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The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man

The Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man

1975



CAST:

NARRATOR

REED, sober scientist

SUSAN, Reed's sexy girlfriend

BEN, gruff tough guy

JOHNNY, Susan's teenage brother

THE MOLE MAN


Bit roles:

ANNOUNCER

FLARE VOICE

1ST BYSTANDER

2ND BYSTANDER

JACKIE

SALESLADY

3RD BYSTANDER

IRISH COP

4TH BYSTANDER

5TH BYSTANDER

6TH BYSTANDER

BOY

DISPATCHER

1ST OFFICER, French

2ND OFFICER, French

GIRL

BOSS

SNOB

and various MONSTERS




ANNOUNCER: Attention, all True Believers!


SOUND: WHOOSH!


ANNOUNCER: Marvel Comics is on the air!


MUSIC: FUNKY, BASS-HEAVY JAZZ ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER: Out of the pages of the World's Greatest Comic Magazine come the adventures of The Fantastic Four. This week's epic, the first tale in this new radio series, is from the original Book of Marvel, called "The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man," the beginnings of which we shall witness in just half a moment.


[COMMERCIAL BREAK]


SOUND: CITY TRAFFIC BACKGROUND


NARRATOR: It's mid-afternoon in New York City. Through the din of midday traffic is heard a strange explosion.


SOUND: WHIRRRRRRR! OF FLARE ROCKETING SKYWARD


FLARE VOICE: (WHISPERS) Four!


NARRATOR: A symbol takes shape in the city's sky and a legend is born.


1ST BYSTANDER: Hey, look up there. What does that mean?


2ND BYSTANDER: Could it be an invasion?


NARRATOR: And high above the excitement and hubbub, one man holds the still-smoldering flare gun -- one individual who is somehow more than just a man. He is the leader of The Fantastic Four.


REED: (GRIM, TO HIMSELF) This is the first time that I've had to use the signal. And I pray it'll be the last.


SOUND: CUT TO TEA ROOM BACKGROUND, WITH TINKLY MUSIC 


NARRATOR: In another part of Manhattan, Susan Storm is having tea with a society friend, when she hears--


JACKIE: Sue! Look out there!


SUSAN: What?


JACKIE: That symbol in the sky. What do you suppose it means?


SUSAN: (STARTLED) Oh! I'm sorry, Jackie. I have to go now.


SOUND: SUSAN PUTS DOWN TEACUP AND SAUCER


JACKIE: What? But we haven't even started our lunch.


SOUND: FOR SUSAN TURNING INVISIBLE


SUSAN: (ECHO, TO HERSELF) So it's happened at last! I must be true to my vow! There's no turning back!


JACKIE: (ASTONISHED) She's gone! But how?!


SUSAN: (ECHO, TO HERSELF) It's time for the world to meet -- the Invisible Girl!


SOUND: CUT TO MEN'S CLOTHING STORE BACKGROUND 


NARRATOR: And at the same time, in a men's clothing store downtown--


SALESLADY: I'm sorry, sir, but we don't carry anything large enough to fit a man of your stature.


BEN: Bah! Everywhere I go, it's the same story! I'm in a world too small!


SALESLADY: Say! Look in the sky! That bright red symbol with the number "four" inside?


BEN: Huh?


SALESLADY: What can it mean?


BEN: Let me see that! (ECHO, TO HIMSELF) So the time has come! (TO SALESLADY) Out of my way!


SALESLADY: What?


SOUND: CRASH! OF GLASS AND WOOD AS BEN SMASHES THROUGH DOORWAY ... CITY TRAFFIC BACKGROUND


BEN: Why do they build doorways so narrow?!


3RD BYSTANDER: Holy smokes! A monster! Officer, do something!


IRISH COP: Halt! Halt or I'll shoot! (NO RESPONSE) I warned ya!


SOUND: SIX GUNSHOTS!


BEN: That's what I like about New York -- people are so friendly!


3RD BYSTANDER: Did you see that?!


IRISH COP: He ripped that manhole cover out of the ground with his bare hands!


SOUND: SPLASH! AS BEN DROPS INTO WATER ... SEWER BACKGROUND (ECHO AND LOUDLY DRIPPING, SLOSHING WATER)


BEN: (MOVING THROUGH SEWER) I'll take my special underground express route! There're so many tunnels under the city and this is faster than subways! Quieter, too. (PAUSE) Ah, this ought to be far enough. (REALIZES) There's no opening above. (SHRUGS) I'll just have to make an opening.


