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He-Man


He-Man ("The Most Powerful Man in the Universe") is the heroic lead character in the toy series Masters of the Universe and the various spin-off products and media related to it. The most prominent is the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, produced by Filmation Studios. The syndicated series premiered in 1983 and ran until 1985, for a run of 130 episodes. In the series, He-Man and his friends defend Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor.

As with many parts of the Masters of the Universe story, He-Man's background and origins were somewhat revised in successive versions of the story and it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the various versions.

Overview

He-Man's true identity is Prince Adam, who was granted the power to transform into his alter-ego by the Sorceress. Prince Adam's pet is a cowardly green tiger named Cringer. When Adam changes to He-Man, Cringer becomes a giant (and brave) armored green tiger named Battle-Cat, who serves as He-Man's steed.

Castle Grayskull, which resembles a gigantic skull, is the source of the Power of Greyskull. Inside the Castle lives the Sorceress. Part falcon and part woman, she possesses the magical ability to fully change herself into a falcon. The Sorceress is among the most powerful magic-wielders on Eternia, and she also has limited use of the power held within Castle Grayskull, but only for the purpose of its protection. She also communicates telepathically with He-Man, and was the person responsible for introducing Prince Adam to the power of changing into He-Man. He-Man's chief adversary is Skeletor, a blue-skinned muscleman with a skull for a head, wearing a cowl. He is skilled in black magic as well as all forms of combat. Skeletor's weapon of choice is his Havok Staff, a ram's skull atop a large rod which serves to channel his magic and amplify his powers. Though his origin is mysterious, a tie-in comic inferred that Skeletor was Keldor, younger brother of Eternia's ruler King Randor's (Prince Adam's father); this was reaffirmed in the 2002 cartoon series.

Skeletor's base of operations is Snake Mountain, a fortress made of polished black basalt, which has a giant stone snake coiled around it. Snake Mountain is located on the Dark Hemisphere of Eternia.


Heroic Warriors

He-Man has other allies, many of whom are in the King's service. They are:

* Teela is Captain of the Royal Guard and often assists He-Man in his battles. She is the daughter of the Sorceress, though she does not know this; Man-At-Arms has raised her from infancy at her behest. She is characterized by a strong personality and long red hair as fiery as her temper. One of her duties is to teach combat skills to Prince Adam, but she frequently berates him for his careless and worry-free attitude. In the modern incarnation she is a teenager.
* Her foster father Duncan is known simply by his title Man-At-Arms. He designs and builds weapons and other technology for the King. Duncan knows Adam/He-Man's secret identity, and acts as mentor and teacher to the young prince. Either he or his brother Fisto is in reality Teela's biological father.
* Orko is an inept magician from the parallel dimensional world of Trolla. He moves around by levitating and is often the comic relief. His face is concealed by a floppy hat and heavy scarf; accoding to legend his race only shows their visage to their one true love.
* Ram-Man is a sturdy warrior with poor verbal skills who runs down most of his obstacles. In the 1983 original series, he was rather short and resembled a dwarf, whereas in the 2002 series he was a very large man with a disproportionately small head. He was also shown to be afraid of the dark.
* Stratos is a vaguely humanoid with wings for flying. He lives in Avion.
* Buzz-Off is an anthropomorphic bee. He is called an Andreenid in the 2002 version.
* Mekaneck can stretch his neck to incredible lengths, which enables him to serve as a scout. In the original series he was a cyborg; the modern incarnation is more human and filled with self-doubt and inadequacy issues, wishing for better powers. Man-At-Arms was the one who gave him his extending prosthetic neck.
* Man-E-Faces is an actor who can change his faces from a human face to a beast face to a robot face. He also adopts the abilities and traits of the face he puts on.
* Sy-Klone is a mechanical-like being who can generate winds by rotating his torso or arms.
* Roboto is a robotic warrior. In the 2002 version, he was a chess-playing robot built by Man-At-Arms who upgraded himself to a fighter.
* Moss Man is a plant man who can revive dead plants and manipulate herbivorous matter, mostly moss. In the 2002 series he was a quiet farmer and a sort of urban legend, who resided in the Eternian forests.
* Zodak is the Cosmic Enforcer and ally of He-Man. In the modern series he is an African-American.
* Fisto is an Eternian with a metal right hand. Former bad guy in the 80s series, Duncan's brother in the 2002 version. He got his metal hand in the 2002 version after he shattered his big right hand to rescue the trapped Masters. He may be Teela's father, though he has no memory of the months following a great Eternian war, in which he was wounded and incorrectly thought to be a deserter. The Sorceress speaks of tending to a wounded soldier, whose face she never saw (it was swathed in bandages) in her youth, and at some point she implies they were intimate. He departed after regaining his senses. A child was born shortly after, which she gave into the auspices of brave, trusted Duncan.
* Snout Spout is an elephant-headed Eternian who can squirt water out of his trunk. Only appeared in the She-Ra cartoon, but took part of the He-Man comic book as an Eternian warrior.
* Lizard Man is a small reptilian who is always eager to fight Skeletor. He can climb fast and run great distances.
* Extendar is mechanical-like being and Master of Extension.
* Rio Blast is a Eternian gunslinger with hidden weapons in him.
* Clamp Champ is a black Eternian and Master of Capture.
* Rokkon is a rock being who can turn into a rock for defense. Only appeared once in the She-Ra cartoon.
* Stonedar is rock being who can also turn into a rock for defense. Only appeared once in the She-Ra cartoon.
* Rotar is an Eternian and Master of Hyper-Spin. He was once a guard at the Royal Palace of Eternos City until one of Skeletor's attacks left him injured. Man-At-Arms saved him with one of his latest inventions.
* Gwildor, who only appeared in the Masters of the Universe movie, is the dwarf-like Thenorian and the inventor of the Cosmic Key.



