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Reviews: Copper Age He-Man And Masters Of The Universe Storylines Ranked From Best To Good

In 'DC Comics Presents' (1982) #47, He-Man battles Superman.
 
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In 'DC Comics Presents' (1982) #47, He-Man battles Superman.
In ‘DC Comics Presents’ (1982) #47, He-Man battles Superman. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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’80s HE-MAN STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.


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BEST: ‘DC COMICS PRESENTS’ (1982) #47.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘DC Comics Presents’ was a series that featured Superman teaming-up with a different hero each issue. And oh boy, did they hit the ball in the park with this one! This issue is a kind of “What If” first team-up between Superman and He-Man.

We get our answers to what would happen if He-Man ever fought Superman. In their first encounter in DC history, Superman is brought from Earth to Eternia through a dimensional portal created by cosmic storm clouds. Skeletor is at one of his attacks at Castle Greyskull as he possesses half of the Power Sword! He-Man gets summoned by the Goddess and Superman travels to the strange world of Eternia.

This is a classic ’80s story with colors and pencils by Curt Swan. A more vintage art that favors bigger upper bodies and smaller legs. If you are a fan of the artist, this is classic Curt Swan. The fun, the action and the adventure belong in your ’80s He-Man collection.

This story is very reverent of both characters showing what makes each character work in the ’80s: He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Teela and the colorful cast of characters; the Superman/Clark Kent alter ego reminiscent of Christopher Reeve’s comedic tones. Both characters are true to themselves and form a formidable duo. Definitely a favorite story.

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BEST: ‘MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE’ (1982).

Collects ‘Masters Of The Universe’ #1-3.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Paul Kupperberg and George Tuska’s three-issue series ‘Masters of The Universe’ may exemplify He-Man in the ’80s. At its best, He-Man deals with science fiction and fantasy themes comparable to Star Wars and Conan in the decade.

The world of ‘Masters of The Universe’ blends magic and science and figures the fantasy characters heading on a quest in order to save the Goddess. As matter of fact, ‘Masters of The Universe’ stands out because of the straight-forward natures of the quest. In some sense, what makes the comic work for the time period is the cartoony nature of the characters, which seem very well like one-dimensional characters: He-Man, Teela, Stratos and Man-At-Arms fight for good; whereas, Skeletor fights for Evil. The characters do not change.

The foci of the story are action and adventure. The adventure spans Eternia and the universe, from land, to sea, to space, to parallel dimensions. He-Man and co. fight snakes, dragons, demons, Beastmen, extra-dimensional creatures and even Skeletor. The action and the adventure are a thrill and are the parts that work the best in the comic. This is what He-Man is best at.

This is certainly a worthy addition to your He-Man and Masters of The Universe ’80s collection, with a blend of adventure, action, magic, and suspense.

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GOOD: ‘HE-MAN AND THE POWER SWORD’ (1982).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

“He-Man and The Power Sword” (1982) is the first of four Masters of The Universe miniature storybooks that accompanied the Mattel toyline. The storybook is clearly promotional material and serves as an introduction to He-Man and MoTU.

The storybook reads like a fairy tale. The water color art and the hyper-muscular lines of the characters creates the idea of legend and immortality. He-Man appears as a barbaric warrior who does not fear overwhelming foes and keeps fighting no matter the odds. The pacing is quick and focuses on the action, not the characterization. The plot is simple and straight-forward reminiscent of classic legends.

The storybook is aimed at children’s stories and works as a first introduction to the character.

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SOURCES

DC Comics Presents Vol 1 in DC Database.
The Surprisingly Awesome Comics History Of ‘Masters Of The Universe’ in Comics Alliance.
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe in Vaults of Grayskull.

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‘DC Universe vs Masters Of The Universe’ Review

 

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In DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe (2013) #2, is the third encounter between Superman and He-Man. DC Comics

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The crossover event of the New 52 continuity that successfully re-introduced He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe to a new audience. Gift this comic to your friends and collectors on the occasions of Masters of The Universe Day, raves and festivals. Available on Amazon.

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After narrowly escaping his last battle with He-Man, Skeletor has fled to the most unexpected realm to recover: EARTH! Once there, he sets a plan in motion to siphon off Earth’s core magic. Forging an unlikely hunting party, He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor and find themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe must find a way to stop Skeletor and his mysterious new master!

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This comic is the crossover event of the 2010s. He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe officially join the DC multiverse. Want to find out how Superman and He-Man match-up? How about Teela and Wonder Woman? And, Skeletor looms.

Do not miss the final battle in the final issue with the Masters of the Universe and the Justice League vs Orko and Skeletor’s forces on Trolla! If you love big melee battles, large panels and page spreads you are in for a treat!

This comic is the comic to own if you want to share on the occasions of Masters of The Universe Day, parties and raves. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more He-Man! And Superman!

The Kindle and Comixology formats are highly recommended. The Comixology format allows for Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Full Screen. Guided View also allows for a panel to panel read. Also, you can do a One Page or Two Page view. The colors are vibrant and the art is gorgeous.

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PRODUCT FEATURE #1:


This book collects ‘DC Universe vs Masters Of The Universe’ and is 160 pages. One good feature of this book is that it is available in Paperback format. The Paperback is available for Free delivery for New and Used. It is published by DC and available in English.

PRODUCT FEATURE #2:


This book has another feature. One good feature of this book is that it is available on Kindle and Comixology for downloading to have easier access with a 33% Kindle discount. The Kindle and Comixology formats are 153 pages.

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  • ‘DC Universe vs Masters Of The Universe’ (2014).
  • Print Length: 160 pages.
  • Publisher: DC.
  • Language: English.
  • Paperback format available.
  • 1-Click option.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats.
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2014.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES


This is the most significant DC crossover of the New 52. It re-introduced He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe to a new audience. It also helped fill in the story from the Masters Of The Universe and explained questions concerning some of its major characters and how they end up on Earth.

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This product is well reviewed and has 60 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5. There seems to be a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “One of the most burning questions I have with this series is why did ORKO betray the Masters? It is explained in this issue and reveals where He-Man’s mother the Queen is after Skeletor wiped their minds. So many answers in this collection that I thought was going to be a what if comic or alternate universe comic. I was wrong. This collection made me love the actual series just a little bit more!”

The reviews were overall very positive with only one negative review. Two problems cited by the negative review were the story-telling and art: “This story lacks depth, excitement and most importantly — passion. I think Keith Giffen and Dexter Soy were just collecting a paycheck and pushed this story out. Low energy ‘sketchy’ art and mediocre storytelling at best.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Availability in multiple formats: Paperback, Kindle, Comixology.
  • Affordable price.
  • Kindle Discount.
  • 1-Click
  • Great Customer Review Ratings.

NEGATIVE:

  • Due to the large file size, there may be slow downloads.
  • The book is only available in English.
  • The New and Used Paperbacks with Free delivery are expensive.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


We recommend this book as an earth-shattering re-introduction of Masters Of The Universe to the DC Universe.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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