Credit: Dark Horse Comics Press Release Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection, Dark Horse and Mattel are set to deliver another must-have book in 2016: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures! You really must experience it first hand, folks. Where the others were summarized, these are far more detailed and inclusive. In fact, it's very close to being essential. Each page is nicely laid out with an episode synopsis, moral lesson, episode review, bonus content, deleted scenes and episode plots, character and panel sketches, memorable quotes, never-before-seen content and character designs, trivia and much more. My singular and very minor criticism would be that entries on the sides of the pages sometimes duplicate information found elsewhere under that episode.
Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first-ever official companion to the classic series, featuring nearly 600 pages of fascinating story synopses, behind-the-scenes artwork, and trivia for every single episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power. This book has summaries and additional information from each episode from Season 1 and 2 from He-Man, and from Season 1 and 2 from She-Ra. Amazing behind-the scenes artwork, stories about things that wound up on the cutting room floor, and hey. With each turn of the page, I was in utter disbelief at how thorough this book was. With the Comixology format, you can zoom in on the page and command the comic viewing option as well, if you so wish.
Long before there was any publication planned, author James Eatock was compiling information and assimilating it online with the help of a myriad of other fans. The highlight of the work is its definitive treatment of each episode of He-man and the Masters of the Universe and She-ra Princess of Power. His help and expertise on chapters three and four were crucial to this guide. I must also note that Eatock is above all else an expert on He-Man and all things that pertain to Eternia and The Masters of the Universe. There is a voice cast list, a synopsis of the episode, a small section of memorable quotes, a breakdown of the moral that permeates that particular show, and several more flexible sections.
Still reading it, but flipping through it I don't see anything related to Adventures of He-Man, the latter series right before they stopped making episodes for a decade or so. Chapter Five is exclusively reserved for detailing the direct to video movie adaptations, the early exclusive specials, and the crossover Christmas special. He is commonly known on the internet as Busta Toons. It makes re-watching episodes a treat because you have the series on disc, right? I was thrilled when I found out he was authoring this book. From 1983 to 1987, He-Man and his twin sister She-Ra entranced a generation of boys and girls all around the word with their animated adventures, offering not only cartoon excitement but also important moral guidance. The layout for this chapter is similar in form to the previous ones but contains far more information in each synopsis, almost as if they were full dissertations.
James Eatock is well known in fandom as an expert on 80's animation and pop culture. In 1997, James alongside Zadoc Angell created the He-Man and She-Ra Episode Review Website. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first ever official companion to the classic series, featuring over 500 pages of fascinating story synopses, animation process, and trivia for every single episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power! So make sure to buy one today! James Eatock is an English freelance animator, designer, writer and publisher. The end also has a nice 1-page description of Lou Scheimer. Broken into six large sections, this volume speaks to each season individually. Rounding out the book is a cutaway view of the unforgettable Castle Grayskull and a dedication to Lou Scheimer, a man without whom these cartoons might never have been created. But anyway, we are here to discuss He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures so keep on reading for the skinny on this amazing book! He is the publisher of a fantastic fanzine called Cereal Geek and is an authority on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
I summarize the last few sections as flexible because they are more fluid in nature, meaning not every episode contains the same dissection. How they were able to detail every episode, in regard to storyline, trivia, deleted scene info, quotes, full color photos and storyboards, rough sketches, etc. From 1983 to 1987, He-Man and his twin sister She-Ra entranced a generation of boys and girls all around the word with their animated adventures, offering not only cartoon excitement but also important moral guidance. These last few may be heavily laden with details or might just have a fun fact or five. In awe of this fantastic book which arrived at my door today. Whether they were just not made for premise issues, or perhaps approved but never fully finished, this section gives a brief overview of the episode and the titles, if available.
The details of each episode within the first four chapters are formatted to be a helpful guide for each one individually. Essentially the first two chapters are about two seasons of He-Man, the next two deal with the two She-Ra seasons, while the fifth one details the special episodes and the movie. The binding seems to be strong and hold, but only time will tell if the binding will not be strong enough for continued viewings. The fact that anyone was able to save so much from a series thought long gone is nothing short of amazing; the collector in me is humbled by the thought of so much being preserved for posterity. Dispersed throughout all this are rarities that most of us would have never seen or heard of, making this book a gem for any fan.
Buy it for yourself or as an early holiday gift for that special someone, but please do check it out. It has character breakdowns, episode over view, reused animation, trivia and more. The pictures I uploaded show the variety of types of pages included in this book. There are many sketches in pencil and in color, of characters and environments. If you're familiar with Flimation, you know this is a common technique they used to save on their production cost.
I cannot even begin to list the treasures within this book, they must be seen to be believed. Stills from the show, production art, script pages and even examples of the cell animation. The ratings are especially fun and made me return to episodes I hadn't seen in a long while. A plot, list of characters, stock animation, and rating accompany each entry. This book just brings it all home.
The final chapter deals with all the episodes that never quite made the cut. That and Castle Grayskull was kind of badass. This volume is a complete and total recap of every single episode of the two classic animated series. . I was quite familiar with the Mattel toys, though. The website was primarily Zadoc's idea and James had little interest in contributing to it during its initial developmental stages.