The robot H.E.R.B.I.E was introduced in Fantastic Four #209 in August 1979.
H.E.R.B.I.E stands for Highly Engineered Robot Built for Interdimensional Exploration.
H.E.R.B.I.E was introduced in the Fantastic Four cartoon, replacing the Human Torch as a member. The Human Torch character was optioned for a solo movie (which never materialized). Frank Welker voiced H.E.R.B.I.E.
The robot ally of the Fantastic Four would be introduced into Marvel Comics continuity shortly thereafter.
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