In this issue's "He-Man Mailbox," the girls are doin' it for themselves! Letters from female He-Man fans nearly outnumber ones from the boys! Included is an ASCII image of Orko. "Create A Character" descriptions include electric-eyed Catta, and machine-controlling Cyborge. "Orko's Earth Report" makes mention of the upcoming television event, "He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special."
Feature Story: Into the Maze
This ambitious 6-page comic story finds Hordak stooping to new lows: he intends to capture Prince Adam, completing the kidnap pact that he began years ago with Princess Adora! A message from Hordak arrives at Palace Eternia for Adam, claiming that the Horde commander has decided to reform. Adam is suspicious, but agrees to meet Hordak at the Plain of the Winds to discuss this, knowing that the wide open area has no place to conceal a trap. Fortunately, Orko decides to follow Adam, because Hordak has had his Hordesmen make a few structural changes to the plain. As Adam approaches Hordak, the image, a hologram, vanishes, and a vast circular maze erupts from the ground around him, trapping Adam at its center! As Orko flies for help, Adam tries to logically maneuver through the maze, but after suffering a series of boobytrap pitfalls (falling floors, snaring nets), decides that this is a task for He-Man! But this maze may even be too much for He-Man to handle! Trapped within a tiny chamber with sliding metal walls, He-Man gets serious, and unleashes his thunder punch! With the furious swing of one mighty fist, a series of maze walls are shattered, and He-Man escapes the maze. Confronting a surprised Hordak, He-Man ensnares him in a Power Sword generated force field, just as Orko arrives with reinforcements, Moss Man and Sy-Klone in a Wind Raider. He-Man has Orko repair the busted walls of Hordak's treacherous maze with his magic (it works for once), and when the dust settles, out walks Prince Adam! Orko does a tremendous job of covering for He-Man in front of his friends, filling Adam in as though he had no idea that Adam and He-Man were the same person. Moss Man and Sy-Klone then get to do their bit to help, and, flying overhead in the Wind Raider, drop an enraged Hordak into the center of his own maze! The heroic allies then head for home, as Adam comments how aMAZEingly easy it is for someone to be trapped by their own mistakes.
Puzzles and Activities
"Postage Puzzler" is a "What's Wrong" feature, inviting you to point out some odd misprints in the royal mailroom. A number of newly minted Eternian postage stamps are presented, including one of Cringer with leopard spots instead of tiger stripes, and He-Man brandishing a Power Cane?! Maybe when he's 60! "The Eternia Name Game" is a crossword, using pictures of Eternian heroes, villains, and Hordesmen (including treetrap!) rather than written descriptions. He-Man has received "The Secret Message," but he can't read it without your help! It is written in an elaborate symbol code, and deciphering it is up to you! "Cringer and the Creature" is a dot-to-dot page. Discover why Cringer is hiding in the forest, and who (or what) he is hiding from!
Poster #10 depicts the issue's cover scene, Stonedar and Rokkon blasting from the sky in the midst of a meteor shower, to confront Hordak and Leech. For a change, this cover image doesn't crop out a person or persons from the enlarged view. Poster #11 is an artist's rendering of how He-Man's float will appear in the Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 1986! Castle Grayskull and the Crystal Castle are depicted, separated by an enormous dragon. He-Man, Skeletor, Hordak and Man-At-Arms make an appearance, as do She-Ra, Catra, and Glimmer from the Princess of Power line.
Philadelphia's Trevor Ferrell is the he-man of the issue this issue. Trevor's Campaign of Aid for America's homeless has raised awareness to their plight, and has brought aid to thousands nationwide.