humanity’s fear of the Surfer bothered Norrin Radd so much that, in the third issue of his first series, he threatened to punish the human race in an effort to teach them a lesson. This tale, by Stan Lee and John Buscema, saw him use his massive power to halt all of Earth’s machines, plunging the globe into darkness.

At that moment, Mephisto—an inter-dimensional demon—watched the planet, displeased. He proclaimed, “While man remains an uneducated savage, my ranks of the damned are swelled to overflowing! Thus, I have ordained that nothing shall change the unthinking masses of humanity!”

Witnessing the cosmic might of The Silver Surfer, Mephisto saw a potential enemy—and declared that he must die. To defeat his new foe, the would-be devil traveled to Zenn-La to meet Norrin Radd’s lost love Shalla Bal.

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

  • Published: December 01, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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Back above the Earth, the Spaceway Sentinel came to see his attack on the planet as a mistake. After returning the world’s energy, he glimpsed Shalla’s approaching ship—and Mephisto accompanying it. The craft crashed into a collection of nearby mountains, though—to Radd’s relief—Shalla survived.

Mephisto then returned to his domain with Shalla Bal in tow. The Surfer followed, learning that the demon wanted to take the Surfer’s goodness, twist it, and control it for himself.

After failing to entice Norrin over to his side with offers of riches, women, and power, Mephisto began throwing waves of attacks at his enemy. Mud men, horned demons, and a dragon took on the Surfer at their master’s behest, though the cosmic being brushed them off. The demon then sapped the hero of his will, shrunk him down, and inserted the Surfer into his own head!

The Surfer’s mighty will, however, overpowered Mephisto’s and he escaped the fiery dome. In response, the dark being gave his opponent one last choice: join him and stay with Shalla Bal…or refuse and lose her forever.

Norrin Radd, heartbroken, refused Mephisto, sending Shalla Bal back—untouchable—to Zenn-La.

Fright Fact

Mephisto has tempted and tortured The Silver Surfer on more than a few occasions, including several more times in that first volume. Not content with just one super powered foe, though, Mephisto got involved with Thor and Johnny Blaze as well.

In 1987, the demon starred in his own four issue limited series called MEPHISTO VS., which pitted him against the Fantastic Four, X-Factor, the X-Men, and the Avengers. He made his greatest impact, though, in 2007, during Spider-Man’s “One More Day” storyline, when he offered Peter Parker the chance to save his Aunt May’s life—but, in exchange, he’d have to erase his marriage to Mary Jane. Spidey, heartbroken—like the Silver Surfer nearly 40 years before—agreed.

Tomorrow, uncover Marc Spector’s misunderstood madness as we explore MOON KNIGHT!

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Can the Battlerealm handle the Prince of Lies?

Want to clean some hero clocks with one of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel Universe? Kabam’s got you covered, unleashing Mephisto on the Collector and “Marvel Contest of Champions.”  Want to know what the crimson-clad villain’s up to? Well, we talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Champion Designer Piero Herrera about the Lord of Evil and all the mayhem he’ll no doubt be causing in the Contest. 

Marvel.com: Mephisto is a serious baddie! Can the Battlerealm even handle that much evil energy?

Gabriel Frizzera: That’s definitely a concern… the Battlerealm has been taking a beating lately, and Mephisto is known for causing mayhem wherever he goes! Nobody knows for sure how he arrived in The Contest (neither the Collector or the Grandmaster would want anything to do with the Prince of Lies), so one could assume Mephisto arrived on his own volition, which in many ways is probably worse. Whatever his plan is, Champions and Elders alike will have to watch their backs.

Marvel.com: And what exactly is his beef with the Grandmaster and The Contest?

Gabriel Frizzera: Personally I think he likes the chaos of The Contest of Champions… It’s his element. He’s not bound by allegiances, but the whole concept of a cosmic contest full of captive Super Heroes and Villains that he can manipulate attracts him. He can be free to use his mind tricks to play both sides, for his own amusement and benefit.

Marvel.com: Oh man Mephisto looks awesome here! Typically we see him rocking an all-red outfit. Where’d the bone armor come from?