Evil Warriors

Skeletor's allies include:

* Beast-Man, Skeletor's Savage Henchman who can control wild animals. Not to be confused with the name that the DC Comics superhero, Beast Boy, uses from time to time.
* Evil-Lyn, a powerful witch with the usual complement of malevolent powers.
* Mer-Man, a fish-man who controls sealife.
* Tri-Klops, a 3-eyed mechanic and inventor who can see in any direction.
* Trap-Jaw, a weapons expert and cyborg with a metal jaw which can bite through anything. In the 2002 series it was demonstrated that the more metal he eats the stronger he becomes, and one episode focused on a quest to eat the strongest element in Eternia, which was forged and guarded by a group of subterranean dwellers. He was defeated by tricking him into eating a special alloy that weakened him.
* Faker, a duplicate of He-Man. (The toy version is done in blue with orange hair and outfit, with the backstory that he is a robot duplicate that didn't work out. In one annual he was a deformed clone. However in his sole appearance in the cartoon he was a magical creation identical to He-Man apart from glowing eyes.)
* Jitsu, an Asian-like Eternian with a giant arm and a metal right hand capable for karate chops.
* Whiplash, whose tail is a formidable weapon. His 2002 appearance was much larger but somewhat less intelligent than in the 1983 series.
* Clawful, a giant anthropomorphic crab with claws similar to a fiddler crab.
* Kobra Khan, snake man who can emit a sleeping gas. In the 2002 series, he spits acid instead.
* Webstor, a blue-skinned man with the abilities of a spider. A two-bit thief who resembles a goblin with a grappling hook in the 80s series, he is more spiderlike in the 2002 version complete with webbing and multiple eyes.
* Two-Bad, a character with two heads that constantly argue between themselves. In the 2002 version, he was two bounty hunters binded together into one by Skeletor after they failed to work together to stop He-Man.
* Spikor, a humanoid covered in spikes and has a trident for a left arm.
* Stinkor, an anthropomorphic skunk with magical control over his own stench (he only appeared in the written comics and 2002 animated version, never the original series). His action figure actually had a foul stench, one of only two scented toys Mattel produced (the other was Moss Man). In the 2002 version, he was once a Peeleezean named Odiphus who was mutated by an explosion in Tri-Klops' lab. Sorceress tells that in the time of the Great War, Odiphus betrayed his people and was exiled.
* Icer is Skeletor's northern agent who can freeze someone and dissolve into water to get under tight spots. He doesn't like heat.
* Screeech is a barbaric bird that works for Skeletor.
* Fang Man is a reptilian who can control the Dragosaurs. He can emit knockout gas.
* Strongarm is an Eternian with a long metal arm with strength that can rival He-Man's.
* Ninjor is a ninja warrior who works for Skeletor. Not to be confused with the Power Rangers character of the same name.
* Twistoid is a minion of Skeletor. Skeletor stole the blueprints for the machine Man-At-Arms used to create Rotar and used the machine to create Twistoid. He and Rotar are rivals.
* Blade is a master swordsman and bounty hunter. His swordsmanship can rival He-Man. Only appeared in the 1980s movie, the mini-comics and the Marvel comics.
* Saurod is a reptilian who can emit sparks out of his mouth. He was killed off by Skeletor in the 1980s movie, the mini comics and the Marvel comics.
* Karg is a minion of Skeletor who commands Skeletor's centurions.



