31 August 2013

Backgrounds, stock, same/as...

For years I said that I would love to have worked in the Filmation storyboard department. However, when you see a page included a storyboard for an episode of He-Man that looks like an incredibly complicated mathematical sum, it makes me think twice about my desire to have worked at Filmation! This page, included in the storyboard for the season two He-Man episode "Fisto's Forest", shows how Robert Lamb meticulously made sure to breakdown the episode visually, and work out how much of the episode could be made from existing stock, and how much new material had to be created!


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30 August 2013

Odd Adam.

Here is yet another odd-looking illustration from the 1986 Masters of the Universe annual. Here we once again see Prince Adam sporting his green jacket with yellow trim, alongside the often-seen blonde Teela. However, while Teela looks lovely, Prince Adam looks very strange. His face appears to have been rendered too heavily, resulting in him looking far too mature for his age. It almost looks like he is in his forties!


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29 August 2013

Gathering around the jackdaw.

The rarely-seen four story She-Ra Ladybird compilation book was interesting in that aside from including two new stories, it included two previously published stories in "Catra's Ice Palace" and "She-Ra and the Golden Goose", renamed "The Golden Goose" for this publication. Due to the size of this compilation book being a different format, some the illustrations that accompanied "She-Ra and the Golden Goose" were completely redrawn. Here I present one of the illustrations that was redrawn for the book by Glenn Steward. In this piece we see She-Ra, Bow, Glimmer, Flutterina, and Kowl all gathered around a talking jackdaw. This part of the story amuses me in which the heroes have to feed the jackdaw in exchange for information, only to have the little bird start to fall asleep on a full stomach. However, according to the text, Kowl prevents him from falling asleep by shouting in his ear! The way in which the jackdaw is illustrated is incredibly cute, and accurate.


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28 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #29

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 transformation sequence, resized for you to enjoy! I always laugh at the composition of this piece with a mighty powerful He-Man in the foreground pointing his Sword of Power in the direction of Cringer; the cowardly cat fleeing for his life!


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27 August 2013

Greenwood's comical panel!

This panel from "Duel at Devlan" is from one of the most amusing scenes in the episode, as Spragg vents his frustration at Madame Razz, with both Broom and Kowl looking on. What I love about this panel, illustrated by Warren Greenwood, is that Broom, Kowl, and Madame Razz are illustrated in such a simple manner, resulting in a very comical look to the characters. Broom, by far, is the funniest to look at, drawn with such a baffled expression of simplicity!


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26 August 2013

"The Reality Shaper" #2

Issue thirteen of the UK Masters of the Universe comic presented us with an incredibly unique tale! As the story opens up we learn that everything on Eternia has changed for the worse, with the Evil Horde now in complete control of both the Heroic Warriors and the Evil Warriors! Where this story becomes even more unique is how and why everything has changed. Here are the final three pages of this story...


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25 August 2013

Glimmer's fit of guilt.

Robert Lamb came up with numerous story ideas during his time working on She-Ra. One of many which unfortunately never saw the light of day was an untitled story that would've seen Glimmer run away in a fit of guilt after a raid on the Evil Horde backfires, only for her to wind up captured by Scorpia. Read for yourself!


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24 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #28

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 transformation sequence. I would have preferred to see Prince Adam holding the Sword of Power aloft, as we have already seen He-Man posed in the same way from the beginning of the book.


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23 August 2013

She-Rarchery.

Here I present a beautiful-looking piece of pencil artwork from the season two She-Ra episode "Return Of The General". This piece is from the memorable scene in which She-Ra removes her tiara to fool the Horde Troopers, revealing for the first time that her hairstyle is exactly the same as Adora's! Of course this scene was also interesting due to the fact that She-Ra transforms the Sword of Protection into a bow and arrow, thereby making Bow's skill with the bow and arrow somewhat redundant!


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22 August 2013

Drome!

Here is a finalized concept sketch for the character of Dr. Drome from the season one She-Ra episode "The Wizard". Dr. Drome had the interesting honor of appearing in an episode with two characters that were based on forthcoming Mattel toys in Acrobad and Colonel Blast. For a while I suspected whether or not Dr. Drome was also based on a forthcoming Mattel toy until I saw the script which indicates that the character is very much a Filmation design.


