I’m not sure that I agree, Denzel – The Silver Surfer (Limited Series) #1 & #2
Stan Lee never really recaptured the writing magic that he harnessed so profitably in the 60’s. Some would argue that that’s because masters like Ditko and Kirby were carrying the freight in the respective writer/artist teams, and others would contend that times and tastes changed. But Lee has always said that the Silver Surfer is his favorite character, and maybe it was that select status that helped rouse him to put together a pretty nice little story in collaboration with Jean (Moebius) Giraud.
These two-issues re-imagine the coming of Galactus as the true biblical apocolypse that it should be, complete with raving lunatics and end-of-times hysteria. Moebius employs his elegant artwork to maximum effect as the religious themes are hammered home and the Silver Surfer as messiah challenges Galactus’ evil godhood. Fun stuff, and Lee summoned his A-game to match the beautiful visuals.
An interesting little aside to Moebius’ artistic take on the Surfer is its mention in the 1995 film Crimson Tide. Known to most people as “The submarine movie that isn’t The Hunt for Red October,” Tide featured some crackling dialogue between screen titans and in-film antagonists Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. Of note to comic fans is a nice little exchange that Denzel’s first officer character has with a couple of bickering sailors. I couldn’t find any video of it (Damn you, YouTube!), but here’s an audio clip:
I’ll never say a negative word about Kirby — well, I might offer a criticism here and there — but as far as the Surfer goes, I kind of like Moebius’ version. He gives him less of a blocky physique, making him more lithe and agile looking (handy when you’re dodging Galactus’ energy blasts). He renders him more as a swimmer and less as a linebacker, and I think that’s a good and appropriate thing.