Menace of the Mole Men

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Menace of the Mole Men
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Mole Man pushes a lever to trap the Fantastic Four beneath Subterranea.
Premiere date: September 9, 1967
Writers: Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"Menace of the Mole Men" is the first episode of Fantastic Four season one. It aired on September 9, 1967 on ABC. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

While looking for an island to conduct Reed's experiments without disturbing their neighbors, the Fantastic Four are led to a remote island too good to be true by the Mole Man.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
The Thing/Ben Grimm Paul Frees
Invisible Girl/Sue Richards Jo Ann Plfug
Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards Gerald Mohr
Human Torch/Johnny Storm Jac Flounders
Mole Man Jack DeLeon
Mole Men Unavailable




  • None






The score was composed by Ted Nichols.

Behind the scenes


  • When Johnny refers to the island as looking like the dark side of the moon, Reed's hair is blond.
  • When Reed brings in Johnny, Susan's insignia is missing.
  • When Susan points to the Mole Man, her insignia is missing.

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.