Gabriel Frizzera: He’s dressed for the occasion! As much as we love the classic red tights, we thought it was a good opportunity to give give him a battle outfit to fight in The Contest. A bone armor felt like a good fit for the Lord of Hades, so we designed one inspired by a Roman Centurion, but with a hellish twist. He also wields a fiery whip to instill fear in the hearts of puny mortals.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about his abilities. Burning Aura sounds like a really powerful ability.

Piero Herrera: It sure is. This ability will shake the meta in the Alliance Wars game mode. It is also the first time we introduce an “Aura” that is based on proximity as opponents will occasionally take Incinerate damage when nearby Mephisto.

Marvel.com: And what in the world is Soul Imprisonment? That sounds crazy awesome.

Piero Herrera: Crazy awesome to counter Champions like Hyperion’s Power Gain at the start of the fight? Yes. This ability reduces the chance for opponents to activate their Buffs by 100%!

Marvel.com: What should we be looking for in teammates? I can’t imagine too many heroes or villains would want to hang out with the Mephisto.

Piero Herrera: Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider bargained with Mephisto, enabling them to get enhanced powers if on the same team. Doctor Strange gets more Life Steal and Ghost Rider gets a good boost to his attacks at the start of the fight.

Marvel.com: And when can we tap into his eldritch energies for ourselves?
Piero Herrera: Mephisto is live right now! Check your in-game inbox for more information on how to get him.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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The demon lord rears his ugly head for Halloween, bringing new heroes to the game!

Halloween rapidly approaches, and while the students of “Marvel Avengers Academy” prepare their costumes and plan their parties, the demon Mephisto assembles his minions for a celebration of his own.

Mephisto will soon cross over from his hellscape to the Academy’s plane of existence, hungry for new souls and servants. With the villain flanked by Dracula, Satana, and an army of Fire Demons, the Avengers have their work cut out for them if they hope to put an end to his invasion.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get the low-down on Mephisto and his motivations, along with what Halloween celebrations we’ll see at the Academy.

Marvel.com: What brings Mephisto to our plane?

Allen Warner: We learned at the end of the Daredevil event that Kingpin had struck a deal with Mephisto to help him enter our dimension, and was working with the Hand to use their occult magic to open a dimensional rift. Of course, with those three factions, there was and will continue to be plenty of double and triple-crossing, as each one tries to use the others to get what they want. The Avengers Academy students and the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen managed to stop Kingpin and the Hand before they could open the portal, but the Hand still weakened the area enough for Mephisto to finish the job as the Halloween season further blurred the boundary between the physical and supernatural worlds.

Mephisto collects souls and thrives on fear and subservience, so he sees this new dimension and campus filled with superhuman and supernatural heroes as an untouched realm for him to conquer that will expand his kingdom and take his already incredible powers to the next level.  Part of the evil joy he gets out of collecting souls is forcing people to give them up voluntarily, so he uses his charms, his minions, and his talents for emotional manipulation to trick and torment the students rather than immediately launching a full-scale assault. He wants to humiliate his adversaries as much as he wants to collect their souls, and we’ll learn over the course of the event that he’s really after one person in particular.  Only one soul has ever challenged him in his own dimension and escape unscathed,  and he can’t rest until he gets his revenge.

Marvel.com: While Mephisto is the big-bad here, what other threats does he bring with him?

Allen Warner: He’s working with a couple of other shady, self-interested characters who are perfect for Halloween in Dracula and Satana. Dracula actually has sort of “good” intentions, trying to turn the Avengers Academy students into vampires as a means of rebuilding his vampire nation, which has fallen on hard times and is nearly extinct. The demoness Satana simply wants to feed on souls. She’s always hungry for more, and Avengers Academy seems like the perfect place to sink her teeth into. We see very quickly that she doesn’t like to take orders from anyone, and she doesn’t share Mephisto’s love for drawn out mind games, so there’s a lot of friction there that will eventually result in her setting her eyes on a much bigger prize. Along with these two powerful helpers, Mephisto is also bringing a legion of Fire Demons from his home dimension that come in all shapes and sizes, and will try to drag anyone they battle back to Hell.

Marvel.com: What new heroes will be brought into the fold in order to help dispatch their new supernatural foes?

