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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!