29 June 2011

Mattel battle #3

Here is the third of four highly memorable illustrations from the 1981 Masters of the Universe Licensee Book. These illustrations were reproduced on many Masters of the Universe items at the height of its popularity! I love the fury of which Skeletor's head is snapping back after being struck by He-Man; falling into the throne of Castle Grayskull no less!


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28 June 2011

Detailed hand...

Aside from being quite possibly the worst episode of the entire She-Ra series "Hordak's Power Play" has some odd little moments scattered throughout the episode. One of the small oddities occurs when we see a close up of Larg's hand. For some unknown reason the artist has decided to render the hand with an incredible level of detail not usually seen in an episode of a Filmation cartoon! Why this was does is unknown...


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26 June 2011

Mattel battle #2

Here is the second of four highly memorable illustrations from the 1981 Masters of the Universe Licensee Book. These illustrations were reproduced on many Masters of the Universe items at the height of its popularity! This is an action-packed picture, and not the first time we would see Beast Man raised over the head of He-Man! My guess is that the characters are fighting atop Castle Grayskull's turret...


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25 June 2011

A tall Twigget?

"She-Ra and the surprise party" is the Ladybird book that has grown on me over the course of the last few years. Artist Terry Gabbey's style was far removed from regular artist Robin Davies', but it was a refreshing take on the cast of She-Ra. In this interesting illustration we see what appears to be a tall Twigget. The Twiggets were always illustrated as being incredibly small in stature, but this individual is clearly illustrated with the same proportions as a regular Etherian!


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23 June 2011

Mattel battle #1

Here is the first of four highly memorable illustrations from the 1981 Masters of the Universe Licensee Book. These illustrations were reproduced on many Masters of the Universe items at the height of its popularity! This illustration was clearly influenced by the first ever Masters of the Universe minicomic "He-Man and the Power Sword" on the cover of which we see He-Man and Man-At-Arms fighting with Skeletor and Beast Man.


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22 June 2011

Best model sheet ever?!

Here is the model sheet that I know you have all been waiting for since I first started this Blog. Here is Mantenna, having run out of the shower, shower cap and all, as featured memorably in the season one She-Ra episode "Flowers for Hordak".


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21 June 2011

Candor in all his glory!

"Something Old, Something New" from She-Ra's season two features a magician named Candor. Candor is said to have trained with Madame Razz, and is said to be as old as she is! However, during the episode the only time we ever see what Candor looks like is when Shadow Weaver disguises herself as him. And even then, all we really see is his head! Here for the first time is Candor in all his glory...


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20 June 2011

"The Unknown Warrior" #3

Here are the final four pages from "The Unknown Warrior", a story detailing Snout Spout's origin, published in issue twenty-six of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. Snout Spout's origin is incredibly well-structured in this story, and none of the panels feel wasted. It is also interesting to see a story end with no threat or battle...


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19 June 2011

Netossa turnaround...

Netossa's inclusion into the cast of She-Ra was a welcome one. Her character only appeared in a few season two episodes, but she did have enough screen time to be characterized as one of the strongest of the females, personality-wise. Her costume was also interesting to behold on screen, as there was a lot going on! It is a shame that season two did not continue to the sixty-five episode mark, because there is not doubt that Netossa would have reappeared.


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17 June 2011

A brief review #009 - "The Dragon Invasion"

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 "The Dragon Invasion"...

Out all the episodes in the series, this one has to be one of the most action-packed; delivering confrontations and surprising conflicts as the story unfolds. We see a large cast of both heroes and villains, and yet all get a decent amount of screen time, with none of them feeling forced into the script. Skeletor's conquering of Castle Grayskull and his battle with He-Man at Snake Mountain provide the benchmark for all such future conflicts in the series. It should be noted that the pacing throughout the episode is near perfection, especially the way in which Skeletor conquers Castle Grayskull. This episode represents everything that is good about the conceptual beginnings of the series. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

16 June 2011

The Trollans take over She-Ra!

"The Greatest Magic" was famously Larry DiTillio's last ever script for He-Man and She-Ra, and even more notably, his last ever script for Filmation! In the episode She-Ra journeys to Orko's home world of Trolla, and from that point on, She-Ra pretty much becomes a guest star in her own series, as the influence and presence of Trolla is so strong! Here is the front cover of the model pack for the episode. Even here you can see that the Trollan's have taken over the cover!


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15 June 2011

"The Unknown Warrior" #2

Here are pages four to seven from "The Unknown Warrior", a story detailing Snout Spout's origin, published in issue twenty-six of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. I love the reaction of the Heroic Warriors as Snout Spout reveals his true appearance to them.


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14 June 2011

Orko and Gwildor...

Here is an interesting panel from issue eighteen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine, showing Orko and Gwildor sitting down, relaxed after another exciting adventure. What makes this image quite notable, at least for me, is that many people, myself included, perceived Gwildor as Orko's replacement in the Masters of the Universe live-action movie. So to see them sat next to one another is somewhat odd.


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13 June 2011

Melog model madness!

Here is a beautifully illustrated turnaround of the Melog, the creature that appeared in the season one She-Ra episode "Enemy With My Face". I was always a fan of the Melog's design, because I think that Filmation managed to strike the correct balance between an unthinking, destructive creature, and the softness of the female physique. I thought the way in which the creature's hair was illustrated to look like heavy lumps of mud was a stroke of genius! It is a shame that the Melog became human at the end of the episode, because as a recurring villain it would have stolen the show!


