27 April 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #5

Golden Book published a great deal of Masters of the Universe material during the eighties. Two of the most notable and yet rarely seen books are the Giant Picture Books; oversized quality publications printed on thick quality paper featuring artwork by Fred Carrillo. One book focused on the Heroic Warriors, whilst the other focused on the Evil Warriors. Here I present, from the Heroic Warriors book, the first of the two black and white illustrations focusing on Man-At-Arms, resized for you to enjoy! Here Man-At-Arms demonstrates his ability to throw Beast Man, as if he weighed nothing!


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22 April 2013

Dragoon title card.

As I have mentioned on this Blog numerous times over the years, storyboard artists would often prefix their He-Man and She-Ra storyboards with an illustration featuring a character or scene featured in the very same episode boarded. In this panel we see Steve Hickner has illustrated his concept for the villainous Dragoon; the same design of which also appears throughout the storyboard. It is also interesting to note that whereas the episode is titled "Dawn of Dragoon" this is referred to as "The Dawn of Dragoon"...


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21 April 2013

Skeletor's monitor.

Here is yet another fantastic illustration by Robin Davies from the Masters of the Universe Ladybird book "He-Man meets the Beast". I always like the way in which Robin Davies illustrated his figures. While his drawing of Skeletor is as good as always, I love the strength of Evil-Lyn's hands-on-hips pose! From this illustration, especially if you look at the way her legs are illustrated, it is clear that Robin was referring to the Evil-Lyn action figure...


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19 April 2013

Confused She-Ra!

Here is a very interesting panel from "Twiggets in Trouble", a two part story from rarely-seen preview issue of the UK She-Ra comic. In this panel She-Ra clearly tells Bow that Hordak tricked her into helping him rule Etheria. Obviously the writer of this story was somewhat confused, because not only is this Adora's back-story, but She-Ra herself did not exist until Adora allied herself with the Great Rebellion! Is the UK comic proposing that both Adora and She-Ra worked for the Horde? I have to say though, I do love the idea that She-Ra helped Hordak conquer Etheria...


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18 April 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #4

Golden Book published a great deal of Masters of the Universe material during the eighties. Two of the most notable and yet rarely seen books are the Giant Picture Books; oversized quality publications printed on thick quality paper featuring artwork by Fred Carrillo. One book focused on the Heroic Warriors, whilst the other focused on the Evil Warriors. Here I present, from the Heroic Warriors book, the two pages focusing on Man-At-Arms. Admittedly, this illustration appears to focus on the abilities of the Battle Ram, more than the individual driving it. Interestingly, the text refers to Man-At-Arms being the "captain of the guard", a position held by Teela in the animated series!


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17 April 2013

Skeletor is imprisoned...

Volume three of the Masters of the Universe comic from MVCreations featured numerous changes. One of the changes I was saddened to see was the straightforward two-tone coloring on the characters, rather than the beautiful colors that adorned the characters across the first two volumes. However, there are moments throughout each issue where the old coloring magic returns! In this splash page from issue six we see a fantastic illustration by Emiliano Santalucia of Skeletor imprisoned by King Hsss. The colors on this piece are fantastic!


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15 April 2013

Picking up Trap Jaw...

Here I present another couple of amusingly illustrated storyboard panels by Rich Chidlaw from the season one He-Man episode "The Region of Ice". I like the expression of Trap Jaw in the first panel, as well as the additional panel showing how the camera shout rotate to show the villain being hoisted up in the air by He-Man. One has to laugh at how serious and heroic-looking He-Man is drawn in the second panel whilst Trap Jaw is illustrated over his head wide-eyed and terrified. Once again the use of a simple marker pen creates a wonderful use of shadows; even though Filmation would rarely create shadows!


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14 April 2013

What happened to "City of Children"?

Here is a very interesting find; a memo detailing the upcoming production schedule for the episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that would end up part the 1985 batch! There is a lot of interesting information on this page, including the dates of the voice actor recordings as well as what episodes were grouped together. Interestingly, "Journey to Stone City" is missing, and in its place is a different episode entirely titled "City of Children". One has to ask, whatever happened to this episode?


