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    The PAH Foundation reveals the artist behind the vintage card backs and style guides.

    The Power and the Honor Foundation is proud to introduce to all fans Errol McCarthy, the artist behind many of the vintage figure card backs illustrations and Style Guides. Perhaps the most prolific MOTU artist, his name has remained unknown to the fan community for 30 years.
    The PAH Foundation had chance to meet with Errol, talk about his work on MOTU and his life as an artist and see his amazing original work.

    Check out the full article on The Power and Honor Foundation website and see a sample gallery of his original pieces.

    Last edited by PowerAndHonor; November 24, 2012 at 09:45am.

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    Cannot wait to see all the artwork for Unnamed figures.

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    Congratulations to PAH for the amazing interview !

    Errol McCarthy deserves all credits for his wonderful work at Mattel...


    Do you know if he was responsible for the illustrations on the card front too (like TP He-Man, DB Skeletor, Ninjor, Scare Glow,Sorceress, etc) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monteeg View Post
    Do you know if he was responsible for the illustrations on the card front too (like TP He-Man, DB Skeletor, Ninjor, Scare Glow,Sorceress, etc) ?
    Those weren't by Errol.
    Some were by William George (Thunder Punch He-Man; Dragon Blaster Skeletor, etc.), some were by Bruce Timm (last wave). Maybe there are a couple unidentified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerAndHonor View Post
    Those weren't by Errol.
    Some were by William George (Thunder Punch He-Man; Dragon Blaster Skeletor, etc.), some were by Bruce Timm (last wave). Maybe there are a couple unidentified.
    Thanks for sharing !

    I am very glad to eventually know who was behind all those illustrations !
    Thanks again, PAH Foundation....I really appreciate you effort to enshrine MOTU memory.

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    Sweet. I'm glad to see this.
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    Very nice article. I'm with Tallstar, I cannot wait to see those concept characters!!! Should make for some great custom figure material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monteeg View Post

    Do you know if he was responsible for the illustrations on the card front too (like TP He-Man, DB Skeletor, Ninjor, Scare Glow,Sorceress, etc) ?
    Here you can find some of the Front Card-Artworks by Bruce Timm.

    http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...acter-Art-quot


    And in this section there are B&W linearts by William George.

    http://www.he-man.org/collecting/pro...tion.php?id=50



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    You are the best! Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post




    Here you can find some of the Front Card-Artworks by Bruce Timm.

    http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...acter-Art-quot


    And in this section there are B&W linearts by William George.

    http://www.he-man.org/collecting/pro...tion.php?id=50



    Thanks for the links, Jukka !

    I always thought it's a privilege for all MOTU fans that names like Earl Norem, Rudy Obrero, Alfredo Alcala, William George, Bruce Timm, Gerald Forton and now Errol McCarthy, worked in many many MOTU publishing.

    But, in my opinion, the artist that catched Eternia's best inspiration was William George !
    His 6 posters and all art boxes are always in my mind...

    On the other hand, do you know the artists behind all those covers of coloring/activity books, Golden Super Adventure Books and POP art boxes ?

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    Cool find and article! I can't wait to see some of those lost drawings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterenglish View Post
    Very nice article. I'm with Tallstar, I cannot wait to see those concept characters!!! Should make for some great custom figure material.
    lol, you read my mind M.E.!

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    Thank you for the amazing tidbit of info P&H Foundation! I recently made the call out to find out if anyone knew who did those "lunchbox" illustrations back in the day, as I had recently colored some of Errol McCarthy's vintage line work as a fun exercise.
    http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...AN-GODDESS-etc
    So it's very nice to hear from a man who inspired me from a young age, as well as give credit where credit is do. Thank you Errol McCarthy!!
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    Here in Brazil we had a thermos with this illustration, released by Aladdin company:

    heman.jpg

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    This is a great thing for fans. Some of that card back art is awesome. Can't wait to see even more. Great work P&A team. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monteeg View Post
    On the other hand, do you know the artists behind all those covers of coloring/activity books, Golden Super Adventure Books and POP art boxes ?
    I think Fred Carrillo did some MOTU book-illustrations.

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    So any idea when the next volume will be out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monteeg View Post
    Here in Brazil we had a thermos with this illustration, released by Aladdin company:

    heman.jpg

    We had the same thermos in the USA! I have it in my spare room!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JafariStew View Post
    We had the same thermos in the USA! I have it in my spare room!

    I purchased mine months ago in a flea market...

    Aladdin company released a She-Ra thermos in Brazil too. Take a look:

    copo-promocional-da-she-ra-motu-de-1985-da-marca-aladdin_MLB-F-2722134241_052012.jpg

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    I apologize because it is not subject of this topic, but this could be the right place to ask...
    Who is the author(s) of pictures for these covers?



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    This one is one of my favourite MOTU artworks since I was a kid. It is much more realistic with great details than most of others showed above, but based on the style of how characters look I believe that they all might be from the same author.



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    Maybe this one is from that author as well?


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    Thank you so much PaH Foundation!
    That is really cool news. I can't wait for what you guys have in store for the future. I hope you get to do more catalogues showcasing all this amazing artwork

    Is there any new news on future PAH projects?
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    The cardback illustrations of unnamed POG figures cold be interesting, hopefully we'll get to see them soon
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    Cool article and gallery, and I'm looking forward to the PoG art. (Does it include any of the text? Any idea if Mr. McCarthy knows anything about the origin of Eldor and the role Keldor was supposed to play?)

    Also, this may help me confirm/track down a couple pieces I remember seeing on sleepwear at the very end of the line. One was Ninjor vs. Movie He-Man, the other was He-Man in front of what must have been Gigantasaurus, with Sy-Klone inside the control center. Any knowledge of these or pieces that I might be misremembering as such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew L. Martin View Post
    Cool article and gallery, and I'm looking forward to the PoG art. (Does it include any of the text? Any idea if Mr. McCarthy knows anything about the origin of Eldor and the role Keldor was supposed to play?)
    Mr. McCarthy told us he has very little memory of these. He was a freelanceer and he was just cranking out illustraions for Mattel.

    Also, this may help me confirm/track down a couple pieces I remember seeing on sleepwear at the very end of the line. One was Ninjor vs. Movie He-Man, the other was He-Man in front of what must have been Gigantasaurus, with Sy-Klone inside the control center. Any knowledge of these or pieces that I might be misremembering as such?
    Yes, we can fonfirm both pieces. It's actually cool that you confirmed the Movie He-Man vs Nijor was actually used.
    You remember them perfectly, they were both by Errol and part of a huge lot he did for Bates Nightwear. We have been lucky enough to scan those too

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    Please PowerAndHonor, when and how you'll can share all of these illustrations with us?

    Can you confirm also something for me please? Have you in the lot of the scans the He-Ro backcard Art illustration?

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