Marvel Comics ad for the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon series, featuring the first appearance of H.E.R.B.I.E.
Noticeably absent from this version: the Human Torch. A false urban legend had it that Johnny Storm was removed from the series for fear kids would try to imitate his powersactually, since the Human Torch character had been signed to another studio for development, he couldn't be used in the series. Here's how they explained it within the FF universe:
Panel from Fantastic Four #209 (August 1979), script by Marv Wolfman, breakdowns by John Byrne, pencils and inks by Joe Sinnott, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Tom Orzechowski
Yes, of course that was an urban legend. Because no kid is that stupid as to set himself on fire to be just like the Human Torch. Isn't that right, John Byrne?
Panel from Fantastic Four #285 (December 1985), script and pencils by John Byrne, inks by Al Gordon, colors by Glynis Oliver
Um, let's move along. Nothing more to see here, folks...
...except this Saturday Afternoon Cartoon which shows you the glory and the grandeur that is FF '78!