The Surfer is one of my favorites, and I sort of grew up reading his books and his comics. I remember starting with the Steve Englehart run. But I don't really think that the Surfer has many (If at all.) standout classic stories or comics the same way that Batman, Spider-Man or The X-Men do. I really liked the Englehart run at the time that I read it (I think that I started with #15.), and I consider him and Starlin to be more or less the architects of the cosmic characters. Sadly, it doesn't seem that most of those cosmic characters are used now, it seems to mostly be about Thanos and Galactus. I also liked the Ron Marz run (I read most of it.), but again, I don't think that there are any standout issues or classics. I guess that Starlin's Thanos arc would be a classic. I also really dug the Dematties run, but it seems like not many other people did.
I read that Requiem is one of his best. It was written by JMS and it had really good art. I have read some scans of it here and there, and I quite liked it. The only real part that I read was the parts with Spider-Man and Mary Jane. Again, it was really good. I want to read it in trade, but unfortunately I can't find it anywhere. What do you guys think of it? I know that the Dan Slott run has been widely acclaimed, but it's too soon to tell if it will be classic.
Hands down best are the FF # 48-50, when Galactus and Him first show up in Marvel.
Also like the Overlord saga, and his interactions on original Defefenders team.
Also good when Loki tricked him into fighting Thor...