It might not be quite as exciting as being granted the power to transform into an undefeatable warrior, but it’s still a pretty cool time to be a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe fan. Just over a week ago, we launched a new digital first Masters of the Universe series, which debuted with a chapter written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Howard Porter and John Livesay. But that’s just the start. Tomorrow marks the debut of HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1, the first issue in a six-issue miniseries that’s written by James Robinson and drawn by Philip Tan and Ruy Jose.


Both He-Man comics feature some of your favorite Masters of the Universe heroes and villains, brought to life by some truly amazing artists. But as with most comics, the road to the finished page is paved with many sketchbook pages of thumbnails, rough concepts and character designs. Often, these early images are just as intriguing as what winds up on the page.


To celebrate the launch of the new comics, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some early Philip Tan designs created for our Masters of the Universe comics. How different are they from what ended up in the comic? Be sure to pick up or download the first issue tomorrow to find out!


Click here to see Philip Tan’s character designs for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.



Cover art for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1, DC’s new bi-weekly digital first series. The above character is Sir Laser Lot, a brand new character conceived by Geoff Johns who will be making his action figure debut at San Diego Comic-Con!