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Look for a Thing vs. Hulk throwdown early in the first season of Cartoon Network's Fantastic Four animated series.

During a telephone press conference on Tuesday, Chris Yost, story editor for the series, said that the episode featuring the fight will be titled "Hard Knocks."

Yost was joined at the press conference by Marvel Studios' Craig Kyle.

In other highlights:

* Although Cartoon Network originally scheduled "Doomsday" to kick off the series on Saturday, Kyle said the first episode will be "Trial By Fire," featuring Ronan the Accuser. He said Doctor Doom will be introduced in the second episode.

* Kyle praised the voice work of Paul Dobson, who plays both Doctor Doom and Mole Man.

"You couldn't have two more different voices in animation," Kyle said. "His Mole Man sounds like a smoker who smokes five packs a day and can't laugh without a hacking wheeze."

* Kyle said the back half of the 26 episodes are especially strong. "The series gets bigger and better with every episode," he said.

* Kyle said there will be an episode where Doom launches the Baxter Building into space. "And Reed says, 'Thank goodness I prepared for this,'" Kyle said. "It's so big and so out there."

* Kyle said the cover to Fantastic Four #1, with the FF fighting Giganto, will be replicated in the show. "We want to honor the best of the best," he said.

* Yost said the series will feature "modern interpretations" of the FF lore. "When I grew up reading the FF, I started in the mid-80s with John Byrne's run," he said. "But we went all the way back to when it started from the '60s and up. There are elements we take from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's days all the way up to (Mark) Waid's days."

* Kyle said that the anime feel of the show, including the spray painted "4" on the Thing's chest, came from Moonscope, the French animated studio which is producing the series with Marvel.

"It's a great new look for the series," Kyle said. "I think this series rises above everything that has come before."

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