He-Man storyboards

MU17BG153_CastleGrayskull.jpeg Robert Lamb, a Filmation artist staffer who worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, rescued this wonderful artwork from the show.
One of the joys and privileges I had during my time at Filmation was checking out what artists in other departments were creating. I especially sought out the background painters and layout artists, marveling at their work. One day after work, I spied blue pencil drawings sticking out of a folder lying in the open dumpster next to my car. After a quick check for possible witnesses, I dove in and retrieved a treasure of 1st season Masters of the Universe background layouts.
Mr. Lamb's homepage [via Flooby Nooby].


  1. Background layouts and not boards? Also, it sounds like Robert didn’t draw these but rescued them out of the dumpster. Still, awesome.

    1. Lamb didn’t draw them he found them.
      He was a storyboard artist, so keep looking on the site and you’ll find the boards he made back in the day.

  2. Great stuff.
    How closely did the cartoon artists work with the toy designers? Which came first? I know that some of those 80’s shows were based on toy lines.

  3. So much work goes into cartoons, it’s sad that a lot of the materials get destroyed.

    The mid-80’s saw a return to full animation, away from the limited style of the Hanna Barbara era.

  4. It must have been hard to select the picture for the BB post from among all one of them on the source blog posting.

  5. Classic show business tale – it starts out with architectural drawings and ends up with close-ups of male boobage.

  6. I don’t care about cartoons but I’d love to put something like this on ebay if I found it. I wonder what copyright laws say about art from the dumpster.

    1. I’d be curious to know about that as well.

      The ‘defacto’ I was always told, was that if it’s at the curb, in the garbage pile, it belongs to the finder. But then again, that may just be my own wishful thinking.

  7. background artists are the great unsung heroes of cartoon animation.

    Look at the old Popeye cartoons. I mean the really old ones, from the 1930s. Those backgrounds are gorgeous. The interiors of houses, the streetscapes, the saloons.

    I always wanted to live in a house like the ones in the old Popeye cartoons.

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