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20 August 2013

"The Reality Shaper" #1

Issue thirteen of the UK Masters of the Universe comic presented us with an incredibly unique tale! As the story opens up we learn that everything on Eternia has changed for the worse, with the Evil Horde now in complete control of both the Heroic Warriors and the Evil Warriors! Where this story becomes even more unique is how and why everything has changed. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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19 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #27

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 Prince Adam and Cringer, resized for you to enjoy! I laugh at Cringer's expression as a small bird lands on his nose. This appears to be the illustration that leads into the color one previously featured showing Prince Adam relaxing as Cringer chases a bird around the palace grounds.


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18 August 2013

Mattel's Dylamug!

In these two storyboard panels from the She-Ra season one episode "Duel at Devlan" by Warren Greenwood we see Dylamug looking strikingly different to his final animated design. Normally this would stem from the fact that the artist had no character models to work with at the time of the storyboard process. Whilst that is still the case with this illustration, there is something unique about Warren's illustration of Dylamug. Mattel were developing Dylamug for the toyline and subsequently handed an early conceptual design of their toy, illustrated by Ted Mayer, to Filmation. As a result Warren used Ted's design of Dylamug in his storyboards. However, by the time the episode had completed production, Filmation's model department had changed the character significantly. Instead of a humanoid-looking character, Dylamug was now purposely disproportioned!


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17 August 2013

A brief review #042 - "Double Edged Sword"

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 "Double Edged Sword"...

With this story Robby London manages to craft one of the series' most compelling episodes. Not only is it scripted beautifully, but the moral message it explicitly preaches is naturally woven into the episode through Chad and Elden, without any of it feeling forced. The character writing throughout the episode is rich in both humor and drama. The heroes and villains are all given great dialogue and interact with each other to perfection. Elden's tragic story of how he accidentally killed many of his fellow soldiers during the Orc War is one of the series' most touching pieces of character writing, and cements this as one of the most powerful pieces of storytelling in the series. 9/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

16 August 2013

Old King Randor...

Believe it or not, the elderly-looking gentleman sitting upon a rather mediocre throne is actually King Randor! This illustration from the 1986 Masters of the Universe annual is typical of the artwork found in the book. At the time the artists working on the annuals were referring to artwork and character designs from the three issues of the DC Masters of the Universe comic. The 1987 annual would see a dramatic shift in style as the artists found themselves working with a great deal of Filmation reference material!


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15 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #26

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 Prince Adam and Cringer, resized for you to enjoy! In this fantastically humorous illustration we see a high-spirited Cringer up on his hind legs licking Prince Adam, who seems amused by the whole situation. This piece of artwork beautifully showcases the friendship and companionship between the pair.


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14 August 2013

"Double Trouble" #3

I teased a panel from this story many, many years ago! At long last I finally present "Double Trouble", a story that appeared in issue fourteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine. You can never have enough stories featuring a clone of He-Man. Okay, well, you can, but this one is unique in that Skeletor is the He-Man clone in question this time around! Here are the final three pages...


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13 August 2013

Catra and Clawdeen.

"One To Count On", aside from being the first episode of season two of She-Ra, is not only memorable for having a great premise, but also featuring some never-before-seen characters. Catra's ally, Clawdeen, makes her first and only appearance in the series in this particular episode. Here I present a model sheet designed for the episode's model sheet pack, which actually depicts Clawdeen with a saddle, and most notably of all, Catra riding her. Even though, as the toys dictated, Clawdeen was supposed to be Catra's steed, we never got to see this occur in the animated series...


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12 August 2013

"Double Trouble" #2

I teased a panel from this story many, many years ago! At long last I finally present "Double Trouble", a story that appeared in issue fourteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine. You can never have enough stories featuring a clone of He-Man. Okay, well, you can, but this one is unique in that Skeletor is the He-Man clone in question this time around! Here are pages five to eight...


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11 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #25

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 Prince Adam and Cringer. In this particular illustration we see an incredibly relaxed Prince Adam, with Cringer chasing a bird. Notice that the book next to Prince Adam is called "Ancient Weapons of Eternia", which I would suspect is hinting that even though he is not a warrior in this image, he is always educating himself. The text is wonderful in that, much like a tour guide it specifically states that both Prince Adam and Cringer "can often be seen strolling the grounds of the palace or just napping under a shady tree".


