31 July 2011

Randor's best effort!

Here are some action-packed panels in sequence from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Enter: Buzz-Saw Hordak!" by the superbly talented Bruce Timm! The sense of speed as King Randor approaches Hordak on his Jetsled is fantastic. I love the panel which shows Hordak standing there as King Randor and the Jetlsed do not survive the impact of crashing into Hordak! The final panel showing Hordak dragging King Randor along by the cape is memorable to say the least!


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28 July 2011

She-Ra script: "Reunions" #5

For your entertainment I present to you the rarely seen final script for "Reunions"; the fourth of the opening five part story introducing the She-Ra series. As with the "Into Etheria" script I showcased a month or two ago, reading this you will see a show that is still very much in development. Certain pieces of dialogue were either rewritten or removed during the actual production of the episode. You will also see some interesting notes about characters and locations during some of the scene directions. I will try to point out the more notable things during each post. Here are pages twenty-three to twenty-seven of the script. Queen Angella is proud of Glimmer...


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27 July 2011

Eternia's greatest hero!

I remember, as a child, being so amazed by the quality of artwork in the Masters of the Universe minicomics when Bruce Timm appeared on the scene. I lost count of how many times I would copy his panels in an attempt to replicate his fantastic artwork! This panel from "The Terror Claws Strike!" is a fine example of his work. The amount of detail in this single panel is fantastic to behold! We have He-Man standing victoriously atop the Laser Bolt, with Kind Randor honoring He-Man. Behind the king we can see Teela waving, and Man-At-Arms in the window. In the crowd itself there are so many different joyous emotions taking place. My favorite has to be the female looking lovingly at He-Man. Notice the one guy not celebrating at all, and looking rather sternly at He-Man!


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26 July 2011

She-Ra script: "Reunions" #4

For your entertainment I present to you the rarely seen final script for "Reunions"; the fourth of the opening five part story introducing the She-Ra series. As with the "Into Etheria" script I showcased a month or two ago, reading this you will see a show that is still very much in development. Certain pieces of dialogue were either rewritten or removed during the actual production of the episode. You will also see some interesting notes about characters and locations during some of the scene directions. I will try to point out the more notable things during each post. Here are pages seventeen to twenty-two of the script. After she is freed by He-Man and She-Ra, Queen Angella threatens Hunga...


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25 July 2011

Juggling Orko.

Steve Hickner was one of the original group of storyboard artists that worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Whilst his drawings were often simplistic, the expressions and physical comedy he would put into his boards were quite striking! In these few panels from "Dawn of Dragoon" we can see how he detailed Orko's movements as the Trollan starts to juggling whilst explaining where Trolla is located...


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24 July 2011

She-Ra script: "Reunions" #3

For your entertainment I present to you the rarely seen final script for "Reunions"; the fourth of the opening five part story introducing the She-Ra series. As with the "Into Etheria" script I showcased a month or two ago, reading this you will see a show that is still very much in development. Certain pieces of dialogue were either rewritten or removed during the actual production of the episode. You will also see some interesting notes about characters and locations during some of the scene directions. I will try to point out the more notable things during each post. Here are pages eleven to sixteen of the script. Swift Wind is still referred to as a female at this point in production...


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21 July 2011

Clawdeen is trapped!

Robin Davies is one of my favorite artists to have ever tackled the He-Man and She-Ra brand. However, he was clearly given a less-than-accurate character model for Clawdeen! In the She-Ra Ladybird book "Spirit is kidnapped" Clawdeen no longer has a fabulous well-groomed mane, and merely looks like an overgrown pink cat!


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20 July 2011

She-Ra script: "Reunions" #2

For your entertainment I present to you the rarely seen final script for "Reunions"; the fourth of the opening five part story introducing the She-Ra series. As with the "Into Etheria" script I showcased a month or two ago, reading this you will see a show that is still very much in development. Certain pieces of dialogue were either rewritten or removed during the actual production of the episode. You will also see some interesting notes about characters and locations during some of the scene directions. I will try to point out the more notable things during each post. Here are pages six to ten of the script. The dream sequence was supposed to be directly lifted from "Into Etheria" with reactions from the Sorceress and Man-At-Arms still in place...


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19 July 2011

Shadow Weaver by way of a pig...

"A Talent for Trouble" from She-Ra's season one features one of the most amusing visual gags to feature Shadow Weaver. Always a character shrouded in mystery and magic, it is amusing to see Shadow Weaver transformed into a rotund pig-like creature! One of the things that makes this model sheet so amusing is the pose of Shadow Weaver, with her hands on her hips as if she is far from amused!


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18 July 2011

She-Ra script: "Reunions" #1

For your entertainment I present to you the rarely seen final script for "Reunions"; the fourth of the opening five part story introducing the She-Ra series. As with the "Into Etheria" script I showcased a month or two ago, reading this you will see a show that is still very much in development. Certain pieces of dialogue were either rewritten or removed during the actual production of the episode. You will also see some interesting notes about characters and locations during some of the scene directions. I will try to point out the more notable things during each post. Here is the cover page, followed by the first five pages of the script. It is stated that Skeletor should be wearing a Horde uniform...


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16 July 2011

Oh no Teela!

In this panel from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Grizzlor: The Legend Comes Alive!" we see Bruce Timm's trademark style for illustrating women's faces from afar. When drawing females from a distance, even to this day, Bruce Timm will render the face with little detail, but still manage to make the face feminine and beautiful. Even though Teela's head is probably drawn a little too big, it works beautifully for this comical illustration in which Teela realizes she has just stumbled into a bad situation!


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14 July 2011

A brief review #011 - "Masks of Power"

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 "Masks of Power"...

The first few minutes of this episode almost effortlessly create a strong air of suspense and mystery; with the heroes discovering the City of the Ancients. As soon as Demos and Tyrella appear we are treated to numerous action scenes at breakneck speed. Not only do we get all this action, but at Castle Grayskull we are lessoned in the history of Eternia. The fact that the Sword of the Ancients is located deep within Snake Mountain is a great plot twist. There is a moment during the story where the pace seems to slow down, but when He-Man and Man-At-Arms face off with Demos and Tyrella, we find that the episode delivers exactly what we are expecting. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

13 July 2011

Extended fight scene! #2

"The Dragon Invasion" is one of the most memorable episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. One of the best scenes in the episode occurs when the Heroic Warriors storm Castle Grayskull to battle the Evil Warriors. In the actual episode the fight is almost over before it has begun; we see Jitsu battle Ram Man and lose, a very brief shot of Trap Jaw trying to blast Stratos, and Skeletor fleeing Teela. However, in these fantastic storyboards by Don Manuel we can see that the fight scene was supposed to go on a lot longer! In these pages you can see how the battle between Trap Jaw and Stratos was supposed to conclude, as well as a scene in which Battle Cat fights Panthor!


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11 July 2011

Allegra's expressions.

"Wild Child" was one of the last episodes of She-Ra's first season. While it may have not been an outstanding episode its storyline, which featured not one single villain, was entertaining enough to hold the viewer's interest. The character Allegra was the star of this episode as the plot revolved around her. In the model pack for the episode there are a few pages of character expressions; these two illustrations being the most striking!


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10 July 2011

Beast Man's talent.

Here is another fantastic illustration by Robin Davies from "Warlord of Eternia"; the story that features no He-Man from the one-off Masters of the Universe Ladybird annual. This illustration shows Skeletor in chains as Beast Man demonstrates his skill with a whip. I want to know why the contents of the crockery appear to look like custard!


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09 July 2011

Extended fight scene! #1

"The Dragon Invasion" is one of the most memorable episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. One of the best scenes in the episode occurs when the Heroic Warriors storm Castle Grayskull to battle the Evil Warriors. In the actual episode the fight is almost over before it has begun; we see Jitsu battle Ram Man and lose, a very brief shot of Trap Jaw trying to blast Stratos, and Skeletor fleeing Teela. However, in these fantastic storyboards by Don Manuel we can see that the fight scene was supposed to go on a lot longer! Most notably in these first two pages we see Evil-Lyn attack Man-At-Arms...


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08 July 2011

Freed by the power!

Here is a page of storyboard panels from the season one He-Man episode "The Dragon Invasion". Even as a kid I was always fascinated by this particular scene in which we see Prince Adam crushed by rock fall during the transformation sequence! Sadly the action happens so fast that none of the characters ever discuss it. It is interesting to see that the storyboards are pretty much the same, albeit with a few changes; He-Man emerges from the rock fall in front of the visage of Castle Grayskull, whereas in the actual episode they simply show the stock footage of Prince Adam transforming into He-Man in front of the castle.


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06 July 2011

Razz dare not watch...

I am a big fan of the way in which Terry Gabbey illustrated Madame Razz throughout the She-Ra Ladybird book "She-Ra and the surprise party". His unique style appeared to suit Madame Razz the best, as he drew her with a certain joie de vivre, relying less on her comedic costume and more on the character's physicality. Dare I say, I prefer his interpretation of the character over the Filmation character model!


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05 July 2011

One panel transformation.

For some strange reason I have always liked this panel from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "The Stench of Evil!" Even though the art is nothing special, something about the structure of the panel showing Prince Adam transform into He-Man with a simple KABOOM! down the middle works really well! I also like the fact that the power changes from orange to a dark red, creating a link to both images within the single panel.


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04 July 2011

Leading the dragon...

Here is another 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 love the level of depth in this illustration, combined with the precariousness of the situation, and the dramatic beauty of the world of Eternia, in which we see both the sun and the moon in the sky at the same time. When Robin Davies re-illustrated this piece for "He-Man and the Lost Dragon" he drew it from a different angle.


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03 July 2011

Mattel battle #4

Here is the fourth 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! Next to the first illustration I revealed, this is my favorite. I love the power of this illustration and the odd way in which the Castle Grayskull weapons are flying through the air!


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02 July 2011

The Princess of Power transforms!

Here are two contrasting panels from the Princess of Power minicomic "The Hidden Symbols Mystery". In the first panel we have see a fantastic use of blacks as Adora calls upon the power of Castle Grayskull. In the second panel we are treated to seeing She-Ra enveloped by the magic. However, in the second panel Swift Wind is drawn with an incredibly odd-looking face, and a weird bent horn!


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01 July 2011

A brief review #010 - "A Friend in Need"

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 "A Friend in Need"...

The first episode of the series without Skeletor making a nuisance of himself proves that Eternia has a wealth of interesting characters. Much of the episode focuses on Ileena and Jarvan, and because of the strength of the writing, this proves to be a wise move. The music that accompanies the scenes between Ileena and Jarvan is, at times, haunting. Linda Gary acts out Ileena's character, and her addiction, to perfection; and while the episode does have a fair amount of atypical action, make no mistake, this is a character-driven episode, with a hard-hitting moral, if ever there was one. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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