'Hellboy' creator Mike Mignola's Skeletor art is proof that he needs to do a 'Masters of the Mignola-verse' book
Mike Mignola is a legend in the comics industry, primarily because of his role as the creator of Dark Horse Comics's most iconic character Hellboy. But the acclaimed writer-artist has shared some stellar artwork of another popular character: Skeletor from Mattel's 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' franchise.
Introduced as part of the 1981–1983 line of Mattel's 'Masters of the Universe' toys, Skeletor is one of the most iconic franchise villains in existence. His popularity has spawned a number of toys, animated adaptations, and comics, not to mention countless memes.
"Not a character from my childhood (I'm too old) but somebody suggested him yesterday so thought I'd give him a shot," Mignola captioned the art in a Twitter post. "I spent a ridiculous amount of time on this one."
Done in Mignola's iconic, almost statuesque style, the artwork shows the skull-faced villain brandishing his sword above his head in a triumphant pose. While this was just a bit of fun to pass the time during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, it did get us thinking how great it would be if Mignola tackled the 'Masters of the Universe' in a new comic series.
Mignola's track record as a comics creator speaks for itself and the 'Masters of the Universe' is one of the biggest franchises in the world today. Seeing Mignola bring his trademark grim eldritch horror to the franchise would be a real treat for fans and the creator most certainly has what it takes to make it a memorable run.
The sword-and-sorcery genre isn't something that would give Mignola much trouble considering 'Hellboy' is essentially a more modernized version of the same. And it's not like 'Hellboy' is the only thing on Mignola's extensive resume.
Besides 'Hellboy', Mignola has worked on a number of popular titles including 'Rocket Raccoon', 'Cosmic Odyssey', 'Daredevil', 'Action Comics' and a whole lot more. He-Man, Skeletor and the Masters of the Universe have all been featured in a number of comics, the most recent of which has been the ongoing DC Comics series 'He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse' by Tim Seeley and Tom Derenick.
Do you think a 'He-Man and the Masters of the Mignola-verse' comic would be a good idea? Or would you like to see Skeletor cross over into the 'Hellboy' universe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.