(SILVER SURFER LOST THE POWER COSMIC)
Type: Alternate/divergent Earth
Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement
Dominant Life Form: Humanity
Significant Inhabitants: Fantastic
Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing); Galactus, Norrin Radd; Starglow;
Uatu the Watcher
First Appearance: What If I#37/3 (February,
History: (What If? I#37/3) - After he betrayed
Galactus during their first visit to Earth, the Silver Surfer was
stripped of the Power Cosmic, returning him to his original human form
of Norrin Radd. Galactus then left, stranding his former herald
on Earth. Uatu the Watcher, who had witnessed the proceedings,
left Radd and the Fantastic Four with a vague reference to a homing
device that Uatu had in his possession. The former Surfer and the
Fantastic Four then used the Pogo-Plane to travel to the Watcher's home
on the moon. As they searched his facilities for a device that
could help Radd return to Zenn-La, Galactus returned there first,
intent on finally devouring the planet. Radd's former lover
Shalla Bal, learning that the Silver Surfer was not with Galactus,
rushed to learn why. Back on the moon, Reed Richards found the correct
device and hooked Radd into it, sending him on his way back to Zenn-La
at a rate that would only take hours. On Zenn-La, Shalla Bal
confronted Galactus, and when she learned that he had been exiled on
Earth, asked Galactus to make her his herald if he spared her planet
again. Galactus agreed, and transformed her into Starglow.
Not wishing to go through a similar situation as he had with the
Surfer, he also stripped her of all memories. As she left Zenn-La, she
encountered Norrin Radd, who recognized her. When the recognition
was not returned, Radd confronted his former master again, and having a
sense of grief over his former herald's new loss, Galactus returned
Radd to his Silver Surfer form. Again not wishing to repeat the
past, Galactus limited the Surfer's restored powers, creating a barrier
that prevented the hero from leaving Zenn-La. Galactus and
Starglow then departed, leaving the Surfer to be a hero for his people,
but without the love he gave his humanity for.
Comments: Created by David Anthony Kraft, Mike
Vosburg and Steve Mitchell.
This world diverged from Earth-616 during the
now-classic Fantastic Four I#50.
This divergent earth should not be confused with:
Norrin RaddStripped of his powers for betraying Galactus, Norrin Radd was stranded on Earth. With the aid of the Fantastic Four, he searched the home of Uatu the Watcher for a device that could return him home. When Reed Richards found such a device, Radd used it to travel the starways. He arrived near Zenn-La just as Galactus and Starglow were departing, but was devastated that his lover no longer remembered who he was. Galactus, wishing to ease some of Radd's grief, returned to him a limited amount of the Silver Surfer powers, but placed a barrier around Zenn-La so that Galactus would never meet him again. The Silver Surfer remained a hero on Zenn-La.
--What If I#37/3
(Shalla Bal) When Galactus returned to
Zenn-La, Shalla Bal was distraught to find the Silver Surfer, her
former love, was not with him. Wanting to save her planet as well
as gain a way to cross space to find Radd, she offered to become his
new herald. He agreed and transformed her into Starglow.
However he also wiped out her memories of her home planet and
Radd. When Radd found her, she did not recognize him and left
--What If I#37/3
What If I#37, story 3, page 3, panel 1
page 10, panel 3 (Norrin Radd)
page 9, panel 9 (Starglow)
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