Battles Of The Week: Silver Surfer vs Thor (Hero vs Hero)

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SYNOPSIS FOR “THE STRANGER”

The fate of the world hangs in the hands of the Asgardians. Indeed, Galactus hungers and he is coming for Asgard. In short, Silver Surfer has come to deliver a message to Asgard. However, the hot-headed Thor wants to do battle!

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

ASGARD BEWARE! GALACTUS IS COMING!
In 'The Mighty Thor' (2011) #2, Silver Surfer announces the arrival of Galactus.
In ‘The Mighty Thor’ (2011) #2, Silver Surfer announces the arrival of Galactus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at the city of Asgard. On the left side is Silver Surfer, the Sentinel of the Spaceways and on the right side is Thor, the God of Thunder.

Let’s look at the stats.

SILVER SURFER – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Infinite 100%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Genius 42%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Cosmic Surfboard.
THOR – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Universal 83%
Durability: Solar System 67%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Leader 33%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mjolnir.
WEAKNESSES
  • Warrior’s Madness.
  • As All-Father, Odinsleep.

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THE FIGHT

Silver Surfer has come to the city of Asgard to announce Galactus’ arrival. To this end, Galactus seeks the Worldheart. In anger, Thor attacks Silver Surfer.

The battle to decide who is the most powerful!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Thor throwing a lightning charged hammer attack behind Silver Surfer’s back.

THOR ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.


On the following page, Thor and Surfer trade blasts. Then, running, Thor headbutts Silver Surfer away. After, Thor is bleeding on his forehead and Surfer’s forehead is dented.

THOR BLUNT FORCE ATTACK : 1 DAMAGE PT = 1 DAMAGE PT.
SILVER SURFER INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.




On the final page, Silver Surfer attacks Thor from behind with his surfboard.

SILVER SURFER CONCUSSION: 3 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end, the battle ends in a draw.

TOTAL


SURFER’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-7 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52*10^22 N. Distance From Earth To Sun = 149.6*10^9 m. Kinetic Energy Of Universe Expansion = (0.5 * 1.5×10^53 kg)(73300^2 m/s) = 4.0296675*10^62 J. -(7 DAMAGE PTS * 4.0296675*10^62 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -6.7161125*10^53 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: GALAXY

Durability: Galaxy 75%
THOR’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-7 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52*10^22 N. Distance From Earth To Sun = 149.6*10^9 m. Kinetic Energy Of Universe Expansion = (0.5 * 1.5×10^53 kg)(73300^2 m/s) = 4.0296675*10^62 J. -(7 DAMAGE PTS * 4.0296675*10^62 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -6.7161125*10^53 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

Durability: Stellar 58%

OUTCOME: DRAW

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SILVER SURFER IN COMICS

Originally, ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #48, titled “The Coming Of Galactus”, marks the first appearance of Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity. During the “Galactus Trilogy,” Silver Surfer comes to Earth to announce the coming of Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.

In 'Fantastic Four' (1966) #48, Silver Surfer comes to Earth to announce the coming of Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #48, Silver Surfer comes to Earth to announce the coming of Galactus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Super Power Explained: THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength

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THE STRONGEST MARVEL HEROES AND VILLAINS HAVE POTENTIAL FOR INFINITE STRENGTH

In ‘Avengers’ (2013) #4, Hyperion performs a super strength feat. In a flashback, Hyperion’s origin story is told: He survived the destruction of his home world in an incursion event that collapsed two universes together by holding them apart until they eventually collapsed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, the strongest heroes are gods, aliens, cyborgs and superhumans. Super strength appears primarily to be a super power gained in addition to other super powers either by accident, enchantment, science or alien physiology. In particular, super strength is the result of being a god, mutant, alien or superhuman. The strongest heroes such as Thor or Hulk, perform feats of super strength in difficult situations. By our standards, the strongest heroes display the potential for infinite strength. This list ranks them according to their greatest feats of super strength.

TOP 10 MARVEL HEROES AND VILLAINS

1. HERCULES

In ‘Incredible Hercules’ (2008) #121, Hercules lifts the heavens. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In the Olympian mythology, the heavens are the realm where the gods dwell and a potentially infinite dimension. In ‘Incredible Hercules’ (2008) #121, Hercules lifted the heavens to complete his Eleventh Labor. Here, Hercules demonstrated potentially infinite super strength. This feat has been talked about on the Internet and is the reason why Hercules deserves the top spot on this list.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

INFINITE

Super Strength: Infinite 100%

2. HULK

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Secret Wars II’ (1986) #8, the multiversal entity known as the Beyonder stated Hulk has the potential for unlimited super strength. At ScreenRant, Jose Caraballo tells a Bronze Age Hulk story. In a plot to defeat the Avengers, Kang the Conqueror theorizes the superhero team banded together in order to stop the Hulk. To this end, Kang travels from the 41st century to the present day Hulk.

