is definitely in Steven Grant's blood. Grant graduated the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 with a major in Communication
Arts - Film and Television and a minor in Comparative Mythology.
He went on to work as a film editor and columnist before moving
to New York in 1978 where he got on board with Marvel comics.
Grant has written for such projects as Marvel's original Punisher
limited series and a comic biography of Pope John Paul II.
During this time, he took on a number of additional projects
such as writing stories for the Hardy Boys series and contributing
to the Children's Television Workshop's Electric Company magazine.
Grant moved to Los Angeles in 1984 where he joined CAPS (Comic
Arts Professionals Society) and met Lee Nordling. He then
went on to write for a good number of the more popular Masters
of the Universe minicomics, most notably The Search for Keldor.
He worked directly with Nordling for a few years before going
on to work directly with Mattel.
get a call saying they'd want me to write another comic ...
They'd have a pass waiting for me. I'd go upstairs to see
the editor. He'd give me the rundown on what niche they wanted
the toy in question to fill ... I'd go home and start writing
the story. It rarely took longer than a couple hours to write
Grant, a non-drinker who loves to collect shot glasses, currently
resides in Seattle. He writes a number of wrestling comics
and is the current writer for X-Man.
Grant dealt first hand with a lot of the ideas behind the
stories, but they were never definite. He emphasizes, "If
you're looking for a coherent superstructure in the He-Man
stories, you're out of luck."
Grant had a little information on the connection between Keldor
and Skeletor. "As far as I remember, Keldor was Skeletor
... But, I don't think that was ever going to be revealed
... I seem to remember it as one of those things Mattel came
up with out of the blue ... Slur Keldor and you end up with
Skeletor ... His backstory wasn't really worked out. Some
sort of evil cosmic energies altered him. I think they were
going for a Darth Vader thing, but it was a tack-on."
Fans have wondered why it was so imperative that the heroic
warriors not find out the secret of Keldor. "The main
idea was that if they found out Skeletor was Keldor, they'd
be able to find out what had changed him and might find some
way to reverse it."
Fans have also wondered if the character Scare Glow served
any specific importance. "Mattel came up with these characters
when they wanted to put out new toys ... Mattel wasn't very
concerned with the backstories, except on the main characters.
These lesser characters were thrown in there and often not
expected to be seen again."
Backstories are often the missing link for many characters
and how they tie into the current story. Hordak's past is
one that frequently gives rise to many questions. One such
question is centered on Hordak's comment that he had helped
to build Central Tower. But what was he doing on Eternia so
long ago? Unfortunately, fans may have to continue guessing.
"To the best of my knowledge, it was never explained
what he was doing on Eternia."
King Hiss and the Snake Men were also known to live on Eternia
long ago. Yet, questions have arisen to who the "Nameless
One" may be who was mentioned by King Hiss in The Powers
of Grayskull: The Legend Begins!
"The 'Nameless One' had something to do with Keldor becoming
Skeletor. I think he was their version of Emperor Palpatine,
the great evil behind everything else. As with everyone else,
there was no more backstory."
Outside of backstories, there were always things that never
say the light of day. But, as the end of Masters of the Universe
drew close, there's no telling what may have been under development.
"There were probably characters on the boards that we
never saw ... The only plans Mattel had for the series were
to sell toys; the comic books depended entirely on which toys
they decided to do ... There weren't plans for the series'
future because there weren't plans, period."