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Subj: I actually think he's equal to Thor overall...
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 at 11:18:18 am EDT (Viewed 292 times)
Reply Subj: How powerful do you rate the Silver Surfer?
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 at 09:45:01 pm EDT (Viewed 322 times)

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On one hand, the Silver Surfer is rightly considered the most powerful Marvel hero. The Power Cosmic lets him do nearly anything required by story. He has a long list of powers that allow easy wins and is sometimes called upon to easily defeat threats no one else can handle.

On the other, he sometimes struggles with threats he should have an easy time with. Frequently, he forgets about his powers aside from cosmic blasts. You even have a few rare instances like the infamous brick incident.

So, where do you place the Silver Surfer? How does he do against the following both at full potential and how he is usually written?

Silver Surfer vs.

Superman (can he energy drain him?)

Wonder Woman

Martian Manhunter


Blue Marvel

Current Iron Man

A fight win doesn't necessarily equate to being more powerful, however...

Silver Surfer vs.

Superman (can he energy drain him?)- can he, yes, he can also analyze him and use kryptonite radiation against him. He may not think to, however, and so he could lose a fight to Superman feasibly if he doesn't go for those tactics. I do think Surfer is overall more powerful than Supes though, but its not by a large margin

Wonder Woman- Surfer is clearly a level beyond her in power, but she doesn't have readily exploitable weaknesses, and her strength and durability in these kinds of fights is competitive with his, so she can make it a close, hard fight IMO, but he is still the favorite

Martian Manhunter - Martian Manhunter is, on paper, more powerful than Superman, at least in Post Crisis DC. In practice, however, he doesn't pack enough punch in any one area to be the favorite over Surfer, or Superman for that matter....

Jane-Thor- I only read one TPB with Jane, but my understanding is she has some very good showings (vs. Odin for example) and uses her powers effectively. If so, this could probably go either way. I think Thor classically is dead even with Surfer in overall power, with Thor having a bit of a base strength advantage and raw output advantage, with Surfer having a bit of a versatility advantage. Thor wins those fights because he's got enough versatility to close, and then make Surfer fight his fight....

Blue Marvel- don't know

Current Iron Man- For decades now, every time Iron Man gets an upgrade, it sticks, but in terms of power he still ends up sitting in about the same place relative to most of the other main characters in Surfer, despite having been beaten by IM before...Surfer will always be the favorite IMO.

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