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Shalla Bal

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She is the Empress of her utopian planet, Zenn-La, and was the lover of Norrin Radd. When the planet-eating Galactus came to their planet, Norrin Radd volunteered to become the herald of Galactus in exchange for sparing Zenn-La. Norrin Radd was given the Power Cosmic and became the Silver Surfer, thus separating him from Shalla-Bal for a long time.

Eventually, the Surfer rebelled against Galactus, who trapped him on the planet Earth as a punishment. The demon Mephisto who desires to defeat the Surfer and steal his noble soul, sensed the anguish of this separation within him, and on numerous occasions used Shalla-Bal as a pawn in his conflicts with the Surfer. As part of a conspiracy Mephisto replaced the consciousness of Shalla-Bal so that she believed herself to be a regular citizen of Latveria and Dr. Doom organized a false marriage celebration with her in order to make the Surfer fight the Fantastic Four.

Meanwhile Galactus consumed the life energies of Zenn-La because of Silver Surfer's betrayal, but spared the lives of its people by warning them of his coming beforehand, allowing them to return to the lifeless husk afterwards. When Mister Fantastic freed the Surfer from his imprisonment, he returned to Zenn-La to find it in this state and learned that Shalla-Bal had been taken by the Mephisto. Finally understanding the conspiracy Surfer returned to Latveria to find Shalla-Bal meanwhile imprisoning himself once again on the Earth. The Surfer bestowed a portion of his Power Cosmic to Shalla-Bal while Mephisto was sending her back to her planet, and she was able to use this power to restore the life on Zenn-La thus being accepted as an Empress by her people. However the responsibilities of her office made Shalla-Bal refuse marriage with the Surfer when he eventually broke free from Earth for good.

After years of rejection, Shalla-Bal once became romantically involved with Fennan Radd - a man who claimed to be the Silver Surfer's half-brother by his father. Fennan claimed to have been born after Norrin's mother Elmar committed suicide.

Joe Satriani wrote a song about her : "Back to Shalla Bal" from the album Flying in a blue dream

First Appearance: Silver Surfer (1968) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Crossover Classics (1991)
Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger (1995)
DC Crossover (1998)
DC/Marvel (1996)
Defenders: From the Marvel Vault (2011)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantasy Masterpieces (1979)
FF: Fifty Fantastic Years (2011)
Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances (1995)
Hulk (2008)
John Buscema's Silver Surfer Artist's Edition (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Klassik (1998)
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
Marvel, los héroes mas poderosos (2016)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Silver Surfer (1982)
Silver Surfer (1987)
Silver Surfer (1988)
Silver Surfer (2011)
Silver Surfer (2014)
Silver Surfer (2016)
Silver Surfer: Homecoming (1991)
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name (2007)
Silver Surfer: Requiem (2007)
Silver Surfer: The Enslavers (1990)
Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection (1993)
Strange Tales II (2010)
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Order (2002)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)

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