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  • Vintage MOTU art & photos thread


    This is a thread for posting photos of vintage MOTU figures and artwork, whether it's your own or others. I think it'd be cool to have a long running thread filled with awesome pictures of the original figures and artwork to browse.

    I'll kick it off with pictures of the original licensing kit:






    Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

    https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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    The He-Man.Org water mark is odd since the original file was uploaded to the forums at nearly twice that size by I can't remember who.

    The Original "Grayskull" who was to be King is a particular favorite of mine. It explains so much but also BEGS so many MORE questions...

    I wish I knew who owns or uploaded this as I would love to know the media and original size. http://www.grayskullmuseum.com/motuindex.html
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    This more techno looking staff looks like it was designed by the same artist who designed Gwildor's toy key.




    The Energy of the Golden staff...



    Same as the color of that strange Cosmic Key mini comic back cover variant...



    Turned out to be the PoG cardback...









    Continuity or coincident? Understanding these writers original intent is SOOO crucial before these things are rewritten like in DC's current comics and MYP's creation of "King Grayskull". A simple retcon...The Book of Living Spells and Cosmic key certainly provide mcguffin enough to alter any plot point on a whim...or fix them perhaps what POG would have done perhaps?


    (thank you Joe Amato for that Mashup!)



    Last edited by Shawn; 11-06-2014, 03:18 AM.
    Once upon a time, good advice was "be kind Rewind"now nobody remembers the past.

    Masters of the universe The LOST TALES (a series of vintage style fan-comics and children's books)

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    • #3
      More Errol McCarthy
      Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

      https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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      • Shawn
        Shawn commented
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        McCarthy loose penciling isn't my preferred personal preference of artistic styles, but he certainly is great at what he does. I love his compositions. It's clear that by looking at the style guide images, that he was greatly influenced by Alcala's illustrations from He-man and the Power Sword. I wonder if he was directed to do this, or was inspired to do so just by looking at what came before?

        WTF is up with Stratos though? Off to the side is a birthday cake and everybody just screamed "surprise" The way he draws Mer-Man's face is AWESOME. It's clearly in between 8-back and Filmation! Man-E-Faces looks looks like he is board as hell. I would love to know what he is thinking, and what McCarthy was thinking when drawing this...Other then "now where do I put contractually obligated He-man in this composition". Why is He-man always late to the battle? Shouldn't he be FIRST?
        Last edited by Shawn; 11-07-2014, 06:23 PM.

      • Battle Ram Man
        Battle Ram Man commented
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        Yeah, Stratos is in super intense and MEF is super mellow. Not Every McCarthy drawing is great, but I really love his style overall, especially the He-Man card back (post 8-back)

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      Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

      https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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      • Shawn
        Shawn commented
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        I forget where does the card back styled card series come from? It was like a portfolio or something?

        (BTW I like how your using the Albums. It's less messy that that 1st post of mine. I may go back and clean that up.)

      • Battle Ram Man
        Battle Ram Man commented
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        I forget the source, I just a have big folder full of images that I've saved and don't always remember where from

      • Shawn
        Shawn commented
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        Ah. Yeah when i save files I'll rename it so i know who to credit. Some people are vary particular about being credited for scanning things. Take a second to ricght click save, but it takes TIME to properly scan large amounts of material. That can feel like work. Credit where credit is due should always be true IMO. However I didn't ALWAYS rename files with proper credits. I only thought to do so I think because of hanging out with Scanning groups and having done the work my self for a short time which made me aware of how much time it takes to do these types of things.

        BWT, having lost all my files TWICE (because I'm an idiot like that) I love this thread already. It's the best thread idea EVER!

    • #5
      Concept art - Mark Tayler. Published in the Power and Honor foundation Vol. one Catalog

      Photograph of prototype sculpt Mark Taylor and his wife (on stickers) as published in the Power and Honor foundation Vol. one Catalog

      Vintage box art Rudy Obrero; Uploaded by Rudy (I think) Contact him for a print.

