Look: The Silver Surfer Was Very Important Back In 1973
Check out what surfaced on Reddit: It looks to be some sort of internal Marvel document that lists the importance of certain characters from 1973.
3 asterisks and you are very important, 2 for important and 1 not as much.
Looking over the list we see that back in 1973 the Silver Surfer was listed as "very important."
So was Ka-Zar, Conan and Dracula.
Guess times change.
X-Men are only at 2.
For the latest list of important characters to Marvel all you have to do is check the movie listings.
Guess there is hope for the Silver Surfer yet with the new Fantastic Four movie coming out.