Saturday, June 15, 2013

From Comics to Toons: The Fantastic Four vs. Galactus (1967)

Fans of the Fantastic Four's comic book had to be going nuts seeing Galactus make his TV debut in this 1967 episode. The quibble is the fact that while Galactus had the same skin tone as humans in the books, he was given lime green skin here (and voiced by an uncredited Ted Cassidy). Paul Frees pulls double duty, speaking for the Watcher in addition to his usual role as The Thing.

Another quibble is the absence of Thing's blind girlfriend, Alicia, as in the comics, it was she and not Sue (Jo Ann Pflug) who befriended the Silver Surfer (Vic Perrin, also uncredited), an oversight corrected in a later incarnation of the series. Considering how Hanna-Barbera wasn't able to have 100% rights to the characters, well.......!

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

HB did pretty well considering what they could use. Many people (including myself) tend to favor this TV version of the FF - not ot mention Hoyt Curtain's jazzy theme song in the opener!

In subsequent Marvel Adaptations, Galactus is shown as WAAAY bigger than he's been shown here - bigger than a planet! Of course I'm not into comic lore so he probably was that big to begin with.

hobbyfan said...

Basically, that was the idea, and he shrunk himself down once he was on the planet's surface itself. Not digging the green skin tone, though.