Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles

Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles

Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles title card.
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Starring Ted Cassidy
Dick Beals
Don Messick
Hal Smith
Paul Frees
John Stephenson
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time approx. 0:30 (per episode)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems (original)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
Original network CBS
Original release September 10, 1966 – September 7, 1968

Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles is an American Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1966. It premiered September 10, 1966 on CBS, and ran for two seasons.


The program contained two segments, which each served as a middle ground between Hanna-Barbera's traditional cartoon early output and its superhero-based late-1960s cartoons.

The show was the target of complaints about violence in children's television, and was canceled in 1968. The Frankenstein Jr. segments were later recycled in the 1976 series Space Ghost and Frankenstein Jr., which aired on NBC from November 27, 1976 until September 3, 1977, replacing the canceled Big John, Little John.


In a scene spoofing Fantastic Four #1, Frankenstein Jr. battles The Impossibles. From Hanna-Barbera Presents #8.

A single issue of a "Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles" comic was released by Gold Key Comics in 1966 as a tie-in to the TV series, and the contents were reprinted in "The Impossibles Annual" by Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd, UK in 1968. The two "Frankenstein Jr." comic stories were titled "The Image Invasion" and "Frankenstein Jr. Meets the Flea Man". A new text-based story, specially written for the annual, was "A Spook in his Wheel". The character reappeared in the comic Hanna-Barbera Presents #8 published by Archie Comics in 1996.

A Big Little Book titled Frankenstein Jr.: The Menace of the Heartless Monster was published in 1968.[1]

The Impossibles' heroic identities were re-used for a later Hanna-Barbera production, The Super Globetrotters (which also featured a similar concept—in this case, the famous Harlem Globetrotters as undercover superheroes):


Frankenstein Jr.

# Title Summary
1 The Shocking Electrical Monster Dr. Shock uses his Master Mix Monster Machine to turn his assistant Igor into an electricity-absorbing monster.
2 The Spyder Man Professor Conroy and Buzz unveil the blueprints for the Spy Detector XK-00-7 at a Maximum Security Building. Unfortunately, the blueprints are targeted by Spyder Man.
3 Menace from the Wax Museum Upon an encounter with Buzz at the wax museum, Mr. Menace uses his monsters Gadzonka, Gorillis, and Cyclaws in an attack upon San Francisco.
4 Alien Brain from Outer Space, Part 1 A giant alien brain arrives on Earth and captures Buzz and Professor Conroy.
5 Alien Brain from Outer Space, Part 2 TBA
6 UFO: Unidentified Fiendish Object The alien Zargon unleashes his warrior Destructo in his plans to conquer Earth.
7 Unearthly Plant Creatures Plant Man thaws the last three prehistoric plant creatures (consisting of Carnivorous Chewer, Creeping Crusher, and Fire-Breathing Snapdragon) from a glacier and then sprays them with his Obedience Ray in a plot to eliminate Buzz and Frankenstein Jr.
8 The Deadly Living Images The Mad Inventor has invented the Double Identity Duplicator Projector to make copies of whatever pictures he inserts in it.
9 Colossal Junk Monster Junk Man creates the Colossal Junk Monster in a plot to eliminate Frankenstein Jr.
10 The Incredible Aqua-Monsters Buzz and Frankenstein Jr. guard the Navy's new Hydrotomic Submarine to prevent Dr. Hook and his aquatic monsters from stealing it.
11 Gigantic Ghastly Genie Zorbo the Great creates a genie and plans to use its three wishes in order to defeat Frankenstein Jr. and conquer the world.
12 The Birdman Birdman and his robotic birds Vulturo, Rodantus, and King Condor abduct two astronauts and holds them for a ransom of $1,000,000.
13 Invasion of the Robot Creatures Sertano the Satellite King, an alien from Galaxy X, uses a gravity ray in order to get Earth to surrender. Buzz and Frankenstein Jr. must defeat Sertano's robots in order to defeat him.
14 The Manchurian Menace Manchurian Menace steals a Space Camera Capsule that has just returned with photos from Mars.
15 The Mad Monster Maker To perform a crimewave in London, Baron Von Ghoul creates robotic versions of the horror movie monsters Electroflying Firefly, Menacing Mummy, and the Wicked Werewolf.
16 The Monstermobile The Mad Inventor has invented the Monstermobile and uses its many gadgets to commit crimes.
17 Pilfering Putty Monster Mr. Menace uses his putty monster to steal a $1,000,000 coin collection and even kidnaps Buzz. It is up to Frankenstein Jr. to rescue Buzz and defeat Mr. Menace.
18 The Spooktaculars Dr. Spectro creates three giant ghoulish ghosts in order to take over Penciltrainia.

The Impossibles

Main article: The Impossibles


Production credits

Other appearances

DVD release

On April 26, 2011, Warner Archive released Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and[2]


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