      Filmation Castle Grayskull cut away Robert Lamb. found on his site

      Filmation concept drawing by Robert Lamb 1982. found on his site

      Icon Heroes box art Nate Baertsch (found via Google images)

      Grayskull 2015 subscription poster by Axel Giménez.and Nate Baertsch
      Last edited by Shawn; 11-07-2014, 05:57 PM.
      Once upon a time, good advice was "be kind Rewind"now nobody remembers the past.

      Masters of the universe The LOST TALES (a series of vintage style fan-comics and children's books)

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      • Shawn
        Shawn commented
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        I know it's going to sound a little blasphemous, but I think Nathan did. How about that Filmation model sheet bio? It isn't a sculpted skull, but is actually the bones of some primordial beast? Doesn't get much more METAL then that!

      • Battle Ram Man
        Battle Ram Man commented
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        Nathan's painting is truly great. It captures a lot of that same moodiness from the Rudy Obrero painting, but with improved clarity. I'd have a hard time picking which one was better, setting nostalgia aside

      • Shawn
        Shawn commented
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        Different styles different media. So I take back my previous statement. I enjoy them different ways. In a MOTU film, I would love to see this scene depicted. More so, a reverse of this situation. Skeletor attacks (everybody fighting each other) and it's He-man, having just transformed for the first time that is inside the castle having just transformed for the first time for the climatic battle of the new movie. That would evoke the memory of this scene!

        The frazetta influence is so clear in the first Rudy Obrero box arts. That's something that will always be part of MOTU's foundation. If not for MOTU, I might never of liked Conan or frazetta considering my age. This is something most kids need to be exposed to in this day and age of digital artists and Ninja Turtles/Power rangers/pokemon type things. hand made non digital art is a lost form.
        Last edited by Shawn; 11-11-2014, 04:20 PM.

    • #6
      Speaking of Rudy Obrero...

      Not sure if he did that first one with Teela, but I believe he did the others
      Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

      https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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      • #7
        More Errol McCarthy....

        Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

        https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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        • #8
          The amazing William George...
          Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

          https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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          • #9
            Awesome thread and vintage art, thanks Battle Ram-Man. I really love those Errol McCarthy's art pieces, his style is very fluid and perfect for those action poses.

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            • #10
              Thanks!

              Here's some art by RL Allen I think

              Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

              https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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              • Matthew L. Martin
                Matthew L. Martin commented
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                I've never seen that He-Man/Faker picture before! Cool!

            • #11
              Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

              https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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              • #12
                Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                • #13
                  The incomparable Rudy Obrero!
                  Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                  https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                  • #14
                    Dino D'Achille's Golden Books cover art
                    Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                    https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                    • #15
                      Larry Elmore

                      I believe I got a lot of these (including artist names) from a MOTU art Facebook group
                      Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                      https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                      • #16
                        Artist unknown. These were screen grabs from a short documentary about the Filmation He-Man show
                        Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                        https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                      • #17
                        A ton of William George
                        Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                        https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                        • #18
                          Fred Carillo
                          Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                          https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                          • Shawn
                            Shawn commented
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                            The best Golden book's artist! Him and Norem where like a one two punch combo that knock my socks off every time I look at them!

                          • Battle Ram Man
                            Battle Ram Man commented
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                            Yeah, I'd love to see a Skeletor head in Classics based on his artwork!

                        • #19
                          Vintage figure pics, mostly from catalogs, ads, etc
                          Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                          https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                          • #20
                            Random posters - product pics and art
                            Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                            https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                            • #21
                              Misc catalogs
                              Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                              https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                              • #22
                                He-Man card back (post 8-back)
                                Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                                https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                                • #23
                                  Teela & Man-at-Arms Cardbacks
                                  Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                                  https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                                  • #24
                                    More first wave (post 8-back) cards, plus Faker
                                    Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                                    https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                                    • #25
                                      Most other card backs, I think:
                                      Heroic human battering ram, catapult, and space warp device.

                                      https://battleram.wordpress.com/

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                                      • Shawn
                                        Shawn commented
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                                        Let the right click save recommence

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