Well, here's my official entry piece, but I have a bunch of supplementary art as well:
I'm just beginning to play with some art software, so I apologize in advance for the cheesy background :P.
I took my He-Man back to the original mini-comic, and see him as the savage "Jungle He-Man" given the Power Sword, Tech Vest, and Tech Shield by the Goddess. However, I also gave him a standard issue Eternian Energy Pistol, to further emphasize the mix of fantasy and sci-fi.
Before I designed He-Man, I designed the new "Jungle He-Man", to get a feel for his attitude and "pre-He-Man" costume:
I envisioned him as more tropical than European, so I replaced the fur with bronze tools, leather straps, and reptile skins. I also wanted him to have several scars from large animal attacks in the jungle.
Once the Sword and Vest are bestowed, he becomes the most powerful man in the Universe - He-Man! The idea would be that the standard Iron Cross logo is now incorporated into the tech of the Vest. When he's de-powered and being casual, the cross and shoulder details are all black. Once he's powered up and ready for battle, they glow red, giving us the classic He-Man color scheme. Here's the man without the background:
Originally, I did more of an "action" piece, but didn't want it considered an official entry since you couldn't see much of his new costume detail. I fixed it up in the art software, but again, pardon the cheesy effects :
I also have the original black and white ink pieces available, but wasn't going to post them unless someone wanted to see them specifically (or if Predabot wants to color them for me :P).
This was a fun redesign challenge, Pyre, and it got my gears going for new designs for the rest of the main cast!