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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #2, Spring 1985.
He-Man Mailbox" finds several fans writing with
encouragement to He-Man in his struggles against Skeletor.
Others even offer to come to Eternia to help! One Oklahoma
boy anticipate's this issue's "Create A Character"
feature, by sending his idea for Color-Man (no picture),
a color-changing master of camouflage.
Story: "Assault on Castle Grayskull"
As this luridly-colored storybook adventure opens, the
pieces of Skeletor's latest scheme are falling into
place, as one by one, He-Man's heroic allies fall captive
to Skeletor's various henchmen. Soon, only Fisto, Orko,
Man-E-Faces, and He-Man himself remain at large, but
He-Man has a plan to free his friends. In his monster
disguise, Man-E-Faces presents himself to sentry guard
Tri-Klops as Skeletor's new minion, "Eeyuck"
(how did they come up with that name?), then clocks
him and frees his friends, breaking through the stone
walls of their cell with one mighty punch! The freed
heroes converge on Castle Grayskull, where Skeletor
has assembled his army against a greatly outnumbered
He-Man. While He-Man and Skeletor grapple, Skeletor's
troops, seeing their prisoners freed, flee in retreat.
Now Skeletor is outnumbered, and he disappears with
a snarl. There is safety in numbers, He-Man decides,
and admits that only through teamwork was Eternia saved.
Story II: "The Duke of Lorin"
King Randor's old friend Duke Taboc, of the forested
region of Lorin, has been cast out of his realm by Two
Bad, commanding an army of demons! This beautifully
decorated text story finds He-Man on a mission to overthrow
Two Bad, and reinstate Taboc to his throne. He-Man's
surprisingly subtle scheme involves Orko going undercover
in disguise as court jester to Two Bad, and then, gaining
the creature's confidence, leading him and his demon
army into an ambush in the woods. A concealed Moss Man
grabs Two Bad, while He-Man captures the pack of demons
within an energy field created by his Sword, then scatters
them into the dense forest. Duke Taboc then steps forward,
and challenges Two Bad to a sword duel, for the right
to rule Lorin. A cowardly Two Bad runs away, afraid
of a fair fight. There is much celebration in Lorin,
as He-Man and his friends are honored guests of the
duke, before heading back to the Palace to inform the
king of the success of their mission.
"Floating Visions" details the strange images
witnessed by Orko in a dream, of his Eternian friends
trying to float as he does. By tilting the page and
closing one eye, you can see what Orko saw. "Create
A Character" is a challenge to readers, to bring
to life a new ally (or enemy!) for He-Man and his friends!
A blank outline of a figure is provided, along with
many arms, legs, heads, and torsos, to inspire prospective
"character creators". The "He-Man Mailbox"
will include many pictures of fans' wild and marvelous
submissions in upcoming issues! "What's Wrong with
These Warriors?" depicts a large battle scene,
painted by Palace Eternia's new, slightly addled, royal
artist. There are several mistakes which must be found
in the picture, including Skeletor wearing ice skates,
Orko having feet, Man-At-Arms swinging a bathroom plunger,
Evil-Lyn wielding a giant light bulb, and Kobra Khan
having a blond afro! A "Roboto Word Search"
features hidden words which, calculated by Roboto's
computer brain, are necessary for He-Man to successfully
combat Skeletor. The inside back cover is a full-page
ad for "The Secret of the Sword," the early
version with Orko (who did not even appear in the movie!),
Beast Man, Mer-Man, and Tri-Klops. He-Man and She-Ra
are posed slightly differently here than they are in
the later, revised ad, where Orko has been removed,
and Skeletor's crew have been replaced by members of
the Evil Horde.
Poster #4 is an enlarged view of the issue's fabulous
cover. A menacing Skeletor, riding Spydor, threatens
He-Man. What is not obvious in the cover shot, however,
is that Moss Man, lurking in the underbrush, has been
cropped out of the picture. Poster #5 is a solo portrait
of Roboto, holding his own with a blaze of laser fire,
against an aerial attack by Skeletor and Beast Man,
and a fleet of flying Rotons.
Ehrler of Joseph, Oregon, is the spring he-man of the
issue. Kurt risked his life to rescue a baby deer who
had fallen through the ice on a frozen Wallowa Lake