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Masters of the Universe
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Marvel Comics
London Edition Magazines
Image Comics
Schedule Monthly, biweekly (DC Comics's 2012 digital series)
Format Ongoing series
Genre Science fiction
Publication date DC Comics:
December 1982 - February 1983
July 2012 - ongoing
Marvel Comics:
May 1986 - May 1988
London Edition Magazines:
1986 - 1990
Image Comics (MV Creations):
November 2002 - December 2004
Number of issues DC Comics:
3 (1982-1983)
34 (2012-ongoing)
Marvel Comics:
14
London Edition Magazines:
103
Image Comics (MV Creations):
26
Main character(s) Masters of the Universe characters
Collected editions
The Shard of Darkness ISBN 1-59314-017-7
Dark Reflections ISBN 0974800813

The Masters of the Universe media franchise has appeared in several comic book series. Most were small publications (known as "minicomics"), which were included as bonuses with action figures. Standalone comic-book series were also published by DC, Marvel Comics, London Edition Magazines and Image Comics.

List of minicomics

The following is a list of the mini-comics released with the Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, He-Man, and Masters of the Universe Classics toys.

Original minicomics

  • He-Man and the Power Sword (1981)
  • King of Castle Grayskull (1981)
  • Battle in the Clouds (1981)
  • The Vengeance of Skeletor (1981)

Second series minicomics

  • He-Man Meets Ram-Man (1982)
  • The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces (1982)
  • The Terror of Tri-Klops (1982)
  • The Menace of Trap Jaw (1982)
  • The Tale of Teela (1982)
  • The Magic Stealer! (1982)
  • The Power of...Point Dread! (1982)

Third (Filmation MOTU) series minicomics

  • Dragon's Gift (1983) (based on the TV episode "The Dragon's Gift")
  • Masks of Power (1983) (based on the TV episode "Masks of Power")
  • The Secret Liquid of Life (1983) (based on the TV episode "Valley of Power")
  • He-Man and the Insect People (1983)
  • Double-Edged Sword (1983) (based on the TV episode "Double Edged Sword")
  • The Temple of Darkness! (1983) (based on the TV episode "Temple of The Sun")
  • Slave City (1983) (based on the TV episode "A Tale of Two Cities")
  • The Siege of Avion (1983) (based on the TV episodes "Reign of the Monster" and "Betrayal of Stratos")
  • The Clash of Arms (1983)

Fourth series minicomics

  • The Obelisk (1984)
  • Skeletor's Dragon (1984)
  • The Battle of Roboto (1984)
  • Spikor Strikes (1984)
  • The Stench of Evil! (1984)
  • Grizzlor - The Legend Comes Alive! (1984)
  • Leech: The Master of Power Suction Unleashed! (1984)
  • Mantenna and the Menace of the Evil Horde! (1984)
  • Hordak: The Ruthless Leader's Revenge! (1984)
  • The Treachery of Modulok (1984)

Fifth series minicomics

  • The Flying Fists of Power! (1985)
  • Rock People to the Rescue! (1985)
  • King of the Snake Men (1985)
  • The Terror Claws Strike! (1985)
  • Escape from the Slime Pit! (1985)
  • The Menace of Multi-Bot! (1985)
  • The Warrior Machine! (1985)
  • Eye of the Storm (1985)
  • The Fastest Draw in the Universe (1985)
  • The Hordes of Hordak (1985)
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place! (1985)
  • Snake Attack! (1985)
  • The Ultimate Battleground! (1986)

Sixth series minicomics

  • The Search for Keldor (1986)
  • Enter...Buzz-Saw Hordak! (1986)
  • Revenge of the Snake Men! (1986)
  • Energy Zoids (1986)
  • The Powers of Grayskull - The Legend Begins! (1986)
  • The Cosmic Key (1987)

Princess of Power minicomics

  • The Story of She-Ra (1984)
  • Journey to Mizar (1984)
  • The Hidden Symbols Mystery (1984)
  • Disappearing Treasures (1984)
  • Adventure of the Blue Diamond (1984)
  • Across the Crystal Light Barrier (1985)
  • A Fishy Business! (1985)
  • A Most Unpleasant Present (1985)
  • A Born Champion (1985)
  • Fantastic Fashions (1985)
  • Don't Rain on my Parade! (1986)
  • Where Hope Has Gone (1986)

He-Man (New Adventures) minicomics

  • The New Adventure (1989)
  • Skeletor's Journey (1989)
  • Battle For The Crystal (1989)
  • The Revenge of Skeletor! (1989)

MOTU Classics series minicomics

  • The Powers of Grayskull Part One: The Legend Begins! (2011)
  • The Powers of Grayskull Part Two: He-Ro Unleashed! (2012)
  • The Powers of Grayskull Part Three: Battle for the Fate of the Universe! (2012)
  • The Secret Origin of Skeletor! (2013)
  • He-Man vs Skeletor - Their Final Battle! (2014)
  • The Fall of Eternia Part One - Homecoming! (2015)
  • The Fall of Eternia Part Two - Together Again For The First Time! (2015)
  • The Fall of Eternia Part Three - The Third Ultimate Battleground (2015)

Collected editions

Many of the comic books were collected into trade paperbacks:

Dark Horse collected editions

The minicomics books have been collected into a hardcover anthology collection by Dark Horse Books:

  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection (collects all of the original Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, He-Man, and the first three Masters of the Universe Classics minicomics; all of which originally came with the action figures, 1232 pages, Dark Horse Comics, October 2015)

The complete run of the newspaper comic strip produced from July 20, 1986 until 1991 (minus a small number of "lost strips") was published in 2017 by Dark Horse Comics:

  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Newspaper Comic Strips (collects complete run 1986-1991, Dark Horse Comics, 2017, )

MVCreations collected editions

  • Volume 1: The Shard of Darkness (collects Masters of the Universe (2002) * Volume 2: Dark Reflections (collects Masters of the Universe (2003) * Masters of the Universe: Icons of Evil (collects Tri-Klops, Trapjaw, Mer-Man and Beastman one-shots, 176 pages, April 2004, MVCreations, )

DC collected editions

DC has collected editions of their various current Masters of the Universe comic series, which began in 2012.

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