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Skeletor by DarkZoneGraphics Skeletor by DarkZoneGraphics

:bulletred: Wiki Grayskull Bio
:bulletred: Released: 1982
:bulletred: Available for sale on Etsy

Skeletor has his place in history cemented as one of the most iconic villains of the 1980's alongside MEGATRON and COBRA COMMANDER, and just like those other two just as ineffective when trying to combat their arch-nemesis. I'm not even going to include the renditions from THE NEW ADVENTURES or the 2002 series as both deviated so far from the source that Skeletor was almost unidentifiable. If you think about it, though, Skeletor could have been the most effective villain of the 1980's, but of course no villains could ever kick the heroes ass.

Every time that Skeletor tried to go toe-to-toe with He-Man, he got his ass handed to him over and over. But when Skeletor tried to use his magical skills as the primary form of attack, He-Man had a harder time with trying to defeat Skeletor and his minions without some help from his own cohorts. Skeletor was much better when he was using magic than he was trying to use brute force, and if he had focused on this method of attack, well, the show probably would have been tons better than it was because of all the dramatic elements that would arise from the hero TRULY struggling to maintain order.

So with that in mind this is how I approached my redesign. I went with the 'wizard' aspect, dark and sinister looking. The original design made one think he could have contended with He-Man in hand-to-hand combat, so I made this version a bit on the skinny side, clearly not able to fight He-Man in combat (that's what the henchmen are for). Because I was too far along with the pencil stage I realized his legs wouldn't look right, so I went with the idea that he doesn't so much as 'walk' as 'glide' along, smoke coming out from his robes. His staff I dropped the ram head as, seriously, he's already evil enough as it is so there's no need to bring back the 1980's evil imagery of a ram skull.

Plus, as a little nod to the FILMATION series, I found a picture of Grayskull, Skeletor's main obsession throughout the series, and placed it in his magic orb.

:pointr: others in this series:
Evil-Lyn [link]
He-Man [link]
Hordak [link]
Leech [link]
Moss Man [link]
Skeletor [link]
Spikor [link]
Teela [link]
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DarthWill3 Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go Skeletor!
DarkZoneGraphics Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
kozispoon Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Your choice of colors for this series make these character look so primary and in your face. They'd be p[perfect as black light art
DarkZoneGraphics Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Blacklight would be awesome! I wonder if blacklights are better these days. I remember back in the 1980s and 1990s they would burnout pretty quickly.
Dualmask Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I never thought of Skeletor as being He-Man's physical rival, even though they tried to sell him as such with the action figures and some of the cartoon episodes. This rendition of him makes more sense. It's a shame Skeletor is almost never seen as a real threat to the hero thanks to the lameness of most American cartoons from that time (the character designs were epic, but the storylines, not so much).
DarkZoneGraphics Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it was because they were aimed SOLELY at children who wouldn't know any better and parents who would have to buy the toys. These days, when they make a cartoon of an old franchise aimed at the people who grew up on them, they tend to drop the proverbial 'hammer', like G.I.JOE RESOLUTE. Think about it, if they did to Skeletor what they did to Cobra Commander, people of Eternia would be slaughtered just to make a point.
I really like the green on yellow face colors, a great nod to the figure!
DarkZoneGraphics Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I always loved the original figure's face, the fact you never really knew if it was truly attached or just a free-floating glowing skull :)
Yeah I totally agree and they were kind of able to pull that off in the cartoon too but the live action movie was terrible with the rubber mask! (I still can't believe a highly respected actor like Frank Langella was behind that!)
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