09 June 2006

Robert Lamb: "What a stupid name..."

I spoke to Robert Lamb about He-Man's name...

"Before the character He-Man, the term was used to describe a guy as a hunk. "He's a real he-man." When feminism arrived, it was used as a term of derision. "Some sort of macho, testosterone-brain-damaged, he-man jerk." Masculine terms were deemed pathetic and some became attached with negative stereotypes. We were quite surprised by the choice of names considering that climate. When someone would ask what I was working on, I would sheepishly say "He-Man", and there would follow gales of laughter. Then usually a comment like, "What a stupid name for a character! Who thought that up?" After the show became a hit, the term he-man was thankfully retired by our culture. Forevermore it would be the name of a beloved hero."

3 comments:

Grimbot said...

Interesting.:)

Kevin Martinell said...

A good bit of history... :)

By the way, Skeletor's insulting nickname for He-Man, "He-Fool," from "Creatures From The Tar Swamp" had me in stitches! In return, He-Man gives Skeletor one of his angriest looks ever! I hope that image makes it onto The Blog! :)

I just happened to think about that scene while reading this! :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

LOL Always good to read more Robert Lamb-goodness!

Can't blame him for being sheepish about the name. That's why he should have referred to "Masters of the Universe". Sounds much better, no? ;)

Also this reminds me of the DVD documentaries where one of the writers (if I recall correctly) said that he referred to character Fish-Face (Mer-Man) and Skull-face (Skeletor) and so on...

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