22 March 2015

Blackstar's sword?

Here is yet another wonderful Barry Caldwell illustration from the storyboards to the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle". Once again we see a style of artwork that one would not associate with a Filmation cartoon! While Orko should be the focus on this cropped panning shot, notice that Blackstar's sword appears on the ground! This was going to be Caldwell's nod to the Blackstar cartoon, but sadly the sword was removed at some point during production, probably during the layout stage. Fortunately, there would be other references to Blackstar in the He-Man series...


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20 March 2015

"The Wild Wind" #3

For your entertainment I present the story "The Wild Wind" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Madame Razz accidentally casts a spell transporting herself, Adora, and Broom into another dimension. Their arrival in the other dimension causes a great danger to be set upon Etheria! One of the most notable things about this story occurs when She-Ra attempts to stop the danger, only to see her every effort fail! Here are the final three pages of this story...


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18 March 2015

Panini sticker album art #22

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

Here we see Zoar dropping the staff in which the Crimson Pearl sits, thus causing Mer-Man to lose control over Bakkull...

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17 March 2015

Caldwell's Orko and Montork.

Here is yet another wonderful Barry Caldwell illustration from the storyboards to the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle". Once again we see a style of artwork that one would not associate with a Filmation cartoon! Even though there are hundreds of beautiful panels in this storyboard, four of my favorite panels occur when Orko and Montork are reunited. Caldwell's ability to show very expressive illustrations is showcased here. Even though the characters do not have any faces as such, their physical movements tell the story better than any expressions could. The first and fourth panels are by far the strongest of the bunch. We could easily cover the dialogue under each and every panel and still know exactly what both characters are saying! Thinking about it, this is actually one scene that translated relatively well to the screen.


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13 March 2015

"The Wild Wind" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "The Wild Wind" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Madame Razz accidentally casts a spell transporting herself, Adora, and Broom into another dimension. Their arrival in the other dimension causes a great danger to be set upon Etheria! One of the most notable things about this story occurs when She-Ra attempts to stop the danger, only to see her every effort fail! Here are pages five to eight...


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09 March 2015

"Working Vacation"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Working Vacation"
A weekend vacation for Prince Adam and Tee-La on the Isle of Mirth turns into a disaster when the island's wicked magistrate transforms the inhabitants into ferocious werewolves!


* Legally I should say that Douglas Booth did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

07 March 2015

Panini sticker album art #21

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In this illustration we see the mighty Bakkull looming over Teela...


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06 March 2015

"The Wild Wind" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "The Wild Wind" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Madame Razz accidentally casts a spell transporting herself, Adora, and Broom into another dimension. Their arrival in the other dimension causes a great danger to be set upon Etheria! One of the most notable things about this story occurs when She-Ra attempts to stop the danger, only to see her every effort fail! Here are the first four pages of this story...


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04 March 2015

Azrog and Spydra interact.

Here is yet another wonderful Barry Caldwell illustration from the storyboards to the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle". Once again we see a style of artwork that one would not associate with a Filmation cartoon! While these panels are not full of the usual amount of expressive artwork that we have become accustomed to with this particular storyboard, they are a fantastic example of how Caldwell was able to illustrate Azrog far better than he would be appear in the actual episode.


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02 March 2015

Panini sticker album art #20

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

Here we see Mer-Man summoning Bakkull...


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