22 April 2015

Panini sticker album art #25

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 the opening panel for "The Curse of the Spellstone"...

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20 April 2015

"Broom Saves The Day" #2

For your entertainment I present the story "Broom Saves The Day" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Hordak has Grizzlor test his new experimental Weather Helmet. With it the user can control the weather over a small area. Just by chance the village he tests the helmet in is being visited by Adora and her friends, resulting in a literal whirlwind battle! It is up to Broom to outsmart the villains on this occasion. Here are the remaining three pages of this story...


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13 April 2015

"Broom Saves The Day" #1

For your entertainment I present the story "Broom Saves The Day" as featured in issue eight of the UK Princess of Power comic. In this story Hordak has Grizzlor test his new experimental Weather Helmet. With it the user can control the weather over a small area. Just by chance the village he tests the helmet in is being visited by Adora and her friends, resulting in a literal whirlwind battle! It is up to Broom to outsmart the villains on this occasion. Here are the first three pages of this story...


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12 April 2015

"The Duchess Teela"

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 Duchess Teela"
When the Duke of the Glade Kingdom arrives in Eternia, he takes a liking to the beautiful royal guard, Tee-La. The Duke asks Tee-La to be his Duchess...only after an argument with Prince Adam does Tee-La accept. The Duke, however, is actually Skeletor in disguise, who uses Tee-La to trap his mortal enemy -- He-Man!


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

10 April 2015

Panini sticker album art #24

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!

This beautiful composition shows the Sorceress and Teela after one of the most memorable moments in the series...

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09 April 2015

Krak! Zok! Slam! Bam!

This page of illustrations by Larry Houston from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Slave City!" is incredibly action-packed! The minicomics were often limited by the number of pages in which the writers and artists could tell the story. Normally a violent exchange between two characters, in this case He-Man and Lodar, would take place in one or two smaller panels. However, the story of this particular minicomic came up short. Hence this page of fighting was inserted in order to complete the page count!


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08 April 2015

Wet, cold, and miserable.

This comical piece of artwork featuring Catra and Clawdeen was seen alongside the story "The Lost River", which was featured in the rarely-seen four story She-Ra Ladybird compilation book. I love how annoyed both Catra and Clawdeen look in this Glenn Steward illustration, as She-Ra atop Swift Wind poses heroically on a small hill. That said, I think Clawdeen's mane should look a little more drenched given that the giant cat has been caught in a torrent of water!


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03 April 2015

As you wish!

Here is a panel showcasing quite possibly one of the most repetitive scenes in the Masters of the Universe mythology. This illustration by Bruce Timm from the minicomic "The Ultimate Battleground!" shows King Hiss and Skeletor coming to an agreement that they should work together in order to overthrow Eternia. This story point in which they would agree to work together in one panel, yet in the following panel harbor a desire to destroy the other, appeared in numerous canons over the years!


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02 April 2015

Panini sticker album art #23

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 two panels show Bakkull being buried, for the time being, as He-Man looks on victorious...

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29 March 2015

He-Man versus Spydra.

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! Although Caldwell's artistic strengths are obvious when it comes to the more comical-looking characters, such as Orko and Cringer, his ability to illustrate humans was equally as fun! In these panels we see that although the movements of He-Man are somewhat exaggerated, they look impressive and effortlessly convey to the layout artist the type of action that needs to take place.


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