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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #3, Summer 1985.
and his minions arrive on Eternia, in this special "Evil
Horde" issue. The Masters of the Universe will
never be the same! The price of postage also goes up
(coincidence? I think not!), as reflected in the Hordak
and Imp 22¢ stamps on the "He-Man Mailbox"
pages. There is a lot of great fan-mail this time, including
a short fan-fic story (the first?). And the first of
many "Create A Character" creatures comes
rolling in, a cosmic-looking swordsman, whose name is
not given. "Orko's Earth Report" gives a tantalizing
teaser to the forthcoming "Secret of the Sword"
movie. He-Man's "new friend" She-Ra is introduced,
but all that is said about her relationship to He-Man
is: "She's a super ally with an amazing secret,"
obviously in an effort to contain the fact that She-Ra
is He-Man's sister.
Story: "The Legend of Hordak"
In a narrated comic story, a concerned Teela asks her
father what he knows about Hordak, the new threat that
has come to Eternia. Man-At-Arms relates the story of
the Horde overlord, how he and Skeletor first met, their
alliance of evil, and the inevitable betrayal that severed
their partnership forever. Man-At-Arms ends his tale
with Hordak's banishment to Etheria, and his vow of
vengeance on Skeletor, and anyone else who stands in
his way. Teela wonders how Eternia will manage to withstand
against the Horde, as well as Skeletor's evil. He-Man,
who has been listening in, declares that the struggle
may be twice as hard, but so will the rewards be, when
the victory is won. Note: Man-At-Arms' story places
Modulok as a member of the Horde prior to Skeletor's
induction. An inconsequential plot point, but one that
is contradicted practically everywhere else.
Story II: "The Stone of Nimyar"
In this beautifully illustrated text story, Orko, feeling
useless and unimportant after a major magic trick goes
wrong, runs away to the Swamps of Gangoon. There, he
stumbles upon Skeletor, about to hatch his most evil
plot to date! The lord of destruction has uncovered
the Stone of Nimyar, hidden long ago by the Ancients
in the Forbidden Cave of the Nimyar Warriors. It is
with good reason that this stone was concealed: it possesses
an evil magic, that saps the energies of goodness when
in proximity to the stone! And now Skeletor has the
stone, and Orko too, captured while trying to return
to the Palace to warn He-Man. With Orko as his prisoner,
Skeletor lures He-Man, Man-At-Arms, and Teela to Snake
Mountain. The Stone of Nimyar's eerie evil power goes
to work, and Skeletor is quick to take advantage of
our heroes' sudden, unexplained weakness. As Skeletor,
Two Bad and Spikor are mopping up the floor with Eternia's
defenders, Orko slips away, and sets out to get rid
of the stone and save his friends. Although he too is
weakening, Orko is able to drag the stone to the edge
of a cliff, and push it over, into the deep river at
the bottom of the Great Chasm. With the Stone of Nimyar
gone, He-Man and company quickly recover, and make short
work of Skeletor and crew. He-Man, Man-At-Arms and Teela
thank Orko for saving them, and they all return to the
palace, Orko realizing that even if his magic sometimes
goes wrong, he is able to accomplish great things when
the situation demands.
"The Sketch Pad" walks through the step-by-step
details of drawing life-like renditions of Castle Grayskull,
Orko, Skeletor, and Cringer. A heroic warrior is concealed
within the large scene of Skeletor and Webstor skulking
through the forest. By folding in the page, the "hidden
hero" is revealed. "Computer Pun" details
a riddle formulated by Roboto's computer brain (who
knew that he had printer capabilities?). By answering
a series of simple questions, then rearranging the letters
of your answers, you can decipher the punch line of
Roboto's joke about Teela and Adam. This issue's inside
back cover features a corrected "Secret of the
Sword" movie ad, with Hordak, Mantenna, and Leech
taking the places of Beast Man, Mer-Man, and Tri-Klops.
Poster #6 is a special "Secret of the Sword"
preview, featuring exclusive scenes from the movie,
coming soon to a theater near you (well, in 1985, at
least)! Scenes depicted include Adora leaving the Fright
Zone incognito, He-Man destroying a Destructo-Tank with
one punch, and He-Man and She-Ra watching in amazement
as She-Ra's sword hovers in the air before them. Poster
#7 presents Hordak and his Horde, in all their evil
glory! Earl Norem has outdone himself this time; Hordak
has never looked so wicked and powerful, as lightning
bolts blast from his fingertips! Behind him, Grizzlor,
Leech, Mantenna, Modulok, and Imp, lurk menacingly,
as the (Filmation version) Fright Zone sprawls in the
Hansen of Illinois returned a wallet he had found, containing
more than $1,000! For his honesty, he received a $100
reward, and the distinction of being named he-man of
back cover of issue #3 advertises a Post Cereals-sponsored
Toys "R" Us shopping spree contest. Included
in the prizes being carted off by the lucky winner are
Castle Grayskull, Battle Armor Skeletor, and Clawful
driving a Battle Ram.