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Fantastic Four is an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and the first animated series based on the Marvel comic book series Fantastic Four. The series, featuring character designs by Alex Toth, aired on ABC from 1967 to 1968. Reruns then continued to air on ABC until 1970. The series ran for one season containing 20 episodes. It was also rerun as part of the continuing series Hanna-Barbera's World of Super Adventure.

Through a series of transactions, Disney currently holds the rights to the majority of Marvel's 1960s-1990s animated output. However, the 1967-1968 Fantastic Four was produced by Hanna-Barbera, whose library is now owned by Time Warner, making the series one of only a handful of Marvel-related TV projects not owned by Disney (which has since acquired Marvel outright). Time Warner is also the owner of Marvel's biggest competitor, DC Comics, as well as the owner of New Line Cinema, which produced a movie trilogy based on another Marvel superhero, Blade.

Fantastic Four appeared in reruns on Cartoon Network from 1992-2000. In 2000, The series began airing on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang.

Overview

Based on the popular Marvel comic book characters, The Fantastic Four were a group of scientists who were accidentally struck by cosmic rays during the launching of a test rocket ship. When their experimental ship passed through cosmic radiation too strong for its shields to withstand, the four—scientist and rocket designer Reed Richards, his wife Sue, ace pilot and lovable lunkhead Ben Grimm, and Sue's hotshot younger brother Johnny Storm—were all bombarded with cosmic rays. Crash landing on earth, the four discovered that the radiation had left each of them with a strange, new power.

Reed, soon to be called Mr. Fantastic, became a pliable mass, with limbs that could stretch to seemingly endless limits. Sue gained the power of invisibility, and was thus named the Invisible Girl. Ben became The Thing, an incredibly strong, orange granite behemoth who constantly grumbled about his new lumpy appearance. Johnny gained the ability to "Flame on," encasing his body in fire and giving him the power of flight. The impetuous youth's new powers earned him the nom de superhero The Human Torch.

Flying into action aboard the Richards-designed U-Car, the Fantastic Four battled such evil luminaries as the Mole Man, the alien Skrulls, and the despotic Doctor Doom. The Fantastic Four ran for one original season and one season of repeats before bowing out in 1970. Later in the decade, The New Fantastic Four hit the airwaves, with The Human Torch replaced by wisecracking robot H.E.R.B.I.E. The new show lasted only one season, but the original foursome returned with new episodes fifteen years later as part of Iron Man.

Cast

Main Cast

  • Gerald Mohr - Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards
  • Jo Ann Pflug - Invisible Girl/Susan Storm Richards
  • Jac Flounders - Human Torch/Johnny Storm
  • Paul Frees - The Thing/Benjamin J. Grimm, Uatu the Watcher, Additional Voices
  • Joseph Sirola - Doctor Doom

Additional voices

  • Tol Avery - Warlord, Morrat
  • Ted Cassidy - Galactus
  • Henry Corden - Attuma, Molecule Man
  • Regis Cordic - Diablo
  • Jack DeLeon - Mole Man
  • Frank Gerstle - Blastaar
  • Don Messick - Kurrgo, Skrull Emperor
  • Marvin Miller - Super-Skrull, King Toth
  • Vic Perrin - Red Ghost, Silver Surfer, Professor Gamma/The Demon
  • Mike Road - Namor/Prince Triton, Rama-Tut
  • Hal Smith - Judge, Klaw, Otto Von Lenz
  • Ginny Tyler - Henel
  • Janet Waldo - Lady Dorma, Princess Perla

Crew

  • Directed By William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Charles Nichols.
  • Produced By William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Lewis A. Marshall.
  • Animated By George Nicholas, Allen Wilzbach, Bob Bemiller, Oliver E. Callahan, Larry Silverman, Bill Keil, Mike Webster, Ken Southworth, Ed Parks.
  • Written By Phil Hahn, Jack Hanrahan, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.

Episodes

Main Article: List of Fantastic Four episodes

20 episodes of Fantastic Four were aired from September 9, 1967 to January 27, 1968 on ABC. The episodes followed closely to comic story lines.

Other Appearances

  • Fantastic Four episodes appeared on Hanna-Barbera's World of Super Adventure which premiered on NBC in September of 1980.
  • Fantastic Four episodes appeared on the Cartoon Network block Super Adventures in 1992.
Hanna-Barbera Series

1980 Drak PackThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
1981 Laverne & Shirley in the ArmySpace StarsTeen ForceThe Kwicky Koala ShowTrollkinsThe Smurfs
1982 The Flintstone FunniesMork and Mindy: The Animated SeriesThe Little RascalsPac-ManJokebookShirt TalesThe Gary Coleman Show
1983 The DukesMonchhichisThe New Scooby and Scrappy Doo ShowThe Biskitts
Lucky Luke
1984 SnorksChallenge of the GoBots
1985 Paw PawsYogi's Treasure HuntGaltar and the Golden LanceThe Berenstain Bears
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-DooThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny QuestPound PuppiesThe Flintstone KidsFoofurWildfire
1987 Sky CommandersPopeye and Son
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-DooThe Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The New Yogi Bear ShowFantastic Max
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTedPaddington Bear

1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaTom & Jerry KidsWake, Rattle, and RollRick Moranis in Gravedale HighMidnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1991 The Pirates of Dark WaterYo Yogi!
1992 Fish PoliceCapitol CrittersThe Addams Family
1993 Droopy, Master DetectiveThe New Adventures of Captain Planet2 Stupid Dogs
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and DumberWhat a Cartoon!
1996 Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm BammThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny BravoCow & ChickenI Am Weasel
1998 The Powerpuff Girls

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