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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.

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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KRYPTON

At the end of ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #7, Superboy-Prime is imprisoned inside a Sciencell near a red Sun-Eater guarded by 50 green lanterns. AP Photo/DC Comics

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Corrupted by the disappearance of the DC multiverse and the evil in Alexander Luthor, Superboy-Prime became convinced that the darkness in the New Earth continuity was a result of New Earth not being the perfect Earth. For that reason, the heroes living on New Earth were corrupted.

Aided by Alexander Luthor, he embarked on the quest for Earth Prime. This was the Infinite Crisis.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Keith Giffen and Dexter Soy.

SYNOPSIS FOR “JUSTICE DENIED”

Skeletor has come to Prime Earth in order to conquer it. Meanwhile, He-Man and Teela have joined forces with Evil-Lyn in order to find Skeletor. They intend to use his power in order to face a new threat. On the Justice League Satellite, the Justice League is under attack by Skeletor. Can He-Man and Teela save the Justice League before Skeletor can enact his plan?

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In 'DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe' (2013) #2, is the second encounter of a mind-controlled Superman and He-Man.
In ‘DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe’ (2013) #2, is the second encounter of a mind-controlled Superman and He-Man. Photo/DC Comics

A contest of Champions! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a battle that is sure to rumble. The Last Son of Krypton vs The Most Powerful Man In The Universe. What will be the outcome of this battle of epic proportions?

An alien from an advanced scientific world endowed with the power of the sun vs a being of powerful magic!

Enter the two contestants! Let’s look at the stats!

On the left side, is Superman, the Man of Steel from Prime Earth. On the right side, is He-Man, the warrior Prince from Eternia.

In 'Superman Unchained', Superman stands in front of General Sam Lane, Lois Lane's father.
SUPERMAN – PRIME EARTH
SUPER STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER SPEED: STELLAR
DURABILITY: SOLAR SYSTEM
ENERGY-PROJECTION: STELLAR
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA:
  • Kryptonian suit of armor.
  • Yellow Lantern Ring.
WEAKNESSES:
  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite.
  • Vulnerability to magic.
  • Red sun radiation.
HE-MAN – ETERNIA.
SUPER STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER SPEED: SONIC
DURABILITY: MOUNTAIN
ENERGY-PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA:
  • The Sword of Power.
  • Chest plate made of coridite.
WEAKNESSES:
  • Magical spell to revert to Prince Adam form has a limit.

THE FIGHT

In ‘DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe’ (2013) #2, Skeletor and Black Alice come to Prime Earth to drain it of its mystical life-force. Skeletor attacks the Justice League satellite and using magic turns them into his “minions.”

The Justice League “minions” attack John Constantine, Batman, He-Man, Teela and company at the Batcave.

A battle to the death ensues between Superman and He-Man.

What a battle! It turns out the Superman He-Man killed was actually a facsimile. The real Superman, was being imprisoned on the extra-dimensional world of Trolla, by Orko.

In ‘DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe’ (2014) #6, He-Man rescues Superman from Trolla. An all-out battle between Orko’s minions and The Masters Of The Universe and the DC Universe ensues.

OUTCOME: HE-MAN WINS.

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SUPERMAN COMES OUT ON TOP IN ROUND 1

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The issue marked the first appearance of He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe in the main DC Universe. In ‘DC Comics Presents’ (1982) #47′, titled ‘Superman and the Masters Of The Universe: “From Eternia — With Death!”‘, Superman encounters He-Man for the first time.

In ‘DC Comics Presents (1982) #47′, titled ‘Superman and the Masters Of The Universe: “From Eternia — With Death!”‘, Superman encounters He-Man for the first time. Photo/DC Comics

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SOURCES

Superman (Clark Kent) in DC Database.
He-Man in Wiki Grayskull The He-Man & She-Ra Wiki.
DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
DC Comics Presents Vol 1 47 in DC Database.