Inspired by He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner podcast, welcome to PGPoA’s latest MOTUC Bio Discussion!
This bio largely draws from the vintage minicomic “The Power of Grayskull – The Legend Begins!” and the outline for the rest of those comics. The storyline was never completed, but notes were made, and are being used for the bio storyline.
That minicomic featured a number of mysteries, such as the “Unnamed One” King Hssss mentions, as well as the Sorceress’s insistence that He-Man cloak himself. She doesn’t explain why, though it’s implied to avoid being seen by He-Ro, who was intended to be ancestor to He-Man in the original “Powers of Grayskull” (POG) storyline. The bio writers here alter it so that He-Man’s ancestor is King Grayskull, but they also explicitly state the reason for the cloak and mask is to hide him from Grayskull.
But why bother? It’s not like King Grayskull has ever or will ever hear of He-Man–the concept of He-Man won’t exist until after KG is dead. And He-Man openly wields the Power Sword (at least in the comic), so does Grayskull (or He-Ro, since he’d be the one wielding it, I think) find it odd that this “stranger” has a sword identical to his own–this cosmic weapon bequeathed upon him by the legendary Overlords of the Timeless Dimension?
This bio also raises the question of just how long He-Man spent in Preternia, and whether it was one continuous trip or if he just occasionally dropped in. In the POG minicomic, he returns to his own time at the end of the story, but it was pretty obvious he’d return again (if only to meet, and thus advertise the action figure of, He-Ro). The bio says He-Man participated in “many battles,” which does raise some questions regarding the Power of Grayskull and how it works. I suppose the power He-Man wields could be said to be stored in the Power Sword when he’s in He-Man mode, so he could take it with him to Preternia. Still, I have to imagine King Grayskull got a weird sense of déjà vu when he saw that sword, what with it containing his primal essence and all.
Finally, there’s that mention of the “newly-invented Cosmic Key.” Invented by whom? Gwildor, I’m sure, who will probably show up in the line eventually. I don’t think Mattel has the rights to the movie (aside from the movie figures that were in the toy line), so my guess is Gwildor’s bio will say he simply invented the Cosmic Key, without any reference to the events of the movie.