SOUND: CRASH! OF CONCRETE AND ASPHALT AS BEN BURSTS UP THROUGH THE STREET ... BRAKES SQUEAL, HORNS HONK ... CITY TRAFFIC BACKGROUND 


4TH BYSTANDER: A monster! Came up out of the ground! 


5TH BYSTANDER: It don't look human! We're bein' invaded by Martians! Call out the Army!


6TH BYSTANDER: We're bein' invaded!


SOUND: SCENE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: Invaded? Well, before we make such a decision, let's observe another scene, at Swanson's Garage.


SOUND: AUTO ENGINE STARTS ... THEN IN BG


BOY: (PLEASED) Ha ha! We've got her purrin' like a lamb, Johnny boy.


JOHNNY: Good, that's the way it should be. There's only one thing I like better than workin' on cars.


BOY: What's that? (STARTLED) Hey! Look! What's that in the sky?!


JOHNNY: That's my cue. Flame on!


BOY: (SURPRISED) Hey, Johnny! What's happenin' to ya?!


JOHNNY: Remember me sayin' there's only one thing I like better than workin' on cars? Well, this is it!


SOUND: TOPS ENGINE ... JOHNNY BURSTS INTO FLAME AND WHOOSHES INTO THE AIR ... THEN IN BG


NARRATOR: The figure which just seconds before had been Johnny Storm is now the Human Torch, flying through the skies like a flaming meteor.


DISPATCHER: (FILTER) Red Dog base to squadron leader -- scramble alert! You are authorized to locate and bring down unidentifiable flaming object now flying over Manhattan!


SOUND: ROAR! OF JET PLANES ... THEN IN BG


NARRATOR: And within a few minutes, Johnny Storm is in a dogfight for his life.


SOUND: RAT-A-TAT-TAT! OF MACHINE GUNFIRE FROM JET PLANES ... WHOOSH OF JOHNNY'S FLAME DIES OUT BEHIND--


JOHNNY: (TO HIMSELF, WITH INCREASING PANIC) I can't keep this up much longer! My flame's gonna run out! Oh, no! I'm falling! I'm not gonna make it!


SOUND: SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF REED'S STRETCHY ARMS REACHING OUT BEHIND--


NARRATOR: And then -- just as the flying boy's flame begins to flicker out altogether, two impossibly long arms stretch out and--


REED: Gotcha!


SOUND: EVERYTHING FADES OUT WITH THE REVERSE SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF REED'S STRETCHY ARMS CONTRACTING BEHIND--


NARRATOR: The now flameless Human Torch is plucked from the air by the strange man who fired the flare which caused all the commotion.


JOHNNY: (EXHALES IN RELIEF) Thanks, Reed!


REED: Ah, you're safe now, lad.


SOUND: SCENE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: Who is this man? In fact, who are all four of these astonishing humans? How did they become what they are? What mystic quirk of fate brought them all together to form The Fantastic Four?


SOUND: LAB BACKGROUND ... BEHIND REED--


REED: Well, you all came when I summoned you. Good. There's a task that awaits us -- an awesome task.


NARRATOR: There's time for us to learn of the task awaiting these four, but first, let us uncover the origins of this colorful quartet.


MUSIC: FOR A FLASHBACK BEHIND--


NARRATOR: That requires a bit of "Marvel magic" as we travel back to a time and place before there was a Fantastic Four -- back to the office of Dr. Reed Richards in the federal space exploration complex, where Dr. Richards is briefing his team.


SOUND: OFFICE BACKGROUND (COMPUTERS HUM AND BEEP, ET CETERA)


REED: So, as you can see, we have a clear time window at nine-forty tonight -- and then not again for three years! If we're to be the first in space, we must leave tonight.


BEN: What?! You're not goin' tonight with me as pilot! You know we haven't done enough research into the effect of cosmic rays! Out in space they could kill us all!


SUSAN: Ben, we've got to take that chance -- unless you want the reds to beat us to it! I - I never thought you were a coward!


BEN: Coward?!