Other Bad Guys

* Modulok, a cunning scientist with multiple limbs. He only appeared in the 1983 series (The toy version has a body that can be taken apart and remade into multiple forms, but for the cartoon he was simplified). He later appeared in the She-Ra cartoon as a servent of Hordak.
* Count Marzo is a very powerful sorcerer who, in the 2002 series, was punished for his evil deeds by being transformed into a physically frail dwarf, although Skeletor and Evil-Lyn can revert him back to his true form whenever they require his assistance. As a withered old man piloting a barge on the rver, he tricked Mekanek into helping him, with the promise of great power. In the 80's series, he is an evil lord with a Frankenstein-like sidekick named Chimera.
* Evilseed is an evil plant man who can control vicious plants. In the 80's series, He-Man and Skeletor teamed up to stop him and He-Man destroyed his plants with a large snowball as well as himself. In the 2002 series, he pretended to be Moss Man to gain Orko's trust.
* The Giants Azdar, Belzar, and Chadzar were in the 2002 series. Buzz-Off made enemies with Azdar.
* The Space Pirates only appeared in one episode in the 80's series; they are Captain Sticky Fingers, Batty, Frogman, Hisser, Lavaman, and Leo.
* The Toymaker is a toymaker who can make dangerous toys. He helped Skeletor until he double-crossed him. He helped He-Man into deactivating 3 of his toys.
* Shokoti is an extremely powerful undead sorceress who resided in the Sands of Time. She only appeared once in the entire Masters of the Universe cartoon series, but is worthy of mentioning due to the fact that she nearly defeated He-Man. She had a rather demonic appearance, with a horned headdress, jet-black hair, pale bluish skin and black, lifeless eyes. The only episode of her appearance, "The House of Shokoti, part 2" is considered one of the darkest episodes in the series.



The Original Mini-Comics

All the toys came with special mini-comics that sought to tell stories involving the characters.
Superman and He-Man come face-to-face.
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Superman and He-Man come face-to-face.

In the earliest comics, He-Man is a wandering barbarian on the world of Eternia, which is dealing with the aftermath of a Great War that has devastated the civilisations that once reigned. He-Man is given special powers and weapons by the Sorceress and sets out to defend the secrets of Castle Grayskull from Skeletor. He-Man is supported by allies such as the Duncan and Teela. A key task is to prevent Skeletor from linking the two halves of the "Power Sword" which will allow him to gain access to the castle.

The second series of mini-comics establish the existence of the kingdom of Eternia, ruled over by King Randor and Queen Marlena. The third series developed the concepts further by giving He-Man the secret identity of Prince Adam, the son of Randor and Marlena.

The original Masters DC Comics take place in this Eternia, though there are a few contradictions stemming from the early alterations to the storyline. In one of the stories Superman is transported to Eternia where he teams up with He-Man, and he later returns for a second adventure.

The middle years of the mini-comics adopted the same scenario as the animated series, and even adapted some stories for the comic form. In later years the comics would handle the character and back story of Hordak differently from the cartoon. The final mini-comics were released after the animated series had finished and feature many characters and equipment never seen on screen.


The Cartoon Series

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, produced by Filmation, made its television debut in 1983.

Eternia is ruled by King Randor and Queen Marlena. Their son is Prince Adam, a cowardly blond muscleman dressed in a Cote d'Azur chemise. However, Prince Adam possesses a magic sword, and when he holds it aloft and says the magic words "By the Power of Grayskull! I have the Power!" he is transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. He-Man is a brave blond muscleman in a baldric and loincloth.

Most episodes are about Skeletor's repeated attempts and failures to enter Castle Grayskull. Apparently, were he to succeed, he would be able to wrest the power of Grayskull from He-Man and conquer Eternia. He-Man invariably defeats these attempts.

