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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #24, 1987.
Scroll of Scrollos on the opening page makes yet another
lame attempt at advertising the She-Ra comic- which
was clearly selling very poorly, as the MOTU comic just
wouldn't give up trying to advertise it. It advertises
the issue which was to be the last, but gives no indication
of this, suggesting that the comic was discontinued
This issue's strip features Orko trying to make a big
Story 1: "The Slave of Skeletor, part 1"
First part of another 2-part story. A criminal called
Barton is being chased through space by the interplanetary
lawmen. Skeletor is curious, and brings Barton's ship
down to Eternia, and forces Barton to tell hima bout
his inventions. Barton reveals that he has a machine
which will make people obey every word the holder says.
Skeletor steals the device, intending to use it on He-Man.
Skeletor sends Stinkor towards He-Man, and Stinkor overpowers
him with his stench. He-Man recovers and follows Stinkor,
but runs right into Skeletor's trap, and finds himself
under the control of the mind machine! (Cont'd in part
Instead of the letters page, this issue features 10
MOTU trivia questions.
Story 2: "The Slave of Skeletor, part 2"
Skeletor takes He-Man back to Snake Mountain, and shows
his warriors how He-Man will now do anything he says.
But Battle Cat runs back to Eternos, and tells Sy-Klone,
Fisto and Stonedar what has happened. They set out to
find Skeletor and He-Man, and find Skeletor attempting
to make He-Man destroy himself with his sword. He makes
He-Man fire a bolt of power at himself, but the bolt
of power instead restores He-Man's mind. Skeletor quickly
uses the device to cloud He-Man's mind again, and he
sets him towards the warriors- but having seen what
happened, Fisto develops a cunning plan. He makes the
warriors pretend to retreat, and hide in the Crystal
Valley. He-Man comes towards them, and Fisto tricks
He-Man into firing a blast at the crystal- which deflects
the bolt back on He-Man, restoring his mind. He-Man
makes Skeletor and his warriors flee, and Skeletor retreats
to Snake Mountain, where he says he plans to use the
device again. (Unfortunately, he never did, at least
to our knowledge.)
Story 3: "Super Trooper"
Hordak invents a new trooper which is invincible, and
cannot be damaged by any force- and also has an incredible
computer brain. He sets the trooper on He-Man, and the
two battle. He-Man seems to stand no chance against
the trooper's strength and power. But then he thinks
up a cunning plan, and asks the trooper a question which
its computer brain is confused by. The trooper begins
to malfunction, and He-Man hurls it out into space.
turning evil, and an indestructible Horde Trooper- What
more could you ask for?! A classic issue.)