The New Fantastic Four

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The New Fantastic Four
GenreSuperhero
Action
Adventure
Created by
Based on
Fantastic Four
by
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
Voices of
Narrated byDick Tufeld
Theme music composer
  • Dean Elliott
  • Eric Rogers
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)Lee Gunther
Producer(s)
Editor(s)
  • David H. DePatie, Jr.
  • Richard Gannon
  • Richard Corwin
Production company(s)
DistributorMarvel Entertainment
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 9 (1978-09-09) –
December 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)
Chronology
Preceded byFantastic Four (1967 TV series)
Followed byFantastic Four (1994 TV series)

The New Fantastic Four (on-screen title: The Fantastic Four) is an animated series produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises and Marvel Comics Animation (both owned by Marvel Entertainment) in 1978.[1]

Premise[edit]

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), because the 1978 television rights to use that character were tied up by a proposed television pilot movie in development by Universal Studios (now a sister company to NBC) that ended up never being produced.[2] [3]

Episode list[edit]

No Title Original air date PC
1"A Monster Among Us"January 18, 1978 (1978-01-18)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"January 25, 1978 (1978-01-25)102
Magneto challenges Mister Fantastic for leadership of the Fantastic Four. Magneto wins and makes the team commit crimes disguised as good deeds.
3"The Phantom of Film City"February 1, 1978 (1978-02-01)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"February 8, 1978 (1978-02-08)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"February 15, 1978 (1978-02-15)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"February 22, 1978 (1978-02-22)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"March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01)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"March 8, 1978 (1978-03-08)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"March 15, 1978 (1978-03-15)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"March 22, 1978 (1978-03-22)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"March 29, 1978 (1978-03-29)110
A green alien that can do anything lands on Earth and is called Impossible Man by the criminal it befriends.
12"The Final Victory of Doctor Doom"April 5, 1978 (1978-04-05)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"April 12, 1978 (1978-04-12)113
Mister Fantastic discovers the Negative Zone and unknowingly lets Blastaar onto Earth who goes on a rampage.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Marvel Mash-Up[edit]

In July, 2012, scenes from Fantastic Four were re-cut, edited, and re-dubbed into comical shorts as part of Disney XD's Marvel Mash-Up shorts for their "Marvel Universe on Disney XD" block of programming that included Ultimate Spider-Man and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.[4]

DVD release[edit]

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 in the UK which had acquired the rights to the Marvel shows, released the series on DVD in March, 2010.

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 Video 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.[5] Meet Doctor Doom is only available in the Villains Gift Set by Morningstar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fantastic Four on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  2. ^ "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
  3. ^ https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-16/2/
  4. ^ http://marvel.com/news/story/18341/doing_the_marvel_mash-up
  5. ^ "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.

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