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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #45, 1987.
This issue's comedy strip features Orko and Adam meeting
Snout Spout wearing sunglasses.
Story 1: "The Puppet Master"
Orko and Cringer are walking through the woods, when
they are attacked by a Horde trooper. Orko uses his
magic to create a bush to hide them in. The trooper
mistakes it for a real bush, but senses a magic power
and takes a sample for Hordak to analyse. Back at the
Fright Zone, Hordak analyses the sample from the bush,
but he senses that it was created by Orko, and angrily
blasts the trooper apart with his cannon arm. But then
he finds that he can duplicate the magical base, and
have a very powerful weapon. The next day, He-Man is
on patrol with Orko and Stonedar, when they find an
old cart on fire. They are about to investigate, when
Hordak springs out of the ground, and zaps them with
a new weapon... turning He-Man and Orko into wooden
puppets! (continued in part 2)
In this edition of Master Mail, Raphael Astern is confused
over whose side Kobra Khan is on, while Stuart Gillespie
is curious about the origin of Fisto's iron fist. The
response to the latter promises to print the story behind
the fist in a future "Secret Files" but unfortunately
they never did.
Story 2: "The Puppet Master, part 2"
Hordak is about to cause chaos with He-Man and Orko,
now wooden puppets- but the weapon has failed to work
on Stonedar, since he is made of stone. Stonedar converts
to rock form and rolls away, then starts firing at Hordak
from a distance. Hordak attempts to use the puppets
to destroy Stonedar, but Stonedar takes off into the
air, leaving Hordak to go after him in rocket form.
An air battle follows, and Stonedar manages to take
hold of Hordak's weapon. Hordak attempts to pay Stonedar
back by destroying his friends, and so he fires at the
wooden He-Man and Orko, but instead of destroying them,
the blast returns them to normal! Hordak flees, and
Stonedar explains that before Hordak fired at He-Man,
Stonedar destroyed the magic bush which was the power
source for Hordak's weapon, cancelling the spell.
Story 3: "Talking Pictures"
Orko returns to Eternia after visiting a wizard in another
dimension, but to get back he has had to travel through
the spell storm, which affects magic people in unusual
ways. In Grayskull, he tries to use his magic to clean
some paintings, but the spell storm has affected his
magic so that it brings paintings to life! And it was
Orko's terrible misfortune that the paining he was cleaning
was of a dreadful dragon... but then he finds a painting
of He-Man, and so he brings He-Man to life to defeat
the dragon. He-Man takes care of the dragon and forces
it to return to its painting, then he agrees to help
Orko reverse the effects of the spell storm. Just as
all the paintings start coming to life, Orko describes
what the spell storm looked like, and He-Man draws a
picture of it, and Orko brings the picture to life,
so it restores his magic powers, and all the painting
creatures, including He-Man, return to their frames.
Before he goes, He-Man tells Orko that the real He-Man
is lucky to have a friend like him.