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Princess of Power Magazine
Issue #2, Spring 1986.
Hawaii to Rhode Island, this issue's "Dear She-Ra"
pages are filled to overflowing with letters and drawings
from She-Ra's devoted fans, many of whom wish to grow
up to be just like the princess of power. One notable
exception is a 5-year-old named Derek, who tells She-Ra
how beautiful he thinks she is. Go fanboy!
Story: "The Pool of Beauty"
Admiring her reflection in a meadow pool, Catra learns
from the whispering waters of the existence of an oasis
in the Sizzling Desert, whose waters, a tiny remainder
of a once great ocean, are said to be the ultimate judge
of beauty. Trekking across the burning sands to this
oasis, eager to stake her claim as most beautiful in
all Etheria, Catra is instead told by the pool that
although she is beautiful, there is another more beautiful
than She. Catra decides that she's lost on a technicality,
and reasons that if she were to wear the most beautiful
clothes in the land, then the pool would certainly reconsider
its decision. And so Catra is off, journeying to the
Kingdom of Snows. Under cover of darkness, she steals
Frosta's Ice Crystal Cape. This glittering garment is
sure to tip the scales in Catra's favor. Discovering
her cape missing, Frosta calls on her friends Adora
and Angella. Frosta is concerned, for her icy influence
lingers in the cape. The thief is in danger of freezing
to death! Concentrating on a thread from the cape, Angella's
powers of intuition reveal a vision of the thief, a
shivering Catra, headed back across the desert towards
the Pool of Beauty. Adora rushes off, promising to find
someone to help Catra if she can. Once safely out of
sight, of course, Adora raises her sword, and becomes
She-Ra! Returning to the pool, a nearly frozen Catra
demands a second reading, but the pool gives her the
same answer: Although she is very beautiful, someone
else is fairer still, owing to the inner beauty of her
heart, not her clothes or smile. In her anger, Catra
slips and falls into the pool, which freezes instantly.
As Catra cries out for help, She-Ra and Swift Wind arrive.
Leaping into action, the princess of power uses her
shining golden shield to reflect the sun's burning rays
into the pool, quickly melting the ice. Divested of
the purloined cape, a rescued Catra is given the moral
by She-Ra: that envy and vanity can make even someone
as beautiful as Catra seem ugly. Catra misses the point
entirely, and stalks off angrily into the desert. She-Ra
shrugs, and, taking Frosta's recovered cape with her,
flies away on Swift Wind. As she departs, the Pool of
Beauty smiles admiringly in her direction.
In "Fashion Fantasy," the reader is encouraged
to become an Etherian fashion designer, and dream up
some duds for their favorite character! She-Ra is on
hand to act as a model, while the costumes shown as
examples bear more than a passing resemblance to "Rise
and Shine," "Hold on to Your Hat," "Flight
of Fancy," and "Ready in Red!" In keeping
with the fashion theme, a "Crystal Crossword"
allows you to fill in the grid with words pertaining
to articles of clothing, jewelry, and weaponry. Then,
a "Perfuma Puzzle" needs solving, using the
letters from fill-in-the-blank questions to form the
last line of a poem that Perfuma has written to celebrate
Poster #3 is a lush scene of She-Ra and Swift Wind,
coming in for a landing with their horses, Crystal Moonbeam
and Crystal Sun Dancer, near a vividly reflecting pond,
where Sweet Bee and Peekablue wait to meet them. A nice
subtle bit of merchandising. At the time, toys of Sweet
Bee with Crystal Sun Dancer, and Peekablue with Crystal
Moonbeam, were available as Horse and Rider gift sets!
Poster #4 is not a poster at all! When cut into quarters
and fastened together, it forms a princess of power
birthday book, the pages of which are graced with portraits
of various Princess of Power characters, to help keep
track of important dates.
spring princess of power is 13-year-old gymnast Phoebe
Mills, who would go on to win a bronze medal in Women's
Balance Beam (her most difficult event) in the 1988
Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea!