The Galactus Comic You’ve Never Heard Of

by Take Root

moebius-surfer-300x203 The Galactus Comic You've Never Heard OfThere’s more to Galactus and the Silver Surfer than just Fantastic Four #48 and #49. Let’s take a look at a hidden masterpiece by Stan Lee and Moebius!

The beauty of the comic book universe is that it is almost infinite. You could spend the rest of your life trying to read every comic, and you wouldn’t be able to. That means there are lots of comic book “masterpieces” that may go unrecognized as such for decades. Or at least until it’s brought back to the public attention.

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Fantastic Four #48 seems to be an almost guaranteed investment. It’s got Stan Lee and Jack Kirby teaming up for maybe the most defining moment of the Marvel Universe. It spawned cosmic tales and beings with powers far beyond the Human Torch or The Thing. It was earth-shattering.

If you can’t afford a nice FF #48 or FF #49, you aren’t alone. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss the boat when the other big purple man arrives on the big screen and reaffirms his place as the ultimate bad guy in the Marvel canon. You can make solid speculation and invest in one of the coolest Silver Surfer comics ever made.

Silver Surfer #1 1988. This comic was only a part of a two-issue series and you may have never heard of it, but it’s a big deal. Written by Stan Lee. Penciled and colored by Moebius (aka Jean Giraud). By ’88, Stan the Man was selective in what he was writing for Marvel. We’re fortunate he put pen to paper for this moving story.

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Moebius, on the other hand, wasn’t well known in the U.S. He’s responsible for the birth of Heavy Metal comics (an American offshoot of the French Métal hurlant and Blueberry, but he had never worked with a mainstream American comic company until this two-issue series. Jean met Stan while in the U.S. and Mr. Lee recommended they work on a comic together. This is that very comic.

Another fun fact. This is Moebius’ ONLY comic created for Marvel. He’s illustrated a few covers for Marvel, but never another full-length comic. (I’ll be talking about these covers in the coming weeks.)

This is it. The only one.

The story of “Parable” takes place in the near future when Galactus returns. It’s a moving portrayal of characters clearly dear to Stan’s heart. And the art is astounding. An 80s pastel color palette is matched with soft linework and the Man in Silver has never looked better. It doesn’t read as a dated 80s comic, but rather as a timeless work of art.

No matter how future films use Galactus and the Surfer (assuming they use them), this comic will surge. The cosmic characters are popular and the story is a beautiful collaboration between two masters.

The Numbers

Better yet, there isn’t a ton of these graded. CGC shows only 99 9.8s in the registry. And the most recent sale went for $130. Not bad. If the book becomes popular, you can be sure there’s going to be more graded. But I think this is an example of a comic that’s been under the radar for so long now, there might not be that many left.

Even if you disregard the film buzz, this book is a masterpiece. Shouldn’t we be investing in these kinds of rare collaborations? These masterpieces of the medium? These silver surfing strokes of genius?

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Galactus says yes.

 

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5 comments

William Chesser April 27, 2020 - 8:00 am

Definitely a masterpiece. My copies signed by both creators in the early ’90s are maybe the favorites of my collection now that neither are with us.

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Jeff Prosetti April 27, 2020 - 10:06 pm

A gem of a book. Stan going toe to toe with any story from his vast and legendary output. Drawn perfectly in that European flavor by the master Moebius. Parable indeed. The story comes into much sharper focus upon re-reading. Great post.

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Joe L. May 3, 2020 - 6:29 pm

Agreed. My favorite character and my favorite comic book artist. A hidden gem. I think Keanu Reeves would make a good Silver Surfer. Not sure who should play Galactus.

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Scott Haven September 24, 2020 - 11:43 am

Picked up #1 and #2 in CGC 9.8 for a total of $191. I wanted to get both to have the complete story. Great investment in my opinion.

The more you read about Moebius’ work, paired with the mind of Stan Lee, you begin to realize what an opportunity in getting these books at a bargain really is. It’s a true work of art from two legends that are no longer with us.

Any Galactus or Silver Surfer news will be great for these books.

Thanks for the article!

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J October 9, 2020 - 4:56 pm

Hey Scott,

Thanks for the comment! That’s a great pickup. I have my #1, but it’s been tough finding a solid #2 for a decent price.

I couldn’t agree more. These two books may be some of the greatest comics ever created. In twenty years, I think a lot of people are going to wish they had these books.

J

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