Rare HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE And SHE-RA Art Sees The Light Of Day

Artists, Errol McCarthy and Charles Zembillas, have uploaded their rare He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power artwork online. Hit the jump to check them out!

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In 1981 Errol (McCarthy) was brought onto the Masters of the Universe brand as a freelance artist by his friend Mark Taylor. His ability to produce a great deal of work in a short space of time resulted in him working at Mattel for many years. One of Errol’s most iconic illustrations was that of Castle Grayskull. The image was reused time and time again, and can be seen incorporated on numerous other MOTU illustrations, where Errol simply photocopied and pasted the castle in the backgrounds. In order to maintain the house style that Mattel were often aiming for Errol would utilize Fred Carrillo’s drawings of He-Man’s head on his own submissions. This way he knew that he would not be asked to redraw the face of the most powerful man in the universe!

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The Power and The Honor Foundation is proud to house high quality scans featuring all of Errol’s artwork. Within Errol’s portfolio are the original cardback illustrations for the Powers of Grayskull line. Not only are He-Ro and Eldor included, but also a plethora of unnamed figures which took the parts reuse concept to an entirely different level!. At some point the Foundation will share all of these wonderful pieces with you!




DESCRIPTIONS OF IMAGES
1. Skeletor card back illustration
2. Faker card back illustration
3. Extendar card back illustration
4. The good guys group shot - From the style guide
5. He-Ro - From the Style Guide
6. Man-E-Faces - From the Style Guide
7. The Evil Horde - From the Style Guide
8. Battle for the Crystal mini-comic Cover
9. Fisto vs. Jitsu - Illustration for Bates Nightwear, printed on fabric
10. A rare illustration for Bates Nightwear, with movie He-Man

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First Drawing of She-Ra Princess of Power

"The Power and the Honor Foundation has been collecting art from that time as well. They surprised me last year in 2012 when they sent a copy of this drawing to me that I forgot I did. It's the very first drawing of She-Ra from when we were developing the series in 1984. You can see how worn it is along the edges from years of handling."
- Charles Zembillas


Early He-Man - Dragon Concepts

"This is one of the very first production drawings from He-Man. I did it in either very late 1982 or very early 1983. I'm not sure which year so I'll go with the earlier date. My assignment was to come up with concept designs for dragons that He-Man could fight or that could be turned into individual characters. I thought I'd be efficient so I sketched a composition in which many dragons would be featured and any one of which could be further developed. I had a little fun and placed He-Man in an impossible situation." - Charles Zembillas

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primeobjective - 2/17/2013, 2:20 PM
Cool!
ahhmynuts - 2/17/2013, 2:26 PM
always cool to see the first drawings of something/someone famous
Taboggon - 2/17/2013, 2:31 PM
I can remember when the toys were new, and the artwork on the cards was always awesome
Jollem - 2/17/2013, 2:32 PM
those dragons are sweet
santoanderson - 2/17/2013, 2:50 PM
"Oh shit..." hehehe
HeadPool420 - 2/17/2013, 2:59 PM
Nice!
longbowhunter - 2/17/2013, 3:18 PM
I probably had more He-Man toys than I did anything else as a kid.
BlammoBlam - 2/17/2013, 3:29 PM
Fisto ftw!!
Godzillafart - 2/17/2013, 4:58 PM
Nostalgia is great, but outside of that, why do we still talk about this shit show?
ComicFan1134 - 2/17/2013, 7:34 PM
Crap Show?!!?
StephenStrange - 2/17/2013, 7:37 PM
Very very cool. The books that came with the original very first wave of toys was sooo great.

These are plates from those
Godzillafart - 2/17/2013, 7:39 PM
C'mon! Let's be realistic! If any show that is worth a damn comes out of this, it will be a good story that Masters of the Universe is shoehorned into....right? Am I missing something?
Fogs - 2/17/2013, 8:28 PM
Most of the art is really good!

She-Ra was already hot in that 1st drawing. And she had the helmet the fanbous want so much!

He-man saying "oh, shit!" Among the dragons was just too good! Lol!
nowtheresaBATman - 2/18/2013, 10:32 AM
Mark Teixeira did some early work too on MOTU which is great
MisterMagurlypse - 2/18/2013, 2:05 PM
Cool stuff!
WruceBane - 2/18/2013, 6:46 PM
we still talk about this show because the design work still holds up pretty well. Skeletor is iconic. He-Man is the answer to what happens when you drop a barbarian Superman into Star Wars. The rogues gallery is fun. the supporting cast of heroes ain't bad either.

and yes, it is corny, and MOSTLY a shit show, but Paul Dini got his start here, and he is responsible for some of the best stories and characters in comics and animation.

and if someone took this concept and grew it up a bit, it would be pretty bad ass.

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