I’ve always had a great affinity for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, I dunno what liking a musclebound strong-man in a loincloth says about me (I don’t really care), but I’m a He-raver through and through. I’ve enjoyed watching that pink-shirt-wearing-prince, with that fabulous secret, transform into “the most powerful man in the universe” since I was a kid.
Homoerotic undertones be damned, He-Man was a great sword and sandals type fantasy! What kid doesn’t fantasy about being hit with some puberty lighting and morph into one bad-ass barbarian dude? I loved the shit out of the original 80′s cartoon, and the revived, but failed relaunch in 2002. I even have all the toys from the original line including the new collector series offered by Mattel’s subscription service. I’ll tell you this, to establish and qualify myself as a He-Man aficionado. I’m someone that can confidently and competently discuss the new comic series offered by DC, and the ridiculous new re-design.
Admittedly, the classic look of He-Man made him look like a gay-bondage wet-dream. At-least, that’s what I assume the male BDSM community fantasies about; I’m not speaking from experience, clearly. Still, the loin cloth, fur boots, cross armor and bulging muscles did play to the idealistic view of ones self. Again, who doesn’t dream of looking like bad-ass barbarian? Anyway, this look has stayed with He-Man since his inception. A few tweaks here and there through out each iteration (minus the “New Adventure” series, which we won’t talk about), but he has remained identifiable the same. Unfortunately, DC Comics has redesigned the character…drastically.
DC Comics has released the cover for issue #4 of Keith Giffen and Pop Mhan’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and it features a very different looking He-Man. See below: