During the eighties there were many Masters of the Universe coloring books, all of which featured a variety of artwork, with varying degrees of quality. Some artists put in a great level of detail, other artists simply copied model sheets, and some artists were just plain questionable. There were a batch of illustrations by one particular unnamed artist that I have a great affection for, mainly because the style is close to the cartoon, but bold enough to be identifiable as the artist's own! These images also showcased some pretty impressive scenes that I personally wish could have been seen in the Filmation series. In this very dramatic illustration we see Prince Adam, or He-Man, at the feet of the Sorceress as he is presented with the Sword of Power, as well as the other pieces of paraphernalia that make him He-Man. This is an incredibly powerful image that could be interpreted in two different ways. It could reference the early minicomics in which the Goddess handed He-Man the items that enabled him to fight Skeletor and the Evil Warriors. The other interpretation is that this is the moment that Prince Adam received the power of Castle Grayskull. Regardless of your personal choice, either interpretation is dramatic!
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