- Abraham Dante is a human Headmaster in the IDW continuity portion of the Generation 1 continuity family
IDW comics continuity
A police officer investigating the death of a man in the desert reported to Dante that their agent Stoker was dead. Soon afterwards, two of the visitors began a heavy-handed "clean up" operation by destroying all traces of Stoker's investigation, so Dante called in Drake to move up their plans to procure one of the visitors. Serving under a shadowy mechanoid, Dante reported on the progress resulting from the abduction of Sunstreaker and Hunter O'Nion. He was especially pleased to relate that the conspiracy theorist had taken the Headmaster implantation process like a trooper. When the mechanoid expressed his lack of patience over the slow progress, Dante reminded it that they must proceed carefully to avoid setbacks. Later, he showed the mechanoid the results of Hunter's upgrade, which pleased the machine. When Hunter asked what the Machination wanted with him, Dante stated that the young man had served his purpose, but supposed he could be reconditioned to be part of their new world order.
After the first batch of Headmasters proved to be a rousing success, Dante underwent the process himself, binary bonding with his Cybertronian master. The human commented that he had a new lease on life, perhaps implying that he was terminally ill prior to the process. Combined, Scorponok lived again!
Dante/Scorponok, now fully merged barring some pronoun trouble, planted a mole named Kloss into Skywatch who inserted a virus into Grimlock, freeing him from Skywatch's control. When Grimlock escaped, Dante combined with Scorponok and met Grimlock with an offer of an alliance for world conquest. Grimlock refused and they battled, with Grimlock losing. Before he could be killed, Grimlock teleported to his still-functional ship. Dante later planned to take control of the other Dynobots and use them to destroy Grimlock.