Monday, October 29, 2012


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine #1 (Winter 1985) is the first issue of Mattel’s quarterly children’s publication; it includes letters, stories, and activities.

Let’s be frank: there’s not a great deal of substance here. This magazine is targeted to a very young readership, and it’s packed with ads and He-Man-themed fluff. Of the two stories, one is so short as to be almost nonsensical, and neither is particularly imaginative.

That said, I got this magazine when I was a little kid, and I thought it was pretty cool back then. So it has a powerful nostalgia factor working for it. There’s some pretty nice artwork in here, too, and the unequivocal highlights are the three included posters, all of which feature fantastic paintings by Earl Norem.

Sure, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine was a thrown-together money-maker, but if, like me, you remember this from your childhood with even the slightest bit of fondness, it’s worth a look.*

Read it HERE

*Unless maybe you remember it very fondly; I will not be held responsible for shattered childhood memories.