28 February 2010

Fat He-Man?!

No. You are not seeing things. This panel, one of many from issue six of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine, does indeed feature an overweight version of He-Man! Soon you will be able to read see the entire story, and the context in which this image takes place. You will be amused as to the identity of the Evil Warrior that he battles whilst in this state...


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27 February 2010

Here comes Beast Man!

Here is an interesting illustration by Robin Davies from the He-Man Ladybird book "A Trap For He-Man". I always remember as a child thinking that this panel featuring an unconscious Teela lying helpless with Beast Man in the distance racing towards her was incredibly striking!


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25 February 2010

Karatti?!

This illustration appeared on a random question and answer page in issue twenty-two of the UK He-Man Adventure magazine, formerly known as the Masters of the Universe Adventure. This image highlights just how different Karatti was originally designed to be; as a being that resembled living crystal. For some reason the design was abandoned, but not before it had made numerous appearances.


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23 February 2010

Orko's comic strip #65

Almost every issue of the UK Masters of the Universe comic featured an Orko comic strip on the inside front cover. As this Blog continues I will try and feature all of them for your amusement. Here I present the "Orko the Magician" comic strip from issue sixty-five. The last panel on this strip looks like it would hurt Orko...


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22 February 2010

Glimmer writes a letter...

Once again, here we have another illustration by Geoff Senor from the She-Ra Ladybird book "Catra's Ice Palace". While I do like the poses for both Adora and Glimmer, like previous entries this illustration demonstrates that whilst Geoff Senior may have been the greatest artist on the UK Transformers comic, his artwork was not best suited for She-Ra. I find it hard to criticize his artwork, because to me Geoff Senior was the one Transformers artist I worship!


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21 February 2010

Grotog was a friendly Demon #2

And here is the solution to the cake-related dilemma posed to He-Man by the "friendly demon" Grotog!


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20 February 2010

Grotog was a friendly Demon #1

You have to love a short story that includes the line "Grotog was a friendly demon". Can you solve this "Brains, Not Brawn!" puzzle from issue nine of the UK Masters of the Universe comic? To this day I'm still not sure why Grotog hung out in a cave and challenged He-Man to cake-related games!


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18 February 2010

Orko's comic strip #45

Almost every issue of the UK Masters of the Universe comic featured an Orko comic strip on the inside front cover. As this Blog continues I will try and feature all of them for your amusement. Here I present the "Orko the Magician" comic strip from issue forty-five. Why is Snout Spout wearing sunglasses?


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17 February 2010

"The Factory of Fear" #2

Here are pages four to six of "The Factory of Fear", a story that appeared in issue eleven of the UK Princess of Power comic. Notice that the tank Hordak transforms into is very reminiscent of the one he becomes in "A Loss for Words" from season one of the She-Ra series.


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14 February 2010

Orko's comic strip #64

Almost every issue of the UK Masters of the Universe comic featured an Orko comic strip on the inside front cover. As this Blog continues I will try and feature all of them for your amusement. Here I present the "Orko the Magician" comic strip from issue sixty-four. Orko wants to meet a Sea-Lion...


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13 February 2010

"The Factory of Fear" #1

"The Factory of Fear" is an interesting story that appeared in issue eleven of the UK Princess of Power comic. Often in the She-Ra series we saw the people of Etheria being taken as slaves by the Evil Horde. However, on this occasion the slaves are made to work in a factory, assembling Horde Troopers! I love the idea that the slaves are made to build the very robots that capture their fellow Etherians. Here I present pages one to three...


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12 February 2010

Trap Jaw's Saw Blade.

Trap Jaw had many arm attachments in the He-Man series. Some were more memorable than others, whilst a few appeared inexplicably for a few shots and vanished. Case in point Trap Jaw's Saw Blade. This arm attachment had been billed in some canons as one of his three main attachments. In "The Curse of the Spellstone" it makes an appearance in two shots that are almost instantly forgettable. Of course, the main arm attachment that would only appear in one shot for one episode would be the Claw. But that is another post for another time...


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11 February 2010

Reunited against Evil!

Here is a lovely full page illustration by Robin Davies from the She-Ra Ladybird book "She-Ra and the Dark Pool". At this point in the Ladybird book releases Robin Davies was still drawing He-Man in his original style, which is nice to see. Eventually he would begin illustrating He-Man in a style closer to the animated series.


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10 February 2010

She-Ra calls out for the Sorceress.

"Shadow Weaver's Magic Mirror" features a lot of memorable illustrations by Robin Davies, but none are as beautiful as this two page piece featuring She-Ra and the Sorceress. There are so many things to appreciate about this piece; the angle of She-Ra with her sword raised, the beautiful way in which the Sorceress is drawn; even the way in which the two pages are laid out. Robin Davies manages to illustrate the magical embers coming fourth from the sword to perfection! Amazingly this is the only time that the Sorceress appears in the Ladybird books, having not appeared in any of the Masters of the Universe ones. Her only appearance prior to this was in one-shot Masters of the Universe annual published by Ladybird.


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07 February 2010

Orko's comic strip #69

Almost every issue of the UK Masters of the Universe comic featured an Orko comic strip on the inside front cover. As this Blog continues I will try and feature all of them for your amusement. Here I present the "Orko the Magician" comic strip from issue sixty-nine. One of Orko's secret routines is revealed!


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06 February 2010

The Cosmic Enforcer in the mud?!

Zodac was a character that was often handled well in his all-too-brief appearances. However, based on what the toyline originally instructed, in some canons Zodac was portrayed as one of Skeletor's Evil Warriors. "Pinnacle of Peril" a story from the one-shot Ladybird Masters of the Universe annual had Zodac working alongside Skeletor. It is amusing to see a character that was treated with such high regard in the animated series, reduced to frustratingly shaking his fists knee-deep in mud.


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05 February 2010

Now that's a sword!

Robin Davies illustrations on the Ladybird book "A Trap For He-Man" still remain some of my favorite artwork featuring the Masters of the Universe cast. What I like about his early style is that he manages to capture the essence of the toyline, and combine it with the elements of the cartoon that we all know and love. This illustration of Skeletor is not over the top, not heavily detailed, but striking and powerful in its depiction of the villain. I especially like that we see Skeletor's sword, which is referred to as his "energy blade" in the story, held proudly by the character.


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04 February 2010

Wake up, Clawdeen!

"Catra's Ice Palace", the She-Ra Ladybird book illustrated by the greatest artist of the UK Transformers comic, Geoff Senior, features some unique artwork. Amusingly, Catra's pose here inadvertently shows Geoff Senior's ability to have simple lines create a great sense of strength.


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03 February 2010

He-Man and She-Ra in cereal:geek #5

Here is the fifth of five posts showcasing just a few of the He-Man and She-Ra articles and illustrations that have appeared across the first five issues of cereal:geek magazine. Find out more at www.cerealgeek.com - Be sure to pick up the incredibly affordable 100 page PDF specials, too!


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02 February 2010

He-Man and She-Ra in cereal:geek #4

Here is the fourth of five posts showcasing just a few of the He-Man and She-Ra articles and illustrations that have appeared across the first five issues of cereal:geek magazine. Find out more at www.cerealgeek.com - Be sure to pick up the incredibly affordable 100 page PDF specials, too!


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01 February 2010

He-Man and She-Ra in cereal:geek #3

Here is the third of five posts showcasing just a few of the He-Man and She-Ra articles and illustrations that have appeared across the first five issues of cereal:geek magazine. Find out more at www.cerealgeek.com - Be sure to pick up the incredibly affordable 100 page PDF specials, too!


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