22 October 2015

Panini sticker album art #40

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

In these two panels we see both Man-At-Arms and Skeletor in action...

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15 October 2015

Combining our powers...

Here are some fantastic Bruce Timm illustrated panels from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Ultimate Battleground!" The composition, the rendering, and the colors come together quite wonderfully, as Skeletor and King Hiss combine their powers to raise the Three Towers. And, once again, as always, in their thoughts, the pair threaten to destroy one another...


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11 October 2015

"The Silver Knight"

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!

"The Silver Knight"
He-Man is challenged in battle by the Silver Knight, a towering warrior working for Skeletor. While He-man is the strongest man, the Silver Knight is the strongest woman...and she may be too powerful for He-Man to handle.


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

09 October 2015

Panini sticker album art #39

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

Here we see Skeletor using his Havoc Staff to attack the heroes...

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02 October 2015

A brief review #058 - "The Once and Future Duke"

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 "The Once and Future Duke"...

What this episode has going for it is an overriding sense of magic; every single part of this episode pertains to Count Marzo's magical spells. Count Marzo himself is a great villain because he is a cunning nobleman, instead of a muscle-bound villain that only wants to destroy. The heroes are given a good amount of screen time in this episode, and Orko, who appears more than most, is thankfully given a lot of good scenes laced with amusing dialogue. The directing in this episode is very clever in places; steering clear of scene transitions and relying on interesting ways to change the scene. However, while it is an enjoyable adventure with many great scenes, something feels missing throughout. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

01 October 2015

Panini sticker album art #38

When I was a kid, one of my most prized possessions was the Masters of the Universe sticker album by Panini. I still remember the day my mother purchased the album for me. Aside from the fun of collecting the stickers themselves I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Filmation-accurate illustrations that could be found on each and every page. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase those illustrations on this very Blog!

These four detailed panels show the heroes arrive, as well as their first moments on Dragosaur Isle...

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