|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Beginning date||September 9, 1978|
|End date||December 16, 1978|
|Number of Episodes||13|
David H. DePatie
|Previous Series||Fantastic Four|
Fantastic Four, also titled The Fantastic Four, is a series based on Marvel Comics characters Fantastic Four that aired between September 9 and December 16, 1978. It is the second series based on the characters after Fantastic Four.
The series only lasted thirteen episodes. Many episodes share the same name as it's predecessor.
The character of Human Torch does not appear on this series. Rumors stated that he was rejected out of fear that children would light themselves on fire to imitate him. This rumor became the basis of a story in Fantastic Four #285 in 1985. In the issue, a character named Tommy Hanson is Human Torch's biggest fan and to be like him he lights himself on fire eventually dying.
In actuality, he was licensed for an unmade live-action project. Human Torch alone had been licensed to the same studio that produced The Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno along with rights to Doctor Strange and Captain America.
He is replaced by the robot H.E.R.B.I.E., which stands for Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-Type, Integrated Electronics, who was eventually adapted into the comics and subsequent adaptations. Stan Lee created the character while Dave Cockrum designed him. However, Cockrum hated the character and eventually Jack Kirby finished the job.
Marvel reedited and redubbed footage of this series, along with Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk, into funny segments called "Marvel Mash-Up". The segments appeared on Disney XD along with The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Pretender To The Flame: The Robot Who Joined The Fantastic Four at Birth. Movies. Death.