Allen Warner: A really exciting lineup: Misty Knight, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, and Blade.  Each one brings something completely different to the table, and comes with awesome abilities and a great backstory. If players can defeat Dracula and Satana, they’ll also be able to recruit them to the Academy to help in the battle with Mephisto. There will also be one more surprise character who will be revealed further into the event. It’s someone I don’t think many players will be expecting, but a character who couldn’t be better suited for Halloween.

Marvel.com: Ghost Rider comes to the game hot on the heels of his TV debut in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” while Misty Knight just made her live-action debut in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” today on Netflix. What actions and abilities do these heroes bring to the Academy and the fight against Mephisto?

Allen Warner: Yeah, the timing is amazing. To be honest, we planned this out so long ago that we had no idea either one of these characters would be debuting in different TV shows at the same time the event is launching, but we obviously couldn’t be [happier]. It’s always great when we can support Marvel characters in different media and vice versa, and both of these characters are so awesome that I’m glad to see them getting introduced to a new audience.

Ghost Rider is someone we connected to a potential Halloween event way back at the beginning of development. Like [“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”], we’re also using the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider to include even more diversity in the game, and support the more modern approach to the character. It’s great because he’s one of those characters like Ms. Marvel or Miles Morales that already have this youthful approach and energy, and they can walk right off of the comic page into our game without some extensive reimagining that we do for other characters.  We love that aspect of our game, but it’s also cool and exciting when a traditionally young character enters the game and interacts with characters like Black Widow and Captain America who aren’t usually in their age range. Ghost Rider will use all of his awesome abilities from wrapping bad guys in his flaming chains to hopping inside of his fiery car to take off and do donuts.

Misty Knight might seem like a strange fit for Halloween at first because she doesn’t have the obvious supernatural connection the rest of these characters do, but she might play the most critical role in the whole event. I always like to connect all of our events together narratively, and there were a few mentions in the Daredevil event of Misty investigating exactly what Kingpin and the Hand were planning. We focus on her great detective skills, and I like the idea of a “normal” character being in an event filled with supernatural characters because she can be the voice and viewpoint of the player, and comment on all of the weirdness like we would. She’ll have actions relating to her awesome skills and abilities from martial arts, detective work, and using her bionic arm to not only punch, but to use its cryogenic blast for an amazing animation.

Marvel.com: Blade and Moon Knight round out the additions; what new, unique actions will players see these two tackling?

Allen Warner: Blade is the ultimate vampire hunter and the Daywalker, having all of the vampire strengths without any of their weaknesses. We had some fun with those ideas in his actions and animations, along with playing to his traditionally stoic persona. He’s a no-nonsense guy in a campus filled with nonsense, so it’s fun to see how he bounces off of the other students.  He was another character we mentioned from the very beginning as being part of a potential Halloween event, so it’s great to see him finally entering the game, and embodying everything that makes him so cool in the comics and movies.

Moon Knight is such a unique character that you can approach in so many different ways. We wanted to address him being embodied by an Egyptian god. The split personalities. The fact that he’s literally come back from the dead. Not to mention that he has a huge collection of awesome moon-themed gadgets and vehicles. He has some really fun animations, some awesome combat animations, and some great decorations related to his backstory and tools of the trade.

Marvel.com: The Academy students will be fending off Mephisto and his subordinates, but what other activities will players be able to participate in during this event?

Allen Warner: There are a lot of fun new things to do in this event. The main event building is Haunted Avengers Mansion. It’s the iconic Avengers HQ decked out in creepy, authentic Halloween decorations for Wasp’s big Halloween party. We’re also adding a Halloween themed park, and a bunch of characters will use both places for brand-new actions and animations.  You’ll also be able to send characters through Mephisto’s portals for some extra-dimensional trick-or-treating, bringing back materials to defeat him and his minions. Last but not least, we’re introducing a feature that lets players pair up characters, using a bunch of fun dual actions and animations. Completing these actions gives you access to outfits and other prizes that you can’t get anywhere else. The students have to strengthen their relationships with each other to combat Mephisto’s manipulative powers, culminating in an iconic multi-character animation that I think people are going to love.

Marvel.com: This new threat arises during a Halloween party, so our heroes must be rocking costumes. What will players see their favorite characters dressing up as?

