The theme of this issue is jungle oriented, as the cover (and the inside poster) shows He-Man and Skeletor doing battle in what is described as the "Wild Jungle." The opening "Greetings" page features another scene from the Wild Jungle: while He-Man looks on, a new friend, a distinguished jungle tribesman, kneels in the grass, gesturing towards a herd of giraffes running in the distance. This tribesman is dressed much in the way of an African native of Earth, in a brief one-shouldered tunic, with gold and silver beads and bracelets, a tall furred helmet, and Eternian-style fur boots. He also wears a sparkling diamond earring, and carries an impressive 2-bladed spear and a large zebra-skinned tribal shield. While this "wild man" is easily the most fascinating point of interest in this issue, not a word of explanation is given about him! He and his jungle are shown, but not discussed. There is a 2-page picture-studded article on the wildlife of Kenya (not He-Man related), and a "Mask-Arade" animal mask making activity feature (not He-Man related), but not a shred of information on He-Man's new ally, or his jungle home, is to be found. How very strange. This issue's "Powermail" features letters from fans old and new, male and female. People are still raving about the He-Man movie! Also included are a cute drawing of Tri-Klops, and an astoundingly meticulous rendering of Blast-Attak.
Feature Story: She-Ra in "The Big Trees"
Glimmer and Perfuma wave goodbye to Adora, and embark on a camping trip to the far-off site of the Great Forest, where grow the largest, most ancient trees in all Etheria. But when they arrive, they come upon a team of lumberjacks, commanded by Catra, logging the tremendous trees for the Horde! Attempting to slip away to get help, the girls wind up captured and tied up in the tent of the lead woodcutter, Derek. Derek doesn't like serving Catra, but his men need the work to support their families. Derek likes holding rebel captives even less, for the strapping woodsman finds himself intrigued by the strange plant-girl Perfuma (doesn't he have a family?), an attraction on which the girls capitalize, helping Glimmer to escape while Perfuma keeps Derek occupied. Catra is furious at Derek for falling for this trick, but Derek seems all the more enchanted by Perfuma. Glimmer races back towards the Crystal Castle, and meets Adora and Spirit, who were on their way to join the camping expedition. Sending the exhausted Glimmer on home, Adora continues on to the Great Forest, as She-Ra. Flying over the forest on Swift Wind, She-Ra plucks the loggers from the treetops, and dumps them into the river flowing past the Great Forest. Dispersing the remainder of the loggers, She-Ra is then challenged by Catra on the ground. She-Ra causes a log-roll which nearly flattens Catra, and then, aided by Derek, sends her screeching down the river in the midst of a log flow. Derek's attraction to Perfuma has made him realize how important trees are, and he apologizes for cutting down a portion of the Great Forest, promising to plant new trees in their place. Perfuma is charmed, and offers to help Derek and his men to find jobs in the neighboring villages. And then she and She-Ra fly off on Swift Wind, having committed their good deed for the day.
Feature Story II: "The Tournament"
As you may recall, at the conclusion of last issue's cataclysmic He-Man epic, Eternia was saved, but He-Man and Skeletor had vanished without a trace! As "The Tournament" opens, it is revealed that He-Man and Skeletor have survived the obliteration of Skeletor's Energy Amplifier, by a stroke of sheer luck. They were transported away from Eternia at the moment of the tremendous explosion, and appear at the center of a large arena, in the strange op-art realm known as Dimension X. They were brought here by King Altron, at the suggestion of his Counselor, Zang, to fight the ultimate battle of good vs. evil, for the king's amusement!! The Power Sword and Havoc Staff lie locked in glass cases before Altron's throne, and the king promises a great reward to the victor. He-Man is appalled, and refuses to fight for sport. As he storms from the arena, he is accosted by a desperate underling of the king. The nameless minion pleads with He-Man to battle and defeat Skeletor, for Counselor Zang engineered this competition to bring Skeletor here, to form an alliance with the lord of destruction to overthrow King Altron! Discovering a worthy cause to battle for, He-Man decides to fight. Armed with 4-pronged pitchforks, He-Man and Skeletor meet on the field of battle. As it always goes in these "ultimate battle of good vs. evil" things, He-Man fights fairly, while Skeletor pulls every dirty trick he can manage, much to Zang's secret delight. But when He-Man gains the upper hand anyway, Zang pulls a trick of his own, propelling the Havoc Staff from its resting place, into Skeletor's waiting grasp, with the push of a hidden button. Zang quickly blames the action on Skeletor's resourcefulness to the king. The battle takes a decidedly uneven turn, as an unarmed He-Man must run for his life from bolts of fiery death from Skeletor's staff. Ducking behind a wall, He-Man buys himself a brief respite, while Skeletor's blasts weaken the makeshift shield. He-Man topples the crumbling wall towards Skeletor, then vaults beneath it to take Skeletor in a surprise tackle. King Altron declares He-Man the victor, owing to his cleverness and bravery. He-Man then takes the opportunity to detail Zang's overthrow plot to the king. The exposed evildoer pulls a gun, but is pinned to the wall by He-Man's artfully tossed pitchfork. As Zang is lead away, King Altron expresses his gratitude to He-Man, for his power of good has saved Dimension X from a rule of tyranny. He-Man is glad to have helped, while Skeletor winds up sealed with a cylindrical glass cell, vowing furiously to revenge himself on He-Man, leaving readers wondering, "...So where's the great reward the king promised?!"
Puzzles and Activies
"Power Puzzles": 2 pages of off-topic puzzles. "Scrambled Hamburgers" is a jumble puzzle, featuring mixed-up hamburger condiments (the hell?!), while "Castle Hassle" is an elaborate maze up and down the ancient staircases of a collapsing stone fortress. Okay, Castle Hassle might be construed as a (very dumb) Eternian landmark, but come on!! A hamburger puzzle?!
Poster # 22 presents the issue's cover, a "Wild Jungle" battle between He-Man and Skeletor, at a height of 1 page,and a width of 3 pages, owing to a gatefold extension on 1 side. He-Man rides a lion into battle, while Skeletor charges forward atop an elephant. A massive herd of pachyderms fade into the jungle mists in the extended background.