The Way It All Began

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The Way It All Began
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Doctor Doom holds the Invisible Girl at gunpoint with a laser hidden in his glove.
Premiere date: September 23, 1967
Writers: Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"The Way It All Began" is the third episode of Fantastic Four season one. It aired on September 23, 1967 on ABC. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

When Doctor Doom tries to settle an old score with Mister Fantastic, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom share their origin stories and how they intertwine with each other's.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Citizen #1 Unavailable
Citizen #2 Unavailable
Doctor Doom Joshua Sirola
The Thing/Ben Grimm Paul Frees
Announcer Don Messick
Human Torch/Johnny Storm Jac Flounders
Mitzi Miner N/A
Professor Don Messick
Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards Gerald Mohr
Invisible Girl/Sue Richards Jo Ann Plfug
Police Commissioner Robbins Unavailable
Victor Von Doom's assistant Don Messick
University dean Unavailable
Nurse Unavailable









The score was composed by Ted Nichols.

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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.