Despite the limited animation techniques that were used to produce the series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was notable for breaking the boundaries of censorship that had severely restricted the narrative scope of children's TV programming in the 1970s. For the first time in years, a cartoon series could feature a muscular superhero who was actually allowed to hit people, though he still couldn't use his sword often. The cartoon was controversial in that it was produced in connection with marketing a line of toys; advertising to children was itself controversial during this period. In Britain, advertising regulations forbade commercials for He-Man toys to accompany the program itself. The action figures themselves were often repaints and head-swaps of existing characters, outfitted with different equipment; for example, Stinkor was originally a colour- and gear-swap of Mer-Man.

The cartoon series was also particularly remarkable because it was the very first animated series produced directly for syndication, as opposed to all other syndicated cartoons of the time which were re-runs of old Saturday morning cartoons.


She-Ra

He-Man also has a sister, named She-Ra, who was introduced in the animated feature The Secret of the Sword. This film was a compilation of the first five episodes of the She-Ra television series, which ran from 1985 to 1986. He-Man often appeared in special crossover episodes of She-Ra, but She-Ra did not appear in the He-Man series.

Just as Prince Adam transformed into He-Man, She-Ra was the transformation of Adam's sister Princess Adora. While Adora is indeed Adam's sister, it's actually unclear whether He-Man and She-Ra are in fact related, or whether they are simply taking on the relationship of their "host bodies".


The Movie

In 1987 a live action He-Man film was made by Cannon Films entitled Masters of the Universe. The film starred Dolph Lundgren in the title role of He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor, and Courteney Cox in an early supporting role. The only other characters from the original cartoon to appear in the film were Evil Lyn (Meg Foster), Man-At-Arms (Jon Cypher), his daughter Teela (Chelsea Field), Beast Man (Tony Carroll), and the Sorceress (Christina Pickles). The film was largely a disappointment both commercially and critically. A sequel to the film was produced but by 1989 the He-Man franchise was no longer popular and the film was transformed into the action film Cyborg (now starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and having two unpopular sequels).

A new He-Man movie has been announced as being developed with John Woo considered as director.


The later Mini Comics

Beginning with the introduction of Hordak the mini-comics began to diverge in someways from the scenario shown in the She-Ra animated series (the animated He-Man was now out of production). Whereas in the cartoons many new Masters toys would now appear as based in an Etheria under the rule of Hordak with a resistance headed by Adora/She-Ra, the mini-comics stayed primarily on Eternia. Etheria only appeared as Hordak's main base of operations.

Many years earlier Hordak had been overthrown by his minion Skeletor and banished from Eternia. He now returned, accompanied by his minions the Evil Horde, and sought to conquer the planet. Occasionally allying with Skeletor, though more commonly seeking to destroy him as well, Hordak met repeated opposition from He-Man.

An even more dramatic addition to the legends of Eternia came in the mini-comic King of the Snakemen. In this Skeletor discovered a pool of energy buried in Snake Mountain which contained the ancient emperor King Hiss. Hiss revealed he had conquered many planets before invading Eternia. Large parts of the planet had fallen to the Snakemen before they were defeated by the "Council of the Elders" and banished to another dimension. Hiss now sought to recover his fellow Snakemen and bring vengeance to Eternia.

Further details of Eternia's ancient past would be revealed in subsequent mini-comics. The most dramatic revelations surrounded the "Three Towers" - Grayskull Tower, "a symbol of goodness", Viper Tower, "a symbol of all that is evil", and Central Tower, holding the "ultimate power". This giant structure was raised from underground by Hiss and Skeletor and became the focal point for further adventures as He-Man sought to prevent both villains, and also Hordak, from acquiring the secrets of the towers. In the process a series of fascinating discoveries were made.

Hordak recognised the towers and claimed to have helped build Central Tower, though little further was discovered. The return of the Towers also enhanced the Sorceress' magic and she was able to help King Randor to search to discover what had happened to his long-lost brother Keldor. Skeletor was determined to stop this search, claiming "that knowledge could destroy me". It was strongly hinted, but not confirmed, that Keldor had become Skeletor.

But the most astrounding revelations came when the Sorceress took He-Man through a time portal to visit Eternia's ancient past...


