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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #11. Summer 1987.
including She-Ra" this issue, He-Man Magazine incorporates
its "sister" publication, She-Ra: Princess
of Power Magazine, into its pages. From here on in,
each issue of He-Man will include She-Ra, either in
He-Man's adventure, or in a solo story, as appeasement
to (and also fulfilling the publisher's subscription
obligations for) disappointed POP fans everywhere. The
mailing cover wrapped around this issue, sent as part
of the fulfillment of the She-Ra subscription, explains
the "merger" with a special message:
We just want to let you know that She-Ra and her friends
are now appearing in the adventures of He-Man. So you
won't miss out on any of the powerful action. He-Man
and the Masters of the Universe Magazine will now be
more fun for everyone!
1-page "He-Man Mailbox" this issue features
"Create A Character" Blastor, a heroic warrior
with a gun-shaped head. More laud for Earl Norem's wonderful
posters is included, as well as fan-mail regarding the
"Power Tour," and eager anticipation of the
upcoming Masters of the Universe movie! "Orko's
Earth Report" includes a small picture of Dolph
Lundgren as He-Man, and refers readers to the exclusive
preview feature later in the issue.
Story: "Blast From the Past"
Skeletor has captured Gwildor in this comic story, and
using the captured Cosmic Key, has invoked a pack of
Tyrantisaurus Rexes from Eternia's distant past to help
him plunder Castle Grayskull! As the Sorceress holds
off Skeletor's laser assault, He-Man, Clamp Champ, and
Snout Spout take a secret tunnel beneath the castle
to the Eternian Towers, where Gwildor is being held.
There, Clamp Champ puts the squeeze on Karg, but quickly
runs afoul of Saurod and Blade, who lock Clamp Champ
in Grayskull Tower. Snout Spout douses Saurod's lasers
with his water spray, but is ultimately pinned to the
wall by a handful of Blade's expertly-thrown knives.
Deflecting another barrage of flying knives, He-Man
is then pressed into a sword duel with Blade, who is
eager to prove his mettle against Eternia's champion,
and uphold his never-beaten record. Poor, deluded Blade;
he is easily bested by He-Man, and is forced to reveal
Gwildor's location. Soon freed, the Thenurian master
of the Cosmic Key reclaims his ultimate invention (through
unspecified means: I thought Skeletor had the Key!),
and sends the Rexes blasting at Grayskull back where
they came from. A disgruntled Skeletor falls on his
backside as his mount disappears from out from under
him, and as our heroes reconvene at Grayskull, they
share a joke at the expense of Skeletor's new crew of
minions, figuring that they will be too busy explaining
their failure to Skeletor to be causing any trouble
Story II: She-Ra in "A Summer Search"
In this illustrated text story, which looks as though
it was lifted directly from an unpublished issue #7
of She-Ra Magazine, Adora, Bow, and Glimmer discover
that the Star Sisters are missing, and that enormous
chunks of their home, the Crystal Cavern on Sky Dancer
Mountain, have been chopped out and carried off somewhere.
The 3 set out to find their missing friends, and uncover
some strange clues, including remnant shards of crystal
at Catra's tree-house, a mysterious burst of light in
the Whispering Woods, and a maniacal laugh from a shrouded
glen. Setting up watch at the Crystal Cavern that night,
She-Ra and her friends confront a surprise visitor:
Jewelstar! Working for Catra, who holds her sisters
captive, a terrified Jewelstar has been forced to harvest
the cavern's crystals for Catra, for use in Horde weaponry!
The princess of power develops a sting: while Jewelstar
and She-Ra confront Catra, Glimmer and Bow invade the
dark clearing, and free Starla and Tallstar from Entrapta's
clutches. Tallstar hangs the tressed troublemaker up
by her braids, and She-Ra puts the cat in a bag, and
sends her out of the Whispering Woods bundled on Storm's
back. The Star Sisters return Catra's stockpiled crystals
to their cavern, and thank Etheria's heroes for re-uniting
them. "That's what friends are for," She-Ra
An Orko spell gone awry has wreaked havoc with King
Randor's full-page "Royal Portrait Gallery."
What once were full pictures of familiar Eternian heroes
and villains are now only partial fragments, framed
at strange angles. Can you figure out who the subjects
of these pictures used to be? In this issue's "Power
Puzzles," "Picture Puzzler" spells out
a message using the first letters of clue words in a
maze. The message, in fact the puzzle itself, have nothing
to do with He-Man or his world, an annoying practice
that will be compounded in future issues. "Power
Puzzles" also presents the "Warrior Name Game"
a jumble puzzle which uses choice letters from the names
of 10 of Eternia's finest (and foulest), to form the
names of 3 new arrivals in the battle of good against
evil. A 2-page article reveals tons of stills from "Masters
of the Universe: The Motion Picture," called "The
Most Powerful Movie in the Universe!" Opening in
1500 theaters nationwide come August, a brief run-down
of the movie's plot is touched upon, as well as the
planned Hollywood and New York premier parties. Included
in the article are our first photographic glimpses of
Frank Langella as Skeletor, Robert Towers as Karg, Anthony
de Longis as Blade, Pons Mar as Saurod, and Billy Barty
Poster #19 features stars of the Masters of the Universe
movie, Norem-style! A Lundgren-like He-Man is locked
in sword to Power Sword combat with Blade, while movie
versions of Man-At-Arms, Gwildor, Skeletor, Saurod,
and Karg look on anxiously.
he-man of the issue feature is suspended beginning with
this issue, possibly owing to the unwillingness of the
publishers to bring the "princess of power of the
issue" feature over from She-Ra's Magazine.