Next up in this series of fantasy comics is the The Masters of the Universe series which started out as mini-comics that came with the action figures from 1981-1983 that were made by Mattel. I only had one He-Man toy that I can remember so I don't recall reading many of them.
I remember seeing the 1982 three issue mini-series from DC, I remember looking through the issues when they were on the racks but I never read them. Marvel began its line of He-Man comics in 1986 through its Star imprint. the series only lasted thirteen issue but two stories were not what you would expect from a licensed comic for kids.
|DC's MotU #1 1982|
The final two issues featured He-Man going through a George Bailey like what if adventure. The Power Sword is sent ten years into the future after Prince Adam considers if He-Man is needed. Adam goes after the sword to find a future where Skeletor rules Eternia and Castle Grayskull has been destroyed. There was some deep writing going on for a kid's comic.
|Master's of the Universe #11|
As far as the current ongoing series at DC, written by Keith Giffen, I stopped reading it around issue four or five, I can't exactly remember. The writing was fine except for one nagging thing, when Keith had He-Man use modern day Earth slang. That's all it takes to ruin an otherwise good book. Giffen is a good writer with years of experience, that dialog never should have happened.
It's a shame that's the reason why I dropped the book because the art is freaking gorgeous! Pop Mahn's pencils are amazing and I hope to see more of work outside of Masters of the Universe. I feel the need to track him down and get a sketch or a full commission.
|DC's current ongoing series|