|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Beginning date||September 9, 1967|
|End date||September 21, 1968|
|Number of Episodes||20|
|Next Series||Fantastic Four|
The Fantastic Four is a series that aired from September 9, 1967 to September 21, 1968 originally airing the same day as Spider-Man. It was the second Marvel Comics animated series. It was also the first to adapt a single comic book series as The Marvel Super Heroes had been a combination of several different series. The series was known as Space Ninja Gones in Japan.
Similar to The Marvel Super Heroes, the episodes were directly adapted from the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comics with a few exceptions. The character of Namor was unavailable as his rights were given for another series, so the character of Triton (unrelated to the Inhuman Triton) was created in his place. Also, Alicia Masters did not appear so Invisible Girl takes her place in convincing Silver Surfer to turn against Galactus.
Actor Role(s) Gerald Mohr Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards Jo Ann Pflug Invisible Girl/Susan Storm Richards Jac Flounders Human Torch/Johnny Storm Paul Frees Thing
Joseph Sirola Doctor Doom Tol Avery Morrat Ted Cassidy Galactus Henry Corden Attuma
Regis Cordic Diablo Jack DeLeon Mole Man Frank Gerstle Blastaar Don Messick Kurrgo
Marvin Miller Super-Skrull
Vic Perrin Red Ghost
Professor Gamma Ray
Mike Road Triton
Hal Smith Judge
Otto von Lenz
Ginny Tyler Anelle Janet Waldo Lady Dorma
There were a total of twenty episodes.
The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which has seen become owned by Time-Warner who also owns DC Comics, Marvel's largest competitor. While The Walt Disney Company was able to acquire the rights to several series, Fantastic Four is currently not one of them. As such, there appears to be no plans to release the series on home video.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked the series among its top one-hundred superhero series with this series at sixty-four above Big Hero 6 at one-hundred Spider-Woman at eighty-nine, Iron Man: Armored Adventures at eighty-six, Ultimate Spider-Man at eighty-three, Spider-Man Unlimited at seventy-three, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes at sixty-nine, The Super Hero Squad Show at sixty-eight, X-Men: Evolution at sixty-six and below Avengers Assemble at fifty-eight, Guardians of the Galaxy at fifty-five, The Marvel Super Heroes at fifty-one, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends at forty-eight, The Spectacular Spider-Man at forty-six, Spider-Man at forty, Spider-Man at nineteen, and X-Men at five.
- 100 Best Superhero TV Shows of All Time at Rotten Tomatoes