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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01 March 2015

A brief review #055 - "Eye of the Beholder"

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 "Eye of the Beholder"...

The premise for this episode is original and interesting, and while the episode does have certain moments of merit, ultimately it falls short. The first half of the episode really conveys a sense of dread across the planet; and although He-Man is written somewhat out of character, his exhaustion is well played out. The main problem with story is that during the second act the highly original idea of oxygen depletion is lost amongst the story of inner beauty. While the story was never going to be one of the series' best, this episode is prevented from reaching an above-average status due to the overbearing moral, which contradicts itself at the end; thereby rendering it pointless. 5/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

26 February 2015

Montork traps Spydra.

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! The first panel, in which Montork confronts Spydra, is a good example of how Caldwell inserts a great deal of physical expression in his panels. Again, I love the way in which he illustrates very simple, yet very expressive faces on his human characters. The final panel, though beautifully illustrated here, is one of those that simply did not translate well to the screen. At some point I will feature comparison shots between Caldwell's boards and the final episode.


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21 February 2015

Panini sticker album art #19

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 piece we see Teela now a prisoner Mer-Man...


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19 February 2015

Azrog and Karg.

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! This is an incredibly striking panel filled with a wonderful sense of energy, as Azrog sits atop the now giant Karg. I do love how Caldwell illustrates Azrog;s face in an incredibly simplistic manner, and yet we can clearly see the character's expression.


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18 February 2015

Azrog points!

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! Although I was a fan of Azrog as a character, I felt that he was not animated all that well in the actual episode. Fortunately, Caldwell's panels throughout the storyboard give him a great degree of expression, movement, and personality. Also, in these panels, I love how cute Caldwell makes Karg look!


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16 February 2015

Panini sticker album art #18

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 Teela beginning to learn of her heritage...


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10 February 2015

"The Bounty Hunter" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "The Bounty Hunter" as featured in issue twelve of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story, in an effort to turn the people of Etheria against her, Hordak puts a bounty on She-Ra, hoping that the reward will turn those she defends against her! A group of individuals decide to capture She-Ra, and put their nefarious into action by inviting her to speak at their village. Here are the remaining three pages of this story...


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09 February 2015

"Flamers of the Krindell Volcano"

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!

"Flamers of the Krindell Volcano"
The evil Flamers, fire creatures who live below the surface of Eternia, have taken over the Krindell Volcano. They have already caused small eruptions, and now plan to cover the entire planet with flames and lava, unless He-Man can stop them.


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

07 February 2015

Panini sticker album art #17

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 comical illustration we see Teela delivering a kick to the backside of a Shadow Beast...


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