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and the Masters of the Universe Magazine
Issue #14. Spring 1988.
"He-Man Mailbox" is no more! The new co-ed
letters page, chock full of great fan art, and letters
from He-Man and She-Ra fans from Arizona to Ontario,
is now called "Powermail!" Two new "Create
A Character" creatures are featured: a heroic bovine
behemoth called Bullwhip, with a lashing whip in the
place of his right arm, and Notar, a heroic ninja with
an arsenal of interesting weapons, including a combination
samurai sword/triple-barrelled blast pistol.
Story: "To Save a World"
As it opens, Eternia is under siege by a violent cosmic
storm, the destructive powers of which have never before
been seen. The black skies are ablaze with constant
barrages of fierce lightning, and as the storm rages
about them, He-Man, Extendar, Snout Spout, and Clamp
Champ do their best to stave off the rising flood waters
creeping up on the evacuated palace. But even their
mighty efforts are for naught, as a massive tidal wave
arises, and effortlessly destroys the centuries-old
structure!! The palace is washed away, and a stunned
He-Man leads his allies through the wreckage. Together,
they head to Castle Grayskull, hopeful that the Sorceress
can provide insight as to what is causing this unheard-of
devastation. Using his heightened senses, Clamp Champ
leads his friends through the firestorm of lightning,
across the shattered, crumbling landscape to Grayskull,
but what the heroic warriors discover there is more
disheartening still: Castle Grayskull is all that remains,
a tiny chunk of rock lingering above the all-but-vanished
Evergreen Forest, barely held together by the faltering
power of the Sorceress. The cause of this disturbance,
the Sorceress tells the distraught heroes, is the proximity
of an evil, negative star to Eternia's sun. This dark
celestial body crossed Eternia's path 10,000 years ago,
and caused untold destruction then, but this is far
worse than anything that happened back then, far more
evil! He-Man suspect's Skeletor's involvement, and the
heroic four head for Snake Mountain, dodging erupting
lava geysers and mountains of tumbling rock, and crossing
gaping chasms bridged by Extendar's telescoping spine.
On their way, they pass the Eternian Towers, and watch
in horror as they twist and collapse, and are eventually
swallowed back into the ground! He-Man vows to stop
Skeletor's evil, if it is still possible to do so. Reaching
Snake Mountain, they find it surrounded by fire. Snout
Spout leads the heroes through the blaze, only to find
Skeletor's stronghold in ruins, broken and toppling.
Would Skeletor do this to his own lair? Extricating
a trapped Ninjor from the wreckage, the heroes learn
from the panicked warrior that the source of the disturbance
is indeed Skeletor. He's gone mad! Ninjor begs He-Man
to stop him, if he can! The heroes are lead by a blinding
aura of crackling energy to a nearby hill. Alone, He-Man
battles through the shining, evil glow, to find Skeletor
at the eye of the storm, trying furiously to shut down
his tremendous energy amplifier, designed to boost the
power of the evil star. It's energies are beyond control,
and the only thing that can stop the destruction now
is to short circuit the monstrous energy device. In
a final desperate bid, He-Man and Skeletor touch Power
Sword to Havoc Staff, and the resulting explosion of
blinding white light engulfs the scene! When the light
passes, Clamp Champ, Extendar and Snout Spout look around
them, to find that everything is back to normal! In
a sweeping scene, we see Snake Mountain, the Towers,
Castle Grayskull, and Palace Eternia, all restored and
whole once more. It's as though the storm had never
happened! Skeletor's energy weapon has vanished, as
if it never existed! And Skeletor is gone, too, along
with He-Man! Both Eternia's mightiest champion, and
its greatest evil, have disappeared without a trace!
What could have happened to them? Where could they be?!
To be continued, in the next issue of He-Man and the
Masters of the Universe Magazine...
Story II: She-Ra in "Spring Vacation"
Following the rough winter cooped up at the rebel's
mountain base, avoiding Horde troopers and prowling
packs of Fright Zone wolves, Adora and Spirit are eager
to get out for a little fresh air. Urged by Castaspella
and Bow, they pay a visit to their friends Thomas and
Marta, who live in Skee village (get it?), and decide
to stay for the week-long Spring Festival. Thomas and
Marta's 10-year-old daughter, Maia, becomes fast friends
with Adora during her stay, accompanying her to the
storytellings and evening bonfires, but eventually Adora
has to get back to the mountain base. The Horde will
be taking advantage of the improved weather as well,
and will be seeking the hidden rebel outpost. Maia was
not on-hand when Adora said her good-byes, for she had
gone into the woods to pick flowers for her friend.
On the way back to Rebel Mountain, She-Ra and Swift
Wind vigilantly patrol for signs of Horde trouble, but
find trouble of a different kind: they come upon Maia
in the woods, lost and cornered by a pair of vicious
Fright Zone wolves. She-Ra makes short work of this
threat, binding the wolves with stout vines, and comforts
the terrified Maia, and prepares to return her home.
Just then a signal from Bow's flare arrow alerts She-Ra
to danger at the rebel base. Maia is along for the ride,
as She-Ra sights Catra leading a squad of Horde troopers
up the mountain, towards the outpost. She-Ra and Maia
join the others at the base, and Maia wishes that the
Horde would slip and fall back down the mountain. Inspired
by Maia's off-hand remark, She-Ra has Castaspella whip
up a little rainstorm with her powers of sorcery. Hidden
by fog, She-Ra puts her plan into motion: she sends
Bow down the mountain, to act as a decoy, leading Catra
and her troops towards steep Lookout Rock. Meanwhile,
She-Ra and Maia busily pull up roots and loosen rocks
higher up the mountain, preparing for their evil visitors.
When Bow arrives at the site, with Catra hot on his
trail, She-Ra gives a mighty stomp of her foot, and
the Horde battallion simply falls away in a small landslide,
ending up in a battered, muddy mess at the foot of Rebel
Mountain. The path up the mountain is completely blocked
by the slide, and Catra is foiled again. Maia is declared
a heroine by the rebels for her inspired idea, and She-Ra
escorts her friend back home to her parents, to explain
"Power Puzzles" presents a "Dynamic Duel"
-- a digitized photograph of ... something! If you hold
the page just so, and squint the right way, it turns
out to be a picture of the movie's He-Man and Blade,
locked in combat. The other 2 "Power Puzzles"
pages have nothing to do with He-Man! One is a line-drawing
"Treasure Map" search, and the other is called
"Double Trouble" (no, not the character),
showing pictures of fanciful creatures (a dog with the
head of a bull (bulldog), a stick of flying butter (butterfly),
a bird in a bathtub (birdbath), you get the idea), and
challenging us to guess what word they illustrate.
Poster # 21 is a large fold-out of the issue's cover,
Skeletor and He-Man tumbling through an asteroid field,
locked eternally in battle. This was the last "He-Man"
poster to actually fold out, the remaining 2 issues
would include a centerfold poster with 1 gatefold extension.
Like the He-Man posters, the writing is on the wall.