The Silver Surfer, once known as 'Norrin Radd', originates on the planet 'Zenn-La', an idyllic, almost heavenly place, where advanced technology had eliminated all worldly frustrations and controversy. This idyllic setting was disturbed only by the appearance of an interstellar, near-godly entity known as 'Galactus' which planned to consume all of Zenn-La as sustenance. Norrin Radd struck a deal with Galactus, sacrificing contact with his lover, his civilization, his home-world and his entire life on Zenn-La in order to guarantee the future safety of his planet (Lavin). In return, Galactus granted Radd the 'power cosmic’, thus enabling Radd to shape and bend space-time around himself in order to do Galactus’ will for the rest of time, acting as Galactus’ ‘herald’ (Comtois).
Out of hunger, Galactus eventually targets Earth for consumption; consequently the Silver Surfer is then required to prepare the planet for destruction. Eventually, based on the innocent pleas of a blind woman who seeks to bargain for the planet and the heroism of t...
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