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The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience Paperback – September 9, 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster, NY/A Fireside Book (September 9, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671242253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671242251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NelsonJ on March 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
The comments for this book are all misleading. This graphic novel is entirely a Lee/Kirby collaboration (no John Buscema) and there's only 1 story not 4 or 5. I'm amazed Marvel has never re-printed this book since it has some pretty awesome King Kirby artwork and the peerless pulsating prose of Stan da Man ! I've always loved these 2 creators and especially while working on one of their greatest Shakesperean inspired super heroes - The Silver Surfer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Johnson on July 17, 2014
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This is a classic Stan Lee - Jack Kirby story. Some of the character's history has been changed to make it work as a stand-alone book. So it needs to be judged it on its own merits, rather than compared to classic Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer tales. And as such, it shines.

Sure, Lee's writing is a little bombastic, but the same could be said of Sophocles. And like a classical Greek tragedy, this book works on at least two levels. There's emotional, character-driven drama, and more symbolic, underlying themes. Lee tackles big issues, such as duty versus personal morality. Reading this reminds me of why I started reading Marvel comics in the first place. There's plenty of action, but it's far from mindless.

Kirby's art is wonderful. This came out in 1978, when Jack's work was in transition. The dynamic nature of his older style was getting even more extreme. Figures were getting simpler and bolder. Faces were getting more exaggerated. He hadn't reached the excesses of his 80's Marvel or independent work. But this book shows a fascinating period in his development. And it's made even better by the flawless inking of Joe Sinnott - an artist who made many of the best pencillers of the 60's and 70's even greater.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Mentzer on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While this volume of the Surfer's exploits has been variously reviewed as (a) some of Jack Kirby's greatest work and (b) a great Golden Age read, it is neither. What it is is unparalleled characterization.

This Silver Age run of the Surfer, by Stan Lee and John Buscema, sees Lee channeling Shakespeare for the plots and dialogue. To call this book tragedy would not be wrong. Lee so loved what he wrote here that he refused to change directions to save the book from cancellation and also refused to let any other writer work with the character for many years. And he was right. This is SF Hamlet and one of 2 volumes of the Surfer that are must-haves for the true fan of Norrin Rad, Stan Lee or John Buscema.
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