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Eight-year-old Geoff Johns’ He-Man character debuts today on comiXology

As a prelude to this summer’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comic book revival, DC Comics and comiXology today kicked off a digital-first He-Man comic series. The first issue, written by Geoff Johns with art by Howard Porter and John Livesay, is available now for 99 cents.

The comic features Sir Laser Lot, a MOTU character that Johns first envisioned when he was eight years old. Sir Laser Lot will debut as an action figure this summer at the San Diego Comic-Con as a part of the line’s 30th anniversary.

“I’ve been a huge fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe since I was a kid, so it’s cool to write a story for this new series — not to mention teaming up with Howard Porter and John Livesay, my old Flash partners in crime,” stated Geoff Johns. “And to create an all-new character that will become an action figure – Sir Laser Lot — it’s beyond fun. I’m going to buy like 100 of them.”

The digital series will debut new chapters twice a month on Saturdays. The second chapter, due July 14, is written by Mike Costa with artwork by Jheremy Raapack, and it tells the story of Battle Cat. The third digital chapter, written by Kyle Higgins with artwork by Pop Mhan, is an adventure with the captain of the Eternia guard, Man-At-Arms.

Check out the cover as well as the Sir Laser Lot action figure after the jump.

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Masters of the Universe #1

Sir Laser Lot

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Clifton Quest

June 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I remember there being a contest when I was in third grade for kids to design the next He-man character. I created Spy-Dor: a Skeletor minion who had the lower body of a spider and the upper body of a fuzzy man. He was the raddest thing ever! If only I were Vice President of DC Entertainment, I could show the world the glory of Spy-Dor!

@Clifton—nice.

How about they focus on the HUGE selection of great characters to choose from instead of indulging John’s every whim????

On their first He Man output …. “lets confuse all the long time fans by having our first story be about a some new character who no one knows about, or has an investment in – that is sure to get the nostalgia going and get them back for the next installment!!” … Not!

That’s pretty awesome. Such are the perks of being a DC executive. I like how Johns had these ideas as a kid and NEVER let them go.

MOTU “Classics” features a new character, how does that make sense? And putting “Adult Collector” on the package is sort of an unfortunate thing. I mean this isn’t some intricate Spawn statue type figure thats both unplayable and “adult”, its a He-Man toy! They should be made for kids to play with!

Actually what 8 year old me would bring to life would be:

Action figures for Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog.

He-Man was after my time.

Surprisingly bitter responses (or not, I suppose) for a character with a name that makes him sound like he’s always been a He-Man character

I also entered that contest. I wish I had the guy I drew; it was awesome for my 9-year-old age.

My guy was a Horde minion with a bat theme and he threw boomerangs shaped like bats and his name was Bat-A-Rang.

I had no concept of intellectual property.

I’m loving the MOTU comic revival; I hope they’re great and that sales are good enough that we can keep getting them for a while. Odd choice to use a new character for the debut installment, though. At least the talent involved is top-notch, and that’ll hopefully be enough to get a good number of readers in from the get-go.

King Air-thur

June 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

“sir laser-lot”

Crap… that’s very “Geoff Johnsnish”! :P

Sorry, but I’m a fan of Sir Laserlot. It sounds like it should have been a He Man character all along. Awesome stuff. Pretty cool that they’re finally making the He-Ro figure too.

Don’t let all the negative he-man.org people come in and spoil the fun! Sir-Laser-Lot is awesome and so is his story! Looking forward to his action figure too!

Sir Lazer-Lot is one of the stupidest names I’ve ever heard.

Which makes it RIGHT at home with the rest of the Masters of the Universe. Kudos Johns!

I’m sure I’ve complained before about how sad it is the comic book industry thrives on old, recycled ideas . . . but seriously . . . Mr. Johns didn’t have to go to the trouble of making a point of it.

While I’m glad his wish came true, I think its kind of sad at the same time. Why doesn’t he try giving something new to the DCU? A new character that would stick and maybe not be based on something that’s already been done, say like all the people over at Image.

@Jesus S!, people don’t want anything new just the some old stories and characters over and over again. Just look at Avengers vs. X-Men and when Image or other publishers comics star outselling Marvel and DC’s then you can say something.

I too am offended and outraged — nay, OUTRAGED — by the lack of tact demonstrated here. Will the industry ever regain face after this story’s publication? At the risk of appearing hyperbolic, dear friends, I fear the answer is no. Unless a public apology is issued by Mr. Johns it’s possible I may purchase none — that’s right, I said and meant NONE — of the variant covers released in conjunction with this series.

Ok, but seriously here people. The idea that this guy (sigh, even Geoff Freaking Johns whose work I have a love/meh relationship with) is able to bring a character to life that he first doodled at the breakfast table while slurping C-3POs… my God, that’s just awesome! The sheer wish fulfillment factor of it alone makes it utterly charming. It’s just plain a lot of fun. Why is that even remotely a bad thing? In conclusion: a sense of humor — get one.

This character is hilarious!And yes that’s a great name.

Backstory for the haters: Mattel wanted to put out a series of *brand new characters* in its MOTUC line to celebrate He-Man’s 30th Anniversary, and they wanted one of those characters to be created by a celebrity writer or artist, or at least somebody famous in geek circles. The catch: this toy line is run on a shoestring budget, which meant whoever did it had to be willing to come up with an original idea and give it to Mattel for free. After putting the call out and asking around, Geoff Johns was the *only* one willing to give up an original character without expecting to be paid for it.

