30 May 2010

Bow bows...

Here is an image of one of my favorite pieces of animation from the She-Ra series, as featured in the episode "Of Shadows and Skulls". In the episode She-Ra has been captured by Skeletor and so her fellow rebels race to her rescue. Upon arriving Bow bows to She-Ra in a rather gentlemanly way. Not only is the animation of his bow incredibly well animated, but She-Ra's reaction to his bow is wonderfully sweet. She acts purposely very ladylike and raises her hand to her chest, taken aback by Bow's manners. It is a very small moment in one of the series' best episodes, but one that I always believe is worth highlighting.


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28 May 2010

The surrounding land.

As we have seen numerous times over the years when it came to Castle Grayskull the only canon that seemed to get it right was the Filmation cartoon, which perched the magical castle atop a bone structure, surrounded by a bottomless abyss. The Star Comics often just placed the castle on a flat unimpressive dead landscape with no deterrents of any sort; leading to an infamous panel in which Skeletor attempts to dig under the castle using his Terror Claws! The UK comic was also fairly guilty of surrounding the castle with uninspired land mass. In this panel from issue sixty-five of the UK Masters of the Universe comic we see that the castle merely sits atop a raised section of land...


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27 May 2010

Modulok drools!

As many of you know Tom Tataranowicz was by far my favorite director at Filmation, notably on the She-Ra series. Under his supervision, in the episode "Just Like Me" we see a heavily drooling Modulok attack She-Ra. Interestingly in Vicky Jenson's storyboard panels there is no indication that Modulok should drool. It is obvious that Tom Tataranowicz chose to do this to make the character more savage. And while it may not entirely work on screen it is an oddity worth noting.


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26 May 2010

Entering the Doom Room!

Here is a fantastically dramatic splash page from issue sixty-eight of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. There are numerous things to point out in this illustration, but I will keep it brief on this occasion. I love the fact that there is a wonderful sense of depth due to the artist illustrating Man-At-Arms on a separate part of the ground which curves towards the sprawling background. The detail and the numerous skulls that fill the wonderfully named "Doom Room" also contribute to the atmosphere in this illustration.


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25 May 2010

The journey home.

Once the artwork shifted direction in the UK Masters of the Universe comic from issue fifty onwards, aside from the detailed toy-accurate artwork, the colors that filled the pages of the comic were often worth noting. In this panel from issue fifty-seven we see not only some beautiful colors, but also a wonderful sense of direction. This panel really does indicate that another adventure for the heroes has come to an end, especially with the Royal Palace in the distance. I like the fact that He-Man and Man-At-Arms already having walked over the peak of the hill are not the focus on this panel, rather Teela and Orko in the foreground are what draws our attention.


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22 May 2010

The steeds race.

Not the most spectacular of illustrations, but I do like this panel from issue sixty-nine of the UK Masters of the Universe comic, as it features He-Man and Skeletor racing on their respective steeds without any weapons. Often we would see He-Man with the Sword of Power or Skeletor with the Havoc Staff raised. On this occasion the mighty felines take all the glory!


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21 May 2010

Rolling Stones references!

When I was working for BCI on their various Filmation DVD sets I inserted the odd personal easter egg here and there. When writing down the chapter names for the She-Ra episode "Assault On The Hive" I decided to use Rolling Stones song titles. "Gimme Shelter" I referenced as Sweet Bee and her people were looking for a place to live; "The Last Time" because this would be the last time we would see the characters from the Masters of the Universe series; and "It's All Over Now" because there would be no more He-Man and She-Ra team-ups, and of course because it was the end of the episode. Now that I think back, working on those BCI DVD sets was not a completely bad experience!


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20 May 2010

Mick Jagger influence?

Admiral Scurvy was by far one of the best guest villains in the She-Ra animated series. His appearance in the two part "Anchors Aloft" was a visual treat, and he would often steal the scene when appearing on screen. Even as a kid, watching this episode I could not help but compare his face to that of Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones. Amusingly when I finally read Bob Forward's script in his lengthy description of Admiral Scurvy he states, "Think Mick Jagger turned vampire". It is nice to know that the character designers adhered to this!


