The Live Action Fantastic Four Series Of 1963… Or Not

I was trying to decide as I put this article together if I should try and play along with joke or just show you what's up. I decided to play it straight… but that doesn't mean you can't use this to mess with some of your friends…

ff1In what may be one of the most well put together comic related prank, this website goes into great detail about the ill-fated live action Fantastic Four series produced by William Frye and starring Russell Johnson and Elizabeth Montgomery. It talks about the deal Frye had to swing with the producers of Bewitched and Gilligan's Island to get his preferred actors as well as how the advertisers had issues with the changing themes in each episode.

ff2Except there was no live action Fantastic Four television series in 1963.

This hoax goes into such great detail that its hard to imagine that it's not real. They break down, the history of the show and all its problems, the cast and guest stars and a guide for all thirteen episodes (including the three un-aired). They even have a boat load of photos to go with the story. Most of them are obviously faked, but they do add to the overall theme Over all this is a really nicely done prank that you can totally get your friends on… if they haven't seen it already.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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