Slyly, he tricks and recruits Hulk to time travel to World War I in order to prevent the Phantom Eagle from destroying an Axis super cannon. The effect would be to destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors live thereby, preventing Hulk’s existence. During the time travel, the Green Goliath is caught in a time storm. Incredibly, Hulk punches through time with his fists to the precise time point in the past.

In general relativity, time travel requires an infinite amount of energy. This is definitely an infinite super strength feat.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

INFINITE

Super Strength: Infinite 100%

3. HYPERION (MARCUS MILTON)

In ‘Avengers’ (2013) #4, Hyperion performs a super strength feat. In a flashback, Hyperion’s origin story is told: He survived the destruction of his home world in an incursion event that collapsed two universes together by holding them apart until they eventually collapsed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Heroes Reborn’ (2021) #2, Hyperion recently took down the Hulk in a vicious battle. However, the Marcus Milton of Earth-13034 once performed a feat that showcased his potential for infinite strength. In his origin story, he briefly held back the incursion of two universes by holding apart the two Earths from colliding. Considering the kinetic energies involved, this is a potential for near infinite strength.

VISIT Feat: Hyperion, ‘Avengers’ #4

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

MULTIVERSAL

Super Strength: Multiversal 92%

4. SENTRY

In 'Uncanny Avengers' (2014) #21, Sentry holds Exitar the Celestial's other foot to slow his descent on Earth.
In ‘Uncanny Avengers’ (2014) #21, Sentry holds Exitar the Celestial’s other foot to slow his descent on Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Sentry has been stated to possess the power of a million exploding suns and was introduced to be Marvel’s version of Superman. Over the years, Sentry has shown the potential for limitless power. During “Siege,” he briefly took on Thor and the Avengers assembled. While discovering his powers, he demolecularized the Molecule Man who has the powers of the Beyonders on the Multiversal scale. But what about super strength?

During “To Avenge The Earth” storyline, a reborn Sentry was brought in to save the day. To prepare against the coming of Exitar the Celestial, who was stomping the Earth, Rogue had to absorb the powers of the Avengers, X-Men, and various other superheroes. With those powers, Rogue was able to slow the descent of only one of Exitar’s feet. Proving he is stronger than all the heroes combined, Sentry was able to hold the other foot on his own super strength.

Considering the Celestials weigh 260 tons or more, slowing down their descent in free fall shows the potential for infinite strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

MULTIVERSAL

Super Strength: Multiversal 92%

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5. THOR

In 'Thor' (1996) #494, Thor pushes the Worldengine in order to revert the nine realms to their original position, stopping Ragnarok.
In ‘Thor’ (1996) #494, Thor pushes the Worldengine in order to revert the nine realms to their original position, stopping Ragnarok. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Thor is a Marvel superhero with indomitable willpower. In battle, he always seems to push himself past his limits. In fact, he is the Asgardian God of Thunder. In “Thor: Worldengine,” Thor performs one of his most OP feats yet. Following his would-be murder, Yggdrasil is thrown in disarray and the Asgardians fear a new Ragnarok. Thor investigates and finds out about a Worldengine in New York tampering with Yggdrasil.

In a twist, it has convinced the World Tree that Ragnarok has already come and that Thor must be erased. In reality, the Worldengine forced Yggdrasil to bring about Ragnarok. Pushing himself past his limits, Thor pushed the Worldengine in order to push the nine worlds back to their original position and prevent Ragnarok.

Though this is not infinity, Thor’s overhyped feat demonstrates an unlimited amount of super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

Super Strength: Universal 83%

6. BETA RAY BILL

In 'Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill' (2005) #2, Beta Ray Bill cracks Galactus' armor with a Stormbreaker strike.
In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill’ (2005) #2, Beta Ray Bill cracks Galactus’ armor with a Stormbreaker strike. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Is Stormbreaker more powerful than Mjolnir? To this day, Beta Ray Bill remains Thor’s truest brother-in-arms. What makes Beta Ray Bill so powerful is that he is as worthy of Mjolnir as Thor is. In the comics, Stormbreaker is at least Mjolnir’s equal. Considering that Mjolnir’s worthiness enchantment is half of Thor’s power that means Mjolnir has at least Universal Level of power.

In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill’ (2005) #2, Galactus attempts to feed on New Korbin. Beta Ray Bill comes in and courageously engages Galactus in battle. Miraculously, Bill cracks Galactus’ armor with Stormbreaker. From “The Coming Of Galactus”, we learn that it takes the Ultimate Nullifier a weapon capable of laying waste to the Marvel Universe in order to defeat Galactus.

Though this is not infinity, Beta Ray Bill’s feat is Universal Level in super strength. Bill deserves a spot on this list for showcasing the potential for limitless super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

Super Strength: Universal 83%

7. RED HULK

In 'Hulk' (2008) #4, Red Hulk punches out Uatu the Watcher.
In ‘Hulk’ (2008) #4, Red Hulk punches out Uatu the Watcher. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Hulk’ (2008) #4, Uatu the Watcher has come down to Earth at the Gamma Base in Nevada. Indeed, he has come to witness the battle between the Green Hulk and the Red Hulk. Suddenly, he is interrupted in his narration by Red Hulk who punches him. Then, Red Hulk pummels him on the floor but is stopped by Green Hulk.

