The New Fantastic Four

NBC (ended 1978)



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The New Fantastic Four

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The New Fantastic Four was an animated series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and featured the talents of both of The Fantastic Four's creators - Stan Lee (as one of the series' writers) and Jack Kirby (as a storyboard artist), as well as the comics writer Roy Thomas behind the series.

The series is famous for not including the Human Torch/Johnny Storm character from the comics and replacing him with the original character of Herbie the robot (who would later appear in the original comics). This was done due to the fact that the character of the Human Torch was optioned for a live-action version at around the same time, and not, as some people have mentioned, due to network concerns that children would set themselves on fire to emulate him. This myth was the storyline for Fantastic Four #855 "Hero". Where a fan of the Human Torch died by lighting himself on fire.

Unfortunately, although this series was produced in 1978, the extremely limited quality of the animation makes it technically inferior to the previous (and more authentic to the original comics) Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon of 1967.

The Opening Narration: It was the world's strangest accident. While testing a new rocket ship, our heroes were bombarded by mysterious cosmic rays from outer space. Though they crash-landed safely, the strange and powerful rays had changed each one of them. Transforming their leader, Reed Richards, into the plastic-skinned Mr. Fantastic; Sue Richards into the "now you see her, now you don't" Invisible Girl; and Ben Grimm into a mighty-muscled powerhouse called The Thing. Now together with H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot, the newest member of the group, they have become the greatest team of superheroes the world has ever known. The NEW Fantastic Four!

The question of why the Human Torch was not included in this show was brought up in F.F#209 "Trapped in the Sargasso of Space". When he was asked why he wasnt in the show, the Torch said that he was "out of town the day the contracts had to signed". The replie to this was "The F.F cartoon show controversy revealed at last"!moreless
Ginny Tyler

Ginny Tyler

Invisible Girl/Susan Richards

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Herbie (HER-B)

Mike Road

Mike Road

Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards

Ted Cassidy

Ted Cassidy

Thing/Benjamin J. "Ben" Grimm

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  • It was a new and different idea.

    I wasnt born while this show was airing but from what I've read and heard about it is that it was a fairly decent show. I dont agree with the idea of replacing the Human Torch with H.E.R.B.I.E but it was a diffenert idea so you do have to give them credit for that.
  • an all new spin

    i remember this show from when i was a kid. i thought it was pretty cool. i didn't get into comics until i was a little older. the whole herbie robot deal was a tad dumb but still i thought it was a good show. i wonder if it will ever come out on dvd?
  • Reed Richards, a world famous scientist, has a plan to find out how DNA was created. He goes to victor to ask him to help him.up in space things start to go wrong,crerating five extrodanaryhumans: Human torch, Mr Fantastic, The invisable woman, the Thingmoreless

    I found this to be an exellent film, for any body. not to much violence for kiddies and somthing even for the most boring adults to watch. A light hearted, film with plenty of laughs for the whole family to spend time with.

    This film is a must see as it comes from the fantastic(excuse the pun)books that were made, following the drematic monologue of the books
  • 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

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