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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #18, 1986.
This comedy strip features Orko doing the washing up.
Story 1: "Orko's Mistake"
Orko goes to a small village to entertain the poverty-stricken
children, whose homes have been destroyed by a tidal
wave. He gets the kids to make a monster from the sand,
and then he uses his magic to turn it into a real monster,
just as He-Man arrives at the village. Orko is about
to make the monster disappear, but instead he teleports
himself inside the monster! He-Man opens the monster's
jaws, and sees that the inside is still made of sand.
Orko flies out, and He-Man does battle with the monster,
and Orko saves the day by creating a rainstorm which
dissolves the sand monster completely.
This issue's letters page contains a question about
what Grizzlor's powers are, and the answer is "mindless
savagery... with the emphasis on mindless!"
Story 2: "Return of the Faker"
Faker, in his true form but wearing Prince Adam's clothes
(what?!), recalls the details of his first battle with
He-Man (as seen in issue #10). Angered by his defeat,
he vows vengeance on He-Man, and reassumes the false
form of He-Man, then marches towards the palace. He
breaks into the Royal chamber and seizes Queen Marlena,
saying that he will only release her if someone brings
him He-Man. Adam sneaks off and changes to He-Man, then
returns to the chamber, where Faker challenges him.
Recalling the damage done by their last fight, He-Man
knows it is dangerous for them to fight within the palace,
so he thinks up a good trick to lure Faker outside-
and win the battle. He pretends to give in, and surrender
his sword to Faker. Convinced he has won, Faker leaves
the palace with the sword, and starts attacking people
outside. Then He-Man emerges outside and pretends to
have changed his mind, and Faker wields the sword at
him- but the sword cannot be used by anyone evil, so
instead it changes Faker back to his true form, burning
his hand, and he retreats, but promises that he will
return. (Sadly, he never did, at least not to our knowledge)
Story 3: "The Secret Files of Scrollos"
Not a story, but a guide to the powers and strengths
of the heroic warriors. Briefly describes the powers
of He-Man and She-Ra, then Moss Man, Sy-Klone, Roboto,
Orko, Buzz-Off, Mekaneck, Fisto, Teela, Man-E-Faces,
Stonedar and Rokkon. Apparently Orko is over 500 years
(Nice to see Faker again, though like in many canons,
he is not put to as good use as he should be- I mean,
he never even impersonates He-Man- he admits that he's
Faker straight away! And why does his true form look
so much like Prince Adam? The Secret Files of Scrollos
is an enjoyable feature, and was to become a regular
feature in the upcoming issues.)