When the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series found its way to Netflix Instant not too long ago, I thought it would make perfect background noise for my work day; some nostalgic entertainment to help pass the time while working on the site. But as an adult, what I discovered in that early 1980s cartoon based on an action figure line was far more distracting and indeed more sophisticated than I ever realized as a little boy. While the animation itself is crude (and famously recyclable), the show expresses a palpable sense of otherworldly adventure and intrigue through its writing but even more so through it's surprisingly awesome art direction. I thought, this medieval-techno world of Eternia and its heroes, villains, magics and prophecies could really be great if someone wanted to really dig into it.
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Philip Tan's career in comics has spanned "Spawn" and Grant Morrison's "Batman and Robin," and you've probably seen a wide range of reactions to his work regarding the latter. What you haven't seen if you've not been following Tan's Twitter account, however, are the stacks of sketches and commissions that he frequently posts, all of which would be worthy prizes for art buyers who happen to run across his table in an artists alley somewhere...