05 September 2006

Happy Birthday He-Man #12 - Don Manuel's Act One!

In the opening storyboard page to "The Taking of Grayskull" we see that artist Don Manuel has illustrated a beautiful image of Castle Grayskull with lightning streaking through the sky. The image of He-Man in the heroic pose is something Don Manuel featured on the opening page of all of his He-Man storyboards. He would later feature a heroic pose of She-Ra on all of his She-Ra storyboards...

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


Kevin Martinell said...

Very fitting that there is a rendering of Castle Grayskull with lightning all around, in this illustration, since this episode possibly contains the most lightning effects there could ever be in a He-Man episode!

He-Man's pose reminds me of the one panning shot of He-Man, from She-Ra's "Sweet Bee's Home," after he destroys all of the Horde Troopers and thrusts his sword into the icy ground, while he rests, only for Frosta to grab his attention just a few seconds later. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

Very cool image.
Thank you for sharing it, James!

Love that lightning behind Grayskull. Gives it a nice atmosphere and the title of the episode sounds very ominous (though actual final episode is not as big as I had hoped when first heard the title-name).

You should at some point make a comparison-image of the He-Man and She-Ra poses from these storyboards. :)

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