24 October 2014

Skeletor strikes He-Man!

Here is an absolutely gorgeous panel illustrated by Bruce Timm as seen in "The Revenge of Skeletor!", a minicomic from The New Adventures of He-Man toyline! Once more Timm shows his Marvel comic book influence, with a wonderfully dynamic action-packed panel that is greatly influenced by the works of Jack Kirby and John Buscema. I love the way in which Skeletor is running into his attack. And pay particular note to the use of blacks on He-Man's figure, creating the notion that Skeletor's blow is a powerful strike!


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19 October 2014

Panini sticker album art #6

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 one of the most memorable and comical confrontations from the series...


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14 October 2014

Red Spikor!

In one of the more bizarre illustrations from the US Masters of the Universe magazine (and trust me, there were more than a few) we see Skeletor, Two Bad, and a unique-looking Spikor! In this piece we can see that Spikor sports red skin and purple armor, as opposed to his normal purple skin and dark blue armor! Although this is a very jarring change, I must say that I actually quite like it! The illustration itself is very nice with a slightly heavier use of blacks for the character outlines to make them pop from the page.


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11 October 2014

"Alkaya, City in Glass"

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!

"Alkaya, City in Glass"
While testing one of Man-At-Arms new sea vessels on the Eternian ocean, our heroes receive a distress note in a bottle. It's from the legendary lost city of Alkaya. Traveling underwater they come upon the undersea city, surrounded by a glass dome. They find it under siege by the Masters of the Universe. In a fierce battle, Skeletor attempts to collapse the dome, drowning Alkaya. It takes all of He-Man's strength to hold up the dome while it is repaired, and to banish the evil Masters from Alkaya.


* 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 2014

Panini sticker album art #5

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 one of my favorite illustrations in the album featuring He-Man from the transformation sequence...


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08 October 2014

Baby Gryphon.

As I mentioned before, Steve Hickner's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe storyboards could be considered "cute" at times. And this panel, from the season one episode "Return of the Gryphon", highlights that aspect of his art style better than most. In this illustration we see the Baby Gryphon, recently hatched out of its egg, looking incredibly cute! Fortunately, the Baby Gryphon retained its cuteness in the episode produced.


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05 October 2014

Orko leaves...

I believe this is the first time I am featuring content from the US Masters of the Universe magazine. I only managed to get my hands on a complete run of the magazine a couple of years ago! In this illustration we see Orko leaving home; a plot that was used numerous times across the many different Masters of the Universe canons. And on this occasion "home" would appear to be Castle Grayskull! With regards to the illustration I love the way in which Orko is illustrated, the castle itself is well rendered. However, the fact that the castle appears to sit atop a mountain leaves me less than impressed...


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03 October 2014

Panini sticker album art #4

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 moment Teela looks out of the window and sees Trap Jaw on the attack...


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01 October 2014

Made you blink!

Bruce Timm clearly enjoyed illustrating action-packed panels. And this incredibly dynamic panel featuring Kayo and Optikk from "The Revenge of Skeletor!" minicomic is no exception! Once more Timm's Jack Kirby influences are there for all to see, with Kayo illustrated with a large square fist, as well as the predominant use of blacks across Optikk's armor.


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30 September 2014

A brief review #052 - "Teela's Trial"

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 "Teela's Trial"...

This episode should be shown as an example of how not to make an episode of He-Man. At times this episode is incredibly hard to watch, not only because of the questionable animation throughout, but also the incredibly bad character writing. He-Man and Teela are written so far out of character it becomes almost funny. Sadly, the character writing on Teela borders on the ludicrous. Gone is the headstrong, brave and determined warrior woman; replaced by a whimpering wreck of a character. The best thing to do is pretend that this atrocious episode never existed. During the series David Wise proved that he knows how to write a strong Teela. So what went wrong here? 2/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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