He-Man, star of one of my favorite toons from the 1980s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, will be returning. Not to the small screen (Editor's Note: A movie script is currently in the works from Sony!), sadly, but to the comic book page where the character really first began.
At the San Diego Comic Con, our friends at Comic Book Resources interviewed Tim Seeley (recently-appointed scribe for Witchblade) who will write the mini-comics for Dark Horse. Not to be sold individually, the mini-comics will be included in Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line of toys.
“I got my first MOTU (Masters of the Universe) figure on my sixth birthday,” scribe Seeley told
“I sold all my MOTU toys when I was 13 to get money to hang out at the mall and be awkward with girls. But, by the time I was 19, I was buying MOTU figures at thrift stores and rummage sales. It took me 15 years, but I have the whole line, as a 34 year old nerd.”
The mini-books accompanying new toys will be drawn by Wellinton Alves with covers by Eric Powell.
As I recall well, He-Man’s “true identity” was Prince Adam of Eternia, son of King Randor and Queen Marlena who ruled the planet Eternia along with Adam and the rest of their inner circle. The Sorceress of Castle Greyskull endowed Prince Adam with the power to transform into He-Man, which Adam did by raising his Power Sword and proclaiming: "By the power of Greyskull!" Once the transformation was complete, he continued: "I have the power!” The differences in Prince Adam and He-Man are distinctly minimal, He-Man possessing a slightly deeper voice and with slightly darker skin.
Prince Adam's pet was a cowardly green tiger named Cringer. When Adam became He-Man, he similarly transformed Cringer into a brave armored green tiger named Battle Cat (a WWE wrestler also carried this moniker around this time, lol) by pointing his sword at him, an ability Adam discovered accidentally the first time he turned into He-Man. Cringer, naturally, cowered in fear at seeing what Adam had become and while reassuring him that nothing had really changed Adam pointed the sword at Cringer, which sent a bolt of energy toward the tiger and transformed him.
Castle Greyskull was the source of He-Man's power. Inside the Castle lived the Sorceress, who granted Prince Adam his transformative abilities, and she communicated telepathically with He-Man. To protect his family, He-Man kept his dual identity secret.
He-Man's chief adversary was Skeletor, a blue-skinned sorcerer with a skull for a head, wearing a cowl. He was skilled in black magic as well as all forms of combat. Though his origin is mysterious, and the cartoon described him only as “a demon from another dimension," a tie-in comic implied that Skeletor's true identity was Prince Keldor, older brother of King Randor and He-Man's uncle. Skeletor was always accompanied by a group of henchmen who aided with his evil schemes.
The animated series was produced by Filmation and ran from 1983-85.
(Editor's Note: CBN Editor/Publisher Matt McGloin's first public work appeared in the "He-Man Magazine" at the young age of 9!)