Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I remember being fascinated by the Fantastic Four cartoon that was part of The Amazing World of Hanna-Barbera. I had seen the Super Friends, but this was something different - it was the first time I had seen a cartoon show that adapted actual stories from the comics. Add in the Kirby design work and it was like a comic book coming to life. Unfortunately, the FF was part of a rotating cast on the show and I only caught a few episodes. It would be decades before I tracked down some shaky VHS copies and was able to see all the episodes (and I'm still waiting for a nice DVD/Blu-Ray collection). I remember being excited when I heard the FF was returning to Saturday mornings a few years later, but to my dismay there was no Human Torch in the new version due to a rights dispute. It took a long time to see Martian Manhunter on the small screen, but he has made up for it by appearing on multiple shows since his debut on Justice League.