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10 August 2013

"Double Trouble" #1

I teased a panel from this story many, many years ago! At long last I finally present "Double Trouble", a story that appeared in issue fourteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine. You can never have enough stories featuring a clone of He-Man. Okay, well, you can, but this one is unique in that Skeletor is the He-Man clone in question this time around! Here are the first four pages...


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09 August 2013

Faker's got a gun?!

Appearances from Faker were always interesting to note, as the character made so few appearances. In this illustration from one of the many Masters of the Universe coloring and activity books we see He-Man and Man-At-Arms fighting Faker, who on this occasion is oddly wielding a gun! Although He-Man has his shield raised, the blast still appears to be striking Man-At-Arms...


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08 August 2013

"Catra's Sword of Honour" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "Catra's Sword of Honour" as featured in issue seven of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Catra, musing over what gives She-Ra her powers, forces Madame Razz to make her a sword similar to She-Ra's Sword of Protection. Aside from being incredibly strong, the newly constructed Sword of Honour has the ability to control living creatures. Here are the remaining three pages of this story...


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07 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #24

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 Royal Palace, resized for you to enjoy! This fantastic, action-packed illustration shows Prince Adam and Teela dueling with staffs, as Man-At-Arms looks on. Much like the last illustration I showcased, the "dueling with staff" theme appeared numerous times in various Masters of the Universe canons.


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06 August 2013

"Catra's Sword of Honour" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "Catra's Sword of Honour" as featured in issue seven of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Catra, musing over what gives She-Ra her powers, forces Madame Razz to make her a sword similar to She-Ra's Sword of Protection. Aside from being incredibly strong, the newly constructed Sword of Honour has the ability to control living creatures. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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05 August 2013

He-Man Presents...

Many storyboard artists when working on He-Man and She-Ra would often use the first few panels of a storyboard to illustrate an introductory piece. Keith Tucker, Robert Lamb, Steve Hickner, and Tom Sito were four that spring to mind! Sharon Rolnik illustrated some beautiful looking boards during her time on He-Man, and here you can see the introductory piece illustrated by her for "Things That Go Bump in the Night"...


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04 August 2013

Duke Buck?

Here is an interesting banner-like introductory piece of artwork illustrated for the season one He-Man episode "Golden Disks of Knowledge". Warren Greenwood, like many of the storyboard artists working on both He-Man and She-Ra, enjoyed adding an illustration prior to the actual episode's storyboard. What is worth mentioning is that Warren Green credits himself as Duke Buck, something he included in some of his other storyboards. The composition is simple, but striking, as we see a large Golden Disk behind the episode's title, as well as Zanthor trapped within the mystic mirror.


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03 August 2013

GIANT Picture Book (Heroic Warriors) illustration #23

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 Royal Palace, resized for you to enjoy! Here we see a beautiful illustration of Prince Adam practicing his archery skills in the grounds of the palace, while Man-At-Arms and Teela look on. The "Prince Adam practicing archery" theme would appear numerous times in various Masters of the Universe canons.


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02 August 2013

Entrapta laughs?

In issue three of the UK Princess of Power comic we once again are confused as to the allegiances of one of the main cast members. In this panel we can see the villainous Entrapta alongside both Adora and Frosta laughing at the antics of Madame Razz and Broom! The UK comic seemed to confuse Entrapta with Double Trouble on occasion. In this story Entrapta pretty much just stands around, much like Frosta, observing the events of the story...


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01 August 2013

Causing a cave-in!

I love the action and power in these two panels by Bruce Timm from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "King of the Snake Men". You can see a lot of his style in these minicomics which were illustrated incredibly early in his career. If you pay particular attention to the face of He-Man you can see the very heroic jaw line that Bruce Timm would later utilize on his design for Batman on the now-classic animated series of the nineties. I am always amazed just how much energy Bruce Timm was able to pack into these tiny panels. When one looks back over the plethora of Masters of the Universe minicomics for the best, one will often find Bruce Timm's name attached to it!


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