30 July 2013

Shadow Weaver montage.

In this fantastic montage as featured in issue two of the UK Princess of Power comic we see Shadow Weaver effortlessly overpower and capture Adora, Bow, Kowl, Madame Razz, and Broom! I love the way each situation is presented to us in a unique way, not necessarily showing the actual capture of each character, but in some cases showing the moment just before!


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29 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #22

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 the Royal Palace. You will notice that here the location is illustrated to look much like a typical ancient kingdom, as opposed to the cartoon's mixture of both ancient and futuristic building designs. It is interesting that the text makes mention of Teela living on the grounds of the Royal Palace, but no mention of Man-At-Arms...


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28 July 2013

A brief review #041 - "House of Shokoti" Part 2

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 "House of Shokoti" Part 2...

From the moment this episode begins with a long panning shot of the House of Darkness, accompanied by some foreboding music, we know we are in for a treat. The atmosphere throughout the episode is breathtaking, with a wealth of twisted, creepy, action sequences. He-Man, Battle Cat and Ram Man make for an exciting heroic trio, but they are not the stars of this episode. The dynamic between Stanlan and Shokoti works beautifully as the episode progresses. Numerous factors, including Larry DiTillio's script, the beautiful yet haunting direction and animation, and Linda Gary's fine performances as both Stanlan and Shokoti, make this episode one of the scariest and best of the series. 9/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

27 July 2013

FILMATION ART: The Bottomless Hole of Trolla.

For the last sixteen years I have collected He-Man and She-Ra animation artwork. As a result I have amassed a pretty large collection! Here I present a piece of original background artwork from the He-Man episode "Dawn of Dragoon". One of the most dramatic scenes from this memorable episode occurs as He-Man and Battle Cat confront Dragoon near the Bottomless Hole of Trolla! Even though I do not own a special effects cel of the wind, I love the artwork which details the never-ending depth of this unique location. Interestingly, this background would be repainted and used two episodes later in "Song of Celice" during the scene in which He-Man hurls Yog down a bottomless abyss.


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And here is how the background was used in the episode...

26 July 2013

His eyes shift...

Here are a couple of lovely panels by storyboard artist Rich Chidlaw from the season one He-Man episode "The Region of Ice" showing Man-At-Arms. One of the interesting things to note is that in blue pencil, aside from the rough illustration below the final line art, Rich also wrote the dialogue under each of his panels. Sadly, in the actual episode Filmation did not use this awesomely expressive close-up; instead they opted for a full body shot with a slow truck-in...


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24 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #21

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 Castle Grayskull, resized for you to enjoy! One would presume this illustration is showing Zoar flying back into the castle. However, upon careful examination you will see that she is flying into an open window. Somehow, I do not believe Castle Grayskull was designed with open and close windows!


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22 July 2013

He-Man versus Man-At-Arms.

This action-packed illustration from the 1985 UK Masters of the Universe annual is one of my favorites from this book. I have championed before the beautiful use of watercolors in this book, and here is another example. The extreme poses of both He-Man and Man-At-Arms are illustrated wonderfully, and the sense of fury in He-Man's attack can be felt! I like the attention to detail throughout this piece; from the leather straps that bind the boots of the characters, to the way in which He-Man's harness rests on the ground.


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21 July 2013

Stratos versus Skeletor (again)!

Just when you thought Stratos and Skeletor had finished fighting, they start once again! Yes, here is another illustration from one of the many Masters of the Universe coloring and activity books. I have to say, in this illustration as well as the one yesterday, Stratos does appear to be gaining the upper hand. It would have been interesting to see this scene take place in the Filmation cartoon...


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19 July 2013

Stratos versus Skeletor!

The early Masters of the Universe coloring and activity books featured some unique pieces of artwork. Sometimes the artwork would be focused solely on the pre-Filmation version of He-Man, whereas other books mixed elements of both. Here is an interesting action-packed illustration featuring Stratos and Skeletor engaged in some good old fashioned hand-to-hand combat!


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18 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #20

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 Castle Grayskull, resized for you to enjoy! It is odd to see the interior of the castle lit up with torches positioned on the wall. It makes Castle Grayskull feel a lot less mysterious when normality is placed within it!


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16 July 2013

Who are the leaders?

After the UK Masters of the Universe comic changed direction and began telling stories focused on He-Man's new adventures in space, a reader asked a question in issue twenty two of the He-Man Adventure magazine that we all wanted to ask. The answer from Scrollos that Man-At-Arms and Hordak were now the respective leaders for the forces of good and evil on Eternia, never really sat well with me. I always thought that once Skeletor left, either Evil-Lyn would take control of the Evil Warriors, or there would be so much in-fighting that the group would disband...