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13 April 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #3

Golden Book published a great deal of Masters of the Universe material during the eighties. Two of the most notable and yet rarely seen books are the Giant Picture Books; oversized quality publications printed on thick quality paper featuring artwork by Fred Carrillo. One book focused on the Heroic Warriors, whilst the other focused on the Evil Warriors. Here I present, from the Heroic Warriors book, the second of the two black and white illustrations focusing on He-Man, resized for you to enjoy! Is it me, or does Teela not look all that concerned by the strange creature attacking her?


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11 April 2013

A brief review #037 - "It's Not My Fault"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "It's Not My Fault"...

This episode should be noted for showcasing the Vine Jungle like no other episode; and we are treated to many beautiful, atmospheric shots. We are made to feel that it is not only one of the most unusual places on Eternia, but also one of the most dangerous. The Vine Jungle would almost be the star of this episode, were it not for Rago, the villain who feels as if he is way out of his depth. Not that he poses no threat during the episode, but his conquest seems doomed from the start when we see Zegone, his ultimately forgettable war machine. This episode is average at best, but feels fresh in the sense that we are transported to a unique part of Eternia. 5/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

10 April 2013

Original Widgets!

Here is a fantastic piece of development artwork from the He-Man series featuring the Widgets! As you can see, at this point in production the character of Lara had pretty much been finalized. However, although certain elements of the character are there, Kando is vastly different to how he would finally appear in the series. And it seems that Squinch was a character that the designers found hard to pin down design-wise, given that neither of the two character models presented here would bear any resemblance to his final design!


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08 April 2013

Walking a tightrope.

The season one She-Ra episode "Just Like Me" is by far one of the best of the entire series. With its fantastic premise, exciting action scenes, and direction by Tom Tataranowicz, this episode puts many others to shame! One of the best action scenes of the episode occurs when She-Ra attempts to save Leena from a broken bridge. Here I present a piece of layout artwork showing one of the most dramatic shots of the episode in which we see Leena clinging for life high above She-Ra, who is walking a thin rope in high heels!


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07 April 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #2

Golden Book published a great deal of Masters of the Universe material during the eighties. Two of the most notable and yet rarely seen books are the Giant Picture Books; oversized quality publications printed on thick quality paper featuring artwork by Fred Carrillo. One book focused on the Heroic Warriors, whilst the other focused on the Evil Warriors. Here I present, from the Heroic Warriors book, the first of the two black and white illustrations focusing on He-Man, resized for you to enjoy! Skeletor appears to be retreating in this illustration...


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06 April 2013

Bellatron rolls...

Don Manuel's storyboards for "Disappearing Dragons" are proving to feature some of my favorite storyboard panels of all time! Here he illustrates the moment Bellatron emerges to battle He-Man. The basic design of the giant robot is pretty much the same as in the actual episode, except in these panels he looks a great deal bigger, wider, and generally more imposing!


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05 April 2013

Awesomely evil panel!

I have mentioned Masters of the Universe minicomic artist Bruce Timm numerous times on this Blog. And with good reason. Because his artwork, even within the smallest of panels, is beautiful to behold! In this panel from the minicomic "King of the Snake Men" we see a fantastic illustration featuring a menacing-looking Skeletor and a mad-looking King Hiss! Particular attention must be paid to the other three snake heads in shot, each with their own evil expression.


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04 April 2013

A hairclip?

In this panel from issue two of the UK Princess of Power comic we see She-Ra surprisingly reveal that even the most powerful woman in the universe requires a hairclip! And in true stereotypical storytelling style she subsequently uses it to pick the lock of a cage!


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03 April 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #1

Golden Book published a great deal of Masters of the Universe material during the eighties. Two of the most notable and yet rarely seen books are the Giant Picture Books; oversized quality publications printed on thick quality paper featuring artwork by Fred Carrillo. One book focused on the Heroic Warriors, whilst the other focused on the Evil Warriors. Here I present, from the Heroic Warriors book, the two pages focusing on He-Man. I believe the color illustration also appeared in the Heroic Champions line of Masters of the Universe books published by Golden Book.


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02 April 2013

Anime Flipshot #2

The episode "Four Ways To Sundown" is another of the good-looking episodes of The New Adventures of He-Man. Of course this episode also benfits from having one of the best scripts of the series, as well as one of the most memorable endings! Due to the, at times, comical nature of the story, this episode is able to get away with amazingly over-the-top anime-expressions as seen here on Flipshot. In this scene Flipshot flies through the air uncontrollably!



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