The Powers of Grayskull

This past was to form the basis of the next incarnation of the toyline, entitled The Powers of Grayskull. However the toyline was axed very early on, with only a few toys released. The main story information originates from the very last mini-comic The Powers of Grayskull: The Legend Begins (intended as the first of a three-parter, however only this issue appeared), supported by snippets of information on some of the toy packaging.

Ancient Eternia was populated by many creatures, including cybernetic dinosaurs and giants. When the Sorceress and He-Man arrived, followed by Skeletor, they found King Hiss leading a Snakemen attack on a village in the hope of drawing out "the Elders", using some of the cybernetic dinosaurs to their advantage. Hiss served an "unamed one" and agreed to unite with Skeletor on the basis that he might be an emissary. Seeing Skeletor's interference, the Sorceress allowed He-Man to enter the battle but "for reasons that will be made clear to you in the future" he had to be disguised. He found himself overwhelmed, but then a shadowy figure appeared who turned the odds with a powerful wand. The stranger then sent the Snakemen back to their base and all the time travellers home. The Sorceress described the intervener as "the Greatest Sorceror of all" and He-Man was left asking "But who is he?"

No further story information was given, and it remains unclear how the giants mentioned and released as toys would fit into the story. However some marketing press releases and prototypes have shed further information.

The wizard was He-Ro, an ancestor of He-Man with the alter ego "Gray". Raised by his mentor Eldor and discovering special powers in a cave, He-Ro would have led the fight. According to the mini-comics' writers it was intended that the central antagonist would be Keldor, though whether he was the "Unnamed One" Hiss served was not clear.

Little further of the back story was developed, though many fans have produced their own theories and continuations.


The New Adventures of He-Man

In 1990 Filmation a second He-Man series, The New Adventures of He-Man, was produced, and set in a more science fiction-like setting which saw both He-Man and Skeletor transported to the futuristic planet of Primus ruled by Master Sebrian. As He-Man led the Galactic Guardians, Skeletor formed an alliance with Flogg and the Mutants. It was not as popular as the original series, and lasted sixty five episodes.

Galactic Guardians:

* He-Man
* Flipshot
* Hydron
* Kayo
* Nocturna
* Vizor
* Tuskador
* Artilla
* Spinwit
* Sagitar

The Evil Mutants:

* Skeletor
* Flogg (leader)
* Slush Head
* Optik
* Lizorr (wasn't in the cartoon)
* Hoove
* Quakke
* Butthead
* Staghorn



The 2002 series

In 2002, a new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series was produced and aired by Cartoon Network. This series ended after 39 episodes and is noteworthy for cementing the fact that Keldor and Skeletor are the same person (though making no connection between Keldor and Randor), showing Skeletor without his cowl, and the first animated appearance of Stinkor. It has also been revealed that Evil-Lyn's father is a powerful sorcerer known as The Faceless One. The action figures are noteworthy, having been sculpted by Four Horsemen Studios.

Later episodes of this series were retitled Masters of the Universe Vs The Snake-Men, and sidelined Skeletor as chief villain in favor of King Hiss, leader of the reptilian Snake-Men. Though the Snake-Men and King Hiss had their own line of toys in the 1980s, this was their first appearance in the animated series.

The 2002 series was considerably more developed than previous incarnations. The 2002 series based itself heavily on a 'series bible' which fleshed out a far more coherent history of Eternia, King Grayskull (from whom He-Man derives his powers), the Sorceress and Hordak, Skeletor's mentor. There were also several major alterations in character from the original series: Adam and Teela, for example, were rendered as squabbling teenagers, whilst King Randor was transformed into a far more pro-active sort of warrior-king, rather than the stern-faced cipher of old. The transformation of Adam and Teela into squabbling adolescents lent an element of caustic humour (usually Teela complaining about Adam's uselessness), but reduces the strong female presence of the original series. While Teela holds a high position within the MOTU in the 2002 series, she appears considerably reduced from the animal-sensate 'warrior goddess' of the original. However, much of this is counterbalanced by the new version of Evil-Lyn. The 2002 series makes it quite clear that, in He-Man's own words, she is 'Skeletor's most powerful lieutenant.'


Powers and Abilities

He-man is the "strongest man in the universe". However, since he is half earthling, half Eternian it is ambiguous whether his physical abilities limit that of humans or Eternians. Because Eternians seem to have an over-all better physical condition than humans (as evidenced by other Eternians in the He-man cartoons) it may be assumed that He-man is the strongest Eternian man in the universe.

