Friends, I was visiting a local grocery store the other day and upon heading to the check out aisle I stopped in my tracks. There was a small spinner racks filled with all manner of Little Golden Books – as I was passing by something had caught my eye – backing up a couple of steps I was quite astonished to see a Masters of the Universe Little Golden Book. Please let that sink in for just a couple of minutes – in 2019 – a brand new Little Golden Book was published based off He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!
If I am being honest I will admit my favorite version of He-Man is what was presented in those original mini-comics packaged with the toys. A more medieval – sword and sorcery version of the character – when he was a barbarian and possessed multiple harnesses offering him different powers. Now do not get me wrong, when it comes to the Masters of the Universe I love all versions of the characters – I just think there was something so very special about those original mini-comics, written by Don Glut and illustrated by Alfredo Alcala!
I took a few moments and flipped through I Am He-Man! – this new Little Golden Book and then immediately placed it in my shopping cart and headed back to the check out aisle. I Am He-Man! was written by Frank Berrios and illustrated by Shane Clester, it is a wonderful retelling of the intro of the Filmation animated series – although it goes further than that. As this Little Golden Book offering also explains to youngsters the connection between He-Man and She-Ra – not to mention facts like the Sorceress can transform into the mighty Zoar!
It appears that both Clester and Berrios are well known for their charming Little Golden Book offerings – having worked on the likes of the Star Trek, Avengers, Black Panther, DC Super Friends and many other properties. And while I didn’t pick it up on that trip to the grocery store I am very happy to say there is also I Am She-Ra! and in the near future there will be I Am Skeletor! as well.
A nice and rather unexpected discovery from just popping on down to the grocery store to pick up some bread and milk, right?