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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #33, 1987.
The Orko the Magician strip in this issue features Man-At-Arms
trying to help Orko out with some Algebra equations.
Story 1: "The Testing of Orko"
As Orko entertains some children with his magic, a strange
wizard called Zandini appears from out of the blue.
He is an evil magician who is a member of the universal
council of magic, and says that Orko's magic will be
taken away unless he passes three mystical tests. At
first Orko is terrified, but he eventually proves wise
enough to pass each test. Zandini says he will take
his magic away anyway, simply because he doesn't approve
of magic being used for amusement- but just then, the
head of the universal council of magic appears, and
wipes Zandini's powers away, then congratulates Orko
for using his magic for good.
This issue's master mail features more questions and
answers. The most interesting question is "Is Eternia
Real?" to which the response is "The answer
depends on your point of view! There are some creatures
in the universe who think that Earth is not a real place!
All I can say is that no-one has ever proved that Eternia
does not exist!"
Story 2: "Monster Mayhem"
Monstrous reptiles are appearing all over Eternia. He-Man
suspects they were sent by Skeletor, but it turns out
that Skeletor is also being terrorized by these creatures!
Man-At-Arms traces that they have come from the other
side of the universe, and creates a portal to transport
he and He-Man across the universe. They find a medieval
city where a wizard called Wraithbinder is terrorizing
the inhabitants with the monsters, and the Emperor used
a ray to teleport them to another planet. Unfortunately
that other planet had been Eternia. So he makes adjustments
to the ray, and sends the rest of the monsters to a
world called Primeva, then Man-At-Arms and He-Man prepare
to return to Eternia with the ray, to send the monsters
there to Primeva too.
Story 3: "Hordak the Mystic"
There is a lunar conjunction over Eternia, which causes
strange things to happen. At that time, Hordak is making
his way from Etheria to Eternia- but the conjunction
has an effect on him and his memory is altered, as are
his powers, and he starts to believe he is a sorcerer.
Planning to catch He-Man, he uses his magic powers to
transform himself into a comet warrior, and tricks He-Man
into thinking he is in danger. Then he attacks He-Man,
and turns back to Hordak, and is about to destroy He-Man
with his magic powers, when Grizzlor arrives on the
scene, having been searching for Hordak. Just then,
the lunar conjunction ends, Hordak's magic powers vanish,
his memory is restored, and without remembering the
magic powers ordeal, he blames Grizzlor for his failure
to beat He-Man, and chases him in anger.