21 July 2010

Who is right?

I have mentioned before how the letters column in the UK Masters of the Universe comic tended to disassociate itself from the cartoon. In this example from issue fifty-five we see that Scrollos declares that in reference to Roboto's origin, the comic is accurate, stating that the animated series makes changes to the warriors and their stories. I do not think Larry DiTillio writer of "Happy Birthday Roboto" would be too thrilled with that statement. Ironically the cartoon series had already finished production a year before the UK comic released its first issue! Funny that Scrollos chose not to acknowledge that...


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5 comments:

Mosquitor said...

That response has amused me for a long time. It was always very blatant that the UK comics did not follow the cartoon's continuity, but here Scrollos basically says "The cartoon tells you a load of bollocks, the comics are right!" It's like an argument between fundamentalist religious advocators :D

Although the cartoon series had ceased production by the time this comic was published, it was still being screened on UK TV and not all the episodes had been shown yet, I think it took ITV 5 years to show the entire series! That's probably why Scrollos did not acknowledge the show's demise in his response, as MOTU was still seen as a current show by most Brits. And I must admit I did not realize until much later that the show had ceased in 1985, given that I was still seeing 'new' episodes as late as 1988. I was naively expecting newer characters like Ninjor and Scare Glow to show up in the cartoon at any moment, so I would have been pretty damn upset if I'd been suddenly made aware that the show had been stopped three years before!

Kevin Martinell said...

Based on your definite facts, James, I think that the statement SHOULD have mentioned that the COMIC often makes the changes! :)
~"KevyGuy" :)
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Penny Dreadful said...

That's pretty funny! I always liked the idea of Roboto being a mysterious discovery that has to be revived by Man-At-Arms, as seen in the Filmation episode. I always felt this made him more special than he would be if he was just a robot built by MAA.

David Monid said...

Ah I see, it's like the UK Transformers comics all over again, or rather it was happening at the same time. :D

UK and US comic continuities do tend to differ from one another, obviously due to different writers and publishers.

The UK Transformers comic books had their own take on how the 'Robots In Disguise' came to be that differsfrom the cartoon series, the He-Man comic seems to be the same, only it seemed they were eager to go with Mattel's original concepts for each character. At least that helps to promote the official toys even further.

As good as the cartoon was, Filmation did take a few liberties with the show, but that could be dueto censorship, etc.

Larry may not have been too amused that the UK comics was the only real continuity of He-Man ever exsisted, but at least he didn't protest that fact by hanging off a New York skyscraper while crying out 'At least I'll have more humanity, more love in me writing for the series then you ever did'! LOL. :D

Vinto-Man said...

Keep reading the MOTU Comic, seems to be the early version of keep reading the bios!! Nice that people noticed how different the stories are!

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