02 May 2015

Panini sticker album art #26

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 effects that the Spellstone is having on the lives of the Eternians...

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01 May 2015

"Twiggets in Trouble" #1

Here I present "Twiggets in Trouble", a two part story from rarely-seen preview issue of the UK She-Ra comic. In this story Hordak manages to capture Spragg and Sprocker! See the rebels fight Hordak, a group of Horde Troopers, a fleet of Batmex, whilst saving the Twiggets and freeing a village enslaved by the Horde. All in a day's work for She-Ra! Here are the first four pages. Notice that on page four She-Ra tells Bow that Hordak tricked her into helping him rule Etheria, when of course this was Adora's story!


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26 April 2015

Bruce Timm's KA-BOOM!

Every single time Bruce Timm illustrated the Prince Adam to He-Man transformation sequence he made sure to make it look as powerful and as impressive as it did in the cartoon! In this fantastic panel from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Terror Claws Strike!" we see Prince Adam calling upon the power of Castle Grayskull, with He-Man dramatically holding the Sword of Power across his chest. Once more Bruce Timm pays homage to famed comic book illustrator Jack Kirby by including lots of black dots; known as the "Kirby Crackle" in the industry! The spectrum of colors in the background is an incredibly nice touch.


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25 April 2015

A brief review #056 - "Quest for the Sword"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "Quest for the Sword"...

On paper this episode promises to be one of the series' best. However, it falls short, failing to deliver the classic story that it initially promises. This episode suffers from incredibly poor pacing and nonsensical storytelling. The opening action scene is far too long, and full of contradictions. He-Man hopping into a Wind Raider to cross a large fissure that he had previously fought to keep open, is just one of many scenes that make little sense. The scene at the Royal Palace where the heroes come close to connecting Prince Adam and He-Man is well-scripted. The scenes underground are entertaining, but like the end of this episode, everything about the plot feels far too staged. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

22 April 2015

Panini sticker album art #25

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 the opening panel for "The Curse of the Spellstone"...

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20 April 2015

"Broom Saves The Day" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "Broom Saves The Day" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Hordak has Grizzlor test his new experimental Weather Helmet. With it the user can control the weather over a small area. Just by chance the village he tests the helmet in is being visited by Adora and her friends, resulting in a literal whirlwind battle! It is up to Broom to outsmart the villains on this occasion. Here are the remaining three pages of this story...


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13 April 2015

"Broom Saves The Day" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "Broom Saves The Day" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Hordak has Grizzlor test his new experimental Weather Helmet. With it the user can control the weather over a small area. Just by chance the village he tests the helmet in is being visited by Adora and her friends, resulting in a literal whirlwind battle! It is up to Broom to outsmart the villains on this occasion. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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12 April 2015

"The Duchess Teela"

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!

"The Duchess Teela"
When the Duke of the Glade Kingdom arrives in Eternia, he takes a liking to the beautiful royal guard, Tee-La. The Duke asks Tee-La to be his Duchess...only after an argument with Prince Adam does Tee-La accept. The Duke, however, is actually Skeletor in disguise, who uses Tee-La to trap his mortal enemy -- He-Man!


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

10 April 2015

Panini sticker album art #24

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!

This beautiful composition shows the Sorceress and Teela after one of the most memorable moments in the series...

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09 April 2015

Krak! Zok! Slam! Bam!

This page of illustrations by Larry Houston from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Slave City!" is incredibly action-packed! The minicomics were often limited by the number of pages in which the writers and artists could tell the story. Normally a violent exchange between two characters, in this case He-Man and Lodar, would take place in one or two smaller panels. However, the story of this particular minicomic came up short. Hence this page of fighting was inserted in order to complete the page count!


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