Thursday, 25 August 2016

THE FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64)...



My pal JIM told me about this interesting site called
The FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64), which
tells the history of an imaginary '60s FF TV series as if it were
the real deal.  Check it out by clicking here.  Then come back
and tell me what you think about it, Criv-ite chums.

(The site's now also in my blog list for easy access.)

15 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I first read about this on Bronze Age Babies a couple of years ago and I ask the same question now that I asked then - if this FF show was supposedly made in 1963-64 then WHY are they wearing those truly ghastly FF costumes from the mid '80s ?

Kid said...

Had you actually taken the time to read the site either then or now, CJ, you wouldn't have had to ask the question at all, as the subject is specifically covered. I find it's always better to try and learn from one's mistakes rather than repeat them.

Phil S said...

Johnny Storm is white? ( I'm pulling your leg). Actually I was a fan of Russell Johnson, I bought his autobiography. He flew in the Pacific on a bomber. He does seem to her perfect as Reed. Don't get me started on the Torch.

Phil S said...

Bloody autocorrect. I don't notice the mistakes until it gets posted.

Kid said...

I'm still drooling over the thought of Elizabeth Montgomery as Sue Storm.

paul Mcscotty said...

Yeah Elizabeth Montgomery as Sue Storm would be an inspired choice. This looks a lot better than the last FF picture to me its just a pity nothing like this happened. The Thing looks ok actually (to me at least) and Namor is pretty cool from the picture. Not had time to look in detail at this but will do that later on - nice find - ahhhh Elizabeth Montgomery drooooooooooooool

Kid said...

You'll enjoy the site, PM. It's a nice 'what if', and well-researched in the factual aspects that have been threaded through the imaginary (or perhaps 'imaginative' would be a better word) ones.

Colin Jones said...

Actually, Kid, I did look at the site (using your link) but I only read (briefly) the episodes guide so I just had another look and I saw the "reason" for using those awful costumes - a fine excuse I must say !! Anyway, thank heavens such a show was never made as it looks appalling - it probably would have made the FF a laughing stock.

Kid said...

A laughing stock, CJ? Unlike, you mean, the three big-budget FF movies of recent years? And what you see as 'a fine excuse' could actually be interpreted as an imaginative rationale for retroactively incorporating 'new' elements into a back-dated 'imaginary' TV show. Imagination is a wonderful thing, you know. You might be able to get some on eBay.

paul Mcscotty said...

I have to say I really liked the first 2 FF films (although that may have had a lot to do with Jessica Alba) the third FF film was (imho) pretty poor. It would have been good to see how the 1960s TV crew dealt with their powers like streching and fire (invisibility I'm sure they would have managed)

Kid said...

Actually, PM, I quite liked the first two myself (never saw the third one), but they failed to set FF fans on fire and got a lukewarm reception from audiences in general. And although I quite enjoyed them, they were nowhere near as good as they could have been, or as good as the Captain America and Avengers movies. Personally, I think the part of Reed Richards was miscast.

Colin Jones said...

Well, Kid - I admit I'm biased because I utterly hate those costumes introduced by John Byrne. For me they are possibly the worst costumes in all comicdom. As for the movies, the Thing always looks terrible. Perhaps the FF should just stay in the comics.

Kid said...

While I prefer the original FF costumes (the ones with the wide collars), I didn't mind Byrne's 'negative' versions of them, and they were the ones used for Roger Corman's 'unseen' FF movie. The FF TV Series site is using 'tweaked' stills from this movie, hence the Byrne costumes, but I think the guy should be given credit for such an imaginative project, which should be taken in the affectionate, fun, 'what if' spirit it was intended.

As for The Thing, with CGI, I see no reason why an acceptable version of ol' Ben couldn't appear in the movies. One day they'll get it right - although The Thing didn't look too bad in the recent movie. However, I say that having seen not much more than publicity stills.

Joe S. Walker said...

Marie Severin (I think) has said that Jack Kirby used to predict there'd be big-budget Hollywood movies of the comics and everyone else in the Marvel offices back then thought he was crazy.

Kid said...

Good to hear from you, Joe, and to know you're still out there. Mark Evanier, I believe, says similar things in relation to Kirby's seemingly amazing prescience about the future in regard to comics, graphic novels and movies, but I'd say that JK's pronouncements (if true) sprang more from optimism than anything else. He also once said in an interview that he had a plan for surviving death and coming back and talking to the interviewer's great grandchildren in a couple of hundred years, but I don't think that will be happening.

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