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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 256

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the classic first meeting of the Silver Surfer and Thor…

In Silver Surfer #4, by Stan Lee and John Buscema, Loki has managed to extricate the Silver Surfer from his Galactus-imposed exile on Earth. Loki has done so because he wants to take Surfer to Asgard where he has tricked the Surfer into thinking that Thor is ready to take over Asgard in a bloody coup to become its tyrannical ruler.

So, naturally, the Surfer won’t stand for this (Loki also gives the Surfer some of his power to help him match up better against the thunder god) and he tenders an official battle challenge to Thor, which Odin accepts…

Pretty darn cool stuff – lots of strong contenders to “the” moment. Which one would YOU pick?


i pick page 35

The second page, the third panel.

“…and more, I SAY THEE NEVER!”

Friggin sweet.

Off the top of my head, that was my pick, too, Scott.

i would go with the moment lokie figures out his scheme has been undone . and has to send the silver surfer away to cover his tracks.

Does every sequence have to have a moment? If you can’t narrow it down to one or two choices pretty quickly, maybe there isn’t a special moment.

John Buscema could draw a comic, no? Just beautiful.

The Surfer was emo before emo was even a word. :)

Oh and incidently , the only really cool moment from this issue is that superb cover. It’s the one with Thor winding up for a huge hit while the Surfer is charging at him with his board. Classic cover!

All I can say is wow, that is some sweet John Buscema artwork!

One of my all-time favorite comic book art jobs. John and Sal Buscema on pencils and inks at the height of their skills. Just some incredible stuff.

“I SAY THEE NEVER!” is definitely the moment for me.

Man, the Silver Surfer was really easy to manipulate, back in the day…

This is one of the best battles from one of the best issues featuring one of the best art jobs including one of the best covers EVER!

So, nice choice!

I’m going with the next-to-last panel on page 36 where the Surfer practically owns Thor. John Buscema’s art was so dynamic that the entire battle flowed like some epic cosmic opera.

Buscema was truly a master of his craft.

“This is one of the best battles from one of the best issues featuring one of the best art jobs including one of the best covers EVER!”

And from one of the best series ever!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Something about the knees down on the surfboard … err … “space board” really jumps out at me. It is an image that I’ve never seen before.

I like the “No one calls me coward!” moment myself.

“My blade alone shall serve as lips!” — I love that line!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Buscema draw a character with a smile on their face or even an emotion somewhat resembling happiness. Everyone is always shouting or writhing in agony in his artwork.

Wow … the Stan Lee-channeling-Shakespeare dialogue is incredibly tough to swallow.

Page 35, panels 2 and 3 are prob the moment(s), if you ask me.

‘No longer shall I be a target for your hammer.’

I really like Surfer’s naration and thought process here as they battle and he realizes Loki’s treachery. I’m surprised Stan Lee wrote this. I guess it works because these characters are so over-the-top to begin with. I also like how though Surfer wins but only bc Thor’s holding back and Loki has given him extra power so the real outcome of a battle between these two is left unknown here (though Surfer seems to think that he would lose).

I like the first panel the best. It seems to promise great things in the panels to come. Great set up. The second panel’s a little phallic.

Great stuff from both Lee and Buscema! I love that shadowed image of the Surfer on the first panel of the fourth page.

But honeslty: the Surfer could take Thor, no need for Loki’s help.

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