‘Masters of the Universe’ back in comics, Netflix series
Many children of the 1980s were inspired by a muscular figure raising a magical sword and declaring “by the power of Grayskull!”
He-Man and the characters from the “Masters of the Universe” debuted in 1981. Since then, the fantasy-style characters have inspired six figure lines, four animated television series, one live-action feature film. , a newspaper comic, and comic book series from Marvel, DC, and Image Comics.
In the new animated series, a sort of sequel to the 1980s cartoon, the superpowered He-Man is secretly Prince Adam, the son of the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Eternia. He uses his power to defend the kingdom against Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, and others trying to disrupt the kingdom.
In 2021, Dark Horse Comics will become the columnist for Masters of the Universe comic book stories.
The publisher has already reprinted the line’s minicomic adventures, with stories initially wrapped with the figures themselves.
In July, Dark Horse will release “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” a four-issue prequel to Netflix and Mattel Television’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” animated series premiering this year.
The new show’s executive producers, Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) and Rob David, designed the narrative arc for the comic book series with screenwriter Tim Sheridan. Smith is best known for his “View Askew” films, including “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy”. David was the creative director and writer of DC Comics’ Masters of the Universe releases from 2012 to 2020.
Mindy Lee (“Crimson Lotus”, “Bounty”) is the artist and colorist.
Stjepan Sejic (“He-Man: The Eternity War”) is the cover artist of the first issue, along with Mike Mignola (“Hellboy”) and Dave Stewart created a cover variant with He-Man and his nemesis, Skeletor.
Well-known artists preparing for future variant covers of the series include Bill Sienkiewicz (“New Mutants”) and Walt Simonson (“Thor”) with Laura Martin.
“When the Masters of the Universe franchise first launched almost 40 years ago, each figure came with a comic book to let kids explore the world of Eternia more,” David said. in a press release. “Now, in partnership with Dark Horse, we will be going back to our roots to put together the upcoming ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ TV series with a heartbreaking comic book.”
The voice cast includes Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Chris Wood as Prince Adam / He-Man, and Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn.
The first issue of “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” is scheduled for release on July 7th. The Netflix series is scheduled to debut on Friday, July 23.
Matthew Price, [email protected] Danemark, has been writing about the comic book industry for over two decades. He is co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.