01 February 2015

"The Bounty Hunter" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "The Bounty Hunter" as featured in issue twelve of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story, in an effort to turn the people of Etheria against her, Hordak puts a bounty on She-Ra, hoping that the reward will turn those she defends against her! A group of individuals decide to capture She-Ra, and put their nefarious into action by inviting her to speak at their village. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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28 January 2015

Caldwell's Cringer.

Here is yet another wonderful Barry Caldwell illustration from the storyboards to the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle". Once again we see a style of artwork that one would not associate with a Filmation cartoon! Cringer is illustrated with such expression in these panels, especially the second one, that none of us should be surprised that Barry Caldwell would go on to work on shows such as Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky and the Brain, and Animaniacs!


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27 January 2015

Panini sticker album art #16

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 an intricate illustration showcasing Teela's arrival at the Crystal Sea...


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20 January 2015

A brief review #054 - "Game Plan"

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 "Game Plan"...

This episode, which forgets all about the magic and sorcery on Eternia and instead relies on science to carry the plot, surprisingly works. Although Negator is not the greatest of villains, the threat he poses and his actions throughout the episode function to serve the script. The heroes do not really feel a part of the episode until Battle Cat and Ram Man invade Negator's lair. Once He-Man and Ram Man find themselves inside Negator's game this episode should become a typical action-adventure fare. However, due to the many interesting visuals we are treated to within the game, and the fun, highly-creative action sequences, this episode becomes incredibly gripping. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

18 January 2015

Montork surprises Spydra!

For the longest time I had pursued the original storyboards to the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle". While the episode itself is nothing special, the storyboards are something else! Illustrated by the talented Barry Caldwell, each and every panel is full of expressive illustrations that one would not associate with a Filmation cartoon! Fortunately, a few years ago, I managed to obtain the original storyboards. Enjoy! In this first illustration featured on the Blog, we see Spydra, in her original "punk" design startled by something behind her. In the second panel she whips around to see a somewhat worried and nervous looking Montork...


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14 January 2015

Panini sticker album art #15

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 this illustration we see Teela saddened at having no memory of her mother...


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11 January 2015

Sea Hawk in action!

Much like the Peekablue illustration I showcased in the last post, locating animation art of Sea Hawk is equally quite an achievement, as the character made only a few appearances in the She-Ra series. Featured here is a lovely piece of layout artwork from the season two episode "The Locket", which shows Sea Hawk in the midst of battle. The expression on the character's face would have given the animator enough guidance to work a good on-model strained expression into the final sequence.


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10 January 2015

Frightened Peekablue.

Peekablue failed to make many appearances in the She-Ra series. So locating animation art of the character is quite an achievement. Fortunately, a few years back, I managed to get my hands on this lovely piece of layout artwork of the character from the season two episode "The Perils Of Peekablue". Whilst not detailed, the artwork does show that the artist was keeping the character very much on-model; something that was not always the case with layout illustrations.


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08 January 2015

Panini sticker album art #14

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 this piece we see a young Man-At-Arms training a young Teela...


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02 January 2015

"Queen's Day"

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!

"Queen's Day"
Eternia is celebrating their biggest holiday of the year, Queen's Day, in honor of He-Man's mother. Skeletor and the Masters intend to use the Mardi Gras-like celebrations and parades as diversions for their invasion of Eternia and takeover Grayskull.


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