23 October 2008

Psychic energies...

I always thought that this opening splash page by Mark Texeira for the minicomic "The Power Of... Point Dread!" was easily one of the best from the entire run of comics. Skeletor looks incredibly menacing as he taps the power of the Mystic Crystal of the Caverns in an effort to steal Point Dread and the Talon Fighter. Reading these early minicomics always takes me back to my early days of collecting the Masters of the Universe figures; when the minicomics were the only stories we had. Of course I will always prefer the cartoon, but there is no doubt that the minicomics, especially the early ones were one of the greatest parts of He-Man's legacy!


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22 October 2008

Taking to the skies...

Here I present another great example of why Robin Davies was such a great artist on the Princess of Power Ladybird books. While I was never a great fan that his style shifted to a more Filmation-accurate one, it was no doubt well suited for the She-Ra books, and you can observe this just by the colors used in this particular image.


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19 October 2008

Who are these two?

Before any of the She-Ra character designs had been finalized work was already underway on the series. Thus when it came to storyboarding the first She-Ra episode "Into Etheria" artist Don Manuel had no character designs to refer to and subsequently had to design many of the characters himself. As an example here I present a couple of storyboard panels featuring his designs for Mantenna and Scorpia. Mantenna appears to be more bug-like and has a beak for a mouth, while Scorpia is slightly more decorated with armor than her final appearance...


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18 October 2008

Faces of Evil!

Here is another wonderful Robin Davies illustration from the memorable Masters of the Universe Ladybird book "He-Man meets the Beast". It is fair to say that this is not an action-packed image, but composition of this piece is very special showing both Skeletor and Evil-Lyn extremely close to one another. Another thing to highlight is the great attention to detail on Skeletor's face, and Evil-Lyn's almost hypnotic eyes...


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16 October 2008

Stridor's color scheme?

In the "Power Play!" story from fifty-eight of the UK Masters of the Universe comic we see Stridor sporting a very odd color scheme. Admittedly I think it kind of works, but it is very different to his original color scheme. I always thought that the Night Stalker had a great color scheme, but this Stridor variation looks somewhat even cooler...


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15 October 2008

Teela looks...

Here is a frame from "The Problem With Power" as He-Man races away from an impending explosion with Teela in his arms. What is amusing is that in this one frame Teela appears to be breaking the fourth wall and looking directly at the audience in shock!


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14 October 2008

Back to the Blog! :)

Yes! After a lengthy absence I'm back! I'm going to do my very best to get this Blog updating on a near-daily basis...

Here is a really lovely illustration by Robin Davies from the Ladybird book "Shadow Weaver's Magic Mirror". Notice that Kowl has his toy's color scheme even though his design is clearly based on his animated appearance...


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09 May 2008

Fun to be with.

Here is an interesting little panel from "The Story of Teela" which appeared in issue fifty-seven of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. Shortly after being assigned as Prince Adam's bodyguard Teela begins to discover that the cowardly Prince is very different to what she had expected. I like the peacefulness of this panel with both Prince Adam and Teela observing Eternia's beauty...


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07 May 2008

Laser-Light Prototype!

Sometimes when promoting their forthcoming Masters of the Universe toys Mattel would only have prototypes to show. As you can see here this prototype of Laser-Light Skeletor is vastly different to the look of the actual toy. Clearly an original Skeletor toy has been customized to function as Laser-Light Skeletor would, but the design of the toy had not yet been finalized. What I like about this image is that it almost looks like a fan's attempt to create a Laser-Light Skeletor figure!


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06 May 2008

Millions and Billions!

An interesting moment occurs during the season one He-Man episode "Quest for He-man". When the evil Plundor begins to imagine the great wealth he will soon acquire we see his vision which unsurprisingly shows lots of money. But what is surprising is that we see dollar bill signs!


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05 May 2008

Panthor in action!

Panthor was rarely seen in most Masters of the Universe canons, but the giant tiger makes an appearance in the Ladybird book "He-Man meets the Beast". You can see that artist Robin Davies was looking at the toy when it came to illustrating this piece. We would always see Teela saddled up with He-Man, but it is interesting to see Evil-Lyn saddled up with Skeletor...


