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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #40, 1987.
Story 1: "Viper Victory"
Continued from "The Defeat of He-Man" in the
previous issue. He-Man, Extendar and Rio Blast are trapped
inside Tung Lashor's venom shield, and King Hiss begins
to fire at the shield. But his laser fire cracks the
venom shell, and He-Man manages to smash through. King
Hiss and the Snake Men retreat to Viper Tower, and King
Hiss leaves the Magna-snakes to fight the heroes. Rio
Blast fends them off by using his lasers to set some
vegetation on fire, and the fire scares away the snakes.
Just the, lasers start to fire from the three towers
of Viper Tower themselves! Two roads start to grow from
the towers' sides, linking the three of them together,
and then a pair of claws reaches out and grabs Extendar.....
(continued in next issue)
Questions about Modulok's lack of a bat symbol, Orko's
covering of his face and Spikor's trident hand feature
in this issue's letters page!
Story 2: "The Monster Maker, part 1"
Skeletor, seeming more evil and sinister than ever,
plans to conjure up a potion that will take away the
power of He-Man's sword. He calls forth a demon from
the Netherworld called Targoz the Terrible. But Targoz
isn't so evil at all, and is suffering from flu! Skeletor
forces him to give him the nega-serum which he needs
to create the potion, then Skeletor blasts Targoz back
to his sick bed. Then Skeletor calls Kobra Khan, and
makes him drink the potion, ordering him to spray it
on He-Man's sword when he next fights him. Kobra Khan
goes out and attacks He-Man, firing the vapor containing
the serum at He-Man. Kobra Khan then retreats, and He-Man
attempts to use his sword- but when he uses it, it causes
loads of strange creatures to emerge. They vanish when
He-Man stops using the sword, but He-Man is suspicious.....
(cont'd in next story)
Story 3: "The Monster Maker, part 2"
He-Man returns, with Battle Cat, to the Royal Palace,
and gets his sword out to change them back to Adam and
Cringer. But when he attempts to change them back, the
strange creatures emerge from the sword once again!
He-Man can no longer use his sword without these strange
creatures flying all over the place. Man-At-Arms tests
the sword by scanning it as He-Man uses it, and he detects
an odd energy-surge. The also manages to trace the source
of the surge- to another world. He-Man goes to Grayskull
and uses a portal to get to this other world, and he
finds Targoz the Terrible suffering from the flu. Targoz
explains that Skeletor had summoned him to Eternia,
and Targoz only gave him the serum because he thought
that since he was ill, it wouldn't help Skeletor. But
it did have an effect on He-Man's sword- it caused it
to produce Demon Cold germs! Targoz tells He-Man he
will need both energy sources which created the problem
to cure it. He-Man returns to Eternia to find Grayskull
under attack by Skeletor. He-Man tricks Skeletor by
using the sword, thus producing the strange demons-
but he pretends that the demons are extra power! Skeletor
is fooled, and makes Evil-Lyn use her magic to cancel
the sword's 'new powers'- so she reverses the spell!
Skeletor retreats, and He-Man's sword is back to normal.
(The best part in this issue is when Skeletor is ready
to summon Targoz and he seems really evil... Evil-Lyn
actually seems frightened of him!)