I came in to work on Tuesday morning and found this waiting for me:

My dear friend Craig, knowing of my love for all things He-Man, found these Golden Books at his local thrift shop. That guy goes to the thrift store about three times per week and always comes back with some sort of awesome – and oftentimes ridiculous – treasure. I’ve gotten some great stuff from him (all with the price written in marker in the upper left-hand corner), but this is easily the best bit of booty he’s brought back for me.

So what we have here are three He-Man books, put out by Golden in 1983 and 1984. From what I can discern from the back cover, there were at least six books. This lot contains Time Trouble, The Trap, and Mask of Evil. Missing are The Sword of Skeletor, Caverns of Fear, and The Thief of Castle Grayskull. A quick look at eBay reveals that the books can be found for a buck a piece.

Paging through the books resulted in a rush of nostalgia. I swear I had The Trap as a kid. The artwork is a combination of cheesy 80s action art and just plain bad artwork. However, the cover art is fantastic, each book displaying highly detailed hand-painted covers. And the stories, as you’d expect, are steeped in 80s cheese, straight out of the cartoon. Here’s a sample:

These books will go nicely next to my massive He-Man collection, ready to be busted out when my son’s the appropriate age. Which, hell, could very well be tonight!

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7 Responses to Masters of the Universe Golden Books

  1. Hilden says:

    Awesome find. Of course, Skeletor alone would give my kid nightmares for weeks, but still a great find.

  2. Wolf-Bot says:

    I had a thing for the Sorceress when I was a kid.
    I think that it was more to do with the fact that she could give me He-Man powers than the way she looked.

  3. Hilden says:

    I always thought the Sorceress was hot as well.

  4. Savory Cade says:

    Did any young boy NOT think the Sorceress was hot?

    I’m still so pissed that He-Man reboot from a few years ago was canceled. It was so awesome. :(

  5. I only have one of these books. It’s called “The Horde” and the focus of the book is Skeletor bringing Hordak and his horde into Eternia.

    The cover doesn’t look anything like the ones you posted and if I could find my camera I’d show you a cover but that will have to wait until later in the week I guess.

  6. I loved that version of He-Man, Savory! It was so bad ass. Very well writen and animated. I still remember how epic the first fight between Skeletor and He-Man was in the first episode.

  7. Wraitheist says:

    Wow, that is awesome stuff. I have fond memories of He-Man when I was a kid. Until, that is, my parents decided that it was an evil show and I had to sell all of my He-Man toys. I’m still sad about that. Can you get the show on DVD yet?

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