The Jetix action/adventure animation block, which airs evenings on Toon Disney and mornings on ABC Family, is set to kick off a "Super Summer of Heroes" with the premiere of the cult favorite 1990s toon series, The Tick, and the return of Fantastic Four. The on-air and online programming event will begin on Monday, June 13.
The Tick joins Toon Disneys Jetix lineup on Monday, June 13 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT), and arrives on ABC Family on Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT). Created by comic-book artist Ben Edlund, The Tick follows the everyday life of a seven-foot-tall, 400-lb. superhero and his moth-sidekick, Arthur. The offbeat, quirky series originally aired for three seasons in the mid-1990s on Fox Kids and Comedy Central, and spawned a short-lived live-action series that aired in primetime on FOX.
Fantastic Four returns to ABC Familys Jetix block on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Created by comic-book legend Stan Lee, the series follows the adventures of Reed (Mr. Fantastic) Richards, Susan (The Invisible Woman) Storm-Richards, Ben (The Thing) Grimm and Johnny (Human Torch) Storm, a team of astronauts who develop super powers when exposed to radiation in space. The property has been adapted for the big screen with a live-action feature slated to be released by 20th Century Fox on July 8.
Also on Monday, June 13, the original Jetix anime series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! will expand to seven nights a week at 8 p.m. on Toon Disney.
On Saturday, July 9, ABC Family will present a special Fantastic Four marathon from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Included episodes will feature appearances by fellow Marvel favorites Captain America, Daredevil and Storm as they do battle with such villains as Doctor Doom and Red Skull.
Super Summer of Heroes will be highlighted by all new elements including a new interstitial series presenting trivia about various superheroes. Viewers can also go to www.jetix.tv, a sub-site featuring new interactive games, weekly polls, quizzes and a collectible Jetix poster puzzle with pieces to be unlocked each week.