Allen Warner: This is one of the most exciting parts of the entire event. We’re adding new Halloween costumes for every main story character in the game to this point, from Iron Man to Hulk. We usually only give new event outfits to the earliest characters since some people may have just started playing the game, but Halloween seemed like too good of an opportunity to not give everyone at least one outfit. If you just started, and it will still be awhile before you reach characters like Ant-Man or Maria Hill, you can still acquire the outfits, and the outfit and related quests will unlock as soon as you’ve recruited that character. For our longtime players, it will be the first time we’ve offered alternate outfits for characters like Ms. Marvel, Enchantress, and Taskmaster. Since most of the new characters in this event are pretty serious people, we decided to go with the opposite approach for the costumes. Even if you’re a lifelong Marvel fan, I guarantee you’ve never seen a lot of these characters look anything close to what they’ll look like in some of these Halloween costumes.

It was a ton of fun brainstorming and creating the different looks, and we owe a big thanks to our fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit for suggesting and voting on outfits they wanted to see.  The winner was Cap-Wolf, which looks great with some amazing animations, but we also used quite a few of the other suggestions we received: Loki dressed as Thor, Black Widow wearing a “This is my Halloween Costume” T-shirt in classic unimpressed Black Widow fashion, and more.  My personal favorite is Falcon dressed like a Penguin.  I don’t want to spoil everything just yet, but I really feel like people are going to get so many smiles and laughs from the awesome designs and animations created by our always amazing art and animation teams, and the great ideas suggested by our creative and passionate fans.

Marvel.com: How will the event district play into Mephisto’s siege?

Allen Warner:
The event district is Mephisto’s hellscape. It’s a massive area of fire and brimstone where Mephisto watches everything from his throne. This is where the recruitable heroes will be trapped in Mephisto’s magic, along with the portals used for extra-dimensional trick-or-treating. There’s a large open area in front of Mephisto’s throne because when it’s time to finally battle the big boss, the students will have to bond together, and perform an iconic Halloween activity to infuriate the demon, and distract him with synchronized hilarity before taking him down for good.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to defeat him and close the dimensional rift once and for all, but if not, they may have to seek out the assistance of a certain sorcerer who’s no stranger to dimensional travel…

Play “Marvel Avengers Academy” today and stay tuned for further updates and events!

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Find out which bad guys from the birth of the Marvel Universe took our top honors!

All year long on Marvel.com, we’re celebrating Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and to fully appreciate the scope of that history, you need to go back to where it all began.

As anybody knows, a good hero only becomes great when they go up against insurmountable obstacles, meaning their antagonists better be every bit as formidable and intriguing as the champions they menace.

While the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers and more burst on the scene in the 1960’s, they may have been forgotten had they simply faced the nameless saboteurs and spies of the Golden Age; instead, villains with not just awe-inspiring powers but multi-faceted motives, in many cases as sympathetic as any character’s, rose to challenge this pantheon.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel villains to debut during the 1960’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Kang

Kang

9. KANG
First Appearance:
AVENGERS (1963) #8
Why He’s #9:
“Kang the Conqueror’s first appearance was also his third appearance, because that’s just the kind of guy he is, and was, and will be. The time-travelling villain comes from a far-future utopia that’s just too boring for a man of his ambitions, so Kang travelled far and wide across the time stream, becoming Rama-Tut in his first and second appearances, and then Scarlet Centurion, Immortus, and even the teen hero Iron Lad. But first and foremost he is Kang, a zealous megalomaniac who was so inspired by Doctor Doom that he adopted a similar look with a mask and puffy green tunic.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight:
AVENGERS (1963) #23

Mephisto

Mephisto

MEPHISTO
First Appearance:
SILVER SURFER (1968) #3
Why He’s Also #9:
“The greatest trick Mephisto ever pulled was convincing the world that the fiery little pocket dimension he governed is Hell, and he its dark prince. That wicked widow’s peak first appeared in the winter of 1968, eager to prey upon the consternation of a Silver Surfer ready to sever all ties with humanity. An ever opportunistic negotiator, Mephisto made a name for himself as the ultimate broker in souls. His potency as a villain stems from his dealings with countless Marvel heroes at the lowest points in their lives, seizing upon their despair to clinch on sadistic deals, rending the fabric of time and rewriting history. Many so-called demons and hellish despots cut their sulfurous trail through Marvel lore, but Mephisto reigns as the most cunning and manipulative fiend to ever set off the sprinklers.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
SILVER SURFER (1968) #8

Come back tomorrow to see two more entries on the list, share your thoughts on Twitter with the hash tag #Marvel75 and keep up on Marvel’s 75th anniversary celebration at marvel.com/75

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Follow Thanos on an epic untold adventure in these preview pages by Ron Lim!

