“Trap Jaw, in tighter. Beast Man, smile!” It’s Mr. Villains Class of 1983!

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on April 10, 2013

in Nerd Culture

It’s not hard to pinpoint the time frame that influenced artist Christopher Lee. He’s clearly a fellow child of the 80s, and a talented one at that.

I had bookmarked a link to his Masters of the Universe Compendium Poster (which I will have, bills be damned) a while back, but just got a chance to check out his whole site today, and man was it time well spent. If you’re reading this site, there’s a 98.4% chance you are a fan of properties like Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, WWF, Star Wars, etc. That being the case, Lee’s art will amaze you.

I was fortunate to stumble upon Christopher Lee’s Instagram account, and it was a joy watching these Masters of the Universe characters come across my Instagram feed one by one over the last few months. Once they had all debuted, they were collected on this kick-ass poster.

Here is the compendium poster. Click to visit his shop and buy the print!

What I love most (besides the amazing interpretation of the character designs) is the use of scale. I love that Mekanek’s height takes up two rows (with neck extended). I love Megator towering over the others.

When I finally got to poke around Christopher’s site, I came upon a week’s worth of blog-worthy stuff. I decided to highlight Mr. Villains Class of 1983 first, but rest assured I’ll be writing about more of his stuff soon (like tomorrow- “Select Your Hero”, here we come).

He describes this piece on his site:

Rivet Gallery in Columbus, Ohio invited me to participate in their group art show entitled “We’ll Be Right Back…After These Messages”. The show pays homage to the classic cartoons of the 80′s and early 90′s. Those two time periods were the prime of my childhood, so I created a piece that showcases one of my favorite shows from that era…He-Man and The Masters of the Universe. I’ve been dying to do a fan piece for a while now so this was the perfect way to celebrate nostalgia.

How great does that art show sound? Paying homage to the classic cartoons of the 80s!

Make sure to check out Christopher’s blog, The Beast is Back, and follow him on Twitter (@thebeast_isback) and Instagram!


Sammy April 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Must have that poster

James April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

very impressed with the quality (and QUANTITY) of MOTU art you’ve posted lately. Keep it coming!

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