SOUND: BEN'S FIST POUNDS ON DESK


BEN: Get that ship! I'll fly her no matter what happens!


SOUND: CUT TO SPACEPORT BACKGROUND


NARRATOR: And so, led by a determined Dr. Reed Richards, the group speeds to the spaceport.


REED: Susan, Ben and I know what we're doing, but you and - and Johnny-- You two don't--


SUSAN: (PASSIONATE) Don't say it, Reed! I've been working on this for too long. Where you go, I go.


JOHNNY: (FIRMLY) And I'm taggin' along with Sis, so it's settled!


SOUND: CHAIN LINK FENCE OPENS ... THE FOUR'S HURRIED STEPS TO ROCKET BEHIND--


REED: No time to wait for clearance! Conditions are right, right now!


SOUND: CUT TO ROCKETSHIP INTERIOR 


BEN: I think this is a stupid thing you're doin', but I ain't no coward!


SOUND: ROCKETSHIP TAKES OFF ... THEN ROCKETSHIP SOARS, IN BG


NARRATOR: And before the guards can stop them, the mighty ship, which Reed Richards has spent years constructing, is streaking for the heavens, climbing into space.


JOHNNY: Hey, this hurts! Feels like I have a ton of concrete on my chest!


SUSAN: It's caused by our fantastic rate of acceleration, Johnny!


REED: All right, but this ship is acting like a perfect baby.


BEN: Yeah, but we still don't know about those cosmic rays!


NARRATOR: Higher and higher, like a silver bullet, the sleek spacecraft soars.


SOUND: FOR COSMIC RAYS BOMBARDING THE SHIP ... THEN IN BG


JOHNNY: Hear that?!


REED: The rays are penetrating the ship.


BEN: I warned ya!


REED: My head is-- It's pounding like it's going to burst.


BEN: (WITH EFFORT) The rays have affected my hands! I - I can't steer!


SUSAN: Ben was right! We should have waited!


REED: We should have had heavier shielding.


JOHNNY: Sis, I feel like I'm burning up! My body's so hot!


BEN: Can't - move! I tried to warn ya!


SOUND: FOR AUTO-PILOT ACTIVATING ... THEN SHIP SOARS BACK DOWN TO EARTH BEHIND--


NARRATOR: At that moment, the powerful rocket's auto-pilot takes over and the sleek ship returns to Earth in a rugged, but non-fatal landing--


SOUND: FOR A RUGGED, BUT NON-FATAL LANDING


NARRATOR: --leaving our quartet of cosmically charged champions deep in the jungles of South America.


SOUND: JUNGLE BACKGROUND (WILD ANIMALS CHATTER AND HOWL, ET CETERA)


BEN: (GROANS)


SUSAN: Reed, after all your work -- we failed!


REED: I'm just grateful we're all alive.


SUSAN: But we failed.


BEN: Bah! What'd ya expect?! And we still don't know what effects the cosmic rays will have on us!


SUSAN: Oh, Reed, I feel strange! 


BEN: Susan! Look at Susan!


JOHNNY: Sis? What's happening?


REED: (AMAZED) You're - you're fading away.


SUSAN: (TERRIFIED) Oh, no! What's happening to me?! Reed! Ben! Johnny!


REED: Somehow the cosmic rays have altered your DNA, making you - invisible.


JOHNNY: Sis, I can't see you at all any more!


BEN: Tried to tell ya to wait.


SUSAN: How long will it last, Reed?


BEN: That's gotta be the question of the century. How long will it last?


REED: There's no way of knowing.


JOHNNY: (EXHALES, TENSE) What if she never gets visible again?


REED: Easy, Johnny. Susan? Concentrate. Think about your physical form. Try to imagine yourself visible.


SUSAN: I'll try, darling.


JOHNNY: (BEAT) Look! It's working.


SUSAN: I can feel it!


REED: (RELIEVED) Oh, Susan, it is working.


SUSAN: Oooh, it's still so strange. Oooh!


BEN: Oh, you were lucky. We might never have seen you again. (UPSET, TO REED) Richards, you were crazy for proceeding with this experiment. How do you know she won't turn invisible again?


SUSAN: Oh, Ben, I'm all right now.


BEN: Oh, sure, you're okay now, but what about a minute ago? (TO REED) And what's gonna happen to the rest of us, wise guy?


