03 June 2012

Coloring book #6 - Skeletor makes his move.

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 illustration we see Skeletor with what appears to be his own collection of Masters of the Universe figures! Skeletor's pose is illustrated beautifully, with the villain leaning over the questionably-rendered Castle Grayskull. I should point out that this is the first of two occasions in this batch of illustrations where Battle Cat is illustrated to the point where he looks like a dog, due to the artist illustrating ears on his helmet! Battle Dog?!


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2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Ha Ha. :) "Battle Dog!" The helmet makes Battle Cat look like a bulldog. :) Even the "action toy" version of Teela is beautifully illustrated! :) Castle Grayskull reminds me of the miniature "model" that we see in the "Song of Celice" episode. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mosquitor said...

I always saw that picture as a giant-sized Skeletor making an attack on Grayskull, but now you mention it the total lack of panic on the good guys' faces and their static poses does give the impression they're actually miniature models! And that appears to be The Goddess from the early minicomics on the left, rather than The Sorceress or Teela...

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