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Princess of Power Magazine
Issue #4, Fall 1986.
"Dear She-Ra" section (2 facing pages for
once) are chock-full of fan-mail and art for the princess
of power. Inspired by last issue's "Fashion Fantasy"
feature, one artist submits a daring design for She-Ra,
plaid and floral, with fishnet stockings! Another designer
was obviously inspired by something else, her low-cut
gown with the geometric necklace looks suspiciously
identical to a dress worn by Angella in the Golden Princess
of Power Paper Doll Set. "The Best of Autumn"
news section does not include a feature on the lucky
actress who won the part of She-Ra in the upcoming movie,
as promised in the summer issue.
Story: "Trickery Abloom"
A walk in the Whispering Woods, bedazzling with exotic
fall flowers, inspires She-Ra to stage a contest, to
see which of her friends can find the most beautiful
flower of all. Seeds will be planted at the contest
tomorrow, and Etheria's super-fertile soil will grow
the entries to full bloom in moments. She-Ra's friends
nominate her as judge, and set off in search of horticultural
splendor. Catra sneers at the contest, yet vows that
she will be the winner. While prospecting for a possible
entry, the she-cat ruins many promising plants, not
willing to invest the time and care necessary to nurture
a plant. Overhearing Sweet Bee confiding to Bow that
her seeds, concealed in her hive, are sure to win the
contest, Catra hatches a plan. That night, she steals
Sweet Bee's seeds, replacing them with a special surprise.
At the contest, Perfuma plants her seeds, which blossom
into deliciously sweet-smelling orange and white flowers,
the most fragrant in the land. Flutterina's entry immediately
erupts into yellow blooms, which then shoot forth multi-colored
butterflies (?). Sweet Bee's seeds, however, quickly
sprout into twisted, thorny weeds, which prolifically
snarl their way throughout the contest area, their growth
stopped only by a suggestion to the plants from She-Ra.
Sweet Bee gasps in alarm, but is quickly shoved aside
by Catra, who is eager to plant her "sure winners".
The seeds smugly planted by Catra turn out to be fountain
flowers, which first fill the air with an explosion
of glorious multi-colored petals, then spray a heavy
rainbow-hued mist, drenching Catra. Trying in vain to
avoid the shower, Catra instead gets herself tangled
in a pile of Sweet Bee's brambles, and has to be rescued
by Flutterina. Soaked and full of stickers, Catra then
has to endure accusations from Sweet Bee, and lessons
on fair play from She-Ra. Recognizing a no-win situation
when she sees it, Catra stalks off fuming. She-Ra declares
all the flowers winners, and the garden (even with the
weeds) the most beautiful place on Etheria.
"Words in the Woods" is an "across and
down" puzzle, where numbered clues help you to
fill in the across grid with names of Etherian inhabitants,
while the words "Whispering Woods" run down
through the lined-up answers. A "Princess of Power
Halloween" pictorial gives suggestions as to how
you might create a costume, to go trick-or-treating
as She-Ra, Glimmer, or Catra. A scene of the Crystal
Castle is the site of a "Hidden Crystal" puzzle,
where 14 identical faceted jewels are secreted. And
"Mystery Message" is a rebus puzzle, telling
in letter and picture combinations of a close call for
Sweet Bee and Perfuma.
Poster #5 is another image of beauty, showing She-Ra
strumming the strings of Sea Harp. Responding to Sea
Harp's song, Glimmer, Flutterina, Frosta, and Peekablue
(flying Crystal Moonbeam) are hurrying to the scene.
The other "poster" is a "Back to School"
Princess of Power book cover. On the front cover, She-Ra
stands in the clouds before the (combined) Crystal Castle,
with framed "head-shots" of Glimmer, Flutterina,
Peekablue, and Mermista at each corner. The back cover
features pictures of Swift Wind, Sweet Bee, Castaspella,
Entrapta, Bow, Perfuma, Frosta, and Catra. Madame Razz
and Broom adorn the frontispiece.
autumn princess of power is 14-year-old Markita Andrews,
an astoundingly successful saleswoman, who sold more
than 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in 1986, for
a more than 40,000 box career total. Miss Andrews is
also a published author, whose book, "How to Sell
More," shares her sales techniques.