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04 May 2008

Shokoti appears!

Here are three fabulous panels illustrated by storyboard artist Robert Lamb featuring Shokoti's first physical appearance in the season one He-Man episode "House of Shokoti" Part 2! Shokoti is often regarded as quite a sexy character by the fans, and looking at the curves Robert gave the evil sorceress, I would have to agree!


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27 April 2008

A Shadow over Etheria #2

Here are pages four to six of a story that appeared in issue thirteen of the UK Princess of Power comic titled "A Shadow over Etheria". With a title like that it will come as no surprise to learn that this story explains Shadow Weaver's origin, touching upon what had already been established in the UK comics over the years. Unlike the cartoon Light Spinner's transformation into the evil being is a tragic one...


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24 April 2008

A Shadow over Etheria #1

Here are pages one to three of a story that appeared in issue thirteen of the UK Princess of Power comic titled "A Shadow over Etheria". With a title like that it will come as no surprise to learn that this story explains Shadow Weaver's origin, touching upon what had already been established in the UK comics over the years. Unlike the cartoon Light Spinner's transformation into the evil being is a tragic one...


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11 April 2008

A simple transformation...

Glenn Steward illustrated a traditional, yet very simple-looking transformation in the Ladybird book "She-Ra and the Golden Goose". When compared to Robin Davies' transformation images this does not pack quite the same punch. Interestingly the background is very similar to the original She-Ra introduction where we see the Princess of Power with her sword raised in front of the beautiful Etherian sky...


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10 April 2008

Sprigget?

In the script for the season two She-Ra episode "One To Count On" the role of Sprint was originally assigned to a new Twigget named Sprigget. During production this new character was dropped and Sprint was used in his place. This explains why in the actual episode Sprint's voice is different when compared to his original appearance in the season one episode "A Loss for Words".


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07 April 2008

Chained Evil!

Here is an amusing illustration drawn by Ladybird book artist Robin Davies for "Warlord of Eternia", a story that appeared in the one-off annual. It is very rare that we get to see Skeletor in such a situation, but what I like most is the Lord of Destruction's pitiful look...


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06 April 2008

A rare, quiet moment...

Here is a beautifully illustrated panel from the DC minicomic "The Terror of Tri-Klops!" And if you know anything about the DC minicomics you will know that there were not many quiet moments for the Eternians to enjoy. The composition of this image is perfect, as is the dialogue between He-Man and Teela. I do like the fact that after becoming friends with He-Man and the Heroic Warriors, Ram Man appears alongside them with a completely different mindset than his previous one...


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01 April 2008

Too late!

I'm not entirely sure why, but I love this panel featuring Catra from the She-Ra minicomic "Adventure of the Blue Diamond". I think it has something to do with the level of detail and the almost-maniacal expression of Catra that makes this illustration a winner. Then again we expect nothing but the best from Bruce Timm...


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31 March 2008

Could you at least turn your back?

Here is one of my favorite little moments from the last episode of the Masters of the Universe series animated by Mike Young Productions; "Awaken The Serpent". Not only had we just witnessed an extremely cool scene with the most powerful man in the universe having the power literally knocked out of him, but this is the moment when we learn that Zodak knows that Prince Adam and He-Man are one and the same!

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30 March 2008

Systems guidance error!

Here is a great clip from The New Adventures of He-Man episode "Collision Course" featuring Staghorn and B.H. disguised as robots. There are many comical moments in this clip, especially the way in which the two bumbling villains impersonate robot voices. Staghorn is possibly one of my favorite characters from this series, because he had an incredibly well-rounded personality, and a superb accent to match. He also gets the best line in this scene, "Nothing for me thanks, I'm fine."

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29 March 2008

Unable to transform...

Having been transformed back from He-Man after being struck by a bolt of lightning in The New Adventures of He-Man episode "Sanctuary", Adam raises the sword and calls upon the power of Eternia. It may just be me, but I think there is something unintentionally amusing when the camera pulls back and no transformation is taking place. I cannot stand the fact that Sebrian refers to a missing "ingredient"; "element" would have been a better choice of word...

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28 March 2008

The Transium Ore advert!