REED: Ben, I'm sick and tired of your insults and complaining! I didn't purposely--


BEN: (INTERRUPTS) And I'm sick and tired of you period, bub! In fact, I'm gonna paste you one right in that smug face of yours! 


SOUND: SNEAK IN OMINOUS RUMBLE ... FOR BEN'S TRANSFORMATION INTO "THE THING" ... IN BG


BEN: I've been wantin' to do this for a long time!


SUSAN: Ben, wait! Ben!


JOHNNY: What's happening to him, Sis?


SUSAN: I don't know, Johnny.


JOHNNY: His skin is cracking.


SUSAN: He's turning into orange rock!


REED: Wait, Ben--


BEN: Don't try to talk yourself out of this one, doc! I'm gonna nail ya! (WITH EFFORT) Arrrgh!


SOUND: TREE UPROOTED FROM GROUND


JOHNNY: Look, he pulled that tree right out of the ground!


SUSAN: He's turning into some kind of a thing. Oh, Reed darling, do something!


BEN: "Reed darling"?! Bah! How can you care for that sniveling bum when I'm here?! I'll prove to you I'm the only real man around!


REED: Oh, no, you don't!


SOUND: OMINOUS RUMBLE JOINED BY SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF REED'S STRETCHY LIMBS REACHING OUT


REED: You've had this coming for a long time, Ben!


SUSAN: Oh, Reed! Not you, too!


JOHNNY: What's going on, Sis? What's happening to Reed's arms and legs?!


SUSAN: I don't know, Johnny. They're like rubber bands or something.


JOHNNY: They stretch like elastic! Even his neck!


REED: What am I doing? What's happened to me?


SOUND: REVERSE SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF REED'S STRETCHY LIMBS CONTRACTING ... OMINOUS RUMBLE OUT


SUSAN: What's happened to all of us?


SOUND: INCREASINGLY LOUD HISS! OF JOHNNY SMOLDERING AND BURSTING INTO FLAME BEHIND--


JOHNNY: You've turned into monsters -- all of you! It's those terrible cosmic rays! Look at me! They've gotten me, too! My body's beginning to blaze! I'm lighter than air! I - I can fly! (MOVING OFF) Oh, wow, I can really fly!


SUSAN: (SCARED) Johnny? Johnny?!


JOHNNY: (OFF) It's okay, Sis! I just feel a little warm, that's all!


SOUND: JOHNNY'S HISS FADES OUT BEHIND--


NARRATOR: Minutes later, Johnny Storm's flame has subsided and he returns to the others. Together they watch a small brush fire which started burn itself out. And then they stand silently, each absorbed in his own startling thoughts.


ALL FOUR: (ECHO) We've changed! All of us! We're more than just human!


REED: Listen to me -- you, too, Ben. Together we have more power than any humans have ever had. Why, we--


BEN: You don't have to make no speech, big shot. We understand. We gotta use our power to help mankind, right?


REED: Right, Ben.


JOHNNY: I'm gonna call myself "The Human Torch"! I'm with ya all the way.


SUSAN: Count me in, too! I'm "The Invisible Girl"!


BEN: I guess I ain't Ben Grimm no more. I'll be what Susan called me -- "The Thing"!


REED: And I'll call myself - "Mr. Fantastic."


SOUND: JUNGLE BACKGROUND FADES OUT


NARRATOR: And so was born "The Fantastic Four." From that moment on, the world could never be the same. And now -- knowing some pertinent history -- let's return to the relative present. This is the first time Dr. Reed Richards has brought the fabulous foursome together since that fateful flight, and the task awaiting them is truly awesome.


SOUND: LAB BACKGROUND ... COMPUTERS, SEISMOGRAPHS, AND OTHER HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT CLATTERS AND BEEPS, ET CETERA


REED: I brought you here to see some photographs I just received from Washington.


SUSAN: Pictures?


BEN: What are they -- pin-ups?


REED: (CHUCKLES) This one's an aerial shot of what used to be a nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union.


JOHNNY: What made that big hole in the earth?


REED: The same thing that made this hole in a power plant in southern California.


BEN: And this one in Australia?


REED: It's happening all over the world. Wait. According to the steady pulses on this seismograph, another one is about to go.


