19 August 2006

Yellow blast!

"A Trap For He-Man" was the first Masters of the Universe book published by Ladybird. Robin Davies' artwork is as striking as ever, but certain images and character drawings are not as refined as they would be later in the series. As the books progressed Robin Davies would look to the Filmation cartoon model sheets, and most of the characters especially He-Man began to look like their cartoon counterparts. This image below shows that his earlier artwork was slightly different, but still highly fitting for the series. One of my favorite things about this image, aside from its action, is the way Battle Cat's fur is illustrated!


(click on the image to see it at full-size)

3 comments:

He-Fan said...

I'm also a huge fan of Robin Davies' artwork for the MOTU Ladybird books, some of my very favourite MOTU illustrations! :)

One question, James - how do you know that "A Trap for He-Man" was the first MOTU Ladybird book published, is there a correct order for them? Coincidentally, "A Trap for He-Man" was the first He-Man Ladybird I had, despite the fact that there were several to choose from! :)

Kevin Martinell said...

Excellent job on Battlecat's fur is right ... Very impressive! :)

What I find amusing about this image is that Teela looks extremely annoyed at Skeletor's blasting, while this version of He-Man seems to resemble the way Battlecat is portrayed in the cartoon... "Time for a fight!" :) Looks like He-Man is smiling as he is knocked off of Battlecat!

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

Battle Cat does look ferocious. Robin Davies work is really terrific and I applaud all the blog-posts you've dedicated to Robin's illustrations! :)

Skeletor shooting yellow blast is nothing new. I think he also has yellow energy on the mini-comic cover for "Temple of Darkness"

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