This month, Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, the legendary team that brought you INFINITY GAUNTLET, return for an epic untold tale of the Mad Titan like you’ve never seen him before.

Marvel is proud to present THANOS ANNUAL #1! A devastating defeat in Thanos’ past has set in motion cataclysmic events that cannot be undone. Facing his ultimate demise, Thanos welcomes the afterlife, hoping to finally be united with his one true love, Death. But he was wrong. There is no love waiting for him in the beyond. Only pain and malice at the hands of Mephisto!

And Mephisto is not alone. He brings with him a mysterious being with deep ties to the Mad Titan. A mysterious being who will take Thanos on an unparalleled journey through space and time reliving his greatest triumphs and his most crushing defeats. Now, Thanos must face down Mephisto, the Avengers and even his future self to prepare for what comes next! And seeds sown here bear bitter fruit in August’s highly anticipated THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel! As the Titan prepares for his greatest battle, no fan can afford to miss THANOS ANNUAL #1 this May!

THANOS ANNUAL #1 (MAR140692)
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by RON LIM
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Variant Covers by JIM STARLIN (MAR140694)
and RON LIM (MAR140693)
FOC – 05/05/14, On-Sale 5/28/14

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This May, the creators of Infinity Gauntlet return to the Mad Titan!

This May, experience an untold tale of the Mad Titan in the THANOS ANNUAL, written by legendary Thanos scribe Jim Starlin and drawn by INFINITY GAUNTLET artist Ron Lim!

Thanos Annual #1 cover by Dale Keown

Thanos Annual #1 cover by Dale Keown

Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos’ past sets into motion cataclysmic events that cannot be undone. Facing his own demise, Thanos welcomes the afterlife, expecting to be greeted by his one true love, Death. He was wrong. At the edge of his life, Thanos is greeted by the malicious Mephisto!

“Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, the team that brought you the classic INFINITY GAUNTLET, are reuniting in THANOS ANNUAL to tell a brand-new story that paves the road to Starlin’s upcoming Thanos original graphic novel,” says Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “If that’s not essential reading in a year when Marvel Comics is bridging the gap to the cosmos, I don’t know what is.”

But Mephisto is not alone. A mysterious being waits for the Mad Titan. A mysterious being who will take him on an unparalleled journey through space and time, providing Thanos with important glimpses into his future. His greatest triumphs, and his most crushing defeats. Now, Thanos must face down Mephisto, the Avengers, and even his future self if he is to prepare for what comes next! But can he?

Events set in motion in Thanos’ past will have devastating consequences in August’s upcoming THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel! Don’t miss one minute of the action as the legendary team that brought you INFINITY GAUNTLET re-teams for the THANOS ANNUAL this May!

THANOS ANNUAL #1
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by RON LIM
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Variant Covers by JIM STARLIN & RON LIM
On-Sale This May!

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See Carlo Barberi's depiction of the Netherworld in these pages from the next issue, on sale February 26!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at THUNDERBOLTS #22 from the creative team of Charles Soule and Carlo Barberi! The Thunderbolts have a problem, and her name is Mercy, who is slaughtering innocent people to fulfill her own twisted mission. But how far are they willing to go to stop her? Ghost Rider has inadvertently pulled the Thunderbolts into the underworld. And they’re about to come face-to-face with the big man himself: Mephisto! And he’s got a solution to their Mercy problem – only it’s going to cost them. Nothing good ever happens in the underworld. The Thunderbolts are pretty far from the side of angels, but would they make a deal with the devil? Find out when the blockbuster “No Mercy” arc continues in THUNDERBOLTS #22!

