Silver Surfer Sculpture

The Silver Surfer:

The Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) is a Marvel Comics Superhero created by Jack Kirby. The character first appears in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), the first of a three-issue arc that fans and historians call “The Galactus Trilogy”.

Fantastic Four No.48

Originally a young astronomer of the planet Zenn-La,
Norrin Radd made a bargain with the cosmic entity Galactus, pledging to serve as his herald in order to save his homeworld from destruction. Imbued in return with a tiny portion of Galactus’ Power Cosmic, Radd acquired great powers and a new version of his original appearance.

Galactus also created for Radd a surfboard-like craft – modeled after a childhood fantasy of his — on which he would travel at speeds beyond that of light.
Known from then on as the Silver Surfer, Radd began to roam the cosmos searching for new planets for Galactus to consume. When his travels finally took him to Earth, the Surfer came face-to-face with the Fantastic Four, a team of powerful superheroes that helped him to rediscover his nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Silver Surfer saved Earth but was punished in return by being exciled there.

Silver Surfer No.1
I have never read a Silver Surfer comic book, but I was attracted to this character because of his surfboard. I spent 13 years in Hawaii – on Oahu. I admired those muscular, tanned local guys and gals that learned to ride those huge North Shore ocean waves during the winter months. My first art painting website is called Surf-the-Arts. This blog is called Surf – Design Planet. I also like Surfboard and other Skate/Ski Boards – their material and design styles, and also their applied trendy graphics.


While I was living in Hawaii I purchased an Attakus Limited Edition (#1251) Sculpture of the Silver Surfer. It was copyrighted in 1997 by Marvel Characters, Inc. and was produced in France. This is still my favorite Silver Surfer sculpture to-date because of its’ simplicity of flowing design form.


A Prototype Silver Surfer:

Later I was offered another Silver Surfer sculpture shown below. I don’t know much about it. It was purchased with other items. It stands about 13″ high. I was told it was an early prototype. Some of the figure’s fingers were broken and others missing. As well the silver paint coating was rough. It also came with an unpainted surfboard mold that was well sculptured.

Repairing the Figure:

Using clay and wire, I first carved and formed new fingers, which were drilled for wire inserts into the hand. The fingers were then coated in layers of a Porcelain Epoxy repair. The complete sculpture was fine sanded, primed and given a coat of White Acrylic Primer. Final layers of Silver Paint, and a Clear Protective Gloss Coating was applied a couple of months later.


Silver Surfer’s Surfboard – a New Fin:

The above Surfboard’s bottom had a rough slot for the tail fin, but no fin. After checking reference online for the shape and size of the fin, I cut one out on my scroll saw using Balsa Wood. After applying White Acrylic Gesso primer and sanding, I fused it to the board with Super Glue. I applied 3 layers of Porcelain Epoxy repair to the fin over time, sanding between the dried layers. The complete Surfboard was primed and finished as the above figure.

Silver Surfer’s Surfboard – New Top Graphics:

Most surfboards, that I’ve seen, have a graphic statement on them – whether personal or some sort of advertising.

I did some thumbnail sketches a while ago of a couple of ideas for a board top design. I liked the idea of the letter “S” (Silver Surfer).

So, I proceeded to mask the Silver Surfboard top with painter’s green tape and sketched out the above “S” design accurately where I wanted it. The design was cut through the tape with a new No.11 blade. The letter S and surrounding design tape was removed. I spray painted the letter areas with a Silver Rust-oleum Hammered Finish Paint. I removed the tape carefully. When totally dried, I applied a pin stripe outline by hand using a Gunmetal Silver Hobby Paint (Citadel Paints – mentioned in previous blog No.67). As shown below, holes were finally drilled through the Surfboard, and into the Silver Surfer figure’s feet, for its later placement mounting.

For this muscular Silver Surfer, I would like to create a display that shows a little more than just him standing on a surfboard like other previous sculptural Silver Surfers …A tribute to Jack Kirby

Mmmm? What should I do?

…Well I really like this illustration below that shows him surfing through a Galaxy (Cosmos) of Stars, Planets and Asteroids!

This is the direction where I am heading for my display:

My first sketch above
– trying to see if I could raise the Silver Surfer off a surface, and support this 3 pound statue on a couple of randomly placed asteroids.

Components sketch

I have a 12″ round bar stool plywood circle.

I could use some solid wood blocks cut from a 2″ x 6″ pine plank as uprights to hold the figure with surfboard. Angled grooved slots could solidly hold the surfboard on the angle I want making it look like he is shooting through space.

These supports could then be totally covered in glued asteroid shaped styrofoam rock shapes. Other smaller rocks could be applied to the round base.

The styrofoam rocks can be fully textured, detailed and painted.

The round wood base could be hand painted as a full ‘out there in space scene’.

Sketch of my proposed display:
“The Silver Surfer flying through Space and just avoiding Asteroids”

…I’ll let you know how he turns out!!!

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