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.It's a great story -- but what makes "The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer" a great Christmas story? Christmas, of course, is a holiday which celebrates the birth of Christ, and the Silver Surfer is a Christ-figure -- so I, Robby Reed, the creator of this blog, consider the origin of the Silver Surfer, a.k.a. Norrin Radd of Zenn-La, to be a Christmas story!

FUN FACT: In one of the greatest ironies in comic book history, the Silver Surfer character -- the second-greatest Christ-figure in all comicdom -- was created by two Jews: Stanley Lieber and Jacob Kurtzberg, a.k.a. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!

Below are seven panels from the story which show the similarities between Norrin Radd of Zenn-La and Jesus of Nazareth. (Galactus plays the part of the vengeful Old Testament God.) From Fantastic Four #50, May 1966 (cover pictured left), here we go! Merry Christmas, reader!

With Judgment Day approaching, the Silver Surfer realizes only HE can save humanity!
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The Surfer's task seems hopeless, and some lose faith in the Sentinel of the Spaceways!
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But the Surfer MUST bring about humanity's salvation, even at the cost of his own life!
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For humanity to survive, the Sentinel of the Spaceways must suffer and become humbled!
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The Surfer's sacrifice saves Earth... and leaves humanity with a fearful choice!
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Finally, as the Silver Surfer ascends to the heavens, he vows to make a "Second Coming."
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