William Stout has had a long and eventful career as an illustrator and production designer—you can read all about it in the biography on his official website. His work has run in numerous publications, including Heavy Metal (see the October 1978 and September 1990 issues), and his filmography includes Buck Rogers, Conan, First Blood, Men in Black and Pan’s Labyrinth. And then there was Masters of the Universe. The 1987 movie seemed like a good idea, given the popularity of the toys, but the Cannon Films production, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor, was a flop.
But these amazing drawings by production designer William Stout are surely blameless—hell, if these were all we’d seen, we’d guess that it might be a good movie. Or at least a good comic book. Thanks to MOTUmovie.com for collecting and preserving these. The good folks behind that site have also done an extensive Interview with William Stout that is worth reading.
Say, whatever happened to ol’ Dolph Lundgren anyway? Well, the now 58-year-old Swede is cashing checks from three Expendables films and has a movie opening this weekend—Skin Trade.