SOUND: SCENE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: And halfway around the world in French Africa--


SOUND: UNEASY RUMBLING AND OTHER ODD NOISES, IN BG


1ST OFFICER: What is that sound, André?


2ND OFFICER: It is like the ground is shifting under my feet. And that sound! It sounds like -- noise.


1ST OFFICER: An earthquake in the sand?! How is that possible?


2ND OFFICER: The earth is going mad!


SOUND: BIG CRASH! OF ENTIRE POWER PLANT COLLAPSING


1ST OFFICER: Look! The entire installation is caving in! Sacre bleu!


NARRATOR: But the worst is yet to come for these unfortunate French Legionnaires. Not only did their nuclear generator sink into the undulating earth, but--


SOUND: FOR A MONSTER EMERGING FROM THE EARTH


2ND OFFICER: What in the name of--? 


1ST OFFICER: (GASPS) Mon Dieu!


2ND OFFICER: It is some kind of giant clawed beast! Artillery! Bring the artillery! 


1ST OFFICER: Artillery!


SOUND: MONSTER VS. MILITARY ... ARTILLERY ROARS, RIFLES AND MACHINE GUNS FIRE, MONSTER CRUSHES TANKS ... ET CETERA, IN BG


NARRATOR: But of what use is artillery against an enormous creature whose hide is tough enough to dig through countless tons of rock-hard earth? There is no artillery to stop a monster that can crush a modern tank with but one claw! But just as it seems there is nothing can stop this merciless menace--


MOLE MAN: (CALLS TO THE MONSTER) Enough! Return to the core! Our mission here is finished!


SOUND: ARTILLERY AND OTHER GUNFIRE FADES OUT BEHIND--


NARRATOR: And the goliath stops in his tracks -- for even a monster such as this heeds a master -- a master known as "The Mole Man"! (BEAT) Back at the strategy meeting amongst The Fantastic Four--


SOUND: LAB BACKGROUND, AS BEFORE


REED: You see? It's happened again.


SUSAN: But how?


REED: That's why I brought you together. Our mission is to find out. By studying the previous cave-ins, I've pinpointed a location that is exactly in the middle of all of them. This is where we've got to go to find the answer.


JOHNNY: What's the name of this place?


REED: Monster Island.


BEN: Monster Island? That's just a fairy tale. There's no such real place called Monster Island.


SOUND: WHOOSH! OF JET PLANE


NARRATOR: But hours later in their private jet, the Four see a strange mountain rising from the sea like an unearthly grotesque face.


REED: There it is.


SUSAN: Horrible-looking.


BEN: Wow. Monster Island!


NARRATOR: Little dreaming of the adventure that awaits them, The Fantastic Four land and begin the long climb to the top of the forbidding peak.


SOUND: DURING ABOVE, JET LANDS ... THEN UNEARTHLY RUMBLE, IN BG


REED: Wait. I hear something.


SUSAN: It's coming from below.


JOHNNY: Look down there.


BEN: Six eyes! Comin' out o' that hole!


SOUND: RUMBLE OUT ... SNORT! AND GRUNT! AND ROAR! OF THREE-HEADED MONSTER ... THEN IN BG, IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING--


NARRATOR: A living three-headed nightmare hurls forth from the bowels of Monster Island!


REED: Quick! Turn invisible, Sue!


NARRATOR: Seeing one of his intended victims vanish before his eyes, the monster halts in bewilderment.


REED: (INTENSE, TO HIMSELF) Just enough time for me to make a hoop out of my resilient arm!


SOUND: SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF ONE OF REED'S STRETCHY ARMS REACHING OUT ... THEN IN BG, IN AGREEMENT WITH FOLLOWING--


NARRATOR: And, like a cowpoke roping a wild stallion, Mr. Fantastic lassoes one of the monstrosity's three heads and slings it far out to sea.


SOUND: SPLOOSH! AS MONSTER LANDS IN OCEAN ... AND REVERSE SPROING! AS REED'S ARM CONTRACTS


JOHNNY: I read about a giant three-headed creature that guards this place, but I never believed it.


NARRATOR: But before Mr. Fantastic and Johnny can catch their breaths--


SOUND: CAVE-IN (RUMBLE, FALLING ROCK AND DIRT, ET CETERA) ... CONTINUES LENGTHILY IN BG


REED: Look out!


