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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #7, 1986.
This issue's comedy strip features Teela misunderstanding
Orko seriously when he makes a drink for Cringer.
Story 1: "Droid of Destruction"
Hordak invents a powerful droid which is powered to
home in on He-Man's brainwave pattern. He says that
the droid will follow He-Man until he is tired out and
collapses. Hordak sends the droid off to find He-Man,
while Hordak himself dons a helmet which enables him
to see what the droid sees. The droid attacks He-Man,
and as He-Man battles it, Hordak reveals that it is
attached to his brainwave pattern before the droid knocks
He-Man into a stream. He-Man thinks up a crafty scheme,
and under the water he changes back to Prince Adam,
who has a different brainwave pattern. When the droid
loses trace of He-Man's brain wave, Hordak assumes He-Man
is dead and uses the droid to capture Prince Adam as
he emerges from the stream (one wonders why a prince
would just happen to be in a stream). But out of the
droid's sight, Adam changes back to He-Man, and destroys
the droid, leaving Hordak baffled as to how He-Man disappeared
and then came back.
More questions by the readers and answers by Scrollos.
He states that He-Man is 6' 2", which seems a little
small for He-Man.
Story 2: "Double Split"
Skeletor lures He-Man into a trap, held underground
by a grate made of Cosmium, a mystical material which
produces strange effects on people. But He-Man is strong
enough to break through the grate, and Skeletor flees.
He-Man then changes back to Adam- but as he does, the
Cosmium produces a strange after-effect... it splits
He-Man into two- the regular Prince Adam, and an evil
He-Man! Buzz-Off spots the evil He-Man attacking Adam,
and alerts the heroic warriors, saying that He-Man has
gone mad. They all come to defend themselves against
the evil He-Man, but he is so strong that they are no
match for him, even all together. Man-At-Arms, as he
knows Adam's secret identity, is the only one who realises
how serious the problem is, so Adam explains what happened.
They make a plan to destroy the evil He-Man, and so
Adam leaps into the Attak Trak, pretending he is going
after a powerful weapon in Snake Mountain. The evil
He-Man follows him, wanting the weapon for himself,
and tries to invade Snake Mountain. Skeletor, of course,
thinks it is the real He-Man and doesn't realise he
has turned evil, so he fires a blast at him, and He-Man
vanishes into thin air. At that moment, Adam feels a
strange tingling through his body, and tests it by attempting
to turn into He-Man. This time, the transformation works
properly, and He-Man thanks Skeletor for destroying
the evil He-Man and unwittingly helping the heroic warriors.
This is one of the best stories ever in this comic series.
Story 3: "Crawl Bomb"
Two Bad has invented a new device called the crawl bomb,
a huge bomb with explosives inside that are strong enough
to destroy Eternos. Skeletor and Two Bad march towards
the city with the Crawl Bomb. But Moss Man spies them
as they approach, and warns the other warriors. They
come charging towards the Crawl Bomb, but are unable
to destroy it. As it comes closer to Eternos, Skeletor
presses a button on the control panel to make the bomb
explode- but the city is left unharmed, and from some
distance away comes an explosion. It turns out that
the explosion came from Two Bad's work cave- he had
forgotten to put the explosives inside the bomb! Skeletor
retreats, and Two Bad's heads blame one another for
(This is a classic issue with three brilliant stories,
especially the amazing "Double Split". "Crawl
Bomb" is also a great story for Two Bad, who was
to come up with many more inventions in the future issues.)