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  • "He-Man and the Power Sword" by SiMo Sol

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    German artist Simon Soltau (aka SiMo Sol) has finished work on an amazing oil painting that pays homage to the classic work of famed artist Alfredo Alcala.

    He-Man mini-comic cover.Facebook gallery.

    I have been a fan of He-Man since the very first hour and my intention was to combine the beloved first mini-comic covers and the awesome boxart styles of Rudy Obrero and William George, because those were the very first MOTU media ever – and these were the imaginations that caught my eye as a kid.

    After getting a great response for the first painting I decided to make a second one that was much bigger than the first. Meanwhile more and more German MOTU fans knew my work – so this time the first steps were realized at Germany’s Grayskull Convention in 2014. I made a 10-hours live panel painting the background with Castle Grayskull (above photo by Jukka Issakainen). After that – in a process of almost four months – I included the characters. I did it in due consideration of feedbacks by members of the German Planet Eternia forum and some chummy experts like Björn Korthof and Jukka Issakainen – we discussed the question of who will be at the laser cannon for example.​


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    You can check out more amazing artwork at the artist’s blog at SiMo Sol’s Atelier.
    "We must always value life. Even the life of one who opposes us." ― He-Man

  • #2
    That is an amazing piece of art. This is the type of art that got me hooked on MOTU as a kid. Would be amazing to see art like this on MOTUC packaging.
    “We change people through conversation, not through censorship." ― Jay Z

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    • #3
      Nice... a lost art, painting things by hand in fine art fashion.

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      • #4
        This is how I've always imagined MOTU's vibe and settings when I was a kid. He-Man with his axe simply rules... I also like how he added the knife in his right boot. Awesome stuff.

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        • D.M.
          D.M. commented
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          A lot of early artwork depict He-Man carrying a dagger in his boot.

        • Mechanizor
          Mechanizor commented
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          I believe I've seen such art but I cannot recall where!

      • #5
        Whereas for me, the detail that really adds to it is the force-field Man-at-Arms is projecting from his gauntlet.

        I'd love to see someone try to apply the 'box art/posters' style and approach of Obrero, George and Norem to the 200X designs.

        EDIT: And for me personally, it's always been about the swords. That's for both He-Man and Skeletor. Blame it on a combination of aesthetics, a love of symmetry, and that I read three of the 1983 mini-comics before I ever saw the cartoon.
        Last edited by Matthew L. Martin; 01-31-2015, 06:00 PM.

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        • #6
          Very impressive art!

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          • #7
            What a work! Thanks for sharing it.

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            • #8
              This is amazing. It really captures the feel of vintage MOTU box art
              Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

              https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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              • #9
                Agreed. That is amazing. Reminds me of the art that got me hooked on this property from the beginning.
                “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Russell

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                • #10
                  He-Man's hair could've used a darker shade of yellow but other than that is AWESOME!
                  “A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill." ― Robert A. Heinlein

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                  • #11
                    Its absolutely amazing ! What amaze me the most is this piece of art was made by hand ! no computer , no photoshop ! wow ! incredible. He-Man hair and face shape are my 2 remarks but the rest is absolutely fantastic

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                    • #12
                      That is super-duper sweeeeeeeeeeeet! ower:

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                      • #13
                        this is amazing. mattel should hire him to make more art.
                        http://thepowersword.blogspot.com

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                        • #14
                          I think I saw somewhere of his progression on this piece. Great vintage vibe, reminds me or Norem, and that is a huge compliment.
                          “Anything is a dildo, if you're brave enough"
                          Thomas Jefferson

                          Always looking to trade MOTUC to complete my collection.

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                          • #15
                            If Mattel makes a Snake Mountain for MOTUC, they need to hire Simon to do the box art!
                            “The internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it." ― John Perry Barlow

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                            • #16
                              Hello there!

                              I just brought my inactive account into action, because there are several threads about my art by now and I really have the wish to thank you for linking my art.
                              I really appreciate that my paintings are that present here and you like it that much.

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