The Fantastic Four (1978)

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The Fantastic Four
Premiere September 9, 1978
Finale December 16, 1978
Network/Provider NBC
Style 30-minute animated superhero action
Company DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Seasons 1
Episodes 13
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Fantastic Four is an animated superhero action program. It was the second series based on the Marvel Comics team The Fantastic Four. It aired on NBC. This particular series was infamous for replacing The Human Torch with H.E.R.B.I.E the robot. Although it was long rumored the reason for the change was so that kids wouldn't try to copycat The Human Torch, the real reason was because of copyrights issues as The Human Torch was to star in a movie at the time, although the movie was never completed. (In an issue of the FF comic book, Johnny would quip that he was out of the country when the contract for the cartoon was signed.)



Actor Character
Main Cast
Mike Road Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
Ginny Tyler Sue Richards / Invisible Woman
Ted Cassidy Ben Grimm / The Thing
Frank Welker H.E.R.B.I.E.
Dick Tufeld Narrator


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 9, 1978 December 16, 1978 13


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Individual Episodes  (Region 1)
The Impossible Man September 30, 2008 purchase 1
Episode Collections - Various Series  (Region 1)
Villains Showdown November 4, 2008 purchase 3
Complete Series  (Region 2)
Complete Series March 1, 2010 purchase 2

External Sites

The Fantastic Four Franchise

The Fantastic Four (1967)The Fantastic Four (1978)The ThingFantastic Four (1994)Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes