Marvel versus DC Universe superheroes is always interesting. We always compare superheroes of these two competitors and we are never disappointed. This time, on one side we have Silver Surfer, a humanoid alien with metallic skin who can travel through space with the aid of his surfboard. Once Galactus’s Herald, also known as Norrin Radd, acquired his powers and his trusty board from Galactus’s Power Cosmic. On the other side, we have one of the most iconic fictional characters ever and the cultural icon Superman, and in this article, we will put these two heroes against each other and see who would win in a fight. In the fight of Silver Surfer vs. Superman, who is stronger and who would win?
Superman would win in a fight against Silver Surfer. Superman is one of the strongest beings in the DC Universe and achieved great feats, fighting cosmic beings like Darkseid, Doomsday, Zoom, and many others. Silver Surfer did manage to beat Thanos with the help of Adam Warlock and even smash Galactus’s helmet. However, even with the amazing powers that Silver Surfer acquired with Power Cosmic, with which he achieved great things, Superman’s strong will and unfathomable strength are matched by very few beings. It is close, but Superman wins this one.
We will discuss this topic further and cover everything from the physical and psychological abilities of these two powerful superheroes, to the gear and the style of combat. In the end, we will conclude this topic by announcing the winner and provide you with our reasoning. Best-of-seven system will be used for scores once again and the superhero who first gets to the fourth point is the ultimate winner. If you are interested, stay with us until the end!
The psychology of an individual can never be underestimated and serves as one of the most important aspects of one’s life. Superheroes are no different and we saw multiple times that only the power of will and strength of mind can be a crucial factor in any fight. Let’s start with Silver Surfer. Formerly known as Norrin Radd, Silver Surfer lived on a utopian planet called Zenn-La, until The Devourer of Worlds, Galactus came to eat his planet. Norrin Radd decides to bargain with Galactus and offers himself to be his Herald, who will be his servant and explore the galaxies for more planets for Galactus to devour.
Even though he wanted to deceive Galactus and find planets that are not inhabited, Galactus tempered with his soul to prevent this. This took a lot of toll on Silver Surfer because he was responsible for thousands of the world’s being destroyed by Galactus’s hand (or mouth). Few storylines included Memphisto wanting his soul and Dr. Doom his Power Cosmic. He also had to deal with Thanos, who used the Infinity Gauntlet to make half of the universe’s population evaporate, ultimately killing him with the help of Adam Warlock.
He does meet the Fantastic Four, his allies, and Alicia Masters, who explains to him what are feelings and emotions, and the concept of human life. His comic book storylines are quite heavy and his character needs to take a lot of responsibility. All in all, he is a strong-minded individual, who has literally seen all.
Everybody knows Superman’s story. Before his planet Krypton is destroyed, Kal-El’s parents send him to the planet to save him – the Earth. Family Kent takes him in and raises him on an isolated farm in Smallville, Kansas. They give him a civilian identity, Clark Kent. His parents advise him to not show his abilities but Clark eventually creates a disguise and decides to use his powers to save the world.
His work enraged a lot of people, including Lex Luthor who is Superman’s oldest archnemesis. With him, Superman fought against a lot of powerful enemies like Zoom, Doomsday, Darkseid, and many more cosmic beings, who actually killed him a few times. Superman also lost a lot of his allies and friends which affected him a lot but also propelled him to protect his home even harder.
These points are all valid and need to be considered, however, one has something the other does not – powerful Telepathic ability. Silver Surfer can read and manipulate other beings’ minds, and without a doubt, he could easily do it to Superman. Yes, before the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, Superman had telepathic abilities but DC decided to leave Superman with amazing mental attack resistance, which will make Silver Surfer try really hard to manipulate Superman’s feelings and thoughts.
Regardless of that, we will award Silver Surfer with the point. Superman is known to resist great mind controls like one from Phantom Stranger, but Silver Surfer has Power Cosmic on his side.
Silver Surfer (1) : 0 Superman
Let’s talk strength. Silver Surfer, being an alien that possesses the power he got from a cosmic being that probably existed before the Bing Bang, has unlimited strength. What does that mean? Well, he can lift very heavy things. You see, there was never a direct number or indication on how much can Silver Surfer “lift”, and most people assume that a Silver Surfer can lift a lot.
On the other hand, in combat, Norrin Radd is invulnerable and can use his Energy Absorbation from Power Cosmic, and make himself much stronger. However, this is where Silver Surfer “suffers”. He is not someone who uses his strength in combat that much but Superman very much does. Knowing that most of the powers he throws at Silver Surfer would not work because Radd can easily absorb them, Superman will use his brute strength and that is superior to Silver Surfer.
Superman literally lifted planets, and his strength of punches will knock out Silver Surfer pretty fast. There is not that much to discuss here because Superman is superior in strength against Silver Surfer, especially in combat.
Silver Surfer 1 : (1) Superman
Intelligence is something really interesting and layered because it can be depicted in various ways – strategic/combat intelligence, fast mind, and overall knowledge. Both of these characters are really intelligent because they both have enhanced minds and abilities to think much faster than regular beings.
Norrin Radd was already an intelligent individual even before he became Silver Surfer and obtained Power Cosmic abilities – his intelligence increased tenfold. Silver Surfer can learn about any planet in seconds and scan other places to learn of them pretty quickly. His fast mind is very useful in combat as well and can scan his opponent for their weaknesses.
On the other hand, Superman is a certified genius and his strategic intelligence, which was propelled by his allies like Batman and Wonder Woman, is second to none. He is a master tactician who can adapt to any situation thrown at him and that is why we will give both Silver Surfer and Superman points. First has the ability to spot weakness and use it against his opponents but Superman is adaptable and won’t just stand there and do nothing.