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11 June 2011

"The Unknown Warrior" #1

Here are the first three pages from "The Unknown Warrior", a story detailing Snout Spout's origin, published in issue twenty-six of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. I like the way in which Snout Spout is presented as a mysterious cloaked figure that manages to prevent numerous disasters from happening. An inspired piece of writing for sure!


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09 June 2011

POW! WOK!

Here is a wonderfully action-packed panel from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Grizzlor: The Legend Comes Alive!" Few people on this planet draw action as well as Bruce Timm, who always has a great understanding of dynamic comic book poses. Grizzlor looks incredibly imposing and powerful, and the way in which the bodies of Man-At-Arms and Buzz-Off are contorting is perfect!


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07 June 2011

Skeletor is thrown!

Please do not be confused. Let me explain why you are looking at two different illustrations of the same scene, of the same story, by the same artist! When sales of the Masters of the Universe books were at their peak in 1985 Ladybird decided to release a large one-off Masters of the Universe annual. The annual featured all news stories with illustrations from Robin Davies, the regular Ladybird book artist, amongst others. One of these stories was titled "Dragon from the Lost Valley". In this story an earthquake across Eternia releases a large stegosaurus from the Lost Valley, deep in the heart of the Mystic Mountains. The heroes have to lead the stegosaurus back to its home, as Skeletor attempts to capture the creature.

In 1986 Ladybird decided to release another of their regular and smaller Masters of the Universe books, titled, "He-Man and the Lost Dragon". In this story the Evil Horde destroy a section of the Mystic Mountains releasing a large stegosaurus from the Lost Valley! The heroes have to lead the stegosaurus back to its home as both Hordak and Skeletor attempt to capture the creature!

It is no real surprise that Ladybird decided to reuse the original story, as it was rather unique. What makes this interesting is that Robin Davies was asked to illustrate the book, having already illustrated the original story for the annual! Due to the success of the cartoon Ladybird asked Robin to illustrate the book in a style closer to the Filmation series, so you can see that Skeletor in the second illustration looks a lot closer to the cartoon model that the original illustration!


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06 June 2011

Once again, my daughter... #2

As I mentioned two days ago, during the production of She-Ra's second season the budget was quite tight prompting more stock reuse than had been seen on the first season of He-Man! In the previous post I showcased images from "Return Of The General" in which we see Queen Angella and her daughter Glimmer to fly into action! Well, in the very same season they reused the footage in the episode "Portrait of Doom". Oddly, even though the animation and dialogue were exactly the same, they reshot and re-voiced the scene...



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05 June 2011

She always is!

I always thought that these few panels from the "Book of Evil" story from issue fifty-one of the UK Masters of the Universe comic were rather amusing. The panels make little to no sense. Man-At-Arms, on his Jetsled, witnesses Teela about to fall off a cliff. Instead of trying to save her he flies to ask He-Man to help! Is it me or does that not make sense in the slightest? Of course He-Man is an imposter, but his line is quite amusing, implying that Teela "always is" in danger! And one final thing worth mentioning is that we see Teela, who is also an imposter, sporting an all-blue costume...


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04 June 2011

Once again, my daughter... #1

In the episode "Return Of The General" we see the Evil Horde attack Bright Moon, prompting Queen Angella and her daughter Glimmer to fly into action! Obviously this scene is notable because it is one of the few occasions where we see Glimmer fly, and one of the few times we see the mother and daughter fighting side by side. Sadly, as She-Ra's second season entered production it soon became apparent that the budget would not cover the quality of the twenty-eight episodes, prompting not only more stock reuse, but in some cases entire scene and dialogue reuse. Now, given what I have just said, this would not be the last time we would see Queen Angella and Glimmer flying off into battle...



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03 June 2011

A brief review #008 - "The Time Corridor"

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 "The Time Corridor"...

Feeling very much like an early episode of He-Man, this story is paced quite slowly to begin with. It is only when the heroes find themselves in the past does the episode find its feet. What the episode does best of all is create a sense of unfamiliarity in Eternia's past. Due to the wealth of original backgrounds that are prevalent we are ourselves transported with the heroes to an unfamiliar time and place. Whilst the quality of the animation dips between good and bad, the storytelling and dialogue are great. Larry DiTillio successfully maintains the heroes as the stars of the episode, and their adventure throughout the past is thoroughly enjoyable. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

02 June 2011

He-Man hangs on!

Here is an illustration by Robin Davies from "Dragon from the Lost Valley", a story that appeared in the one-off Masters of the Universe Ladybird annual. I have always loved the sheer level of detail put into the illustration of the stegosaurus. Not only does the line art look impressive, but it is colored in such a way that it emphasizes the creature's dense skin and muscular frame. This illustration was sadly not reproduced in the story "He-Man and the Lost Dragon"; another Masters of the Universe book published by Ladybird and illustrated by Robin Davies. What am I talking about? You will find out soon...


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01 June 2011

The lonely Gwildor.

Gwildor has never been the most popular character to have appeared in the Masters of the Universe brand, but in this panel from issue seventeen of the UK Masters of the Universe Adventure magazine, it appears that both He-Man and Teela have had enough of him. I do like this panel in which we see Gwildor isolated by a fantastic use of colors! Of course, I am taking this image out of context, and you will see the full story here on this Blog very soon...


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