Also Known As: The New Fantastic Four
Genre: Animated Series
Release Dates: 09 September 1978 - 16 December 1978
This 1978 series replaced the Human Torch with a robot named H.E.R.B.I.E. (Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics). A long-lasting rumor stated that this change was made by NBC because network executives did not want young viewers to imitate the Human Torch by setting themselves on fire. In fact, it was because rights to use the Human Torch were tied up in a movie version of the character (a film was never made).