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!
This is me and my kittycat Gus. Say hi to the nice blog-reading people, Gus!
Today is Gus's birthday, so please join me in wishing her a Happy Birthday! Today she is nineteen years old. Which is a very good age to be. That's also quite elderly for a cat! In human years she is...let's see...carry the seven...one thousand and thirty-three years old. Which is almost as old as Vandal Savage. I very much like taking care of Gus and opening her canned food and brushing her and feeding her snacks. I am not as keen on cleaning her litter box, but hey! You have to take care of your kittycat. I scoop the poop and put it in bags. When I run out of bags I sometimes grab a Mylar comics bag to scoop her poop into. But I wonder...am I supposed to put a backing board in there, too?
To celebrate her birthday, here's one of Gus's favorite cool cats, Mister Carl Perkins, giving us the musical sartorial suggestion to "Put Your Cat Clothes On." I'll go get into my cat outfit immediately! Take it away, C.P.!:
The Thing and some of his Marvel super hero pals ride the London Underground to promote a game or something. Or maybe, protesting the cost of buying a new Oyster Card. The real story is here. (Hey, when did Heat Miser team up with the Marvel Super Heroes?)