Norm Macdonald Tells The Origin Of The Fantastic Four

art by Randy Ruether

With the shocking passing of comedian Norm Macdonald, we’re going to see a deserved legend grow. A comedian’s comedian, his work still holds up — sometimes pushing boundaries in unexpected ways, and yes, sometimes offensive, but almost always funny. You may not be aware that Macdonald produced some sketches veering into Fanboy Planet’s world. Case in point: The Origin of the Fantastic Four, from his album “Ridiculous.” Almost 11 years ago, artist Randy Ruether took the sketch, made it a motion comic, and posted it on YouTube. Thank you, Mr. Ruether. This is… fantastic.

Bonus trivia question: one original Saturday Night Live cast member has an official authorized connection to the Fantastic Four. Anybody know who?

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He has performed with ComedySportz and Silicon Valley Shakespeare, though relocated to Hollywood to... work in an office? If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at