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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #56,
Orko finds that spring is in the air in this issue's
uninspired comedy strip.
Story 1: "Return of the Mantisaur"
There is a terrible drought on Eternia (Hmmm... didn't
something like this happen three issues ago?) and Hordak
appears in the streets of a village, telling the people
to riot! He claims the drought came from Castle Grayskull,
and they must destroy Grayskull to end the drought!
Just then, a volcano begins to erupt, and Adam changes
to He-Man and sets out in the Wind Raider to stop the
volcano from causing any harm. (cont'd in next part)
A lot of interesting questions about MOTU, including
a question about whether Grayskull once belonged to
Skeletor, because its front looks like a skull face.
The response is that it never belonged to Skeletor-
the skull face is just there to ward off intruders.
Story 2: "Return of the Mantisaur", Cont'd
He-Man prevents the volcano from causing any damage,
but Hordak uses his hurricane arm to blow He-Man towards
the rocks. He-Man vanishes from sight, and Hordak assumes
he has been crushed. But He-Man's powerful body has
protected him from the full effects, and he quickly
goes to Grayskull, which is being attacked by villagers,
brandishing fiery sticks- watched over by Hordak on
the Mantisaur. He-Man tella Man-At-Arms and Teela, who
are trying to stop the villagers, that the people are
blinded by Hordak's false words. Then, the ground starts
to quake and the Mantisaur drags Hordak away. The villagers'
minds then clear, and they stop attacking the castle,
and He-Man explains that Hordak was using a mind-altering
ray hidden inside his new Mantisaur. The villagers,
and the warriors, return home, and back at the palace,
Man-At-Arms arranges for Wind Raiders to seed the air
with chemicals which will cause rain to fall again.
Just then, Teela smashes a mirror, and with Eternian
superstitions differing slightly, she jokes that this
means seven years of good luck, as the rain starts to
Story 3: "Secret Files of Scrollos: Skeletor's
This secret files story picks up from where the Skeletor
origin story in issue #52 left off. Skeletor is prevented
from invading Eternia by a mystic wall- but he uses
metaphysical forces to smash through! The Sorceress
senses his presence on Eternia, and warns He-Man, who
travels to Eternos, where Skeletor is attacking. He-Man
reaches Eternos, and engages in his first ever battle
with Skeletor. He astounds Skeletor with his incredible
strength and power, and Skeletor retreats. Skeletor
then finds an ancient mountain, in which he senses an
evil presence. He uses his magic powers to break away
the stone covering, revealing Snake Mountain beneath!
He decides to use the ancient fortress as his base,
from which he will raise an army of evil warriors to
This issue's pin-up features Grizzlor, Leech and Mantenna,
with a Horde trooper, all drawings taken from the cartoon.
(The Skeletor secret file gets this issue an extra star-
the main story is only average. It would be better to
see Hordak's scheme right from the start, especially
as after the Mantisaur's memorable first appearance
in issue #32, you would expect a sequel to be better
than this. Hordak learned many of He-Man's weaknesses
in the original Mantisaur story, so you would expect
this story to follow up on that to some extent- but
the Mantisaur hardly even features.)