Uatu has been stated to possess the power to shake galaxies. For every force, there is an equal and opposite reaction, making Red Hulk’s punch at least Galaxy Level.

Definitely a feat requiring an astronomical amount of super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

8. SILVER SURFER

In 'Silver Surfer' (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The Power Cosmic is Silver Surfer’s most awesome super power. It is a universal super power that grants him matter and energy manipulation, cosmic senses and durability, super strength and warp speed. Flying with his cosmic surfboard, Silver Surfer may have the fastest travel speed in the Marvel Universe.

Imagine moving the moon out of its orbit and slamming it into a cosmic supervillain at superluminal speed. That is what the Surfer did to save the planet called Newhaven! In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moved the moon out of its orbit and slammed it into Galactus creating a giant cosmic explosion.

Definitely a feat requiring an astronomical amount of super strength.

VISIT FEAT: SILVER SURFER, ‘SILVER SURFER’ #9.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

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9. GLADIATOR

In 'Marvel Comics Presents' (1990) #49, Gladiator destroys a planet in a few blows.
In ‘Marvel Comics Presents’ (1990) #49, Gladiator destroys a planet in a few blows. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Throughout the cosmos, few are as feared as Gladiator. Praetor of the Shiar Imperial Guard, the Marvel powerhouse instills fear throughout the galaxy and commands respect. Much of Gladiator’s tremendous power comes from statements about him. He has beeen stated to be able to remove planets from their orbits and collapse stars with his bare hands. In fact, he does actually match some of these statements.

In ‘Marvel Comics Presents’ (1990) #49, a frustrated Gladiator flying through space, destroys a planet in a few blows. If we consider the planet Earth, Gladiator would have destroyed its gravitational binding energy reducing it to dust.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

PLANETARY

Super Strength: Planetary 50%

10. CAPTAIN MARVEL

In 'Avengers' (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial.
In ‘Avengers’ (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Once a member of the X-Men, Captain Marvel has graduated into the Marvel A-team; namely, the Avengers. Now a leader of the Avengers, Captain Marvel has taken on Marvel’s powerhouses.

In ‘Avengers’ (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial. Though not a feat requiring infinite super strength, it still demands an awesome amount of super strength to carry it in flight.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

CONTINENT

Super Strength: Continent 42%

RESOURCES

REDDIT

Respect Hercules (Marvel: Earth-616).

Respect the Hulk (Marvel, 616).

Respect Hyperion! (Marvel, Earth-13034).

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Respect Thor! (Marvel, 616).

Respect Beta Ray Bill.

Respect Red Hulk (Marvel).

Respect Silver Surfer (Marvel: Earth-616).

Respect Gladiator! (Marvel Comics, 616).

Respect Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) (Marvel, 616).


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Feat: Silver Surfer, ‘Silver Surfer’ #9

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SILVER SURFER (NORRIN RADD)
EARTH-616

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9 titled “Slingshot”, Silver Surfer performs a super strength feat. Galactus has come to Newhaven in order to consume it. To fight Galactus, Silver Surfer anchors his board at the opposite pole of the moon, moves it and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speeds.

How much super strength does it take for Silver Surfer to move the moon at superluminal speeds?

In 'Silver Surfer' (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SILVER SURFER MOVED THE MOON AT SUPERLUMINAL SPEEDS AND SLAMMED IT INTO GALACTUS WITH 3.3064529*1039 JOULES OF KINETIC ENERGY.

SILVER SURFER GENERATED 8.5993573*1030 NEWTONS OF FORCE, THE EQUIVALENT OF 0.24291969774 PERCENT THE MILKY WAY’S TOTAL GRAVITATIONAL FORCE. ENOUGH TO SHATTER A SMALL STAR.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

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Silver Surfer moves the moon at superluminal speeds.

We will calculate the kinetic energy to estimate the force.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

Let’s calculate the kinetic energy.

KE = (1/2)(mc2) = (7.34767309 × 1022 kg x 0.5)(3*108 m/s)^2) = 3.3064529*1039 J.

Let’s assume Galactus is in low orbit, around 1000 km above Newhaven and the moon is 384.4 million meters away.

W = Fd = KE. F = KE/d = (3.3064529*1039 J)/(384.4*106 m + 100000 m) = 8.5993573*1030 N.

SUPER STRENGTH



Silver Surfer generated 8.5993573*1030 N of force to move the moon at superluminal speeds slamming it into Galactus. Silver Surfer had to generate a Galaxy Level of Super Strength since he likely hit Galactus with a force 0.24291969774 percent the total gravitational force of the Milky Way.

