We all know that Marvel’s First Family has had a hard time finding success on the big and small screens.
At best, their media presence has been corny, at worst, it’s been absolutely god-awful. But there’s a glimmer of hope if we go back even further in Fantastic Four media history — all the way to Hanna-Barbera’s Fantastic Four from 1967. I vaguely remembered reruns of this older Fantastic Four cartoon playing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami when I was a kid, but I couldn’t recall if it was actually any good. This called for some investigation in the form of uploaded episodes on DailyMotion.
I must admit, I was very apprehensive about this cartoon. This was Hanna-Barbera, after all. The last Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four-related production I watched was the mind-numbing, rage-inducing, universally-loathed, piece-of-crap Thing cartoon. I’ve watched some pretty heinous material for Rewind, but that cartoon is the one that my boyfriend forbade me from playing in the house ever again. So, yes, I was nervous about what the 1967 Fantastic Four had in store. I was able to watch a few of the first episodes in the series on DailyMotion, and I have to say… it’s actually pretty good.
Are you surprised? I know I was. I hardly ever have anything good to say about Fantastic Four-related media, but this cartoon was quite well done given the time. It’s far better than any of the more modern-day Fantastic Four movies (and TV shows) I’ve watched. And again, this is from 1967, which is really impressive. I’m not saying it’s a perfect show, but for what it is — a short, amusing superhero adventure show — it’s not a bad watch.