In The New Adventures of He-Man episode "Cold Freeze" the planet Primus freezes over, prompting Skeletor to contact the heroes offering them a chance to save themselves. The visuals in this scene with Flogg and Slushhead are so ridiculous that you cannot help but smile!

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27 March 2008

He-Man defeated by Slushhead?!

When I first saw the conclusion to this battle between He-Man and Slushhead from the episode "Sanctuary" I was admittedly quite surprised! What starts off as a fight interrupted by a force of nature ends up with He-Man defeated by Slushhead followed by a dramatic twist that you will probably not see coming...

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26 March 2008

I'm just tired, Cringer...

Throughout the He-Man series the bond between Prince Adam and his cowardly cat Cringer was addressed by some of the writers. However it was not until season two that Robert Lamb's "Into they Abyss" revealed Cringer to not only be Adam's voice of reason, but also his confidant...

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25 March 2008

That will be all...

Robert Lamb penned one of the most character-driven episodes of the He-Man series when he wrote "Into the Abyss". This first tense exchange between Prince Adam and Teela underlines the superb writing and great voice acting...

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24 March 2008

Here's a quick science lesson...

Yes, we all know that He-Man and She-Ra carried a weight a moral lessons across the series, but occasionally you could actually learn something different about the world in which we live. One of the most specific and intricate science lessons to appear in the He-Man series occurs in the season one episode "Temple Of The Sun". To this day I can still spout He-Man's dialogue word for word making it appear that I actually know something!

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23 March 2008

Timm's Sorceress...

It is incredibly hard not to love what Bruce Timm brought to the Masters of the Universe minicomics. In this wonderful illustration from the classic minicomic "The Search for Keldor" we see his unique way of drawing females that would be a trait in his later work on the Batman cartoon.


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21 March 2008

Evil Guests...

As I have mentioned before the Ladybird book "She-Ra and the surprise party" features one of the earlier Princess of Power story trends in which everyone is considered good, even Catra. Here is the scene where Catra and Clawdeen arrive at the party, plotting to create a disturbance by taking the presents for themselves! If only Terry Gabbey's style could have been lent to a more creditable story...


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20 March 2008

Hello, gentlemen!

The season one He-Man episode "A Tale of Two Cities" is unique in the fact that not one familiar location appears in the episode. Also the only two characters we recognize in the episode are He-Man and Battle Cat, and of course their alter egos. I always liked this scene, the first little action scene of the episode with He-Man fighting against the Gargon warriors. The one shot that always makes me chuckle is when He-Man throws one of the Gargons through the air towards the mud and the creature lets out a slightly misplaced over-the-top roar!

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Ever think of going into the circus?

I always say that "Three on a Dare" is the season two He-Man episode that feels like a season one episode, and there are many elements that give that impression; none more so than Skeletor's original line up of villains! The action scenes towards the end of the episode are some of the most amusing ever to grace the He-Man series, including this one with He-Man fighting Beast Man, Mer-Man and Trap Jaw...

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Your Majesty!

Here is another memorable scene from the season two He-Man episode "The Rainbow Warrior" showcasing the moment when the heroes learn the identity of the mysterious pilot that has saved their lives. Of course one of the best bits of this scene is He-Man's near slip-up!

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19 March 2008

Interesting Ladybird style...

Terry Gabbey's artwork was refreshing when he illustrated the Ladybird book "She-Ra and the surprise party". His style was quite classical and yet perfectly suited the Princess of Power books. In this image we can see just how he handles the more comical She-Ra characters. And I have to say, Madame Razz has never looked this good!


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18 March 2008

Combow...

It is sometimes quite amusing to discover just how much work went into creating something like Bow's Combow! Here I present a rather detailed guide meant for the animators and directors as to how exactly the Combow should function in the Princess of Power series. And you thought it was just a simple instrument...


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15 March 2008

Things are backwards here...

FIVE videos today!

For me this scene from the season one He-Man episode "Dawn of Dragoon" is quintessentially He-Man. It is dramatic, action-packaged, silly and funny all at the same time! When you take a step back and think about this scene it boarders on the preposterous, yet fits perfectly into the He-Man series. I have pointed this out before, but the moment when Prince Adam realizes what he must do to transform into He-Man is priceless!

