Alias


King Hiss
Nick Name
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Civilian ID
King Hiss
Occupation
King of the Snakemen
Legal Status
King of the Snakemen
Nation or Planet of Origin
Eternia
Group Affiliation
Snake Men
Base of Operations
Snake Mountain, Infinita
Height
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Weight
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Eye Color
Red
Hair Color
None
Known Powers
Humanoid serpent with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability able to command reptiles.
Accessories
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Common Enemies

Battle Cat

Bionotops

Buzz-Off

Clamp Champ

Extendar

Fisto

Gwildor

He-Man

King Randor

Man-At-Arms

Man-E-Faces

Mekaneck

Mossman

Orko

Queen Marlena

Ram Man

Rio Blast

Roboto

Rokkon

Rotar

Snout Spout

Sorceress

Stonedarr

Stratos

Sy-clone

Teela

Turbodactyl

Tytus

Zoar

Zodak


Regularly Appearing
Masters of the Universe Vol. 1, 2 & 3
First Appearance

DC Comics Presents Vol. 1 #47 (July, 1982)


Note: Initially a line of action-figures produced by Mattel, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was spun-off into print and television media as a means of advertising.


Before the DC Comics Presents appearance of He-Man, the character first appeared in a series of illustrated storybook mini-comics that were included with the initial 1982 release of the toys. The first mini-comic titled He-Man and the Power Sword, told the story of how a nameless ax-wielding barbarian saved the Sorceress and was gifted with great powers. Because there was no existing media depicting the Masters of the Universe characters, the comic was produced as a means of marketing the toys to compete with other toy lines that were derived from movies or television.


In a meeting with Toys R Us, Mattel's largest buyer, it was pointed out that the target audience for the toy line was too young to read; essentially negating the comic as a marketing tool. A member of the Mattel team bluffed Toys R Us into believing that a pair of one-hour television specials were in the works. When the animation company Filmation was approached with the project, Mattel was informed that they could produce an entire season for the same financial investment of two one-hour episodes. Mattel ordered a first season of 65 episodes, which aired in the United States starting in Sept. 1983. The cartoon would air 103 original episodes until 1985, and spin-off into two new future He-Man cartoons, and She-Ra: Princess of Power, a show more targeted towards girls.


He-Man was introduced in comics through a team up with Superman in DC Comics Presents, and a three issue limited-series was produced by DC in 1982. Marvel Comics produced a twelve issue run under its Star line of comics, targeted at younger readers in 1986. Image Comics began publishing a new line of Masters of the Universe comics in 2003.


Creator

Mattel


Television series bible created by Michael Halperin.


DC Comics Credit

Paul Kupperberg & Curt Swan


Origin

Centuries ago, Eternia was ruled by a race of Snakemen lead by the evil King Hiss - who enslaved the human inhabitants.


A revolution arose and the mystic Eldor trapped King Hiss within the labyrinths below Snake Mountain, binding him mystically within the rocks. Leaderless the Snakemen were overwhelmed and peace reigned over the planet.


The peace was not to last - in time the sorcerer Skeletor would free King Hiss who would recruit a small cabal of serpent men to serve the forces of evil.


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