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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #10, Spring 1987.
He-Man Mailbox" has some real treats this edition.
A fan-artist's rendering of the Horde, lovingly adapted
from cardback pictures, a dazzling depiction of He-Man's
transformation, and a garishly realistic drawing of
Jitsu trapped in the Slime Pit! She-Ra is mentioned
in 1 letter as "awesome" (see next issue for
a Princess of Power announcement), and another writer
mentions how he and his dad do the magazine's "Power
Puzzles" together, and how the walls in his room
are running out of space, owing to He-Man's incredible
Story: "Journey to Preternia!"
This comic story is nothing if not ambitious. While
doing battle outside Castle Grayskull during a thunderstorm,
lightning strikes He-Man's Sword and Skeletor's Staff
as they cross. A violent explosion blasts He-Man and
Skeletor through a swirling portal, dropping them from
the sky into a bizarre otherworldly realm. He-Man ends
up mired in a pit of living quicksand, while Skeletor
falls elsewhere in this strange world. Pulling himself
out of the sludge by the branch of a metallic tree,
He-Man is soon called upon to rescue a talking, winged
dinosaur, also trapped in the creepy ooze. The grateful
Turbodactyl informs He-Man that this amazing place is
called Preternia. Turning around, He-Man sees a shining
steel citadel. It's a brand new Castle Grayskull! An
amazed He-Man realizes that he and Skeletor have travelled
through time, to Eternia's distant, prehistoric past!
Just then, who should show up but the lord of destruction,
who himself has made a pack of new friends. Skeletor
commands three vicious Tyrantisaurus Rexes, and He-Man
is their latest prey. But then a friendly Bionatops
comes to He-Man's aid. He-Man mounts up, and the battle
is on! After a couple of glancing blows, Skeletor unleashes
Rex's Dyna-Drone, sending Bionatops sprawling. He-Man
takes matters into His own hands, and takes out two
Rexes by throwing one on top of the other! Skeletor
makes a tactical retreat, but Turbodactyl jets He-Man
after him. Turbo's talons snatch Skeletor from the back
of his fleeing Rex, then He-Man directs their flight
back to the time portal. He-Man momentarily considers
leaving Skeletor behind, but quickly realizes what evil
he could bring to Eternia's past. He-Man and Skeletor
again plummet through the time portal, returning to
modern-day Eternia. Skeletor skulks off to plot anew,
and He-Man is left to ponder this strange adventure,
and what this trip to the past might mean to his future.
"Power Puzzles" only has room for 2 activities
on 1 page this time, a "Color Code" mosaic
of a mystery menace, and a "Castle Crossword"
with the word "Grayskull" running down through
the lined-up "across" answers grid. And a
"Monster Maze" challenges He-Man to choose
the correct path to cross a treacherous swamp to meet
Bionatops, waiting on the other side to take him to
the time portal to Preternia. A full-page "Masters
of the Universe Movie" article finally presents
some stills from the forthcoming live-action feature
film. Shown are shots of He-Man (Dolph Lundgren), Teela
(Chelsea Field), Evil-Lyn (Meg Foster), He-Man with
Man-At-Arms (Jon Cypher), and Teela with Detective Lubic
(James Tolkan). Still no sign of Skeletor, though (wait
till next issue). Plus, a full-page article profiles
Richard Szponder, who won the role as "Pigboy"
in the Masters of the Universe movie in the issue #6
contest, and follows the Lockport, Illinois third-grader
around the set, for pictures with props and members
of the film's crew. Some people have had some difficulty
finding Richard in the final cut. Well, watch as Skeletor
returns to Castle Grayskull in triumph, bringing He-Man
with him. Skeletor walks up the stairs to the throne.
As he walks past the screen, the camera will focus for
a moment on a short, 'pig-faced' character. That's Richard.
Poster #18 is another beautiful Norem epic, featuring
the terrific Masters of the Universe Power Gear in action!
Skeletor lays seige to Castle Grayskull, ascending the
building's face with the aid of Cliff Climber Power
Gear. He-Man challenges Skeletor atop the castle, while
Man-At-Arms, suspended in mid-air via Tower Tools technology,
aims to swat Webstor, climbing out of Grayskull's moat
in Scubattack Power Gear.
Karanja, at 13 America's youngest chess expert with
the worst initials, is our he-man of the issue this
time. He has been playing chess since he was 7, and
recently received the prestigious Aspis Award trophy.
K.K. has even gone on tour, presenting lectures on chess