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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #12, 1986.
This issue's Orko strip sees Orko trying out a spell
to make him six feet tall, and instead gives him six
feet. At least it's interesting to see his legs.
Story 1: "Hordak's Captives"
Hordak and the Horde invade the village of some creatures
called the Dinoreps. Hordak then sends Leech to Castle
Grayskull with a pair of electro-bonds. He finds He-Man
and Sy-Klone at Grayskull, and tells them that Hordak
will destroy the Dinoreps unless He-Man gives him the
keys to Grayskull. He-Man says he will become Hordak's
captive in order to release the Dinoreps, and lets Leech
put the electro-bonds on him. Sy-Klone stays at Grayskull,
but secretly follows Leech, and flies to the Dinoreps'
village and frees He-Man. After a vicious struggle,
Hordak retreats and the Dinoreps are freed.
More questions/answers about MOTU.
Story 2: "Skeletor: Lord of the Air"
Stratos and Buzz-Off are on air patrol, but Stratos
is captured by a winged creature called a Granger. The
Granger flies away with Stratos, accompanied by several
others, but Buzz-Off manages to capture another Granger
and take it back to Grayskull. At Grayskull, He-Man
uses his sword to force the granger into telling him
why they attacked Stratos, and the Granger reveals they
are servants of Skeletor, who is planning to send them
to destroy Eternos. So He-Man, Buzz-Off, and Ram-Man
go to the place where Skeletor is training the Grangers,
free Stratos, and after an air battle with the Grangers,
foil Skeletor's scheme.
Story 3: "The Space Race"
Some aliens land on Eternia, where they hope to find
creatures who will enable them to end a war. Both the
aliens are from different conflicting sides. Meanwhile,
He-Man and Stridor are engaged in a battle with Skeletor
and Night Stalker, but both sides are swallowed by the
aliens' energy field. The aliens reveal that they intend
to race He-Man and Skeletor against each other to see
who is stronger, the aliens will bet on them, and whichever
side wins will decide who wins the war. Skeletor becomes
even more excited when the aliens reveal they will give
the winner a cosmic bomb which will enable them to rule
Eternia. So He-Man and Skeletor compete in the race,
atop their robotic horses- and He-Man is just about
to win, but then just as he crosses the finishing line,
he pushes Skeletor so they both cross the line at once.
He-Man then tells the aliens that ruling by force is
wrong, and peace should be kept by truth and justice.
The aliens decide to use He-Man's advice to end their
war, and return to their planet to live in peace.
average issue, but with He-Man, average is good. The
last story bears a striking resemblance in the basic
plot to the cartoon episode "The Arena.")