Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Daytime Heroes: He-Man & the Masters of the Universe (1983)

Filmation made a successful first voyage into first-run syndication (at least under the Filmation name) in 1983 with the debut of He-Man & the Masters of the Universe, based on the Mattel toy line that had launched a year and a half earlier. He-Man lasted three seasons before being cancelled to make room for an animated reincarnation of Ghostbusters (previously reviewed), but not before the hero's twin sister, She-Ra, Princess of Power, had debuted during season 3 and granted her own series, which lasted two seasons.

Filmation vet John Erwin, long the voice of Reggie Mantle in the studio's various Archie series, voiced He-Man and his alter-ego, Prince Adam of Eternia. In fact, the heroic timbre Erwin used had previously been created for comic strip hero Dick Tracy 12 years earlier on Archie's TV Funnies.

RetroHeroes uploaded the open:

He-Man would make his Saturday debut in a night-time series that aired on Cartoon Network from 2002-05, produced by independent producer Mike Young. The original series currently airs on RTV on Saturdays (check your local listings), hence its inclusion in the Archives.

Rating: A-.

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