Reviews: ’80s He-Man And Masters Of The Universe Storylines Ranked From Best To Worst

Home » DC Comics

SUPPORT MY PATREON


SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE NEWS, UPDATES ABOUT THE BATTLE RANKER AND UPCOMING WIKIS

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

REVIEWS

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

IN Reading Guides, Lists, Reviews

’80s HE-MAN STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO WORST

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.

INTERESTED IN THE COMIC? CLICK ON “DC Comics Presents (1978-1986) #47” TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON.

INTERESTED IN AN ACTION FIGURE? CLICK ON “Mattel DC Comics Multiverse Super Friends! Superman Action Figure, 6” BELOW TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON.

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.

INTERESTED IN AN ACTION FIGURE? CLICK ON THE ACTION FIGURE BELOW TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON.


HOW THE BATTLE RANKER IS SHAKING UP TWITTER

Database Comics

CHECK OUT THE REVIEW: 00s THOR STORYLINES RANKED FROM BEST TO WORST.

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.

INTERESTED IN AN ACTION FIGURE? CLICK ON ‘He-man Masters of the Universe Teela Action Figure‘ BELOW TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON.

VISIT MOTU READING ORDER:

DC Reading Orders: The DC Masters Of The Universe Reading Order


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.

FEEDBACK

Feat: Aquaman, ‘JLA’ #118

AQUAMAN (ARTHUR CURRY)
NEW EARTH

In ‘JLA’ (2006) #118, titled “Crisis of Conscience: Part Four”, Aquaman performs a super strength feat. Despero has restored the Secret Society of Super Villains’ memory of the Justice League of America’s secret identities. With the Justice League of America occupied, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter take on Despero. During the fight, Aquaman punches Despero out of San Diego Bay.

How much super strength does it take for Aquaman to punch Despero out of San Diego Bay?

In 'JLA' (2006) #118, Aquaman performs a super strength feat. Aquaman punches Despero underwater.
In ‘JLA’ (2006) #118, Aquaman performs a super strength feat. Aquaman punches Despero underwater. AP Photo/DC Comics

In 'JLA' (2006) #118, Aquaman performs a super strength feat. Aquaman punches Despero out of Sam Diego Bay.
In ‘JLA’ (2006) #118, Aquaman performs a super strength feat. Aquaman punches Despero out of San Diego Bay. AP Photo/DC Comics

AQUAMAN PUNCHED DESPERO 1 MILE ABOVE SAN DIEGO BAY WITH A FORCE OF 9,830,364.94459 NEWTONS.

AQUAMAN’S PUNCH GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 3,485,987,277.17 WATTS OF POWER, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A BUILDING, 116% THE POWER OF THE BATH COUNTY PUMPED STORAGE STATION CAPABLE OF POWERING 13 STATES.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

CONTINENT

                       

For our database entries of DC Power Levels, visit the DC page!

Head over to ‘Aquaman Origins & History – Know Your Universe | Comicstorian’ by Comicstorian.

Comicstorian

SOURCES

JLA Vol 1 118 in DC Database.
Orin (New Earth) in DC Database.
Despero (New Earth) in DC Database.

Feat: Batman, ‘Superman/Batman’ #12

 

BATMAN (BRUCE WAYNE)
NEW EARTH

 

 

In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #12, titled “Traitor,” Batman performs an intelligence feat. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Big Barda rescue Supergirl from the clutches of Darkseid on Apokolips. Using the Mother Box, Batman re-programs the hell spores on Apokolips.

How much intelligence does it take to re-program the hell spores on Apokolips?

In 'Superman/Batman' (2004) #12, Batman activates the hell spores on Apokolips.
In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #12, Batman performed an intelligence feat. Batman activated the hell spores on Apokolips. Photo/DC Comics
In 'Superman/Batman' (2004) #12, Batman re-programs the hell spores on Apokolips using the Mother Box.
In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #12, Batman performed an intelligence feat. Batman re-programmed the hell spores on Apokolips using the Mother Box. Photo/DC Comics

BATMAN HACKED ENOUGH 2.2 PETAFLOPS OF COMPUTING POWER RE-PROGRAMMING THE HELL SPORES ON APOKOLIPS.

BATMAN HACKED THE EQUIVALENT OF APOKOLIPS EXPLODING BY 500 NUCLEAR BLASTS ENOUGH TO SIMULATE A SUN GOING SUPERNOVA.

INTELLIGENCE FEAT:

COSMIC

                       

For our database entries of DC Power Levels, visit the DC page!

Head over to ‘A History Of DC Reboots’ by Comics Explained.


