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Revision as of 15:17, 2 August 2020

This article is about the TV series. For the team, see Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four
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Series title card.
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 9, 1967-September 21, 1968
Run time: 20 minutes
Starring: Gerald Mohr
Jo Ann Plfug
Jac Flounders
Paul Frees
Producer(s): William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Phil Hahn
Jack Hanharan
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Alternate title card.

Fantastic Four, also known as The Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4, is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC's Saturday morning block. It ran from 1967-68, airing nineteen episodes. It is an adaptation of the Fantastic Four comics published by the Marvel Comics Group.

The series revolves around the near faithful adaptations from the comic books, with the Fantastic Four, a superhero team (consisting of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Human Torch, and The Thing), who live together in their Manhattan headquarters of Baxter Building. From there, they work to defend the island as well as the world from native despots to otherworldly beings only they can defeat.

In 1973, Hanna-Barbera would find more success with adapting stories from DC Comics, although they eventually did do another cartoon based on a Marvel Comics property in 1979, again based on Fantastic Four, although wildly different from the source material, which now only revolved around The Thing, who was simply the superhero form of Benjy Grimm, who could easily transform back and forth with rings, unlike the former iteration, where he was trapped living in his Thing body.

The series was not released on VHS, and has yet to be released on DVD or even be made available to purchase through Video on Demand sites like Amazon, or even the streaming subscription service Disney+, due to the simple fact of legal ownership of the singular show versus the property as a whole, which is owned by WarnerMedia, aka the enemy, and The Walt Disney Company, respectively.

Production

Development

Music

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Menace of the Mole Men" 1x01 September 9, 1967
"Diablo" 1x02 September 16, 1967
"The Way It All Began" 1x03 September 23, 1967
"Invasion of the Super Skrulls" 1x04 September 30, 1967
"Klaws" / "The Red Ghost" 1x05 October 7, 1967
Prisoners of Planet X" 1x06 October 14, 1967
"It Started on Yancy Street" 1x07 October 21, 1967
"Three Predictions of Dr. Doom" 1x08 October 28, 1967
"Behold, a Distant Star" 1x09 November 4, 1967
"Demon in the Deep" 1x10 November 11, 1967
"Danger in the Depths" 1x11 November 18, 1967
"Return of the Moleman" 1x12 November 25, 1967
"Rama-Tut" 1x13 December 8, 1967
"Galactus" 1x14 December 16, 1967
"The Micro World of Dr. Doom" 1x15 December 30, 1967
"Blastaar, the Living Bomb Burst" 1x16 January 6, 1968
"The Mysterious Molecule Man" 1x17 January 13, 1968
"The Terrible Tribunal" 1x18 September 14, 1968
"The Deadly Director" 1x19 September 21, 1968

Cast

References