Because of all these listed facts, we need to give both superheroes points in this section.
Silver Surfer 2 : (2) Superman
In this section, we will include both stamina and durability in certain situations, and analyze which character gets more points in this section. Silver Surfer has unfathomable stamina. He does not need to eat or drink and his ability to travel through space and literally breathe through the cosmos without difficulty is an important fact here.
Even though Superman is a really, really durable individual who got drained of energy multiple times in the DC comics, his admirable stamina and durability depend on the situation. Superman is strong because of the Solar Energy of the Yellow Sun, and when not exposed to it, Superman is weaker. Kryptonite is also important to mention because it drains Superman of his energy.
All in all, Silver Surfer takes this one just because he can breathe in the space and doesn’t have to consume any type of resource to energize. Power Cosmic is enough for him. If Superman is exposed to Yellow Sun nonstop, he would probably be the strongest superhero in the DC Universe.
Silver Surfer (3) : 2 Superman
Strategy, combat style, and others are all important aspects of combat. Silver Surfer relies a lot on his “range” abilities like Telepathy, Telekinesis, Matter Manipulation, and other psychological abilities to defeat his foes. He usually starts by scanning his enemy to detect weaknesses and expose the opponent with his other abilities that he gained from Power Cosmic.
Power Cosmic gives Silver Surfer unbelievable powers that make him one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, with even Galactus admiring Silver Surfer’s strength. However, he has one problem. He is too peaceful, and because of that, he cannot fulfill his Power Cosmic power potential to the fullest.
Superman on the other hand is a peaceful guy himself. However, when needed, Superman is an unstoppable object that only massive amounts of Kryptonite can stop him. He does not hold back and his archenemies like Darkseid (a New God), Doomsday (a prehistoric Krypton monster), and even pushed a World Forger, a sixth-dimensional entity who created hypertime and is as strong as Antimonitor. We already mentioned that before – Superman would use his amazing melee combat prowess and destroy Silver Surfer in combat.
Yes, Norrin Radd has a surfboard that he can use for space travel and achieve the speed of light, but knowing that Superman can manage almost the same speeds as that, at this point, Radd will probably use his unbelievable speed to run.
Because Thanos has beaten Silver Surfer multiple times in the comics, and these two are on par with their strength, we need to give a point to Superman in this section.
Silver Surfer 3 : (3) Superman
Now, to the final section to determine who is going to win in this fight – Silver Surfer or Superman? This section will include both superheroes’ best feats, and it would seem a bit unfair to Silver Surfer because he is not prominent as Superman, but he also fought the greatest foes and beings of the Marvel Universe, and they will be mentioned.
Let’s start with him then. Silver Surfer bested Galactus by satiating his hunger – he could’ve killed him but decided to go this route. With that, he joined Galactus on his journey and kept him at bay with his powers. He was worthy of Mjolnir in the Thanos Wins storyline and even killed the servant of the Death. He also defeated Beta Ray Bill and Nova and even managed to beat Memphisto.
Norrin Radd also used his powers to destroy the planet and kill another herald of Galactus, Morg. He survived in the middle of the Black Hole and survived the explosion that was supposed to erase the Multiverse and other dimensions. He is truly one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.
Superman achieved a lot of great feats. He protected Metropolis (and the planet Earth) multiple times from Doomsday, Lex Luthor, Zoom, Darkseid, and General Zod. He saved the world from Brainiac, a creature who wants to increase his knowledge of the whole universe by destroying everything in its wake. He is essentially a leader of the Superhuman community in the DC universe, and with the help of his allies even defeated Darkseid, the New God of the Apokalips.
He defeated Bizzaro multiple times, a literal carbon copy of him, and defeated Parasite that managed to leech off his powers, but Superman managed to find his weakness and ultimately defeat him.
In the end, Superman’s feats are bigger and he had more of them in comparison to Silver Surfer. This is the deciding point and Superman wins in the photo finish. We will provide you with our reasoning in the next paragraph.
Silver Surfer 3 : (4) Superman
Silver Surfer Vs Superman: Who Wins?
Our ultimate conclusion is that Superman will beat Silver Surfer in most of the fights. Yes, Norrin Radd’s Telepathy and Matter Manipulation can harm Superman greatly, but people in this discussion forget that Superman is incredibly strong mentally and physically. Power Cosmic does give Silver Surfer invulnerability and strength but we saw multiple times in the comics that the likes of Thor and Thanos defeated Radd consistently.
Yes, Thor had Mjolnir but that does not take away from his incredible strength. Silver Surfer also can at times defeat Superman in a “ranged” fight by trying to get in his head or use his energy absorption or matter manipulation to take away Yellow Sun’s solar energy that empowers Superman. However, focused Superman is almost unstoppable – his unbelievable intelligence, will, and strategic combat knowledge make him incredibly powerful.
Also, another thing comic book fans often forget is that Superman never stands and watches his opponents attack him. If his ranged attacks like Frozen Breath or Heat Vision do not work, Superman will fall back to his melee combat that is compared to most skilled beings in the universe.
In the end, Silver Surfer is a peaceful superhero who refuses to use his full power, which still makes him a really powerful being in Marvel Comics. Superman is unhinged when he wants to be and his feats that managed to save the universe, sometimes with the help of his allies, are admirable. It all depends on the writers – you never know what new ability will they add to these two characters’ stories.
Another thing that is important to mention – we did write about Thanos versus Silver Surfer, where we determined that Thanos would beat Silver Surfer in most of the fights, and in another article, we determined that Thanos and Superman are on par and of similar strength. If everything goes Silver Surfer’s way, he can defeat Superman, but in most fights, Superman will edge out a win. This is only telling how powerful these two characters are in their respective universes.