The Fantastic Four (1967)

ABC (ended 1968)



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The Fantastic Four (1967)

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The Fantastic Four (1967) was an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera productions, and debuted the same day as the classic 1967 Spider-Man animated show. This was one of only two animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera that was based on Marvel Comics characters. The program, featuring character designs by Alex Toth and lasted twenty episodes. The Fantastic Four was first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This was also one of several shows to be cancelled because of parental concern over TV violence in the 60s.

The Fantastic Four was: Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Ben Grimm (The Thing), Reed's wife Sue Richards (Invisible Woman) and Sue's little brother Johnny Storm (Human Torch).

The Fantastic Four gained their super powers after a experimental rocket ship designed by Reed Richards and piloted by Reed's friend, Ben Grimm, was hit by a storm of cosmic rays on its test flight in space. When it crash landed back on earth, the four discovered that they each had gained super powers. Reed could stretch, twist and re-shape his body to in-human proportions, Ben was transformed into a monstrous humanoid with orange, rock-covered skin with incredible strength and durability. Sue was able to turn herself invisible and create forcefeilds. Johnny could cover himself with flames as well as fly. They decide to call themselves the Fantastic Four and use their abilities to protect mankind.moreless
Paul Frees

Paul Frees

Thing/Benjamin J. "Ben" Grimm

Gerald Mohr

Gerald Mohr

Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards

Jo Ann Pflug

Jo Ann Pflug

Invisible Girl/Susan Richards

Jack Flounders

Jack Flounders

Human Torch/Johnny Storm

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  • One of my all time favorite Saturday morning cartoon shows back in 1967!

    Those that criticize this early morning cartoon show-especially the young know-it-alls of today... simply are talking out of their ass. As a nine year old, not only did I appreciate that someone was finally bringing The Fantastic Four to life, but as an artist myself, it's influenced me immensely upon my career choice later on! Thank you, Marvel and Hanna Barbera!!!!
  • My favorite show from the 60's.

    This is probably my favorite cartoon from the 60's. They stayed true to the comics, had good plots and even though the animation wasn't as good as it is now this was still an all around great show. It would be great if a cartoon network could start airing it again, but since theres not alot of episodes that probably wont happen. Which is sad because the generation that wasn't around for this show should be able to see it.moreless
  • This was another Hanna-Barbera masterpiece that I beg for the TV gods to put back on the air. This and many other of their great shows that is.

    Another Hanna-Barbera masterpiece that I beg for the TV gods to put back on the air. This and many other of their great shows that is. This of course was based on the comic book and was before the movie. They are in the process of making a second movie if anyone is interested. I want to see these shows again. H & B really got the shaft by being forced to cancel many of their great programs due to a few complaints abouyt violence. People who could actually use their brain could tell these shows were a battle between good and evil and good almost always won in the end.moreless
  • Way better than the 1994 UPN cartoon

    I really loved this cartoon. The Opening theme was also great. I wish the Cartoon Network would start showing these shows again even though there were not that many episodes.

    The Voice talent was great. Back to the music it also has the typical hana and barbera lil sounds and scene change music still a great show.

  • And There Were Actually Five.

    If you looked at the Comics very carefully, you would find that there was a fifth one called Herbie. A robot.

    The Creators were behind the Depatie-Freeling one, and many thought that Storm was in the hands of somebody else, others thought that Kids would dangerously immitate him, or it could have been that they were going to do something else with him. The DFE version was truely the most unique, since it was the only one Featuring the robot. And since the creators were involved in the show, then the Robot was actually another Super-Hero, making the total 5, so the whole thing doesn't make any sense at all.

    The oldest one is boring, but if you want to know what happened, then look in the credits. They show exactly what happened perfectly. And the music was very interesting.moreless