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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #8, Fall 1986.
Some "Create A Character" creations with both
a name and a face! "The He-Man Mailbox" is
packed to near-bursting with dynamic fan-made submissions,
including the evil winged Vampireman, flying lightning-fisted
hero Lightis, an evil cyborg called Weaponmaster, and...
Heartman, a giant... human... heart, with arms and legs,
wearing "cool shades," and tennis shoes. He
keeps He-Man healthy. (Oh well, you can't win 'em all...)
More than one reader comments on the advent of the Snake
Men, saying how much more scary and dangerous they are
than the Evil Horde. How quickly the Horde's 15 minutes
were up! :^)
Story: "The Struggle for Eternia"
An action-packed comic spectacular finds the Eternia
Towers under attack by a swarm of evil warriors. While
Beast Man, Rattlor, and Tung Lashor provide a distraction
to patrolling Snout Spout and Extendar (pelting their
monorail car with rocks), Skeletor and Hiss alight atop
Central Tower in the Fright Fighter, stranding Extendar
and Snout Spout in mid-air, and taking charge of the
entire complex via the tower's computers! The Sorceress
alerts He-Man to the danger, and he jets to the scene
in a Blaster Hawk. He-Man battles his way through the
various lackeys, dumping Beast Man in Central Tower's
moat, and flinging the Snake Men to precarious lofty
perches atop Grayskull and Viper Towers. Approaching
Central Tower, He-Man is quickly captured in the lion's
jaws, and as Hiss and Skeletor gloat, Hiss is doused
by Snout Spout's spray. He and Extendar have escaped
the monorail via Extendar's lengthening limbs, and are
ready to take care of the evil invaders. Hiss and Skeletor
make a run for the safety of Viper Tower in the monorail
sky cage, but He-Man powers out of the lion's jaws,
and is quickly after them in the laser-firing jet pack.
Pursued by He-Man, the villains find that their track
has been switched by Extendar, and they wind up prisoners
in the Grayskull Tower jail cell. He-Man comments that
those 2 have been on the wrong track for a long time.
An "Eternia Trivia Test" challenges your "Masters
of the Universe" knowledge, with 15 multiple-choice
questions, covering such "really tough" topics
as Castle Grayskull's previous name, and how King Randor
met his bride-to-be Marlena. "Snake Escape"
is an interesting, illustrated 2-page maze, full to
the brim with evil. Three of Skeletor's robot knights
are featured, as well as 11 other evil warriors, as
pitfalls which He-Man must avoid in his treacherous,
twisted journey through Snake Mountain, on his way to
safety at Castle Grayskull. "Power Puzzles"
is reduced to 1 page, but includes a "Letter Link"
scrambled message, and a monstrous "Which Warrior?"
dot-to-dot. "Mystery Machine" is the title
of a full-page fold-in from Man-At-Arms' workshop, which
reveals the great inventor's latest powerful creation
to an impressed He-Man. A "Heroic Halloween"
feature provides inspiration on how to decorate your
jack-o-lanterns, MOTU-style! Shown are ideas for Spikor,
Orko, Mantenna, and Skeletor pumpkin designs.
Poster #16 in a (slightly) enlarged depiction of the
issue's incredible Norem cover! A thrilling aerial battle
roars through the skies high above the Eternia Towers,
between He-Man, piloting the Blaster Hawk, and Skeletor,
flying the Fright Fighter. A Masters of the Universe
book cover takes the place of the issue's second poster.
But what a book cover! A titanic Monstroid rises thrashing
from the sea. He-Man, Extendar, and Snout Spout (piloting
a jet sled) are on hand to battle it, and free a captured
Rio Blast from Monstroid's metallic clutches. It's a
great book cover, but this excellent Norem artwork would
have made an even greater poster!
he-man of the issue is Rockin' Robby Naismith, a 7-year-old
radio star from Pinconning, Michigan. Robby has his
own weekly country "Top 5 Countdown" program
on WWRM-Radio, taking dedications and requests, and
predicting future country hit songs!