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17 May 2010

What astounding beauty!

Even though some questioned the change in direction the artwork took in the UK Masters of the Universe comic from issue fifty onwards, it would be hard for them to dismiss the beauty and detail of this illustration from issue sixty-six. This particular artist, who illustrated the comic until its demise, would always put a great deal of detail into the environment of Eternia. I hope one day to find out the name of the artist; it would only be right to credit him after all these years of praising his art!


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16 May 2010

Shocked Stinkor!

Here is a comical panel from issue sixty-five of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. While it may be hard to look away from Teela's shapely bottom, Stinkor's wide-eyed toy accurate face is what makes me chuckle every time. Also, it is interesting to see him wielding a Zodac gun, but not surprising, since the weapon his toy came with was a blue shield; something he would be unable to threaten his foes with!


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14 May 2010

Skeletor's floating head!

One of my favorite scenes from the Masters of the Universe animated series by Mike Young Productions appeared in the episode "The Price of Deceit" written by longtime He-Man scribe Larry DiTillio. For the first time in the series we discover that Skeletor's head appears to be magically independent from his body, and floats in a very mysterious and somewhat creepy way. These two specific images really showcase the wonderful imagination of the artists.


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13 May 2010

Drissi's Pokemon!

Initially in The New Adventures of He-Man series we would see the lovely Drissi, who had the ability to communicate with animals, with all manner of woodland creatures around her. Years later I remember thinking that a few of these creatures looked like Pokémon characters; especially the one you can see perched on her shoulder in the image below.


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12 May 2010

Mekaneck fires!

Here is an interesting action-packed panel from issue sixty of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. Now I can believe that He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Orko and even Snout Spout have the ability to fire out energy blasts at their foes, but it appears that the artist became somewhat desperate with Mekaneck in this panel! He is not only firing beams from his eyes, but also from his club! I think that may be pushing his abilities a little too far...


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11 May 2010

The cover that lied!

Issue five of the UK She-Ra comic features a pretty dramatic cover with She-Ra, flanked by Sweet Bee and Peekablue, attacked by a demon! Most, if not all of the time, a comic book cover details a scene that takes place within the comic. However, on this occasion this scene does not take place at all, and we are left scratching our heads...


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10 May 2010

Grosse Pointe Hordak!

Here is one of my favorite panels from the story "Hordak's Evil Brew", as featured in issue four of the UK Princess of Power comic. For those of you that have seen the classic nineties film Grosse Pointe Blank featuring John Cusack, the trick that Hordak is performing will be all too familiar. And for the James Bond fans, yes, the same trick was employed in the movie You Only Live Twice. Either way, this is still a very cool scene. That said, I find it odd that Adora sleeps in her clothes...


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09 May 2010

The Sorceress vogues.

Here is a beautiful illustration of the Sorceress from issue sixty-five of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. Looking at the way her hands are positioned in this image, I cannot help but think the guardian of Castle Grayskull is performing a vogue-like dance...


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07 May 2010

The First Ones?

Here is a very odd panel from issue four of the UK She-Ra comic. In a previous entry I showcased how one particular artist illustrated Light Hope as a normal human king. In this panel we can see that the same artist has illustrated the First Ones as humans, too. For me the First Ones will always be the magnificent fire-like beings that appeared in the animated series. However, it could be argued that at one point they were human...


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04 May 2010

Cringer is a Lavicat?

An interesting question from a reader that appeared in issue sixty-one of the UK Masters of the Universe comic prompted Scrollos to reveal that Cringer is "Lavicat". I do not believe that Cringer's breed was ever revealed in any other canon, but while I take this with a pinch of salt it is interesting nonetheless.


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03 May 2010

Orko's comic strip #71

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 seventy-one. King Randor should know by now not to ask Orko for help.


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01 May 2010

Coming soon...

As many of you are probably aware, I have been writing an unofficial guide to the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series by Filmation. This book will have an unbelieveable amount of information contained within! Here is the cover to the forthcoming book! As soon as it is available I shall let you all know!


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