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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #39, 1987.
Story 1: "The Defeat of He-Man"
Continued from "The Finding of Viper Tower"
in the previous issue. As Viper Tower rises to the ground,
Hordak knows he must destroy it before King Hiss regains
the power to rule Eternia. He sends Dragstor towards
the tower, but Dragstor is attacked by the Magna-snakes.
Just then, He-man, Extendar and Rio Blast are patrolling
nearby, when they hear the sounds of battle and rush
towards them. As Hordak sees them approaching, he retreats,
refusing to waste his power by fighting two armies at
once. The Snake Men then catch the heroes in a venom
shell! (Continued in next issue)
Questions on Mekaneck, Leech, and the Snake Men feature
in this issue's master mail, along with a complaint
about the comic's regular practice of putting posters
on the other side of stories (always very annoying).
Story 2: "The Third Moon"
He-Man and Moss Man are relaxing on the battlement of
Grayskull, when they see something very strange in the
sky- there are three moons! They decide to investigate,
and take a star shuttle to the third moon. They find
an odd structure on the moon, which turns out to be
the head of a giant creature. They blast off again,
and see that the whole moon is in fact a large bird-like
creature, that was hybernating, and when it was curled
up it looked like a moon. They return to Grayskull,
and He-Man finishes off with a classic line taken from
the classic movie "The Thing": "Keep
watching the skies!"
Story 3: "Monster in a Bottle"
Two traders, who make money from being swindlers, find
a strange bottle amongst their stuff. When they open
it, a strange creature emerges and appears to be about
to attack them! But one of them wishes it was back in
the bottle... and at that moment, it goes back in the
bottle. They decide to sell the bottle to Hordak, who
could make good use of the monster. But Hordak has already
found out from Mantenna, who was spying on them, and
he buys the bottle from them. He unleashes the monster
upon He-Man, Teela and Mekaneck, but it turns out to
be a friendly monster. Angrily, Hordak chases after
the traders, but one of them holds a lucky charm, which
causes Hordak to fall into a pit, so they can get away.
(An okay issue, but it's noticeable at this point that
the comic is going through a stage of rather unattractive