The New Fantastic Four
GenreSuperhero
Action
Adventure
Created byStan Lee
Based on
Fantastic Four
by
Written byStan Lee
Directed byBrad Case
Voices of
Narrated byDick Tufeld
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producerLee Gunther
Producers
Editors
  • David H. DePatie, Jr.
  • Richard Gannon
  • Richard Corwin
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNBC
ReleaseSeptember 9 (1978-09-09) –
December 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)
Related

The New Fantastic Four (on-screen title: The Fantastic Four) is an animated series produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises and Marvel Comics Animation in 1978.[1] It is the second animated series based on Marvel's comic book series Fantastic Four, following a 1967 series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.[2]

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) because 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.[3][4]

Ownership of the series passed to Disney in 2001 when Disney acquired Fox Kids Worldwide, which also includes Marvel Productions.[5][6][7]

Plot

After getting exposed to cosmic radiation, Reed Richards, Susan Storm and Ben Grimm, alongside their robot H.E.R.B.I.E., fight crime as the Fantastic Four.

Episode list

No Title Written by Original air date PC
1"A Monster Among Us"Stan LeeSeptember 9, 1978 (1978-09-09)101
A spaceship containing a giant alien monster crash-lands on Earth and heads for New York. The Fantastic Four must find a way to contain the giant alien monster before a second spaceship arrives.
2"The Menace of Magneto"Stan LeeSeptember 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)102

Magneto challenges Mister Fantastic for leadership of the Fantastic Four. Magneto wins and makes the team commit crimes disguised as good deeds.

Note. This episode lifts its conclusion from Incredible Hulk #6 in which Hulk used a cardboard gun to trick Metal Master into believing he lost his powers.
3"The Phantom of Film City"Story by : Roy Thomas
Teleplay by : Stan Lee
September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)103
When the Fantastic Four are invited to make an epic film adventure, the movie set is plagued by the mysterious Phantom of Film City and some all too real Skrull actors.
4"Medusa and the Inhumans"Stan LeeSeptember 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)104
Upon investigating reports of mysterious beings living in the Alps, the Fantastic Four are captured by the Inhumans led by Medusa who are making plans to take over the Earth.
5"The Diamond of Doom"Story by : Stan Lee
Teleplay by : Christy Marx
October 7, 1978 (1978-10-07)105
Queen Sebel of Manopal hires the Fantastic Four to retrieve the Great White Stone that was stolen from her not knowing what Queen Sebel plans to do with the Great White Stone.
6"The Mole Man"Stan LeeOctober 14, 1978 (1978-10-14)106
When power plants from all over the world sink beneath the Earth, the Fantastic Four discover that Mole Man is behind this.
7"The Olympics of Space"Roy ThomasOctober 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)107
Thing is abducted by aliens and forced to compete on the Moon in a contest between warring factions. Thing ends up fighting the other alien race's champion Monstro.
8"The Fantastic Four Meet Doctor Doom"Stan LeeOctober 28, 1978 (1978-10-28)111
Doctor Doom introduces himself to the Fantastic Four and takes them back to Latveria where he forces them into going back in time and recovering the treasure of Blackbeard.
9"The Frightful Four"Story by : Stan Lee
Teleplay by : Bob Stitzel, Bob Johnson
November 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)108
In order to combat the Fantastic Four, Wizard brings together Medusa, Sandman, and Trapster to form the Frightful Four.
10"Calamity on the Campus"Roy ThomasNovember 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)109
Professor Gregson Gilbert introduces his creation Dragon Man to the Fantastic Four in order to use it for good. Unfortunately, Professor Gilbert's assistant George steals the controls to Dragon Man in order to use it for his own purposes.
11"The Impossible Man"Stan LeeNovember 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)110
A green alien that can do anything lands on Earth and is called Impossible Man by the criminal Grogan as he befriends him and his gang. Now the Fantastic Four must find a way to expose Grogan to Impossible Man and get him off Earth.
12"The Final Victory of Doctor Doom"Stan LeeDecember 9, 1978 (1978-12-09)112
Doctor Doom blackmails the United States into making him its leader causing the Fantastic Four to spring into action.
13"Blastaar, the Living Bomb Burst"Story by : Roy Thomas
Teleplay by : Stan Lee
December 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)113
Mister Fantastic discovers the Negative Zone and unknowingly lets Blastaar onto Earth who goes on a rampage.

Cast

Additional voices

Marvel Mash-Up

In July 2012, scenes from Fantastic Four were re-cut, edited, and re-dubbed into comical shorts as part of Disney XD's comedic Marvel Mash-Up series of shorts for their "Marvel Universe on Disney XD" block of programming that included Ultimate Spider-Man and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.[8]

Home media

Region 1

Episodes of the series were included on Prism Entertainment's Marvel Comics Video Library series. The show appeared on Volumes 2 and 7 of the series.

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 1980s Prism Entertainment Marvel Comics Video Library. Both DVDs 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.[9] Meet Doctor Doom is only available in the Villains Gift Set by Morningstar.

Region 2

In April 2008, Liberation Entertainment secured the home media rights to select Marvel shows from Jetix Europe in select European territories, including The New Fantastic Four.[10][11] The company had plans to release the series on DVD, but in October, the company closed their UK branch; leaving the DVD release cancelled.[12]

In 2009, Clear Vision took over the home media rights and released the complete series in a 2-disc set titled The Fantastic Four: The Complete Series on March 1, 2010 in the United Kingdom.[13]

References

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  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 96–98. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Is it true that the Human Torch was replaced in the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon show because the network was afraid that kids would imitate him and set themselves on fire?" -- POVOnline.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2007. Archived 28 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ "Disney+ and Missing Saban Entertainment & Fox Kids-Jetix Worldwide Library - StreamClues". 14 September 2022. Archived from the original on 26 December 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
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  8. ^ "Marvel News, Blog, Articles & Press Releases | Marvel".
  9. ^ "The New Fantastic Four DVD news: DVDs Planned in Canada for 1978's The New Fantastic Four Cartoons". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  10. ^ "Liberation Entertainment to Bring Classic Marvel Cartoons to DVD". 24 April 2008.
  11. ^ Liberation Entertainment Archived 2008-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Liberation Ent. Closes U.K. Division". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.
  13. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fantastic-Four-Complete-DVD/dp/B0032JHM6Q