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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #50, 1988.
special 50th issue of the MOTU magazine gave the comic
something the readers had been yearning for for some
time- a new style of artwork, a lot neater, and closer
to the style of the cartoon!
What Ever Happened To.....?
This memorable issue features an introduction explaining
that between this issue and the last, a full year has
taken place on Eternia, and you can catch up on what
happened in the missing year in the Adventure magazine!
Eternos city was almost totally destroyed, and was rebuilt
in a more futuristic style, and the heroic warriors
have moved to a new base, in Viper Tower. The final
big change is that Man-At-Arms has once again shaved
off his moustache!
Story 1: "Phantom Attack"
Orko is trying to prove to a sceptical Cringer that
his magic is not useless. Orko casts a spell, but nothing
happens... or so he thinks! In the skies above Eternos
materialize terrifying images of the Snake Men (with
Whiplash among them?!). The citizens of Eternos are
terrified, so Adam changes into He-Man and attempts
to fight the images, but his sword passes right through
them, showing that they are not real. When Orko finds
what has happened, he panics, knowing he is the cause
of the chaos! (Continued in part 2)
Things You Didn't Know About the Masters of the Universe!
Instead of the regular Master Mail feature, this issue
instead features 50 facts that the readers supposedly
didn't know about the MOTU. Sadly, most of the facts
given are completely useless... e.g. "He-Man has
never seen Prince Adam"; "Kobra Khan is one
of the Snake Men"; "Grizzlor is happy most
of the time"; "Teela does not know that her
mother is the Sorceress"; and worst of all... "Zodac
is not an evil warrior". I mean, come on, this
is hardly 50 facts we didn't know!!
Story 2: "Phantom Attack", Cont'd.
Orko uses his magic to cancel the spell, and the images
of the Snake Men vanish. Without realizing he was the
cause of the trouble, the heroic warriors all congratulate
Orko for saving the city. But later, Orko confides to
Adam that he was the cause of the images. Though soon
it starts to seem otherwise... the images of the Snake
Men appear in the sky again! Man-At-Arms traces the
source to a strange pyramid in the desert. Adam and
Cringer go there with Orko, to investigate. They become
He-Man and Battle Cat and send Orko back home to find
Ram-Man and Man-At-Arms, who arrive on the scene shortly.
Ram-Man tries to smash the way inside, but to no avail.
So He-Man concentrates all his power, and blasts a hole
in the wall with his sword. He takes Man-At-Arms and
Ram-Man inside, and they find all sorts of images of
Snake Men floating past them as they make their way
to the center. (Cont'd in next part)
Story 3: "Phantom Attack", Cont'd
He-Man discovers that the images are all coming from
a power center. He makes his way there, and finds Skeletor,
wearing his Dragon Blaster costume. He swipes his sword
at him, but Skeletor turns out to be another phantom,
and the Dragon fades away, then eerie lights surround
him. The machine overloads, with too much to fight against,
and switches to defence mode, creating images of Snake
Men that pull Skeletor to safety. The heroic warriors
return to Eternos, and explain to Teela everything that
has happened. They realise that the strange machine
must have been designed to work with Skeletor's magic,
and since Orko also has magic power, his power must
have reacted with the machine. Orko decides to test
to see whether any power still remains in the machine,
and casts a spell, which causes a giant image of Skeletor
to form in the sky. Orko increases the spell, until
the energy in the machine is drained away and the image
fades. Orko is congratulated for saving the day.