In any event He-man is strong enough to over-power most and nearly all his adversaries. However he rarely just beats someone up, but instead will try to outwit his opponent. Because of his extreme physical strength He-man has a high stamina and is not easily worn out. Despite his bulging muscles he is quite athletic and agile. He can jump immensely high and is fast sprinter. In the 1983 cartoon He-man was occasionally displayed as having the ability to fill his lungs with air and release it with such force that he can actually knock enemies off their feet (fans tend to ignore this power, as they consider it to be quite silly). The cartoon also indicated that He-man could spin his sword fast enough to create tornadoes.

He-man is also known for hiding small helpfull gadgets under his vest such as flash-bombs, scanners and others. His lack of clothing however often caused problems for animators when explaining where He-Man carried anything.


Trivia

* Due to the budget-constraints by Filmation, the He-man cartoon only featured a voice-cast of four to five people (after Erika Scheimer joined the cast). Linda Gary single-handidly provided voices for nearly all female characters, but the bulk of the characters were voiced by the show's executive producer Lou Scheimer who in the earliest episodes went under the name Erik Gunden. He-man and Beastman were voiced by John Erwin and Skeletor by Alan Oppenheimer.
* In the 1980s cartoon Adam's mother, Queen Marlena, is in fact an astronaut from the planet Earth called Marlena Glenn (perhaps named for John Glenn), stranded on Eternia at some point following a mission failure. As such, Adam and Adora are half Terran, half Eternian. Marlena is presumably from our future, as the glimpses of her ship and equipment shown were more technologically advanced than current space technology.
* The character of Zodac was originally presented in the toy line as an "Evil Cosmic Enforcer" as per the blurb on his figure card. However in most of his appearances in the mini-comics and the cartoon he was clearly a "good guy" character where he was depicted as sort of an "interstellar policeman". The 2002 version of He-Man presented a Zodac who was neither evil, nor clearly good but somewhere comfortably in between with his own system of ethics and justice. The only occasions when he has been portrayed as evil were in an early DC Comics issue and in a 1986 Ladybird Book entitled He-Man and the Asteroid of Doom.
* Mattel created He-Man when they attempted to make an action-figure line based on the popular comic-book character Conan the Barbarian. However, the sexual and violent imagery of the comic was likely to give the toy-line the wrong image and so the main-character's hair was changed to blonde and he was given a new name.
* What's interesting to see is that He-Man did manage to "recycle" some of Conan's bad guys. The original Thulsa Doom (not based on the movie) was a skull-faced sorcerer based on the Kull and Conan series seems to be the template of Skeletor and Snake Mountain interestingly would look like a place in Conan the Barbarian. Also King Hiss of He-Man resembles Thoth-Amon and the snake men resembe the servants of Set in Conan the Barbarian in the comics. Also in 2002 the summoning of Serpos could be compared to Conan the Adventurer when Wrath-Amon (based on Thoth-Amon) releases Set.
* There is a lot of confusion over the exact order of the episodes in the 1980s cartoon. The production codes allocated appear to indicate nothing more than the formal clearance of an episode's script and often this order is directly contradicted on screen - for example the episode The Return of Orko's Uncle (code: MU023) has an earlier production code than the introduction of Orko's Favourite Uncle (code: MU027).
* The episode Diamond Ray of Disappearance (code: MU004) is the nearest thing to a launch episode. It was written as the first episode for the cartoon and has an extended sequence at the start which carefully introduces all the villains. However curiously little effort is made to introduce the heroes.
* The order is further confused by successive VHS and DVD releases which have often followed the production code order with little regard for the chronological sequence of the episodes.
* As a result of this, the first episode shown is often The Cosmic Comet (code: MU001).
* Early promotional literature from Mattel referred to Skeletor and his followers as the "Masters of the Universe" and an early version of the opening title sequence for the 1980s incarnation also uses this description (and was accidentally used on the final cut of an episode). However later literature and spin-offs use the term "Masters of the Universe" for He-Man and his allies.
* The original He-Man cartoon series and toy lines were exported to a number of European countries, and translated into German and French. In German, He-Man is still He-Man, but in French he becomes Musclor. The series was also dubbed to Spanish and known to be broacasted in some Spanish speaking countries like Panam叩, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and M辿xico where it was very popular.

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