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Calculations for Silver Surfer, ‘Silver Surfer’ #9

Mass Of The Moon = 7.34767309 × 10^22 kg.
Number Of Suns In Milky Way = 100*10^9 suns.
Gravitational Force Of Milky Way = (3.54*10^22 N)(100*10^9 suns) = 3.54*10^33 N.

KE Of Moon = (1/2)(mc2) = (7.34767309 × 1022 kg x 0.5)(3*10^8 m/s)^2) = 3.3064529*10^39 J.
W = Fd = KE. F = KE/d = (3.3064529*10^39 J)/(384.4*106 m + 100000 m) = 8.5993573*10^30 N.
Comparison = (8.5993573*10^32 N)/(3.54×10^33 N) = 0.00242919697.

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Super Power: 5 Super Powers That Make Invisible Woman Fantastic

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INVISIBLE WOMAN’S FORCE FIELDS CAN SURVIVE A BLACK HOLE

In 'Fantastic Four Unlimited' (1993) #3, Invisible Woman creates a force field inside a black hole in the Negative Zone.
In ‘Fantastic Four Unlimited’ (1993) #3, Invisible Woman creates a force field inside a black hole in the Negative Zone. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Invisible Woman is one of the Marvel powerhouses. To boot, her power extends to the Galaxy Level. Her main super power is the power to create force fields or force field bubbles. She has created force fields to withstand blows from Luke Cage, or to restrain Absorbing Man. In ‘Fantastic Four Unlimited’ (1993) #3, Invisible Woman proved why she is one of the most powerful members of the Fantastic Four.

In a scientific expedition to the Negative Zone, the Fantastic Four, Blastaar and Annihilus ended up inside a vortex or black hole. The team was protected by Annihilus’ cosmic control rod and Blastaar’s helmet. As they were being sucked into the vortex by its distortion waves, their tech starting wearing off and Reed started fearing for their lives. At that moment, Sue came to their rescue and created a force field inside the black hole. Thus, she proved why her power may be without limit!

Let’s list down Sue Storm’s five most fantastic super powers.

INVISIBLE WOMAN’S FIVE FANTASTIC SUPER POWERS

PSIONIC FORCE FIELDS

In 'Fantastic Four' (1986) #286, Sue Storm blocks Jean Grey's telekinesis with force fields.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1986) #286, Sue Storm blocks Jean Grey’s telekinesis with force fields. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1986) #286, the Avengers have recovered a strange capsule from Jamaica Bay containing life. During the night, as Captain America and Mister Fantastic are studying it, the capsule begins levitating. A young girl steps out and levitates the Avengers and Fantastic Four pinning them to the ceiling. She thinks they are Steven Lang’s duplicates. Invisible Woman arrives and takes her down. As the girl attempts her telekinesis on Invisible Woman, Sue blocks it with force fields. She frees the others from the X-Man’s control. Later, they find out the young girl is the X-Man Marvel Girl, long missing for years.

INVISIBILITY

In 'Silver Surfer' (1987) #15, Invisible Woman shoots Silver Surfer with an invisible gun before he can react.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #15, Invisible Woman shoots Silver Surfer with an invisible gun before he can react. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Perhaps, Invisible Woman’s most famous super power is the ability to turn herself and other objects and persons invisible. Susan is able to manipulate ambient cosmic energy for a variety of effects. In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #15, Invisible Woman has to trade the Silver Surfer’s life in exchange for the Soul Gems. She shoots him with an invisible gun before he can react.

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COLOR MANIPULATION

In 'Invisible Woman' (2019) #3, Invisible Woman turns her hair color from blonde to brunette.
In ‘Invisible Woman’ (2019) #3, Invisible Woman turns her hair color from blonde to brunette. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Invisible Woman’ (2019) #3, Invisible Woman needs to find her partner or face execution. To this end, she goes undercover and becomes a spy! In order to begin her mission, Invisible Woman uses her color manipulation power to turn her hair from blonde to brunette.

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COSMIC RAY AWARENESS

In 'Fantastic Four' (2002) #62, Invisible Woman can see cosmic rays.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (2002) #62, Invisible Woman can see cosmic rays. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Invisible Woman has a form of cosmic awareness. In ‘Fantastic Four’ (2002) #62, Sue has turned Reed invisible so that he can work undetected in Times Square, New York. As Reed is working on mathematical equations, Sue asks him how it is possible for her to see him while he is invisible.

Cosmic Ray Awareness: Sue’s retina are able to detect cosmic rays as well as visible light. This allows her to perceive her own force fields and other invisible objects and, with concentration, can also provide her with a limited form of vision, allowing her to “see” even if blinded.

-SUSAN STORM, MARVEL DATABASE

FANTASTIC FOUR POWER SYNERGISM

In 'Marvel 2-In-One' (2018) #3, Thing and the Human Torch about their power synergism from Rachna Koul.
In ‘Marvel 2-In-One’ (2018) #3, Thing and the Human Torch about their power synergism from Rachna Koul. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Oddly, Invisible Woman shares a super power with the Fantastic Four. In ‘Marvel 2-In-One’ (2018) #3, Reed Richards sends Thing and the Human Torch a message that he needs help as he is in danger in another universe. However, Human Torch has been experiencing some power loss and needs help. Then, Thing takes him to see Hercules who requested assistance from Zeus deprived him of his godly super powers. Surely, Surely, Hercules takes them to see Rachna Koul, a scientist that helps superheroes and supervillains with super power issues for money. Rachna tells them that the Fanastic Four have a super power synergism and the farther away they are from each other, the more they will lose their super powers.

