Today's "Villain of the Day" is SKELETOR!
For those of you who remember, The He-Man world began in the small mini-comics that came with the first run of figures. The story they setup was changed when the cartoon hit. The cartoon was weak. There, I said it. For me, it was that kick ass world of those mini-comics that I was introduced to He-Man and feel that is the closest to being the "real" He-Man Universe (The REAL version resides in my Mind, baby!).
So, Skeletor.... What a freaking great villain! A freaky blue-skinned, evil sorceror-barbarian with a skull for a head! I remember the first time I saw a pic of him, on the back of my He-Man figure (my first). Instantly, I knew Skeletor was my favorite and would stand equal to no one! His armor is freakin' Rad, for one! The hood down to the shoulder/chest plating. The cool medievel "loin cloth" and the shin gauntlets. What warrior is complete without atleast 1 badass weapon? Well, Skeletor had a wicked staff with a ram's skull on top, and a "dark sword" that mirrored He-Man's! (I always dug sliding the sword in the figure's back strap, like it was sheathed. sweet.). Skeletor encompasses both sides of the Sword & Sorcery genre. In my mind, he is a dark, intelligent barbarian-wizard sitting upon his bone-throne in Snake Mountain inflcting fear and respect to his dark minions and enemies. Scary as all get-out, too! No whiny voice, no lame villainesque ego. He is a dark force to be reconned with! Basically, picture him less like the cartoon and more like Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Can you see it? Yeah, and I know what you're thinking, too: "Damn, that's fucking cool!"