29 June 2014

"Doomspell!" #1

As featured in issue thirteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine, "Doomspell" is an incredibly unique story. It almost appears as if the writer was tripping on acid at the time, as He-Man finds himself in incredibly strange situations brought about by the Doomspell! Although this story does at times feel like an advert for the Blasterhawk, it is still a thoroughly entertaining read! Here are the first four pages of the story...


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28 June 2014

The original Kor and Mira.

Here is a particularly interesting storyboard panel from the season one He-Man episode "Ordeal in the Darklands". Storyboard artists often began illustrating there boards with no final character models provided and would create their own versions of the characters. In this panel by Warren Greenwood he has created his own versions of Kor and Mira. What I find most amusing about this image is that Mira resembles the action figure Battleground Teela released a few years back in the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline!


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27 June 2014

"The Siren of Fear!" #3

"The Siren of Fear!" is an incredibly unique story that appeared in issue fourteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine. In this story the Heroic Warriors are confused as to how such a small attack by the Evil Warriors can result in the widespread fear amongst the inhabitants of Eternia. Here I present the last three pages of this unique story. Once more the Evil Warriors, The Evil Horde, and the Snake Men all engage in battle; something that seemed to happen a great deal from issue fifty of the regular series onwards!


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26 June 2014

Picking up evil radiations?

In the story "The Lost River", which was featured in the rarely-seen four story She-Ra Ladybird compilation book, She-Ra is made aware of the presence of both Catra and Clawdeen, as her sword can pick up evil radiations! It is an interesting idea, and you can see how it is represented in this Glenn Steward illustration, but it seems an all-too easy way for She-Ra to locate and battle evil...


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25 June 2014

"The Siren of Fear!" #2

"The Siren of Fear!" is an incredibly unique story that appeared in issue fourteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine. In this story the Heroic Warriors are confused as to how such a small attack by the Evil Warriors can result in the widespread fear amongst the inhabitants of Eternia. Here I present pages five to eight of this unique story. Believe it or not, He-Man's last appearance in this story is on page five, resulting in six pages without an appearance from He-Man!


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23 June 2014

Skeletor welcomes his captive.

This illustration by Mark Texeira from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Tale of Teela!" is one of my favorites from this particular minicomic. Anyone that has read this Blog knows that I am a massive fan of both Trap Jaw and Tri-Klops, which dates back to the fact those two particular figures were incredibly hard to locate in my neck of the woods! Anyway, with this minicomic we finally see all of Skeletor's Evil Warriors assembled. And in this panel we see both Trap Jaw and Tri-Klops showcased together, as they walk Teela into Point Dread, where Skeletor awaits!


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15 June 2014

"Eternia's Ordeal"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Eternia's Ordeal"
A series of widespread catastrophes strike Eternia: floods, cyclones, famine and the like. The angry citizens threaten to revolt, blaming Adam's parents the King and Queen, for the cataclysm. He-Man discovers that Evil-Lyn has put Eternia under a spell and must devise a way to reverse it.


* Legally I should say that Michael Reaves did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

14 June 2014

Timm's gloating Skeletor.

Bruce Timm once more blesses this Blog with this powerful-looking illustration of Skeletor from "The Revenge of Skeletor!", a minicomic from The New Adventures of He-Man toyline! In the background we see Optikk running into shot, informing Skeletor of He-Man's latest actions. Optikk's pose is interesting because you can really see the Jack Kirby influence on Timm's artwork, with the character's pose reminiscent of Kirby's work for Marvel Comics during the sixties! Also, even though this Skeletor was far more detailed than the original, Timm had no problem illustrating all of the little details onto his new costume.


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