Fantastic Four Power Synergism: The original members of the Fantastic Four are tethered to each other, and act as as their own conduits of power. They can be apart within their own universe and retain a connection, but prolonged periods cut off from each other in other universes result in a gradual decline in power levels. If they spend too much time separated this way, they would eventually become powerless.

-SUSAN STORM, MARVEL DATABASE

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ #22, INVISIBLE WOMAN BEATS SHE-HULK, THING, TITANIA AND ABSORBING MAN WITH A FORCE FIELD CONSTRUCT

In 'Fantastic Four' (1999) #22, Invisible Woman beats She-Hulk, Thing, Titania and Absorbing Man with a force field construct.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1999) #22, Invisible Woman beats She-Hulk, Thing, Titania and Absorbing Man with a force field construct. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

RESOURCES

REDDIT: RESPECT SUE STORM (MARVEL, 616)

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Fantastic Four Vol 1 286 in Marvel Database.
Silver Surfer Vol 3 15 in Marvel Database.
Invisible Woman Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 3 62 in Marvel Database.
Marvel 2-In-One Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Susan Storm (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 3 22 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day Series: Why Doctor Doom Is Marvel’s Greatest Villain

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MARVEL DAY SERIES

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

PER IGN: MARVEL’S GREATEST VILLAIN

IGN’S TOP 100 COMIC BOOK VILLAINS OF ALL TIME

In 2009, IGN counted down the Top 100 Comic Book Villains Of All Time from both DC and Marvel comics. The list features some of the best villains in the two universes such as Magneto, Thanos, Black Adam and Joker. The list even ranks our own Doctor Doom.

On the list, Doctor Doom ranked number three. In 2019, IGN would rank Doctor Doom as the greatest Marvel villain of all time citing his supreme arrogance and lust for power. Let’s look at reasons why this is the case.

 

Doctor Doom.
Doctor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ORIGIN STORY

Doctor Doom’s origin story is one of tragedy and crime. Victor von Doom was born to gypsy parents. His mother dealt in the dark arts. Tragically, a bargain with Mephisto went awry and the demon claimed Victor’s mother’s soul. Victor studied magic in Latveria then science in America to reclaim his mother’s soul.

Victor Von Doom, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm studied at State University, New York. Apparently, Ben may have been responsible for Victor becoming Doctor Doom. Combining magic and science, Victor’s experiment failed and his face was scarred. Donning armor and mask, he became… Doctor Doom.

CHARACTER MOTIVATION

What makes Doom a great villain is the fact that he originally was not a villain. His dedication to saving his mother is understandable though the means he uses are abhorrent. In many respects, Doom is a product of his upbringing: tortured, lonely and violent.

Doom’s central motivation is his belief that the world can find peace only under Doomworld. In many respects, this is the belief of all tyrants which shows that Doom’s belief actually stems from those tragic circumstances that developed his lust for power. Why is Doom’s Marvel greatest villain? He has conviction and unmatched willpower.

Doctor Doom’s story is that of tragedy and crime. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

VILLAIN OR ANTI-HERO?

Early stories showcase Doctor Doom as an exclusive Fantastic Four villain. IGN even considers him a fifth member of the Fantastic Four as its necessary antagonist. What makes Doom an interesting villain are his motivations. Ultimately, though he always seeks ultimate power as his goal, his purposes are always devious.

Of course, his final goal is world domination but his methods are infinite. As head of state of Latveria, Doom uses the vast resources at his disposal to do war against the Fantastic Four and Marvel Earth. In some portrayals Doctor Doom has allied himself with the forces of good to face a common enemy. In “Infinity Gauntlet,” Doctor Doom even allied himself to the heroes who banded together to fight Thanos. However, it is always for a devious purpose.

POWERS: SCIENCE AND MAGIC

Doctor Doom is one of the most brilliant minds on Marvel Earth, rivaling Mister Fantastic in scientific expertise. A rarity, Doom has managed to unite both science and magic, upgrading his armor with spells, cosmic energy and other sources of power. What makes Doom so dangerous is his skill in both departments and his viciousness, since he is willing to go to any lengths in order to further his power.

Multiple times, Doctor Doom has succeeded in achieving ultimate power. Doctor Doom managed to steal the Beyonder’s power and become the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe. In the “Avengers: Emperor Doom” storyline, Doom became the benevolent Emperor Doom who succeeded in bringing peace on Earth with the Purple Man’s psycho-prism. In the “Secret Wars” event, Doom stole the Beyonders’ power again, this time, to re-make reality in his image. Indeed, a feat not even Thanos has achieved.

