21 December 2014

"The Moon Jewel" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "The Moon Jewel" as featured in issue thirteen of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story we find Queen Angella's life being threatened by an unknown force. She-Ra deduces that there is something wrong with the current eclipse of their moons. With the help of Mermista's magical abilities She-Ra and Castaspella journey to the moon and discover what the problem is. Interestingly, in this story one of Etheria's moons is revealed to be called Elidor. Here are the remaining three pages of this story...


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20 December 2014

Panini sticker album art #12

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 Prince Adam and Cringer having saved Eternia...


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12 December 2014

The warrior woman captured.

Here is yet another beautiful Mark Texeira illustration from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Tale of Teela!" Every panel in this minicomic is a work of art. Skeletor's pose is incredibly natural, and Tri-Klops looks incredibly cool, resting upon his sword. Also, the panel is rather beautifully framed with a heavily shaded Trap Jaw in the foreground.


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10 December 2014

"The Moon Jewel" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "The Moon Jewel" as featured in issue thirteen of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story we find Queen Angella's life being threatened by an unknown force. She-Ra deduces that there is something wrong with the current eclipse of their moons. With the help of Mermista's magical abilities She-Ra and Castaspella journey to the moon and discover what the problem is. Interestingly, in this story one of Etheria's moons is revealed to be called Elidor. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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09 December 2014

Panini sticker album art #11

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 He-Man victoriously holding the Diamond Ray of Disappearance...


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03 December 2014

"The Dragon Invasion" He-Man layout.

Here are two absolutely gorgeous Filmation layout illustrations of He-Man from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode "The Dragon Invasion". In this scene He-Man is shielding his eyes from the near-blinding glow of Skeletor's transformation into a giant! Interestingly, in the layout artwork, we see that the artist requests that shadows be placed on top of the cel in order to make the sequence more striking. However, in the final episode no shadows were used.

 
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01 December 2014

"The Dragon Invasion" Skeletor layout.

Here are two absolutely gorgeous Filmation layout illustrations of Skeletor from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode "The Dragon Invasion". In this scene Skeletor is using the Dragonpearl to increase his size, as he prepares to battle He-Man! The layout artwork informs the animator to refer to the stock scene of Skeletor raising his arms, but to create a new sequence in which he holds the magical artifact aloft.

 
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28 November 2014

Panini sticker album art #10

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 a beautifully illustrated piece featuring Castle Grayskull, with an insert panel of He-Man and Battle Cat awaiting Skeletor...


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21 November 2014

He-Man strikes Skeletor!

Here is a fantastic illustration from "The Revenge of Skeletor!", a minicomic from The New Adventures of He-Man toyline! In one of Bruce Timm's last ever illustrations on the He-Man brand he made sure he went out with a bang, by having He-Man race towards Skeletor and strike the villain with a great sense of ferocity and power! Also, I've mentioned time and time again Jack Kirby's influence on Timm's work. Nowhere can it be seen better than in the smaller panel with He-Man holding the Sword of Power. We can see the "Kirby Crackle", an artistic trademark indicated by black dots of varying sizes, emanating from the blade.


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17 November 2014

"Sun Fires"

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!

"Sun Fires"
The Masters have thrown Eternia out of orbit, and headed toward its sun. This causes fires and other catastrophes on the planet which He-Man must deal with. Finally, using Archimedes' principle of levers ("Give me a place to stand, and I could move the Earth!"), He-Man sets up a giant lever in space to correct Eternia's orbit.


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