THUNDERBOLTS #22 (DEC130682)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by CARLO BARBERI
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
FOC 1/27/14, ON-SALE 2/26/14

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The tragic tale of Norrin Radd, from his initial sacrifice to his upcoming role in the Defenders

By Ben Morse

On December 7, the most unorthodox team in history may be our only hope and reality’s last line of defense against insanity. Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson bring together some of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe to face an ancient evil unbound in DEFENDERS #1!

Each day this week, we’ll closely examine one of the Defenders making up this new roster, giving a detailed rundown of their personal history and pointing you to digital comics containing the seminal stories that brought them to their current states.

Before they band together to safeguard existence, get to know the heroes we need more than ever with Defenders Spotlight!

Few figures in the Marvel Universe have born more tragedy than The Silver Surfer, who has sacrificed his humanity, his love and his very freedom to safeguard the world he came from, the races he encountered and the universe itself. While his tremendous power and heartbreaking story have made the Sky-Rider of the Spaceways an understandable loner most of the time, he has found occasional comfort as part of the Defenders, and will soon join their ranks once more.

When the world eater Galactus descended upon the peaceful scientific haven of Zenn-La, Norrin Radd stepped forward and offered to become the cosmic titan’s herald in exchange for his home being spared destruction. Transformed into The Silver Surfer, Radd would leave behind his love, Shalla-Bal, and seek out planetary sustenance for his new master throughout the galaxy, not knowing his soul and conscience had been tampered with to remove potential pangs of guilt.

The Silver Surfer would eventually lead Galactus to Earth, where he battled the Fantastic Four and experienced the kindness humanity had to offer in the form of blind sculptress Alicia Masters. Turning his power on the very entity who had bestowed it, the Surfer fought alongside the FF to drive the threat away, but received the reward of being trapped on Earth for his efforts.

Struggling to understand the human race’s sometime proclivity for cruelty, the restrained Surfer fell victim to a conniving Doctor Doom, who stole the Power Cosmic until the FF could defeat him and reverse the process. While on Earth, the one-time Norrin Radd would also encounter demonic Mephisto, who desired his pure soul, and briefly reunite with Shalla-Bal only to have her once again ripped away.

Alongside Doctor Strange, The Hulk and Namor, The Silver Surfer would help found the Defenders, but did not remain with the group long, as his personal struggles consumed him. Eventually, he would escape his earthly prison with the aid of the Fantastic Four, but upon returning to Zenn-La, discovered that Shalla-Bal had become the world’s empress and could thus not renew their relationship; once again saddened but undaunted, the Surfer took to exploring the universe.

In the course of his cosmic adventures, The Silver Surfer would meet the Elders of the Universe, intervene in skirmishes between the Skrull and Kree, clash with his successors as Galactus’ heralds, including Terrax and Morg, and find love with yet another, Nova. Unfortunately, Nova would meet her demise at the axe of Morg, denying Norrin Radd love once more.

The Silver Surfer would become a frequent enemy and later tentative ally of Thanos as well as the enigmatic Adam Warlock and his Infinity Watch. Following a lengthy period wandering the stars, Norrin Radd once again encountered Galactus, weakened from an attack by the megalomaniacal Annihilus, and agreed to become his herald once more so the duo could save the universe. During this time, the Surfer also became trapped on the planet of Sakaar on two occasions, clashing first with old Defenders teammate The Hulk and later his son, Skaar.

Recently, the Surfer preceded Galactus back to Earth and the temporary home of Asgard, as his master desired sustenance from a source held by Odin that would end his hunger for a period. Thor and his allies refused to allow this to take place, and Norrin Radd would in a last ditch effort broker a deal to save Earth once more by surrendering his position as herald and again seeing his powers reduced.

FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #48

The first appearance of The Silver Surfer.

SILVER SURFER (1968) #1

How Norrin Radd became The Silver Surfer.

SILVER SURFER (1968) #3

The Surfer’s first encounter with Mephisto.

SUB-MARINER #34

Namor, The Hulk and The Silver Surfer team as the “Titans Three,” a proto-Defenders group.

SILVER SURFER (1987) #34

Thanos enters the Surfer’s life.

ANNIHILATION: SILVER SURFER #1

The Silver Surfer becomes caught up in the Annihilation War.

SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM #1

The fate of The Silver Surfer in a possible future.

Thanks for joining us this week for Defenders Spotlight, and be sure to grab DEFENDERS #1 on December 7!

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