This article is about the final story of the Generation One UK comic. For the final issue of the Generation One US comic, see End of the Road! (Marvel US comic).


Even humans are bigger than the Stunticons!

The Autobots struggle to rescue Irwin Spoon - but is this what the Decepticons want?

Generation One (Marvel UK) > Issue # 289
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Marvel UK issue #289

Writer: Simon Furman
Art: Staz
Letters: Gary Gilbert

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans


Motormaster speeds along a motorway, crushing all in his path, with Irwin trapped in his cab. Prowl comes alongside the Stunticon but Motormaster knocks him off the road. Behind him Jazz, Bumblebee, Sunstreaker, Tracks and Wheeljack speed along in pursuit. Wheeljack breaks off to help Prowl but the others prepare to advance on Motormaster. However waiting at a junction are Dead End, Drag Strip and Breakdown who speed off to help their leader.

Inside the cab Irwin asks why he has been captured and Motormaster explains that the Decepticons don't want the humans to know the truth about the Autobot-Decepticon conflict, otherwise their armed forces might side with the Autobots. Irwin tries promising not to write his story but the offer falls on deaf ears. Meanwhile, Bombshell, in his beetle mode, is hiding in the cab.

Jazz transforms and shoots out Motormaster's rear tires, causing the Stunticon to veer all over the road. In revenge Breakdown smashes into the Autobot. Both Autobot and Stunticon are damaged. Motormaster jettisons his trailer, leaving it turning to block the road. Bumblebee and Tracks get past it but Sunstreaker is hit in the bonnet.

Bumblebee and Tracks find themselves being pursued by Dead End and Drag Strip as they close in on Motormaster. The Stunticons prepare to ram the Autobots, but the latter quickly turn aside and it is Motormaster who is hit by his fellow Stunticons. Motormaster crashes. Bumblebee rips open his door and rescues Irwin who is concussed, but otherwise okay. They take him home.

Later Bombshell reports to Starscream that the mission was a success and Irwin has been implanted with a cerebro shell.

At home Irwin sits down to type his story. He writes of how he was held prisoner by the evil Autobots, "no doubt to blackmail the government."


  • Irwin's clothes have changed from the pullover and leather jacket he wore last issue to the jacket, tie and checked shirt he wore in his first issue.
  • However he's still wearing his second outfit on the cover.

Items of note

  • Irwin is now given a surname - "Spoon".
  • This is a rare story in which the Transformers are in their disguise modes for almost all the time. Only Jazz, Bumblebee, Tracks, Starscream and Bombshell appear in their robot modes, the latter four all on the final page.
  • Motormaster's trailer detaches from his cab mode without any seeming pain, despite his robot mode combining both sections.
  • This was the very last original strip in the UK series. From issue #290 the comic combined new US material with reprints of past colour UK stories.
  • Instead of naming the next story, the box at the end of this story states THE WAR GOES ON...


  • This story was reprinted in the Titan Books trade paperback "Perchance to Dream".
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