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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #41, 1987.
This fortnight's comedy strip features Orko being confronted
Story 1: "The Greatest Sacrifice"
Snout Spout is taking some peaceful time out for himself
in the comfort of the Royal Wood, to think about what
Hordak's experiment did to him, and how he could ever
change back. Just then, he meets a small fairy, who
says she will give him anything he wants. He asks to
be human again, and so she uses her magic to change
him back to his human form, and he returns to the form
of the peasant man, as he was before Hordak's experiment.
Before the fairy leaves, she says that if he ever wants
to change back to his elephant form, he has the power
to do so- but he will not be able to become human again.
Snout Spout goes to find He-Man, and he finds him on
patrol with Rio Blast. He tells them who he is, and
He-Man is happy for him and agrees to take him to Grayskull,
so he can travel back to his homeworld, Etheria. But
as they travel to Grayskull, they are attacked by Hordak,
who is using a machine which can draw humans towards
it by pulling on the metals in their body. He-Man, Snout
Spout, and Rio are stuck fast with no chance of escape!
(Cont'd in next story)
This issue's Master Mail features a letter from Denzell
Richards, who is curious about a boy whose letter was
printed in issue #26 called Adrian Teele. Denzell asks
if Adrian is an Eternian, because his surname sounds
a bit like Teela!
Story 2: "The Greatest Sacrifice, part 2"
As He-Man, Rio, and the human Snout Spout are stuck
fast to the Body-Trapper machine, Hordak and the Horde
leave to invade Grayskull. Snout Spout blames himself,
knowing that in his elephant form, he may have been
able to free them. Rio Blast uses his lasers to blast
away the control circuits. Snout Spout is freed, and
he checks out the controls to find a way to free the
others- but the controls have been electrified and he
cannot even touch them. So Snout Spout makes a great
sacrifice, deciding that he must turn back to his elephant
form to save the warriors. He resumes his elephant form,
and uses a water bolt from his trunk to destroy the
controls and free He-Man and Rio. He-Man and Rio are
proud of Snout Spout's sacrifice to save them, and the
three of them quickly travel to Grayskull, and make
the Horde flee. Snout Spout, hailed a hero for his sacrifice,
returns to the wood, feeling down but hoping deep inside
that someday he can return to his human form for good.
Story 3: "Endgame"
Another part of the epic Snake Men saga, continued from
the previous issue. Extendar is caught in the claws
guarding the entrance to Viper Tower, but He-Man makes
a mighty effort and frees him. Then, monorails begin
to move out from the towers, heading towards Castle
Grayskull and Snake Mountain! They must get inside and
stop the Snake Men before they can link the three bases
together- so they scale the walls and climb to the top-
but then monorail cars start coming along, with Snake
Men inside! Extendar manages to defeat Tung Lashor,
but Rio Blast is turned to stone by Snake Face's power!
He-Man uses his sword to restore Rio to normal, and
Snake Face escapes from the monorail car, leaving Rio
to drive it, heading towards the main Viper Tower. He-Man
and Extendar get in the car with him, and they begin
to advance on the tower- but King Hiss prepares the
defences within the tower to destroy them..... (Continued
in next issue)
(A great issue. The Snout Spout story is quite moving,
as this is the best portrayal of Snout Spout in any
canon. The story also contains some amusing scenes between
Grizzlor and Hordak, when Grizzlor misunderstands what
Hordak says about him having gold in his body- Grizzlor
thinks it means he has come into great wealth!)