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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #47, 1988.
MOTU magazine reached its best stage ever with this
Story 1: "Showdown on Eternia"
Using his mist of vision to spy on an alien world, Skeletor
sees a gunman shooting a barbarian warrior. Thinking
the gunner, whose name is Blastar, could make a good
warrior, he teleports him to Eternia and clouds his
mind with a spell, turning him into a kind of rampaging
zombie. He then sends him to find He-Man- and Blastar
does, firing He-Man with his lasers, and they begin
a tremendous fight. But as they fight, Blastar fires
repeatedly into a hole in a mountain, and when He-Man
looks inside the hole, he sees a message written there
by Blastar's lasers, explaining that he is under a spell
by Skeletor and does not want to fight him. So He-Man
uses a bolt from his sword to free Blastar from Skeletor's
spell. Blastar returns to normal, thanks He-Man for
helping him, and then lends He-Man his guns so they
can keep the warriors from Snake Mountain at bay before
the lasers run out. Blastar then helps He-Man assist
some workmen with building a road tunnel, then returns
to his homeworld.
An interesting message in this issue's Master Mail is
from a boy claiming to have found a heroic warrior in
his garden... and another, from Dagar Wilson, says "I
can't understand how King Hiss can get his human body
off when he is changing into his snake form. How?"
to which the reply is "King Hiss has magic powers,
Story 2: "Broom's Day Off"
A brief story featuring Orko being visited by Broom
from Etheria! He shows off to broom his magical powers,
using a spell which speeds up chemical reactions- just
s Beast Man attacks! But Orko manages to fend off Beast
Man withoutn realising, using his spells!
Story 3: "Match Point"
A group of children are playing a game of kickball (The
Eternian version of soccer), but the ball accidentally
goes over a hedge..... and hits Spikor! Spikor threatens
the kids, and picks up one of them, intending to take
him back to Snake Mountain with him- but the star striker,
Nikkol, boots the ball at Spikor with her brilliant
shot! Spikor is just about to impale one of the kids
on his spikes, when Mekaneck arrives on the scene. He
scares Spikor off, then joins the kids in a game of
kickball (He's particularly good at headers, as you
Story 4: "The Great Mistakes"
This is definitely one of the weirdest stories ever
in the magazine... a story full of deliberate mistakes,
and it is up to the reader to spot them! It starts with
Skeletor, from his base in the Fright Zone, setting
out to conquer Eternia with his warriors Spikor (with
spiky hair), Fish-Man (Mer-Man), and Two Bad- whose
two heads are very friendly and complimentary towards
one another! Skeletor makes a plan to use his weapon,
the whip of chaos, to lash away the ground from underneath
the mystic fortress of good... Castle Whiteskull! He
goes there with his warriors, on his pet- Battle Cat!
In Castle Whiteskull, He-Man is playing a game of Blocker
with his best friend... Hordak! Just then, the castle
is attacked, and He-Man knows he is too weak in his
current form to defend the castle... so he raises the
power sword, says "By the Power of Orko! I am Adam!"
and turns into Adam, mightiest man in the universe!
He sets off with some other warriors to the battlement
(although Sy-Klone has difficulty catching up, since
he's so slow) and Hordak uses his power of flight to
reach Skeletor! But Skeletor turns into a giant fly-swat
and knocks Hordak out! The heroic warriors go to stop
him, as he lashes away the ground from beneath Whiteskull,
and Man-At-Arms uses his massive, extending arms to
steal Skeletor's whip! All the ground has been removed...
but the dungeons are so deep that the castle still stands!
Skeletor is very happy about his scheme failing, so
he converts to rocket form and blasts off to Viper Tower
to plan his next attack! Adam congratulates his mighty
warriors, Man-At-Arms, Orko, Sy-Klone, Roboto (who appeared
from nowhere), and Grizzlor on another victory for the
Misters of the Universe! There follows a run-down of
all the mistakes in the story. Yes, this story honestly
exists! You just have to see it to believe it!
of the greatest issues ever. Blastar in "Showdown
on Eternia" is a great character, though I think
there should have been some connection between him and
Rio Blast. But the highlight of the issue is "The
Great Mistakes"- the writers of this comic sure
did keep coming up with crazy ideas, but they provided
non-stop entertainment with it! I mean, where else have
you seen a story full of deliberate mistakes?! This
is a classic issue and you must in no way miss it!)