So this isn’t the story of a DC executive getting a nice perk. This is the story of a creator contributing to a mythos he’s been a fan of all his life, and expecting little in return, due to his love of the concept. However, I assumed he’ll at least be comped a free action figure.

I´m so happy about every MOTU article I see at the moment. He-Man and his companions have been a big part of my childhood and I´ve been somewhat nostalgic recently.

Hope to see more than just the new mini by DC. I´ll buy each issue a couple of times.

Man the toy business is sleazier than I expected. Shame Johns (although not surprisong for such a company man) indulged them to basically give them and other companies the OK to do it again down the line.

I’m generally not a fan of Johns’s work to say the least, but not even my bitter, dark heart can prevent me from smiling at this story.

Kevin Krayden

June 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

Actually, to the haters out there, Mattel approached several big name creators about creating characters for their 30th Anniversary Line that celebrates new characters (which makes sense, right?). Due to the budget for this series being fairly low, these creators would not be paid. It would just be for the “cool factor” of having a creation of theirs made into a figure. Johns is the only one who accepted, because he’s a fan, and he thought it was a cool idea.

He wasn’t flexing his muscles as a VP. They approached him (along with others). He basically “gave” them this character because he wanted to, and because they asked him.

Not so selfish, if you ask me. He’s not making any money off of the toy (although I’m sure he is for the comic, since he wrote it, but you won’t hear me complaining. I’d never complain about new MOTU comics).

Kevin Krayden

June 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

Wow, Jeff, I didn’t even see your post, lol.

How did that happen?

Kevin Krayden

June 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

Am I your clone, or something? lol

This is a pretty cool idea if you think of it from the point of view of a little kid. If you had told me when I was eight that those new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character ideas I would doodle on sketch pads might someday become real TMNT figures, I would have been over the moon.

As a confessed Johns loather, it is interesting to see even as a child he had a distinct lack of imagination, unusual for one so young. Yeah, the name is corny enough to fit in with Webstor, Fisto and co, and it’s kind of neat that a guy gets to live out his dream by getting an action figure made, but the idea is lame.
It’s pretty much what I would expect from a guy who has made a career out of tweaking other people’s better ideas and reinventing the DCU as he sees hit in all its super serious fan-fiction glory.
What can we expect? Grittingly adult stories? (Read suggestions of inappropriate sexuality and graphic violence?) Retcons to explain that may be deemed unworthy or, heaven forbid, child friendly? Lots of splash panels with heroes running towards the camera and He-Man now a bad ass ladies man who takes no sh!t from authority no sir!!!
Johns should write himself into the story as Crapyritor!!

Typo, it not hit.
Or you could add another s. At the front.

Do you mean to tell me Geoff Johns is going to be writing for a long running franchise that has a strong central character and he will barely use him as a main protagonist?

WHAT a surprise!

Maybe He-Man and Green Lantern should just retire and hand up their costumes as their universes seem to get on just fine without them.

It’s a business arrangement.

Mattel produces the DC Universe Classics toyline and also made the Green Lantern movie toyline, developing a working relationship with Geoff Johns, who worked on the movie. Now Mattel is finally getting a MOTU comic made by DC Comics, while Geoff Johns gets his character created after all of this time. Sir Laser-Lot is the first character focused on.

I don’t care about Geoff Johns but it’s AWESOME that his childhood character is going to become a part of the MOTUniverse. If only we could all be so lucky!

That said, my fan character was a goofy rabbit hero. I don’t think he’d sell a lot of toys!

Oh I don’t know, Bugs Bunny and Yojimbo didn’t do too bad.

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He-Man.org message board people are the nastiest fans on the net and they themselves should be called evil warriors. Dumb and Nasty is what they are. Here we get great new characters for the MOTU cannon, but they are met with nothing but hate and criticism from these “fans”. Literally any new figure that is shown is also met with criticism and soon after photoshopped by a “fan” as to how it could be better. Now we finally get new media in the form of comics and even that isn’t good enough for these people.

MOTU Classics Toyline is the best there ever has been, and I for one love the new comics. It’s too bad these “fans” don’t appreciate it.

Sir Laser Lot? Isn’t that the name of that rapper who likes BIG BUTTS?

I also made my own He-Man character when I was a kid. His name was HANG-OR!

Most of the names of MOTU characters ended with “OR”. Hang-or was actually a clothes hanger… that’s it!

Just recently I found some old MOTU Magazines in my attic. It was a quarterly magazine published by Telepictures from 1985 to the late 80′s. OH MY! I used to love the covers and poster art by Conan artist Earl Norem! In fact, he has some those images on his website. No one could bring those MOTU characters to life like Norem.

Ah, those were the days!

I entered the design contest as a kid, but being that I had no artistic ability I cheated and had my older brother design my character. My character was a complete rip-off of Magneto’s powers, but my guy had a horseshoe shaped magnets for hands and the figure could have been magnetic. I can’t remember what I named him but but I probably just ripped off Marvel and called him Magnetor! But considering that DC and Marvel have similar characters I see no reason Magnetor couldn’t have worked. Plus how cool would that figure have been? You could stick him to your refrigerator.

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