If the Absorbing Man touched Silver Surfer, would he absorb the power cosmic or would he just turn silver?
Or maybe both?
Has anything like this come up in canon before?
Creel has never had the opportunity to meet a Herald of Galactus. If he did, he would likely NOT be able to emulate such a vast store of the Power Cosmic, but could likely gain aspects of durability, superhuman strength and resistance to damage, similar to but to a far lesser degree than the Herald he was emulating.
In confrontations with his primary rival Thor, Creel copies the durability and physical prowess of both Thor and Mjolnir and is able to bring the pain to the God of Thunder. But he does not absorb all of their powers or abilities, just as much as his magically altered body can sustain. He does not gain control over the weather, nor can he lift Mjolnir.
He has in the past, emulated Mjolnir's Uru metal and became incredible powerful and durable, capable of fighting Thor, almost on an equal footing.
He has tried to emulate and tackle the All-Father Odin, but was easily defeated as Odin cannot be easily harmed by his own magic.
Creel emulates Dazzler's powers and becomes a being of living light.