Masters Of The Universe #6
Star Comics (Marvel; March, 1987)“From Here To Eternia” WRITER: Mike Carlin PENCILER: Ron Wilson INKER: Danny Bulandi COLORIST: Bob Sharon LETTERER: Jack Morelli EDITOR: Ralph Macchio
Skeletor tricks a group of the Heroic Warriors to leave the Central Tower of Man-At-Arms new skyway, with Orko standing watch. Skeletor traps Orko and assumes his identity, causing chaos for the heroes until he makes the mistake of taking off his hat (in the cartoon there were cultural reasons Trollans didn’t show their faces to everyone, and I guess Carlin kept that for his continuity). Skeletor ends up in his Fright Fighter battling He-Man in his Blasterhawk before finally being chased off.
I keep trying to get all of the new toys listed because that’s what the series seems to focus on. That said…
What they got right: There was more to this installment than just toy promotion. The story is actually pretty good for this series, as Skeletor tries to use Orko’s form to get to Castle Greyskull and make trouble for the heroes. Plus Orko frees himself from Skeletor’s trap, worried his magic wouldn’t be strong enough but proving he could do it. And using the Trollan tradition of only removing his hat to show his face to certain people (like his girlfriend on the show, Dree Elle) was a good way for He-Man to figure out Orko wasn’t Orko. So that does technically mean He-Man and Battlecat have now seen Orko’s face, depending on how complete Skeletor’s disguise is. On the toy front, making the Eternia playset three towers close to the areas they represented (although why they had one so close to Snake Mountain isn’t explained) rather than just three towers was a good idea.
What they got wrong: The last few panels are kind of weak as they wrap up the story. Also, someone appears to have switched the first and second panel on page two based on the word balloons. I’m not sure how they pulled that off.
Recommendation: A rather good issue considering how weak some of the stories have been lately. It’s one to look up.