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In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

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Feat: Thanos, ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ #1

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THANOS
EARTH-616

In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, titled “God”, Thanos performs an energy projection feat. Thanos has become the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being with the Infinity Gauntlet. Becoming God, Thanos snaps his fingers to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy.

How much energy projection does it take for Thanos to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy?

In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Thanos performs an energy projection feat. Becoming God, Thanos snaps his fingers to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THANOS HAVING BECOME THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S SUPREME BEING SNAPPED HIS FINGERS TO ERASE HALF THE POPULATION, OR 1018 HUMANS, IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY WITH THE INFINITY GAUNTLET.

THANOS GENERATED 4.3076389*1039 JOULES PER SECOND OF BIOCHEMICAL ENERGY, DELETING 1.5*1041 BYTES OF INFORMATION, THE EQUIVALENT OF 7.80369365942 TIMES THE ENERGY RADIATED BY STARS IN THE MILKY WAY AND ANDROMEDA GALAXIES. ENOUGH TO SHATTER A LARGE STAR.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

MULTI-GALAXY

Energy Projection: Multi-Galaxy 75%

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Thanos has conquered the Infinity Gems and become the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe with the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos snaps his fingers in order to erase half the sentient life in the universe. In reality, he erased half the sentient life in the Milky Way galaxy.

We will use this statement to estimate Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet snap.

THANOS’ INFINITY GAUNTLET SNAP


In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Thanos snaps his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet to erase half the population in the universe. In reality, in ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #2, we find out from Issac’s transmission to Starfox on Titan that when Thanos snapped his fingers, he erased half the population in the galaxy. Since Titan is located in the Milky Way galaxy, we know it is half the population in the Milky Way galaxy.

In 'Infinity Gauntlet' (1991) #2, Issac tells Firefox, Drax and Starlord that Thanos erased half the population of the Milky Way galaxy.In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #2, Issac tells Firefox, Drax and Starlord that Thanos erased half the population of the Milky Way galaxy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In addition, in ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Silver Surfer crashes into Doctor Strange‘s Sanctum to alert him of Thanos’ menace. After the Thanos snap, Silver Surfer’s cosmic awareness estimates that Thanos erased “billions upon billions” of lives.1

In 'Infinity Gauntlet' (1991) #1, Silver Surfer's cosmic awareness estimates Thanos erases "billions upon billions" of lives.
In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Silver Surfer’s cosmic awareness estimates Thanos erases “billions upon billions” of lives. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

NUMBER CRUNCHING



Since Thanos erased half of the population in the Milky Way galaxy, we can state that he deleted their genetic information. Let’s calculate the bytes of information in the genomes of all the humanoid races in the Milky Way galaxy. There are 96 races in the Milky Way galaxy. Assuming they are either humanoid or semi-humanoid, we can estimate the bytes of information in their genetic codes by using humans as a reference.

According to BiteSizeBio, the human body stores 150*1021 bytes of genetic information. Of course, alien races likely contain more or less genetic information. However, since we want an estimate for humanoid or semi-humanoid races in the Milky Way galaxy, we will assume they are more or less human.

Since the Silver Surfer stated there were “billions upon billions” that were erased, we assume the total humanoid population in the Milky Way galaxy is 109 * 109 = 1018 humans.

Information = (150*1021 bytes)(1018 humans) = 1.5*1041 bytes.
Biochemical Energy = (1.5*1041 bytes* 1 day * 1 J/K * 310.15 K)/(24 hr * 3600s * 0.125 byte) = 4.3076389*1039 J/s.

ENERGY PROJECTION


Thanos generated 4.3076389*1039 J/s of energy projection. Thanos had to generate a Multi-Galaxy Level of Energy Projection since he likely deleted half the population in the galaxy with 7.80369365942 times greater than the energy radiated by the stars in the Milky Way and Andromeda.

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Calculations for Thanos, ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ #1

Energy in Milky Way and Andromeda = 5.52×10^38 J/s.
Genetic Information In Human Body = 150*10^21 bytes.

Total Information In Humanoid Population = Information = (150*10^21 bytes)(10^18 humans) = 1.5*10^41 bytes.
Biochemical Energy = (1.5*10^41 bytes* 1 day * 1 J/K * 310.15 K)/(24 hr * 3600s * 0.125 byte) = 4.3076389*10^39 J/s.
Comparison = (4.3076389*10^39 J/s)/(5.52×10^38 J/s) = 7.80369365942.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Infinity Gauntlet #1.

Feat: Silver Surfer, ‘Silver Surfer’ #4

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SILVER SURFER (NORRIN RADD)
EARTH-616

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1969) #4, titled “The Good, The Bad And The Uncanny!”, Silver Surfer performs an energy projection feat. Loki has mischievously brought Silver Surfer to kill Thor. Silver Surfer challenges Thor, though unbeknownst to him, Loki has added to his power. During the battle, Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic encases Mjolnir in a cosmic field preventing Thor from reaching the Uru hammer.

