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Fantastic Four
Also known as The New Fantastic Four
Genre animated television series
Created by Stan Lee (characters / created for television)
Jack Kirby (characters)
Theme music composer Dean Elliott, Eric Rogers
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Lee Gunther
Producer(s) David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
Editor(s) David H. DePatie, Richard Cannon, Richard Corwin
Production company(s) DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Marvel Comics Animation
Original channel NBC
Original run September 9, 1978 – December 16, 1978
Preceded by Fantastic Four (1967 TV series)
Followed by Fantastic Four (1994 TV series)

Fantastic Four is an animated series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and Marvel Comics Animation in the late 1970s.



It is the second animated series based on Marvel's comic book series Fantastic Four. The 1978 series replaced the character of the Human Torch with a robot named H.E.R.B.I.E., (Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics). A long-lasting rumor stated that this change was made by the TV network (NBC) because executives did not want young viewers to imitate the Human Torch by setting themselves on fire. This rumor proved to be untrue, as the 1978 television rights to use that character were tied up by a proposed television pilot movie in development by Universal Studios that ended up never being produced.[1].

Episode list

  1. A Monster Among Us
  2. The Menace Of Magneto
  3. The Phantom Of Film City
  4. Medusa And The Inhumans
  5. The Diamond Of Doom
  6. The Mole Man
  7. The Olympics Of Space
  8. The Fantastic Four Meet Doctor Doom
  9. The Frightful Four
  10. Calamity On The Campus
  11. The Impossible Man
  12. The Final Victory Of Doctor Doom
  13. Blastaar, the Living Bomb Burst


Additional Voices

Character guide

DVD Release

The company Liberation Films was going to release this series on DVD in the UK in November 2008, but due to the company going into bankruptcy, that never happened. However the company Clear Vision which had acquired the rights to the Marvel shows will release the series on DVD in February, 2010. [1]

Morningstar Entertainment has released 2 episodes on Region 1 DVD in Canada, however both The Impossible Man and Meet Dr. Doom are reissues of Volumes 2 and 7 of the 1980's Prism Video Marvel Comics Video Library. Both DVD's were mastered from VHS copies of those old releases, and therefore contain the Spider-Man episodes that were added on as bonus episodes to the VHS releases. [2] Meet Doctor Doom is only available in the Villains Gift Set by Morningstar.


External links

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