A post from my old Marvel blog, part of a series running down comics I edited that weren’t a huge success but which I still liked and stand behind.
Today’s entry in this week’s theme of comics I edited that I liked a lot more than the audience is from around the same timeframe as yesterday’s entry, and so was conceptualized under some of the same conditions.
The approach to this particular incarnation of the Silver Surfer was to try to bring back some of the mystery and some of the ambivalence of the character–to make him seem as alien and remote and unfathomable as he was when he first appeared. So we made the choice to hold him at arm’s length for the first chunk of the storyline, and instead focus on the human characters who are caught up in his wake as out point of view.
I thought writers Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss did an excellent job of crafting an intelligent, mature and thoughtful storyline–again, done in such a way that a new reader could come to it completely afresh and find something of merit in it. However, the readership that was most interested in the Surfer, at least at that point, were much more interested in seeing the skyrider of the spaceways engage in spectacular pyrotechinc-filled cosmic slugfests with other intergalactic entities. So the quieter, more deliberate pacing we’d embarked on didn’t set their world on fire.
There was also an unnaturally long delay between issues #1 and #2, as the original artist, who went by the pen name of Milx, disappeared off the face of the Earth after producing only two or three pages of the second issue, the performance anxiety having gotten to him. Lan Medina and David Yardin did an exemplary job of picking up the baton with the second issue, but the delay definitely impacted on the series gaining any momentum right out of the gate.
I also really like the logo that Tom Marvelli designed for this incarnation of the character.