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Original He-Man Artwork



In late 2016 I saw a tweet from Orbital Comics that there would be the opportunity to purchase artwork produced by Filmation for the original He-Man and She-Ra television series from the 1980s. The artwork included the original painted animation cels and also the pencil sketches created to plan out the animation sequences. It was being sold by James Eatock (@cerealgeek) who is the go to person for all things He-Man related. James has been writing a long running blog reviewing the individual He-Man and She-Ra episodes and more recently published an impressive book on the subject.


He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures by James Eatock.

Jumping at the chance to own some of this artwork, I headed straight down to Orbital Comics and bought several drawings. I then also contacted James directly and asked whether he had any other background drawings available and purchased several more of those. Each drawing is about 32cm x 27cm and all are beautifully executed in the bold and characterful style of the animation itself.

Below I have set out the individual pages I bought and where in the original series I believe they were used. A huge thank you is required for James Eatock for not just making these drawings available to buy but also for helping (through twitter and his excellent book) to work out what each drawing is of.



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 2, The Shaping Staff



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 8, The Time Corridor



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 9, The Dragon Invasion



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 12, Evil-Lyn's Plot



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 15, A Beastly Sideshow



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 16, Reign Of The Monster



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 19, Quest For He-Man



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 22, Song Of Celice



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 24, Wizard of Stone Mountain



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 32, Search For The Vho



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 33, The Starchild



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 37, It's Not My Fault



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 37, It's Not My Fault



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 44, The Region Of Ice



He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 54, Game Plan



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 79, Disappearing Dragons



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 105, No Job Too Small



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 107, The Gambler



He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Episode 107, The Gambler



She-Ra, Episode 2, Beast Island



She-Ra, Episode 13, King Miro's Journey



She-Ra, Episode 15, He Ain't Heavy



She-Ra, Episode 29, The Price of Freedom



She-Ra, Episode 29, The Price of Freedom



She-Ra, Episode 40, Treasure Of The First Ones



She-Ra, Episode 46, Micah Of Bright Moon



She-Ra, Episode 57, Jungle Fever



She-Ra, Episode 67, Return Of The General