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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #8, 1986.
Story 1: "Riddle of the Sanns"
Skeletor summons a demon called Kallu, a lost magician
who once tried to destroy Eternia, but failed. He says
that now he has returned, he will destroy Eternia as
he meant to all those years ago- but Skeletor begs him
to teleport him from Eternia before he destroys it.
Kallu says he will only do so if Skeletor answers a
riddle for him. Skeletor does not know the answer to
the riddle, so he goes to He-Man and Man-At-Arms to
ask it. They discover Kallu's true scheme, and set about
foiling both his scheme and Skeletor's.
More questions by readers, including "is Fisto
stronger than He-Man?" The answer is, unsurprisingly,
"no!" Go figure, since He-Man is the "strongest
man in the universe" and all.
Story 2: "He-Man the Powerless"
There is an eclipse of the sun on Eternia, and on Eternia,
these kinds of eclipses affect the planet in an unusual
manner. He-Man and Man-At-Arms set out to see that everything
is safe. But Skeletor's power is being increased by
the eclipse, and he believes he is becoming powerful
enough to defeat He-Man. As He-Man and Man-At-Arms pass
Snake Mountain, Skeletor launches an attack on them,
and summons an evil demon (which bears a striking resemblance
to Kallu from the previous story). But He-Man's power
is fading, and he is unable to fight back. But just
then, the moons move away from the sun, and as the sunlight
returns, so does He-Man's power, and he breaks free
from the demon's grip, and Skeletor flees.
Story 3: "The Forgotten Army, part 1"
The first multi-part story in this comic series. It
begins thousands of centuries before present-day Eternia,
with an evil wizard called Polk summoning two mighty
rival tribes from Eternia to an alien world. He intends
to train them to conquer the entire universe. Back in
present-day Eternia, Mer-Man has found a book which
will enable Skeletor to unlock the secrets of the cosmos.
Evil-Lyn uses her magic to transport the evil warriors
to the book's power source. Elsewhere on Eternia, the
heroic warriors are engaged in a battle with the evil
Horde, after foiling thier attempt to attack Eternos
with a drilling machine. But suddenly they are teleported
to an alien landscape- in the past, where Skeletor and
his warriors have also been transported, in front of
Polk! Polk transfers their powers to his soldiers using
a power-drainer machine. The warriors look doomed, but
Roboto sneaks onto the machine to find the source of
the power-drainer's energy. Meanwhile, the heroic and
evil warriors are defeating Polk's army, even with their
powers drained, and so Polk uses a time-bomb to teleport
them all onto another mysterious world. Both armies
split up, and Skeletor finds that they have been teleported
back to a period in time in Eternia's history before
Grayskull was built. Skeletor makes a plot to stop the
Elders from ever building Grayskull. (Story continues
in next issue)