JOHNNY: Cave-in!


NARRATOR: --the earth opens up and literally swallows Reed and Johnny.


REED: Hang on there, boy!


NARRATOR: Down - down - down they plummet, lost in the darkness, until finally, at the bottom of the pit--


SOUND: CAVE-IN SUBSIDES ... SLIGHT ECHO ON VOICES TO INDICATE THEY ARE UNDERGROUND


JOHNNY: It's pitch black in here.


REED: What sort of place can this be?


JOHNNY: Say, Reed -- over here!


REED: What is it?


JOHNNY: Feels like a door in the wall.


SOUND: DOOR CREAKS OPEN SLOWLY


JOHNNY: It's moving!


REED: That light! 


SOUND: CREAKING DOOR GIVES WAY TO TINKLY NOISE TO INDICATE UNEARTHLY GLITTERING LIGHT, WHICH CONTINUES IN BG


REED: (WITH EFFORT) Blindingly bright. I can't see! 


JOHNNY: (DAZED) It's so powerful that I'm blacking out.


SOUND: THEIR BODIES SLUMP TO THE GROUND ... TINKLY NOISE CONTINUES IN BG


NARRATOR: It could be minutes or hours later when the two regain consciousness, only to find themselves garbed in strange heavy suits that protect them from the blinding unearthly glow.


JOHNNY: Oh, my head.


REED: That light actually overpowered us.


JOHNNY: How did we get into these clothes?


MOLE MAN: It is about time you came around.


REED: Who are you? I - I can't see.


JOHNNY: Where are we?


MOLE MAN: One thing at a time. The reason for your blindness is the glare from this valley of diamonds.


JOHNNY: Brighter than the sun!


MOLE MAN: And as for me -- I am the Mole Man!


SOUND: TINKLY NOISE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: While Reed and Johnny are dazzled by the Valley of Diamonds, more action awaits Ben and Sue on the surface.


SOUND: 2ND MONSTER APPROACHES, IN BG


SUSAN: (TO HERSELF) I've gotta find Reed and Johnny. Wait. What's that sound?


NARRATOR: Other ears and eyes sense the approaching menace.


BEN: Look out behind ya, Sue!


SUSAN: (GASPS)


BEN: I'll handle him!


SOUND: THE THING VS. THE 2ND MONSTER ... FIGHT, IN BG


NARRATOR: The second gigantic guardian of Monster Isle is powerful beyond belief. But he is fighting a foe whose very body has been supercharged with cosmic energy -- a foe that cannot be stopped.


SOUND: FIGHT ENDS WITH WAILING MONSTER HURLED INTO WATER ... SPLOOSH!


SUSAN: You've done it, Ben! You've beaten him!


BEN: What'd you expect? I am The Thing, ain't I?


SUSAN: Oh, you saved my life!


BEN: Never mind that. Let's go find your brother and that skinny boyfriend of yours.


SUSAN: Oh, Ben! If you could only stop hating Reed for what happened to you!


MUSIC: FOR A TRANSITION BEHIND--


NARRATOR: And what of Reed Richards and Johnny? Using that Marvel magic again, let's descend to the depths of Monster Isle where we find them confronted by the strange Mole Man.


SOUND: UNDERGROUND BACKGROUND ... SLIGHT ECHO ON VOICES, ET CETERA


MOLE MAN: So you have never heard of me before? Well, soon the world will know my name -- for soon the Mole Man will control the power of the Earth.


REED: How did you get here?


MOLE MAN: It all started long ago. The people of the surface world mocked me.


SOUND: NO ECHO ON NEXT THREE VOICES--


GIRL: (AMUSED CONTEMPT) Me? Go out with you? Don't make me laugh.


BOSS: Hey, I know you're qualified, but I can't hire ya. You'd, er, scare away all my business.


SNOB: Really, is that a mask you're wearing?


MOLE MAN: Finally, I could endure it no longer. I resolved to find a place of my own, the legendary world at the center of the Earth -- a world where I could be king! And then when I had almost abandoned hope-- (BEAT, HEAVY ECHO) This cavern - cavern - cavern - cavern - cavern-- (RESUMES NORMAL VOICE) Soon I saw where it led: to the land of my dreams! (BEAT, HEAVY ECHO) I've found it! - found it - found it - found it--


SOUND: AVALANCHE ... THEN IN BG


MOLE MAN: But the sudden shock of my outcry in that huge silent cavern caused a violent avalanche. When it was over, I had somehow survived, but I fell into the Valley of Diamonds -- and was permanently blinded. 


