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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #59,
Story 1: "Prince Adam: Bully"
Skeletor goes chasing after He-Man and Battle Cat. Eventually,
he manages to imprison them, and he is pleased because
it means he will be able to carry out his new scheme.
And what is that scheme? To disguise himself as Prince
Adam! What?! Since when did Skeletor know Adam's secret?!
He puts on a Prince Adam disguise and goes to the palace.
The people at the palace are instantly shocked by Adam's
sudden arrogance and bravery, apart from Teela, who
is instantly impressed by Adam's sudden change... (cont'd
in next part)
More MOTU questions/answers.
Story 2: "Prince Adam: Bully", Cont'd
When the fake Prince Adam threatens King Randor, and
calls him weak, he is taken to the dungeons for treason-
but he escapes, and together with Teela sets out in
the Wind Raider. But then he begins to shock even Teela
when he goes at a speed far too fast and dangerous...
and then reveals himself to be Skeletor in disguise!
He flings Teela from the Wind Raider, but luckily she
is caught by Man-at-Arms, flying lower down. The heroic
warriors set out to find where the real Prince Adam
is... (cont'd in next part)
Story 3: "Prince Adam: Bully", Cont'd
Man-At-Arms and Teela and Orko find where Skeletor has
imprisoned He-Man, in a large ball, high above the ground.
Skeletor arrives on the scene, and Orko starts to pretend
it is not He-Man and Battle Cat, but Prince Adam and
Cringer in there, and Skeletor starts to be fooled.
The story, therefore, gets even more ridiculous- earlier
on, Skeletor captured He-Man so he could impersonate
Prince Adam, so he must have known the secret- now he
doesn't? And he sure did see it when he captured He-Man!
Orko manages to free He-Man and Battle Cat, and He-Man
fends off Skeletor. Then he sneaks away and turns back
to Adam, then goes to Teela and explains that the "brave"
Prince Adam was in fact Skeletor in disguise, and Teela
goes mad at him, threatening to punch him in anger for
remaining a weakling when she realises that the brave
Prince Adam was in fact Skeletor... Excuse me, but she
found out the evil Prince Adam was Skeletor earlier
in the story!!! Who the hell wrote this thing?!!
(This is the worst ever issue of the MOTU magazine!
I simply can not comprehend how this terrible issue
could ever actually have gone into production. It is
so uneven and poorly-written- I mean, Skeletor captures
He-Man so he can impersonate Prince Adam, yet later
in the story he doesn't know the secret?! And Teela
sees the evil Prince Adam rip off his veil and reveal
Skeletor, yet later she totally forgets?! And even if
she hadn't known, Teela would not attempt to attack
Adam for being weak- just who wrote this? How could
this actually have gone into production? It is the most
shambolic excuse for a MOTU story ever, in all of the
many canons! Luckily, the comic itself was later to
acknowledge how poor this issue was, as a reader in
a later letters page pointed out the discrepancies in
this story, and Scrollos apologized, saying that the
computer was on the blink when the issue was written.
And I hope that in reality, whoever scripted this terrible
story got the sack. If you are a collector, avoid this
mess of an issue at all costs.)