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15 July 2013

United in defeat #2

"The Unicorn King" is a visually interesting episode due to its inclusion of strikingly new characters and new locations in the Growling Sea and Unicorn Island. The Evil Horde also get their fair share of new weapons and vehicles, too. Here is the second of two illustrations by Herb Hazelton showing Hordak and Mantenna in the escape pod of the Sea Fright, showcasing their uncomfortable closeness, which would of course be resolved with a trap door...


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13 July 2013

United in defeat #1

"The Unicorn King" is a visually interesting episode due to its inclusion of strikingly new characters and new locations in the Growling Sea and Unicorn Island. The Evil Horde also get their fair share of new weapons and vehicles, too. Here is the first of two illustrations by Herb Hazelton showing Hordak and Mantenna in the escape pod of the Sea Fright, showcasing their uncomfortable closeness, which would of course be resolved with a trap door...


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12 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #19

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 Castle Grayskull. As much as I like the illustration of Castle Grayskull itself, the surrounding area is less than impressive. The cartoon presented the castle in a truly mystical environment, but here, it appears that the castle has merely being dumped into the middle of a forest. The text references one of the numerous canons in which Castle Grayskull was previously known as the Hall of Wisdom.


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11 July 2013

Pillows?!

In this hilarious panel from issue three of the UK Princess of Power comic we see a throwaway joke in which the artist has illustrated pillows near the base of Hordak's throne, allowing the evil being to have some comfort! It is such a random sight gag and never acknowledged in the story that I am surprised the editor did not remove the joke. That said, it is an amusing find!


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10 July 2013

Mitro's original design.

Storyboard artist Michael Swanigan was a Filmation fan, and often, in his storyboards, he would pay homage to previous Filmation shows. The season one episode "The Remedy" is famous for featuring Warlock from Blackstar, repainted as a Takdryl, and not so famous for featuring numerous physical stock movements from the Tarzan series repurposed for He-Man. However, in the storyboards for this episode we see that Michael Swanigan wanted another character from a past Filmation show to be reused. Here we see Balkar from Blackstar designed to play the role of Mitro. Sadly, this never came to pass and Mitro was specifically designed anew for the episode.


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09 July 2013

A brief review #040 - "House of Shokoti" Part 1

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 "House of Shokoti" Part 1...

Due to this episode merely being a setup for the following episode, it achieves a minimal amount of plot development. While there are many exciting things that occur during the course of the story, it often feels like a series of events heading in one direction, but with no goal in sight. There is no doubt that Masque is one of the all-time great villains, and his presence quite literally carries the episode at times; while the other characters merely go through the motions. As wonderfully eerie as it is, the conclusion of this episode leaves us somewhat confused rather than excited. The first of these two episodes does little to benefit the story; nonetheless it is still very entertaining. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

08 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #18

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 the Sorceress, resized for you to enjoy! I like the composition of this piece featuring Zoar in the foreground, with Evil-Lyn and Mer-Man plotting below. That said, their villainous meeting may be one of innocence...


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05 July 2013

Watch out Zodac!

I always thought this illustration, as featured in the numerous Masters of the Universe coloring and activity books, was interesting. There were three similar pages accompanying this one, showcasing both the Heroic Warriors and the Evil Warriors. However, this was the only page that appeared to show some interaction. I may be wrong, but it does appear that both Skeletor and Beast Man are preparing to attack Zodac. This is even more interesting as, at the time, I believe Zodac was being featured as an Evil Warrior, as opposed to the character that maintained the cosmic balance. Even on the page of a coloring book, it appears that no one is safe!


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03 July 2013

Forward's Scatter Ray.

Filmation's storyboard department was known for its in-house gags. This would more than often manifest itself in the storyboards illustrated by the artists. Bob Forward was one of the many members of staff that enjoyed gently mocking the shows he worked on as well as his own artwork. In this panel from the season one He-Man episode "Double Edged Sword" we see Bob recommend that the layout department not copy his design for the Scatter Ray which he amusingly describes as looking like a Mixmaster. Interestingly, there is a bit of background on this story, as "Double Edged Sword" was the episode in which Bob was asked by those in charge at Filmation to design a gun that did not resemble a gun! This resulted in him illustrating the character of Thad holding a pineapple in one particular illustration!


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02 July 2013

Sito's smiling Skeletor.

Tom Sito was one of the storyboard artists that would always include sight gags in his He-Man storyboards. Sometimes the most amusing parts of his boards were not the gags, but the way in which he illustrated the characters. In this illustration below from the season two He-Man episode "The Greatest Show on Eternia" we see Crackers the clown captured by Skeletor. It is always interesting to see that Tom envisioned Crackers as a typical clown, as opposed to the oddly-shaped humanoid that appeared in the actual episode. What I am showcasing with this post though is the sixth panel with Skeletor standing beside the tent, sporting a huge smile! I absolutely love the simplicity of this drawing!


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01 July 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #17

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 the Sorceress, resized for you to enjoy! It is interesting that here we see the Sorceress examining the actions of the Evil Warriors by using a pool, instead of the Window of Spirits, which she used frequently in the cartoon.


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