SOURCES

Superman/Batman Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices

Feat: Superman, ‘Superman #38’

SUPERMAN

(Clark Kent)

PRIME EARTH

In ‘Superman #38’ (2015), Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman unleashes a new super power. In a deadly battle against Ulysses, Superman unleashes… the super flare, depleting the solar radiation energy in his cells and rendering him powerless for 24 hours.

How much energy does it take to incinerate a city within a quarter mile radius with the power of the sun?

In 'Superman #38', Superman releases the super flare for the first time against Ulysses, depleting his cells of solar radiation energy and remaining powerless for 24 hours.
In ‘Superman #38’ (2015), Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman unleashes the super flare for the first time against Ulysses. (Photo/DC Comics)

SUPERMAN UNLEASHED 140E+9 W INCINERATING THE CITY WITHIN A QUARTER MILE RADIUS! THE SUPER FLARE PACKED THE EQUIVALENT OF 1,814,400,000,000,000,000 J OR 433,652,008 TONS OF TNT!

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

MOUNTAIN

                       

For more information on energy conversion, visit the Omni-Calculator.

Visit the DC page!

Feat: Superman, ‘Superman/Batman #10’

SUPERMAN

(Clark Kent)

NEW EARTH

In ‘Superman/Batman #10’, Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Amazons battle an invasion from Apokolips. Superman faces, an army of Dr. Bedlam’s estimated… 3,000 Doomsday “animates”.

How much energy does it take to melt 3,000 Doomsday “animates”?

In 'Superman/Batman #10' (2004), Superman vaporizes an army of Dr. Bedlam's Doomsday "animates" with a wide intensity blast of heat vision on Themyscira.
In ‘Superman/Batman #10’ (2004), Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday “animates” with heat vision on Themyscira. (Photo/DC Comics)

SUPERMAN VAPORIZED 837 TONS OF 3,000 H-BOMBS CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING EACH LESS THAN “A FORCE EQUAL TO A MILLION NUCLEAR BLASTS” AT 1.25E+27 J OR 12,540 YOTTAJ.

THE HEAT VISION PACKED THE EQUIVALENT OF 3E+17 TONS OF TNT, ENOUGH 326% THE ENERGY PRODUCED BY THE SUN PER SECOND CAPABLE OF DESTROYING A CONTINENT!

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

STELLAR

                       

For more information on energy conversion, visit the Omni-Calculator.

Visit the DC page!

Head over to ‘How Powerful is the Post Crisis Superman?’ by Comic Books vs The World.

Visit Our Calculations!

Feat: Superman, ‘Superman #185’

SUPERMAN

(Clark Kent)

NEW EARTH

In ‘Superman #185’ (2002), Superman performs an energy projection feat. “Superman lands, dazed and confused, in the middle of a little league baseball game in Ohio.” Superman faces the mercenary and black-ops supervillain called… Major Force.

How much energy does it take to melt Dilustel Armor with heat vision?

In 'Superman #185' (2002), Superman melts Major Force's Dilustel Armor with a high dose of heat vision countering the claims that he is a boy scout and polite.
In ‘Superman #185’, Superman performs an energy projection feat as he battles Major Force. (Photo/DC Comics)
In 'Superman #185' (2002), Superman melts Major Force's Dilustel Armor and hovers above him saying: "Are we clear, Major?"
In ‘Superman #185’ (2002), Superman performs an energy projection feat as he melts Major Force’s Dilustel Armor. (Photo/DC Comics)

SUPERMAN MELTED 118 KG OF DILUSTEL ARMOR WITH THE POWER OF AN H-BOMB AT 4.2E+17 J! THE HEAT VISION PACKED THE EQUIVALENT OF 100E+6 TONS OF TNT!

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

MOUNTAIN

                       

Fore more information on latent heat, visit the Omni-Calculator.

Visit the DC page!

Super Feat Of The Day: Mr. Miracle

Mr. Miracle uses the Alpha Effect in order to resurrect the New Gods and Big Barda killed by Steppenwolf in ‘Mister Miracle’ (1996) #4.

Mr. Miracle uses the Alpha Effect in order to resurrect the New Gods and Big Barda killed by Steppenwolf in 'Mister Miracle' (1996) #4.
Mr. Miracle uses the Alpha Effect in order to resurrect the New Gods and Big Barda killed by Steppenwolf in ‘Mister Miracle’ (1996) #4. Photo/DC Comics

What is the Alpha Effect?

When utilizing his full godly potential, Mister Miracle wields a cosmic energy field called “Alpha Effect” or “Alpha Energy”, which acts an antithetical energy source to the “Omega Effect” or “Omega Energy”. ”

‘Mister Miracle’, DC Database

Visit ‘Mister Miracle‘ at DC Database.