SILVER SURFER (1968) (#1-18) (MARVEL) #16 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Silver Surfer (1968) #16
"In the Hands of Mephisto!" is written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Buscema and Chic Stone. Mephisto is back and once again dangling the fate of Shalla Bal in front of the Silver Surfer in order to try to get him to surrender his pure, unsullied soul. Our tale begins as the earth-bound space rider soars over the globe his heart heavy with a nameless but overriding sense of dread. In a heartbeat, the Surfer's incredible board takes him from the towering spires of New York City to the snowy onion-domes of Moscow and on to Red China itself. Finally, over the ruins of ancient Greece, the Surfer finishes his musings over the inevitable consequence of humanity's endless quest for earthly power: ruination.

And in this moment of despair, the Surfer's flagging spirit again catches the attention of Mephisto, lord of the Satanic realms and master of lies. Drawn to Earth, Mephisto briefly tries to walk among humans as one of their own, but then disgusted by "the sordid stench of human life," the dark lord strikes out with his supernatural power in the heart of the Big Apple. After flinging New Yorkers around like so many cloth mice, Mephisto summons the Surfer to a nearby graveyard. There, after exchanging cosmic bolts with our hero to no effect, Mephisto tells the Surfer he has lowered Galactus' barrier that has kept the former herald bound to Earth. Soaring into space, the Silver Surfer realizes Mephisto tells the truth. Immediately rushing to his former homeworld Zenn-La, the Surfer finds his beloved Shalla Bal gone; cruelly taken by Mephisto again to use as a pawn in his battle for the Surfer's soul. Mephisto's price for Shalla Bal's freedom: the Silver Surfer must destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.!

GCD Data

Title: In the Hands of...Mephisto!

Featuring: Silver Surfer

Character Appearances: V: Mephisto; GA: Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., Dum Dum Dugan, Shalla Bal

Credits: Stan Lee (Script), John Buscema (Pencils), Chic Stone (Inks), Sam Rosen (Letters).

Comic Creator Database

Publisher: MarvelTitle: SILVER SURFER (1968) (#1-18) (MARVEL)
IssueFairGoodVery GoodFineVery FineNear Mint
16 (18.00) (36.00) (72.00) 126.00 216.00 (360.00)


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