by Larry Brody
Time for another oh-so-personal admission. Hard-boiled pro that I may be, I love it when critics, viewers, readers, or even neighbors say nice things about me and/or my work.
Which means I really love the following article from gamerant.com.
by Joshua Kristian McCoy
The 90s were the golden age of animated adaptations of classic comic series, countless comic series, whether iconic or obscure, were brought to the small screen for a new generation. There were so many hits that some got lost in the shuffle, leaving hidden gems almost 30 years in the past. Hidden gems like Silver Surfer: The Animated Series.
(LB NOTE: Here comes my favorite paragraph. OMG, it actually mentions my name!)
Silver Surfer was created by Larry Brody, who also wrote for the 90’s Spider-Man series and the Spawn animated series. The series aired on Fox Kids in 1998 alongside X-Men and Spider-Man and was owned in part by both Marvel and Saban Entertainment.
Created in 1966 by comic book legend Jack Kirby, The Silver Surfer was designed to be a new addition to the Fantastic Four team, a role he filled and has since outgrown. Rumor has it that Kirby designed the character on a whim while he and Stan Lee were working on a Fantastic Four issue. Kirby allegedly designed the character as a surfer because he was sick of drawing spaceships. Silver Surfer begins his story as a herald of the planet devouring supervillain Galactus, but he swiftly turns against his master to defend Earth, leaving him stuck there as punishment.
There are countless Marvel Comics characters that have not been adapted beyond the comics page, but some make their first leap into the small screen. Silver Surfer was the first onscreen appearance of a number of iconic Marvel characters, though often altered from their source material. Thanos is now best known as the ultimate villain of the MCU, but his first screentime was in the three-part pilot of Silver Surfer, where he goes on to be the series primary antagonist. Though essentially unrecognizable, Drax the Destroyer’s first onscreen appearance came in episode 5 of the series. Characters still not depicted in the MCU also made their first appearance in this show, including the magus Adam Warlock and Mjolnir wielding monster Beta Ray Bill.
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