SOUND: AVALANCHE OUT


MOLE MAN: That was the last of my misfortunes. My luck has changed as I mastered the creatures down here -- made them do my bidding! With their talents, I carved an empire out of the Earth's core. (CHUCKLES) I conquered everything around me. I developed the ability to deal with the dark and the blindness. Here -- take this pole. Try to hit me with it.


REED: What do you mean?


MOLE MAN: Go ahead. Take a swing at me.


SOUND: WHIFF! A SWING AND A MISS


MOLE MAN: (LAUGHS) Again!


SOUND: WHIFF! A SWING AND A MISS


MOLE MAN: See? I have radar like a bat. I am able to evade whatever danger approaches me, and return the attack in kind!


SOUND: WHIFF! THWACK! AS REED IS STRUCK


REED: (GRUNTS IN PAIN)


JOHNNY: Reed?! You okay?


MOLE MAN: He's not hurt. But see how easily I defeat anyone who dares defy me? But now, at my signal, those creatures from the bowels of the Earth shall destroy you, my witless intruders!


SOUND: LOUD LONG CLANG! OF SIGNAL BELL


BEN: We'll see about that!


REED: Thing! 


JOHNNY: Sis!


SUSAN: Johnny!


MOLE MAN: It is too late! The die is cast!


MONSTER: (ROARS)


REED: Look out, Ben!


SUSAN: Behind you!


MONSTER: (ROARS, THEN IN BG)


NARRATOR: Hearing the Mole Man's signal, his largest and most deadly underground creature ponderously lifts itself into the room, its brainless rage directed at the ill-fated Four.


JOHNNY: Flame on! Help is on the way.


SOUND: JOHNNY BURSTS INTO FLAME


JOHNNY: Things are gonna get kind of warm around here.


SOUND: WHOOSH! OF HUMAN TORCH BUZZING THE ROARING MONSTER ... IN BG


NARRATOR: Back and forth like a flaming hornet, the Human Torch buzzes the gigantic creature who tries to grasp the frantically flying youth.


SUSAN: Reed! The Mole Man is getting away!


REED: (WITH EFFORT) Not if I can help it!


SOUND: SPROIIIINNNNGGGG! OF REED'S STRETCHY ARM REACHING OUT


REED: (WITH EFFORT) And I can!


MOLE MAN: You haven't won yet!


SOUND: LOUD LONG CLANG! OF SIGNAL BELL


MOLE MAN: You can't defeat my entire menagerie of monsters!


SOUND: APPROACH OF AN ARMY OF SNARLING MONSTERS, IN BG


NARRATOR: And then they come ... like pieces from an insane nightmare -- roaring, running, snarling -- the Mole Man's entire army of underground gargoyles! 


SOUND: TORCH'S FLAME INTENSIFIES, IN BG


NARRATOR: But the unbelievable power of the Torch, flying between his fantastic allies and the pursuing hordes, blazes a swath of melting earth.


JOHNNY: This will cause a landslide, sealing those creatures from us!


SOUND: MONSTERS FADE OUT


SUSAN: You did it!


BEN: And we're free, too!


REED: We'd better get out of here. This whole place is going to erupt.


SOUND: SCENE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: And moments later--


SOUND: JET PLANE INTERIOR BACKGROUND


JOHNNY: What happened to the Mole Man?


REED: I left him there. He'll never bother anyone.


SOUND: DISTANT EXPLOSION


BEN: Look! He's destroyed the entire island.


SUSAN: It's the best way. There was no place for him in our world.


JOHNNY: I just hope we've seen the last of him.


SOUND: SCENE FADES OUT


NARRATOR: Whether we've seen the last of the Mole Man or not, one thing is certain. We'll see much more of the world's most incredible quartet in the weeks to come as we pursue the further adventures of The Fantastic Four.


MUSIC: FUNKY, BASS-HEAVY JAZZ ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER: Be listening again on Monday when The Fantastic Four face the marvelous menace of The Miracle Man!


MUSIC: FADES OUT

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