How much energy projection does it take for Silver Surfer to encase Mjolnir in a cosmic field, preventing Thor from reaching the Uru hammer?

Silver Surfer used the Power Cosmic to encase Mjolnir in a cosmic field to prevent Thor from reaching the Uru hammer. With Loki’s power augmenting his Power Cosmic, Silver Surfer prevented the enchantment on Thor’s hammer such that Mjolnir would not reach Thor.

SILVER SURFER BROKE THE WORTHINESS ENCHANTMENT ON MJOLNIR REDUCING THOR TO HALF POWER, THE EQUIVALENT OF HALF OF THE UNIVERSE’S ZERO SUM ENERGY, WITH 4.0296675*10^62 JOULES OF KINETIC ENERGY.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

                       

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Silver Surfer has been brought to Asgard by Loki’s mischief. His mission is to kill Thor in order to stop a purported war. Silver Surfer challenges Thor to a duel. During the battle, Silver Surfer uses the Power Cosmic to encase Mjolnir in a cosmic field to prevent Thor from reaching the Uru hammer. With Loki’s power augmenting his Power Cosmic, Silver Surfer prevented the enchantment on Thor’s hammer such that Mjolnir would not reach Thor.

We will use the mystical enchantment on Mjolnir in order to calculate the Silver Surfer’s energy projection.

THOR’S MJOLNIR

In ‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1964) #101, Thor has fallen in love with mortal Jane Foster. As he prepares to go to Asgard to plead his case to marry Jane, Loki projects a vision of Thor to Odin showing his plans. Odin decreases the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir by half and bans Thor from Asgard until he renounces his love.

In ‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1964) #101, Odin decreases the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir by half and bans Thor from Asgard until he renounces his love. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Mjolnir increases Thor’s power by half. Let’s estimate Thor’s energy projection from his highest power output which is the God Blast.

First, let’s estimate Galactus’ durability. In ‘Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier with the Human Torch’s help in order to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. Mister Fantastic threatens Galactus with the Ultimate Nullifier who states Mister Fantastic has “the means to destroy a galaxy… to lay waste to a universe!!”1

In ‘Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier with the Human Torch's help in order to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth.
In ‘Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier with the Human Torch’s help in order to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The statement indicates Galactus is Universal Level in Durability. In ‘Thor’ (1969) #161, Thor unleashes the God Blast on Galactus in order to stop the fight between Galactus and Ego the Living Planet.

Since Thor’s God Blast put Galactus near death, it is at least Universal Level in Energy Projection.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

The worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir gives Thor half of his divine power. The worthiness enchantment has been broken by Thor, the Red Norvell, Beta Ray Bill, and Captain America. They all have in common that they embrace the warrior code. Thor’s highest power, the God Blast, is Universal Level in Energy Projection. Thor does not need Mjolnir in order to project this super power and even at half power, can release it on his own.

Even at half power, Thor is Universal Level in Energy Projection. Since the universe has zero sum energy, Thor’s Energy Projection is half of that energy which equals the kinetic energy of the universe in expansion.

Kinetic Energy Of Universe Expansion = (0.5 * 1.5×10^53 kg)(73300^2 m/s) = 4.0296675*10^62 J.

ENERGY PROJECTION

Augmented by Loki, Silver Surfer was able to break the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir. The worthiness enchantment grants Thor half of his power which is Universal Level in Energy Projection.

Silver Surfer generated half of the energy of the universe in Energy Projection. In order to encase Mjolnir in his cosmic field, Silver Surfer had to generate the kinetic energy of the universe, a Universal Level of Energy Projection.

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“In the case of a universe that is approximately uniform in space, one can show that this negative gravitational energy exactly cancels the positive energy represented by the matter. So the total energy of the universe is zero.” https://www.livescience.com/33129-total-energy-universe-zero.html#:~:text=In%20the%20case%20of%20a,of%20the%20universe%20is%20zero.%22

Kinetic Energy Of Universe Expansion = (0.5 * 1.5×10^53 kg)(73300^2 m/s) = 4.0296675*10^62 J.


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In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1969) #4, Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor. Photo/Marvel Comics.

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Feat: Silver Surfer, ‘Silver Surfer’ #3

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SILVER SURFER (NORRIN RADD)
EARTH-616

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, titled “the Power and the Prize,” Silver Surfer performs an energy projection feat. To avenge himself from humanity’s persecution, Silver Surfer brings civilization to a stand-still with a series of cosmic bursts.

How much energy projection does it take for Silver Surfer to bring civilization to a stand-still with a series of cosmic bursts?

SILVER SURFER BROUGHT CIVILIZATION TO A STANDSTILL ON A PLANETARY SCALE WITH A SERIES OF COSMIC BURSTS.

SILVER SURFER GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 4.466*10^14 JOULES OF ENERGY CEASING ALL POWER FROM MACHINES ON EARTH, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A TOWN.

