Super Saturday: ‘The Fantastic Four’ (1967): Marvel’s First Family Gets Its First Cartoon!

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Welp, the coronavirus has had some unexpected results, including some major changes behind the scenes of this website.  But, I want to say I appreciate everyone that is still checking in with ScienceFiction.com!  I am softly resuming my Super Saturday columns, dedicated to the history of the now-extinct institution of Saturday morning cartoons.  I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment, like, and share on social media!  Thank you and happy reading! The Marvel Super Heroes first hit television in 1966 on the limited-animation syndicated series ‘The Marvel Super Heroes’ from Grantray-Lawrence Animation and distributed by Krantz Films, which I reviewed back in February.  1966 was also the first year that all three networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, delivered solid blocks of original cartoons on Saturday morning, and among the offerings were Filmation’s ‘The New Adventures of Superman’ and Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Space Ghost and Dino-Boy’ and ‘Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles’.  These superhero shows were so popular that in the second “official” year of Saturday morning cartoons, all three networks let loose a torrent of super shows. While most were original creations, like Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Mightor’, ‘Birdman and the Galaxy Trio’, and ‘The Herculoids’, Filmation drew more characters from DC’s library […]

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