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Comic: "The Menace Of Trap Jaw"
Published by: Other
Written by: Steven Grant
Artist: Mark Texeira

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 1/21/2008

Plot: Skeletor travels to another dimension in an attempt to gain control over Castle Grayskull and accidentally brings Trap Jaw back to Eternia with him. Naturally, this accident results in his plans being foiled... as usual.

Review: While I've never been a true comic book geek, it hasn't stopped me from being able to appreciate some of the good ones and laugh at the bad ones over the years. When think back on it, I'd have to say my first exposure to comics was with the original Masters of the Universe toyline which included a mini-comic with every figure. Granted, most of those comics were far more basic than your average graphic novel or ongoing series, but they provided some great storylines for us kids to act out with our favorite hero and villain action figures. Out of all the characters in He-Man's crazy universe, there is nobody who I liked more than Trap Jaw. Maybe it's because he had blue skin, maybe it's because he had an iron jaw, maybe it's because he had interchangeable arm weapons... whatever the case, I simply thought he was the coolest character from day one. "The Menace Of Trap Jaw" is the mini-comic that came with Trap Jaw's action figure and it was our introduction to him.

Interestingly enough, our very first glimpse of Trap Jaw inside the comic features him not only with yellow/green skin instead of blue, but he's also actually making use of that peculiar loop that was on top of his helmet. What's it for? Why, to slide down ropes and escape to freedom, of course! The beauty of toys when you're a kid is that you can suspend all logic and reason because... well... you don't have much to begin with at that age. Allow me to explain the difference between the mind of a child and an adult:

Adult: "He's using his helmet to slide down a rope? What the hell is wrong with his hands that he can't use them!? Wouldn't that hurt his neck having all his body weight suspended by his helmet strap? Where does he keep the rope and how does he find the time to thread it through the loop before those guards catch him? THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL!!!"

Child: "Of course he's using his helmet to slide on a rope! Why wouldn't he!?"

Fortunately for Mattel (and for the imagination of kids), they weren't designing the He-Man toys and comics for adults.

Anyway, so the story is that Skeletor accidentally brings Trap Jaw from another dimension back to Eternia, but good ol' TJ ends up smack dab in the middle o' Castle Grayskull. Soon he emerges from the castle, having harnessed its power and blasts Man-At-Arms, Teela and He-Man. Naturally, this doesn't kill them because, you know... blasts from an arm cannon would only stun somebody in real life, right? Right.

Trap Jaw then turns on Skeletor as well, setting one of his own spells against him. It's at this point that He-Man and Skeletor reluctantly decide to combine their two halves of the power sword to zap the seemingly invincible Trap Jaw. Sure enough, this desperate effort works out and Trap Jaw is knocked unconscious with Grayskull's powers drained from his body. Skeletor then picks up Trap Jaw and declares that the day wasn't a total loss because he now has a new servant.

And that's really all there is to this simple mini-comic other than a few advertisements for the ol' MOTU toys. It's really a shame more toys these days don't come with mini-comics. They may not be true literary works of genius, but it's the little extras like this which can make a toyline all the more memorable in the long run.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

AWESOME
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:48 PM
Good 'ol He-man, it's a wonder why no one wore pants, they just wore loin-cloths or tights.
Clap if you love Dynamo
Jan 21st, 2008, 07:03 PM
I remember this mini comic. I was a huge Trap-Jaw fan also. For me it was absolutely the interchangeable arms.
The Power of Grayskull
Jan 21st, 2008, 07:22 PM
God, I loved and love He-man. I still have every single one of my toys and even watched an episode of the MOTU cartoon the other day and it was bliss. Sadly though, I didn't care much for the mini-comics as a kid, so I missed out on that side of He-man. But I think my dad insisted we keep them safe and stored away somewhere so he probably still has them in pristine condition somewhere. That would be awesome to get my hands on them now :D
Ordinary Blogger
Jan 21st, 2008, 08:49 PM
I have the comic with Man-e-Faces now that one rocked. Oj on a side not Great Lakes Avengers/GL-X-men/great lakes intiative/Great lakes champions is the best written drwan and all around BEST Comic ever it deserves a review and if there was one it needs MORE!!!!!!!!
Ordinary Blogger
Jan 21st, 2008, 08:50 PM
Oh and my spelling need work HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!
Forum Virgin
Jan 21st, 2008, 10:26 PM
I wonder how long it will be before he-man gets a movie. Maybe it will be as cool as transformers was. I'm sure that they would figure out a way to get product placements into Eternia somehow.
Fanboy
Jan 22nd, 2008, 06:32 AM
There was a Masters of the Universe movie made in 1987 -

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093507/

Get yourself a dose of Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. Gouging out your eyes was never so much fun.

I also think it's a shame they don't do things like the mini-comics with toys anymore. You'd get them with everything - G.I. Joe, Transformers, Sectaurs, MASK, etc - and they were all great fun, adding (usually bizarre) details to the greater 'canon' of the toy-line.
Eating angry potatos.
Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:54 AM
I darn near laughed to death when my eyes played a trick on me.....
I read: "The Menace Of Trap JEW"! Haha, that would be a great comic too.
Ordinary Blogger
Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:59 AM
Hey anybody remember Fisto (great name) he had a Giant Iron Fist for a hand he had a Evil Version But the Nam escapes me He was an Asian guy who had a Golden hand that he would use to chop things wit ( No lie talk about your stereo types) If anyone Know His name Please post it. Its bugging the heck outta me.Oh both charecters was fron He-man but the was like the second edition toy line or something.
is hopped up on goofballs
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:40 AM
Ju-Jitsu was his name I believe.
The Magnificent Bastard
Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:22 PM
I must be reverse aging, because when I was a kid I actually did over-analyze everything, but now I'm much more forgiving of "cartoon logic".
Forum Virgin
Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:24 AM
Masters of the Universe:Icons of Evil has an awesome story recounting the origin of Trapjaw. Merman,Beastman, and Triclops round out the rest of the 4 issue run. More of a Longbox thing, but MoTU related. Jitsu was the name of the evil asian counter part of Fisto.
Fookin' up planets!
Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:05 AM
so... a question?

You encounter a prostitute whose nickname is "Trap Jaw"....
Run away or proceed?
An Arizona Horror Company
Jan 23rd, 2008, 05:05 AM
The MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie was hilarious, in the way that World War II was hilarious or leprosy is hilarious. Hopefully Frank Langella (Skeletor in this mess of a film) has since replaced his agent....
なにをみてんだよ
Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:17 PM
My favs were Hordak and the Evil Horde. However, by some shitty decision by some shitty exec at Filmmation, they ended up being the villains in the She-Ra cartoons as opposed to Masters of the Universe; which was the toy-line they belonged to. To see my favorite toys in action, I had to plod through girly plots centered around toys I didn't care about. Bastards.
James Brown in hiding
Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:47 PM
I'm pretty sure they used that loop on his head in the toy commercial. I just used to love Trap Jaw in the cartoon but he didn't bite enough shit.
Member
Jan 24th, 2008, 05:05 AM
The movie was amaaaaaazing. Courtney Cox, Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, and an 80s style plot which hinges on one guy's ability to play a synthesizer? COUNT ME IN.
pickled
Jan 30th, 2008, 05:38 PM
I miss He-Man. Lets just hope they don't make a live action movie about him... Oh wait.