How He-Man Mastered the Universe, written by Brian C. Baer, is now available! Details below, and click here to order your copy from Amazon.
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: McFarland (March 7, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
The author tells us "It's fresh from the printers. It's listed at $19.99, which I know sounds a little spendy, but is actually pretty low for McFarland. It's about 225 pages altogether, paperback, with a dozen or so black-and-white pictures inside.
The book itself, I think, is a little more catered to the casual fans, or a book for the more hardcore fans to point to when someone they know is curious about the franchise. I'm sure the hardcore He-Man fans will know most of the history and trivia in the book, but hopefully there's some interesting factoids in there for them, too. I got some fun new interviews with people like Tim Seeley, and there's some movie production art from Bill Stout which I'm pretty sure hasn't been published before...It's more about looking at the broader perspective of the evolution of pop culture and what role MOTU played in all of that.
When I say I've been a fan of of He-Man since the day I was born, I mean it literally. My older brother came to visit our mom and his newborn baby brother in the hospital that day, and he was wearing his favorite MOTU shirt and carrying the action figures. The most important thing to him was introducing me to his favorite toys and cartoon series. He-Man was a fixture in our home as I grew up. I was born in 1985, so I was a little too late for the cartoons in their original broadcasts, but we had plenty of episodes taped off of TV and most of the toys around. (I remember "Jacob and the Widgets" and the Man-E-Faces figure most vividly, so those get a special shout-out in the book.) As I got older, I grew to love the '87 movie more and more. I started collecting the trivia and trying to learn more about it. It just fascinated me that He-Man was the first toy to be turned into a cartoon and a live-action movie, two major pop culture milestones, but that wasn't a well-known fact to most laypeople. There wasn't even a book written about that! So I decided to write one, and after a few years of me looking around, I finally found a publisher who was interested in it - McFarland Books. They let me treat it as an argument, more or less, for why He-Man deserves more respect."