FANTASTIC FOUR #74-77 (1968)


And here we go: Another Silver Surfer/Galactus story.  After a bunch of issues that meandered around pointlessly, we finally get to see some of the threads pull together.  Thing is jealous of Surfer (again) because the dude was alone with Alicia (again), but all that nonsense is quickly squelched by Surfer’s prouncement (above).

Turns out, Silver Surfer is kind of a dick.

He shrinks down into the Microverse to hide from Galactus, even though this means that big G will come looking for him and probably eat Earth.

And he sends his punisher robot out ahead.

The FF defeat the punisher but now know that Silver Surfer is the key.

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So the FF shrink down to find Norrin Radd.

As a result, we get our first Microverse adventure—long before Bill Mantlo would coopt the area for his wonderfully underrated toy tie-in, The Micronauts.

And where there’s Microverse, there’s Psycho Man.

They fight, until Psycho Man becomes convinced that he must let the FF go to help Silver Surfer save Earth because if the big G eats Earth, he also eats the Microverse.

From there, Galactus is stymied again, and he re-imprisons Surfer on Earth saying he wants to be sure he knows where to find him in the future.

Overall, a really great story with lots of seeds for future storylines.

Creators: Stan and Jack
Grade: A

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