ENERGY PROJECTION:

CONTINENT

                   

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Power Use Per Human Per Day = 58000 Wh

Power Use By Human Civilization = (58000 Wh)(7.7*10^9) = 4.466*10^14 Wh.
Tons Of TNT = (4.466*10^14 Wh)(1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9) = 106333.333333.


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Marvel Day: Stranded On Earth, Silver Surfer Is Reunited With Shalla Bal, Only To Lose Her Again Because Of Mephisto!

MARVEL DAY

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #3, Silver Surfer has found Shalla Bal only to lose her again.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Silver Surfer has found Shalla Bal only to lose her again.

IN ROMANCE

SILVER SURFER IN REVENGE FOR HUMANITY’S REJECTION BRINGS CIVILIZATION TO A STANDSTILL

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Silver Surfer is reunited with Shalla Bal only to lose her again. At the beginning of the issue, Silver Surfer attempts to heal with his Power Cosmic a girl that was a victim of an alien abduction by the Badoon. However, the hospital staff and the police interfere. With one blast of cosmic shock, Silver Surfer heals the girl.

The police reacts with a blast but the Surfer’s invulnerability protects him. At that moment, the girl begins to move and one of the police officers notes that maybe the Surfer healed the girl. Surfer melts the police officers’ weapons with a cosmic wave. However, angered at humanity’s aggression, the Silver Surfer vows revenge. In a series of cosmic bursts, the Silver Surfer brings civilization to a standstill: all machines fail to run and humanity is enshrouded in darkness.

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #3, Silver Surfer brings civilization to a standstill.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Silver Surfer brings civilization to a standstill. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE CALAMITY ON EARTH CATCHES MEPHISTO’S ATTENTION

 

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #3, Mephisto's attention is drawn to Silver Surfer who has created a calamity on Earth.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Mephisto’s attention is drawn to Silver Surfer who has created a calamity on Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SHALLA BAL MAKES A DEAL WITH MEPHISTO IN ORDER TO SEE NORRIN RADD AGAIN

In order to conquer the Silver Surfer, Mephisto departs for Zenn-La. In her quarters on Zenn-La, Shalla recalls the glorious sacrifice of Norrin Radd, who became Silver Surfer and served Galactus that Zenn-La be spared. She mourns him and pledges her love to him, as he pledged his love to her. As she reminisces on the couch, she is overtaken by a strange cold. Mephisto is here! Mephisto says he has come to claim Shalla Bal. He tells her he has the power to reunite her with the Silver Surfer. Shalla Bal makes a deal with Mephisto and accepts his offer.

Deviously, Mephisto transports Shalla Bal to a Zenn-Lavian space ship. They are headed for Earth. Soon, they see the Silver Surfer who has relented from his revenge. At that moment, the space ship approaches its speedy descent towards Earth which activates nuclear defenses. The Silver Surfer attacks the bases and destroys their missiles. But it is too late. The space ship is downed and Mephisto departs as Shalla Bal lays on the ground. The space ship hurtles towards Earth. Silver Surfer races to the Zenn-Lavian space ship, only to find his beloved. With a cosmic balm, he heals her. Now, Mephisto’s devious plan unravels.

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #3, Shalla Bal makes a deal with Mephisto in order to see Norrin Radd again.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Shalla Bal makes a deal with Mephisto in order to see Norrin Radd again.

SILVER SURFER VS MEPHISTO

Since the dawn of time, Mephisto has not sensed the purity he senses in the Silver Surfer and which he loathes. In order to have the final victory on the day of Armageddon, the Silver Surfer must die.

Mephisto must destroy the Silver Surfer but on his own terms and at a place of his choosing. The Prince of Lies transports Shalla Bal to the stygian depths. Silver Surfer tracks Mephisto to the stygian depths. In order to save Shalla Bal, Silver Surfer must battle Mephisto.

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THE LOVE OF THE SILVER SURFER FOR SHALLA BAL WINS THE BATTLE, BUT THE SILVER SURFER MUST LOSE HIS LOVE AGAIN

In an attempt to claim the Silver Surfer’s soul in bondage, Mephisto turns the Silver Surfer into a thought. Then, he implants the Surfer into his satanic brain. Mephisto seeks to bend the Silver Surfer to his will and claim his soul. However, the Silver Surfer’s purity hurts Mephisto and the Surfer is freed.

In a last effort, Mephisto asks the Silver Surfer to pledge his soul or else, he will send Shalla Bal to Zenn-La and the Silver Surfer will be separated from Shalla Bal forever. Shalla Bal explains to Silver Surfer that this is their victory: For their love to be true, it must be free of Mephisto’s bondage. In a last ditch effort, Silver Surfer attempts to touch Shalla Bal’s right hand but Mephisto does not grant even that. Silver Surfer’s love for Shalla Bal wins the battle, but he is heartbroken. And Mephisto has eternity to plan.

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #3, Silver Surfer has found Shalla Bal only to lose her again.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #3, Silver Surfer has found Shalla Bal only to lose her again.

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