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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #1, Winter 1985.
letter from He-Man welcomes the friends of Eternia's
champion to his first big issue! Included is an invitation
to take part in the magic of Eternia, by writing in,
with comments and art, or just letters. "The He-Man
Mailbox" starts out on a roll, with 2 full pages
of letters and vivid, original fan-art. He-Man and Teela
20¢ stamps are featured, cancelled by an Orko postmark.
One writer fantasizes about riding a Road Ripper to
school, while a female fan named Stephanie writes a
teeny-bopperish missive to He-Man, telling him that
he's "cute." "Orko's Earth Report"
includes the he-man of the issue (below), and also a
small "celebrity" article on Joey Lawrence,
who lists He-Man and The Masters of The Universe among
his favorite things.
Story: "Maddening of the Monstones"
Skeletor produces a serious threat to the defenses of
Castle Grayskull, and inadvertantly, to all Eternia
in this vividly colored storybook adventure! With a
wave of his Havoc Staff, the lord of destruction invokes
a mighty army of rock giants called Monstones, and unleashes
them on the gates of Grayskull!! The force of their
blows, as they hurl themselves at the fortress of power,
causes massive earthquakes, which can be felt as far
away as the royal palace, on the far side of Eternia.
Speeding to the scene of the disruption in a Road Ripper,
He-Man is waylaid by several Monstones bursting from
the ground beneath him. Battling his way through a seemingly
endless supply of Monstones, He-Man eventually reaches
Grayskull, and a waiting Skeletor. Skeletor energizes
still more Monstones, but even these rocky horrors are
finally felled by the Sword of Power, reduced to gravel,
which He-Man forms into a cage for an enraged Skeletor.
Back at the palace, He-Man is commended by his king,
for having endured against such odds. He-Man admits
that it was a rocky road, but that anything worth doing
is worth the hard work.
Story II: "Danger in the Sky"
In this 2-page text story, He-Man rescues a captured
Fisto from being carried away in Skeletor's energy net,
dangling high in the sky. As He-Man cuts the net open,
a confronted Skeletor and his vehicle disappear, leaving
the heroes to plummet to their doom. But thinking quickly,
He-Man converts the energy net into a parachute, and
the two drift to safety.
"Amazing He-Man" stands in the center of a
circular maze, which he must circumvent, while also
avoiding Evil-Lyn, Webstor, Kobra Khan, Clawful, and
Whiplash. A half-page "Shadow Mystery" has
Battle Cat at his wit's end! He can see the shadow of
an object before him, but not the object itself! Only
by connecting the dots will the mystery be solved. The
other half of the page contains "Extra Evil,"
a jumble-like puzzle. By filling in missing letters
in the names of 4 evil warriors, then unscrambling those
letters, you get the name of a fifth bad guy. "Hiding
Seekers" has He-Man searching a lushly wooded glen
near Castle Grayskull. You can hardly tell, but 6 evil
warriors are concealed within the scene, ready to strike!
Now you too, can see through solid objects, just like
Tri-Klops! A "Trick Vision" featurette demonstrates
how, with a tube of paper, you can see right through
a hole in your hand. And finally, a "Planetary
Puzzler" crossword kind of cheats, using pieces
of words to fill in the grid (ex: 3-Down Castle Gr_ys_ull).
Poster #1 is a full-length version of the glorious cover
art by Earl Norem. He-Man, aglow with power, holds his
Power Sword aloft before Castle Grayskull, as Zoar circles
overhead. Poster #2 is an intense action scene, as He-Man
rides Stridor, Fisto smashes through a stone wall, and
Buzz-Off carries his stinger lance, all challenging
an attack by Whiplash, Webstor, and Clawful. Incredible
Earl Norem artwork! Poster #3 is an interesting concept:
a schematic blueprint for a Dragon Walker! Man-At-Arms'
"Heroic Warrior Carrier" is shown from front,
back, top, and side angles, and its many special features
first he-man of the issue is David Vaught, who saved
his 4-year old brother's life, rescuing him from a threatening
cougar, while hiking in Texas' Big Bend National Park.