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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #6, Spring 1986.
of advice and encouragement for Eternia's champion fill
this issue's "He-Man Mailbox." Whiplash and
Two Bad stamps, corrected from last issue's "Postage
Puzzler," are featured, as well as great fan artwork
of Mer-Man, Orko, Leech, Two Bad, and a group shot of
He-Man, Skeletor and Hordak. "Bubbleman,"
a floating, bouncing warrior, is an interesting-sounding
character creation from siblings in Virginia.
Story: "The Comet Warriors Have Landed!"
Yet another telling of the arrival of Stonedar and Rokkon
(at least the fifth by my counting) finds the Comet
Warriors landing on Eternia, and befriending He-Man,
who, along with Teela and Sy-Klone, find them a new
home in a peaceful valley. The story then kicks into
high-gear, as Skeletor plots to wash away the Rock Men's
valley by re-routing a river through it with the Land
Shark (apparently for no reason in particular). He-Man,
using the Bashasaurus and his spinning Flying Fists
Mace, creates an emergency dam and saves the valley.
Skeletor then makes it personal, holding He-Man prisoner
with a tractor beam device developed by Kobra Khan and
Two Bad. Rokkon blasts to the rescue, but He-Man doesn't
exactly need rescuing, and makes short work of the contraption,
and its creators. Outclassed, Skeletor makes a run for
it, his lackeys close behind. As they speed out of the
valley in the Land Shark, He-Man offers a warning, but
Skeletor arrogantly defies warning, driving the Land
Shark straight into the lake formed by He-Man's dam.
"The Lake of Mystery" is a very strange pool
on Eternia. For some reason, things that reflect on
the lake's mirror-like surface look different from the
original. In this interesting 2-page Norem painting,
a battle rages on the banks of the lake, and some of
the "find the differences" reflections have
to be seen to be believed! A "Power Puzzles"
super feature packs 'em in, cramming a "Save Mantenna"
dot-to-dot, a "Secret Warrior" jumble, a "Vehicle
Word Search," and a Reach Castle Grayskull "Masters
Maze", into the space of less than 2 pages! "The
Sketch Pad" makes its vaunted return, this time
as a 2-page feature, revealing the techniques to drawing
the faces of Grizzlor, Mantenna, Modulok and Leech,
as well as a full-figure view of He-Man. And "King
Randor Radar" allows you to chart the location
of the Comet Warriors landing site, by carefully marking
their progress across the sky on an elaborate grid.
The path of these comets forms an interesting pattern.
Poster #12 is once again a cover shot. As Buzz-Off falls
victim to the Horde Slime Pit, He-Man, riding Battle
Cat and wielding his Flying Fists Weapons, rushes to
the rescue! Poster #13 is a dynamic Norem action scene,
depicting He-Man piloting a Laser Bolt, rushing to challenge
Skeletor in his Land Shark
to the he-man of the issue, 11-year-old Nathan Bitner
of Napierville, Illinois! Nathan is the grand prize
winner of Mattel's nationwide Masters of the Universe
"Create A Character" contest! His creation,
Fearless Photog, received over 40,000 phone-in votes
over a one-week period, and will (allegedly) be added
to the Masters of the Universe toyline (however, as
we all know, this never happened). Congratulations also
go out to the four other "Create A Character"
finalists, Ricky Ardmore (Eye Beam), Josette d'Ambrosi
(Netta), John Rowe (Compactor), and Ricky Stafford (Brainwave).