25 October 2012

Star Comics cereal:geek article #7

As many of you will know I continue to self-publish cereal:geek magazine; the one-hundred page glossy magazine dedicated to the cartoons of the eighties. I have incredibly talented individuals write articles for the magazine. However, when I required an article covering the Masters of the Universe comic book published by Marvel's Star Comics imprint I knew I had to write this article myself, given that I have such strong views on this series! As I have rarely covered the Star Comics series on this Blog I thought it would be good to showcase the article I wrote for the magazine across a group of posts.

So here I present the seventh part of the article...

Another memorably big error occurs during issue ten. Blade and Saurod attack the heroes after shooting down their Wind Raider. During the battle He-Man overpowers Blade, who is promptly tied up by Teela, whilst Man-At-Arms is put to sleep by Saurod's spraying sparks. The following page dialogue indicates that Kobra Khan put Man-At-Arms to sleep (presumably with his mist), and we see that instead of Blade it is Webstor who has been tied up by Teela!

This begs the question as to how these pages were assigned to Ron Wilson, and more importantly what the editor was doing when going through the pages.

One of the common gripes with both the writing and art in the first eight issues is how quickly things wrap-up, sometimes at a comical speed. The worst offender is issue eight. King Randor appears on the last page, and in six small panels the following happens; Randor effortlessly defeats Skeletor in two panels; Orko "inspired" by Randor manages to freeze Scare Glow, as He-Man also "inspired" by the king begins to gain advantage over Ninjor; Randor fires a laser bolt from his hand (not sure how he is able to do that) to defeat Blast-Attak, sending him flailing into Ninjor; Skeletor vanishes with predictable dialogue; and in the final panel the heroes strike a pose.

Even though issues one to eleven are stand alone, one to eight feel incredibly isolated and often monotonous in their storytelling. Thankfully George Caragonne would come along and change everything.


To be continued...


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1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Maybe there were more characters with the ability to fire laser bolts with their hands?! :) I still can't get over the idea of the tram that was linked between Snake Mountain and Castle Grayskull from the previous section of the article!

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