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of the Universe Magazine
UK. Issue #65,
Orko is away and has to drop Prince Adam a few lines.
He uses his magic for it but it goes wrong.
Story 1: "He-Man's Gamble"
Teela is complaining about what a coward Prince Adam
is, and Adam tells her he will prove to her that he
is brave. Orko tells Adam that he will use his magic
to create fake demons to attack Teela, and Adam can
save her. Adam, however, is not keen on the idea, thinking
it sounds like cheating. Later, Adam and Teela are in
the Royal gardens, when Evil-Lyn, Beast Man, Whiplash
and Stinkor attack. Adam assumes they are Orko's magical
projections and attacks them- but they are real, and
they take Adam and Teela off in a Fright Fighter to
Snake Mountain! Orko sees what happened, and goes and
tells the Sorceress. The Sorceress senses that they
are imprisoned in one of Skeletor's dungeons. In the
form of Zoar, sne goes to the dungeon, and gives Adam
the power of invisibility, to help them escape. Later,
Stinkor inspects the cell, and is shocked to find that
Adam appears to be missing... then the invisible Adam
knocks Stinkor's gun from his hand, and uses it to paralyse
him! He and Teela then escape from the dungeon. (cont'd
in next part)
A letter in this issue's master mail points out that
two past issues have stated two different ages for He-Man.
The answer says that the correct age is 21.
Story 2: "He-Man's Gamble", Cont'd
As Teela and th invisible Adam sneak through the caverns
of Snke Mountain, Tri-Klops, and Jitsu appear. Adam
tricks them by shouting to them. They don't recognise
his voice, but run anyway, thus leaving Adam and Teela
safe. Then they are confronted by Evil-Lyn, who casts
a sleeping spell that knocks Teela unconscious! Adam
paralyses her with Stinkor's stun gun before she can
do the same to him, then the invisibility spell wears
off, and Adam changes to He-Man. He lifts Teela's body
and takes her to a Fright Fighter, where they escape.
Back at the Royal Palace, Teela praises Adam with his
courage, but so she won't become suspicious that he
is He-Man, Adam pretends to feel faint!
A puzzle game- 20 names of MOTU characters are listed
with the letters jumbled, and you must unscramble them
to work out which character it is.
6 MOTU-related jokes.
Story 3: "Secret Files of Scrollos: Rio Blast"
This secret file tells the story of Rio Blast. He was
originally a member of the Starband, on a world called
Loredos. Many of the people on Loredos came to great
wealth when a type of mineral called Feridium was discovered-
but this soon led to chaos as many criminals came after
the Feridium- and they were sent by Horde Prime! Rio
at that time was a young farm hand, whose family's home
was destroyed when they could not pay their taxes to
the Red Indian criminals. Rio began to train to be a
warrior, and became a lawman who saved many people from
the Red Indians with his amazing gun skills. Horde Prime
decided that Rio must be destroyed, and enacted a cunning
plan. Rio was called to assist a villager whose son
had been playing in a mine but had never come out. Rio
went in there to find the man's son- but the man was
in fact one of the criminals, and together with some
Indians, shot at the mine shaft, which collapsed on
Rio. But the man instantly regretted helping the criminals,
and helped some men dig Rio out. Rio was badly hurt,
so a scientist turned him into a cyber-defence machine
with built-in lasers, to save his life. Rio defeated
many of the criminals with his new body lasers, then
one day was sent out to help an astro-jail above Loredos.
But Horde Prime, who realized he had lost control of
Loredos, was so angry that he used his Magna-ray to
direct a meteor at the planet, blowing it up! But Rio
was not on Loredos, so he survived, and a fragment from
the exploding planet knocked him to Eternia, where he
joined the heroic warriors to help pay back Horde Prime.
when you thought the magazine was in a state of serious
decline, there comes up an excellent issue! "He-Man's
Gamble" is a classic story, and the Rio Blast origin
story is excellent. There are only two flaws: it never
explains the remarkable similarity between the life
on Loredos and the American west in the 19th century
(we'll leave it at coincidence), and there's a couple
spots of bad continuity- the panel showing Rio falling
to Eternia depicts He-Man and Man-At-Arms below, but
in issue #28 it was Sy-Klone who was with He-Man when
Rio landed, not Man-At-Arms. Nevertheless, this is a