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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #9, Winter 1987.
He-Man Mailbox" hasn't a single "Create A
Character" this issue, but it is filled with interesting,
thoughtful letters from fans from Florida to Hawaii,
commenting on how much they enjoyed and benefitted from
last issue's various features. Fan-art is also presented,
including drawings of Castle Grayskull, Moss Man, Webstor,
and Orko and Dree-Elle!
Story: "Raid on Snake Mountain!"
In this sprawling comic adventure, Skeletor has developed
the ultimate weapon in fire-power. All his mighty Destructo-Laser
cannon needs to be fully operational is a focusing jewel,
and the only known jewel of the proper size and purity
is storehoused at Central Tower. He enlists the aid
of Scare Glow to cause a diversion, and while the evil
ghost holds He-Man, Rio Blast, and Clamp Champ immobilized
with terror, Orko manages to slip away, running into
Ninjor, leaving Central Tower with the enormous stolen
jewel. Orko quickly alerts the others, who snap out
of their spell of fright as Scare Glow vanishes. Still
weakened by Scare Glow, our heroes are able to challenge
Ninjor, but are unable to stop the agile ninja from
escaping with the jewel. He-Man decides to play Skeletor's
game, and plots a raid on Skeletor's fortress to recover
the jewel. The next night, the team of champions infiltrate
Snake Mountain's defenses, using Rio's laser pistols
(in silent mode) to burn through the steel bars at the
gates. Quickly locating the jewel, installed in the
Destructo-Laser device and priming its deadly energies,
He-Man replaces the real gem with an Orko-conjured duplicate,
and the team sets to leave. But they are confronted
by Ninjor, who, overcome with overconfidence at his
easy victory the night before, falls quickly into the
clutches of Clamp Champ's Power Pincers. By now, Skeletor
has happened upon the scene of invaders at Snake Mountain,
and, unaware of the jewel switch, sets the Destructo-Laser
to full power, aiming to wipe the heroes (and apparently
Ninjor as well) off the map! But Orko's replacement
jewel doesn't work quite as well as the original, and
the machine overloads, melting into a useless puddle
of slag. As Skeletor screams out in rage, the team departs
for home, Clamp Champ and Orko joking about the quality
of Orko's magic jewel.
"Evil On Eternia" presents a 2-page view of
the Eternia Towers. Sixteen evil warriors, from Skeletor's
Council of Evil, the Horde, and the Snake Men are hidden
within the peaceful-looking scene. Find them all, if
you can! "Power Puzzles" returns as a 2-page
feature, including a Power Sword themed "Super
Sword Maze," a "Warrior Word Search,"
and a large "Cryptic Clues" pictorial crossword
grid. "Secret Cipher" presents a holiday message
from our Eternian friends, translated into a holiday-themed
picture code. A full-page feature covers a lot of ground
in the way of He-Man special events. Under the heading
"Eternia Power Comes to Earth," the re-airing
of "He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special"
is mentioned, a small plug for the upcoming "Masters
of The Universe: The Motion Picture," mentioning
the casting of Frank Langella as Skeletor and Billy
Barty as Gwildor, is included, and dates, cities and
arenas on the itinerary of the Masters of the Universe
"Power Tour" are listed, with more listings
promised next issue.
Poster #17 enlarges the issue's cover, depicting Hordak
levelling the destructive power of his Artilleray at
He-Man and Rio Blast. Rio goes for his guns, but He-Man
has the Beam-Blaster, a weapon destined to send Hordak
sprawling. And the holiday season brings us a sheet
of Masters of the Universe gift wrap, in lieu of a second
poster. The deep blue paper features images of He-Man,
Skeletor, King Randor, the Sorceress, Rio Blast, and
Orko juggling small Christmas items.
7-year-old gymnastics champion from Florida, Eric Ransom,
is the he-man of the issue.