It Started on Yancy Street

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It Started on Yancy Street
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Fantastic Four communicate with the Watcher's thought projection.
Premiere date: October 21, 1967
Writers: Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"It Started on Yancy Street" is the seventh episode of Fantastic Four season one. It aired on October 21, 1967 on ABC. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The Red Ghost returns to trick the Fantastic Four into believing they are wanted by the Thing's old rival street gang, when he scoops them up and dumps them on the moon as payback.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


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In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Human Torch/Johnny Storm Jac Flounders
Invisible Girl/Sue Richards Jo Ann Plfug
Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards Gerald Mohr
The Thing/Ben Grimm Paul Frees
Red Ghost Vic Perrin
Uatu, the Watcher Paul Frees





  • Red Ghost's rocket ship





The score was composed by Ted Nichols.

Behind the scenes


  • Despite being the Watcher's first appearance on-screen, Reed acts like he already knows him, which may be because it's set after "Galactus".

Critical reception

In other languages

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Home availability

  • Warner Bros. own the show, while Disney own the characters, making it difficult to release this episode onto DVD.