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The Keeper

The Keeper, from the cover of the Guardians of the Galaxy #24
Real Name
Current Alias
The Keeper

Silver Surfer, Silver Savage, Skyrider, Sentinel of the Spaceways, Silverado, Chrome Dome



Herald of Galactus (former), and Guardians of the Galaxy

Jartran Radd (father, deceased), Elmar Radd (mother, deceased), Fennan Radd (half-brother, deceased)


Base Of Operations
Mobile throughout the known universe; formerly Earth and Galactus' World-Ship


6' 4"

225 lbs (102 kg)



Unusual Features
His whole body is sheathed in silver.


Marital Status

Eon's Protector of the Universe; Spacefaring adventurer and explorer; former would-be world conqueror, minion of Gaea, Earthbound adventurer, scholar; sometimes mistakenly regarded as a messianic figure

Place of Birth
Somewhere on Zenn-La, Deneb System, the Milky Way Galaxy.

First appearance



His origin is the same as the original Silver Surfer, he offered himself to become Galactus' herald to spare his homeworld. He still tunred against his former master, was bound to Earth, "won a pardon from the world devourer", and left Earth to later return to find Earth being attacked by martians. in a War of the Worlds. He ended up fighting along side of Dr. Franklin Richards, Captain America, and Dr. Doom against the Martian invaders. Eon had convinced him that it was Earth's Destiny to be conquered, and he left Earth, wracked with guilt, unable to accept his offer. Centuries later, he finally accepted Eon's offer to wear the Quantum Bands, as Protector of the Universe.

While working for Eon, he was sent to Earth to defend it from Galactus once again. He first found Thor (Dargo Ktor), who mistook him for an enemy at first, "but soon came to realize that our cause was the same."

Norrin Radd regaining the Power Cosmic from within himself

Meanwhile, the other former herald Firelord had intercepted a distress signal that was sent to Radd that his home world, Zenn-La, was about to explode, and to his credit sought him out to warn him. Firelord found him in time to help Thor (Dargo Ktor) and Radd to defend Earth from Galactus, who had a new herald, Nova. They combined their powers into one shot, aimed at the planet eater, "but reacting instantly, Nova intercepted the blast -- and was killed!" Appearently Radd was close to Nova, but so was Galactus, who was given pause by her demise. He reabsorbed her cosmic power, making her closer to him in death than life, and vowed to never take a herald again. With the immediate threat mitigated, Firelord told Radd of his message, and they went to his home world, Zenn-La, only to be too late, and it exploded into cosmic dust.

Radd as the Surfer, once again

After a short mourning period, he placed the blame on Galactus for all the anguish he had felt in his life, and sought out to enact retribution on him. He attacked him, with both the quantum bands, and the power cosmic at his command, but still he was picked off like an insect. It was at this point, that with "righteous fury which had welled in him sice the death of Nova" he destroyed his board. He then used his awesome power to stip Radd of his Power Cosmic and his silver sheath. He then flung him to edge of the Universe, where a Watcher named Aron, saved him, by removing him from the Eternity and the universe. Which is how he and the Quantum Bands escaped the detection of Eon for so long. Aron taught him how to use the Bands to their fullest, and convinced him that Power Cosmic was inside him. "With conviction came acceptance. With acceptance came awarness". With this power he re-shealthed him self in silver. He now rededicated his life to foiling the world-eater whereever he threatened sentient life. He then re-ented the universe, to first save a world "beyond the Plieades" which is Main Frame's world.

They raced to stop Galactus, and found Firelord doing the same, as a Protector of the Universe. Radd used his powers to remove the city from the world that Galactus was targeting, while the Guardians and firelord tried, in vain to stop Galactus. Just as Firelord was about to be destroyed, The Keeper (Radd) stepped in, to confront Galactus for the last time. They battled, and right as the final blow was about to be dealt to the world-eater, Eon stops him. He then reminds Radd that "it is not the world-eater that you seek to kill, but his killing that you wish to end", and to help Galactus to his feet. Eon then feeds Galactus, satisfying his hunger for now, and convices Radd to join him once again, not as his herald, but as his equal, to stop him from feeding on worlds that are inhabitaed by sentient life. As he is leaving with his new partner, he forms his surfboard once again.

Powers and Abilities



Invulnerability: Radd's silvery "skin" was designed to easily withstand the rigors of deep-space travel, and thus far, it has proven to be virtually indestructible. In fact, his entire body was made highly resistant to injury and he is thus almost invulnerable to most types of physical harm. The Silver Surfer can withstand the crushing pressures of a black hole and can easily withstand great extremes in temperature. He is unbothered by the friction associated with atmospheric re-entry, and has withstood plunges into stars and even supernovae. He also routinely weathers the stresses associated with high-speed travel through space and hyperspace. His body is sustained by cosmic energy, and thus the Surfer has no need for air, food, or water. His brain, however, still occasionally requires sleep, although not nearly as often as humans do.

Godlike Stamina: He has highly enhanced musculature generates virtually no fatigue toxins, granting him nearly inexhaustible physical stamina. However, his does require sleep on occassion, due to his brain's biological need to dream.

The Power Cosmic: Radd possesses the Power Cosmic which was granted to him by Galactus. These were temporarily taken from him by Galactus, but were restored by the Watcher, through an awakening of the powers inside of him.

Essentially, the Power Cosmic gives Radd mastery over the four fundamental forces of the universe:

  • Electro-magnetism
  • Manipulation of Gravity
  • Ability to store and discharge nuclear force
  • Ability to control to an unknown level matter of any kind; in fact, he was able to restore his Cosmic Surfboard
Cosmic Senses: His senses were enhanced by Galactus, which allow him far-ranging vision (in space he can see people clearly over a light year away), the ability to see sub-atomic particles, superhuman hearing, the ability to detect fields, traces, and concentrations of energy and discern their natures.


As Norrin Radd, he was a scientist, a dreamer, and something of a philosopher. Skills which he sometimes finds quite useful. He is however, is only an average hand-to-hand combatant, depending almost entirely upon his cosmic powers in battle. He is also capable of astro-navigation, and is very skilled at space travel using his board, including navigating through black holes and space warps. When traveling to a dimension such as the Microverse, the Surfer's body seems to adapt to the correct size automatically.



The Quantum Bands and his Cosmic Surfboard


Cosmic Surfboard


  • For some reason, since he has been known as The Keeper, Radd has had a red cloak about him.


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