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She's very special indeed.

The ending to the season two He-Man episode "Origin of the Sorceress" is one of the most touching scenes in the series. The dialogue between the Sorceress and He-Man is incredibly well-written and heartfelt, and the final exchange between Man-At-Arms and He-Man compliments the scene perfectly! How appropriate it is that an episode about the Sorceress ends with a shot of her flying through the Eternian skies as Zoar...

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Today I broke a promise...

Without a doubt one of the series' best episodes "The Problem With Power" features many outstanding scenes. Of course the scene that we have all discussed over the years is the moment when Prince Adam makes the choice to relinquish the power of Castle Grayskull and give up being He-Man. This is probably one of the most impressively directed scenes of the entire series, with shadows used to create the mood.

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We must climb down...

Robert Lamb's "Into the Abyss" is without a doubt one of the most character-driven episode in the series. After Teela has fallen into the abyss surrounding Castle Grayskull we know that the episode's second act will become a rescue story. Even so the character development is still there with the cast in shock realizing that Teela is down in the abyss. When the rescue attempt begins we have no idea what we are about to learn until Prince Adam raises the Sword of Power and the abyss begins to react...

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I guess I'm stuck with it.

The end of the season two He-Man episode "Battlecat" features a great little scene with Prince Adam and Cringer. After Man-At-Arms' lengthy story of how Cringer first became Battle Cat we return to the present day where we see Prince Adam and Cringer affirm their companionship. Incidentally this scene was written late in the day as the episode was original scripted and even storyboarded to end during the flashback story.

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14 March 2008

Easy, Cringer...

Here I present the most memorable scene from the season two He-Man episode "Battlecat" where we finally learn how Cringer became Battle Cat for the first time. My favorite part of this scene is of course Cringer's point of view with Prince Adam holding the Sword of Power aloft...

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I heard a call for help.

I always thought this little action scene at the beginning of the season two He-Man episode "One for All" was a good way to introduce the regular cast into the already Space Pirate-heavy episode. There are a lot of good moments in this scene with Rose precariously balanced atop the boulder, Hisser firing his freeze rays, and He-Man being his typically charming self.

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13 March 2008

Farewell, Light Hope.

I always thought that this exchange between She-Ra and Light Hope was one of the strongest in the series. No other episode established their relationship as good as this one, or the role that the Crystal Castle played in the life of She-Ra. Larry DiTillio's dialogue is perfect for this scene, as is the voice acting by Melendy Britt and Lou Scheimer.

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Into the sunset...

For much of the He-Man series it was hinted that both He-Man and Teela cared a great deal for one another. Finally "The Problem With Power" presented us with the scene that we all wanted to see; He-Man carrying Teela off into the sunset...

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12 March 2008

I'll be waiting.

"Dawn of Dragoon" is not only one of the best Orko episodes, but also one of the best episodes to feature Dree Elle. I was always somewhat disappointed by Dree Elle's subsequent appearances in the He-Man and She-Ra series, mainly because the animators made her design more kid-friendly, and less mysterious as seen in this episode. This scene featuring Orko and Dree Elle's declaration of love to one another is probably one of the most memorable scenes in the entire He-Man series. And in case you are wondering, yes, Filmation did design Orko face...

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Give me one more chance!

The opening to Paul Dini's classic "Prince Adam No More" has a wonderful scene with Beast Man being thrown out of Snake Mountain. Not only do we have fantastic comic book-like dialogue, but we also see the original collection of Evil Warriors as seen in "Diamond Ray of Disappearance". This was possibly one of the last times in the series that Beast Man was at his most menacing in an episode.

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11 March 2008

Teela falls!

Act one of "Into the Abyss" ends shockingly with Teela's terrifying fall into the abyss that surrounds Castle Grayskull. The build up to the scene is excellent with calm music and no real indication of what is about to happen. I remember Robert Lamb and I discussing this scene a few years back; he mentioned that his original idea for the scene was written to have Teela hanging onto the edge as act one ended, emphasizing the term "cliffhanger"...

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