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{{quote|Four million years ago, they came from '''Cybertron''', a world composed entirely of machinery...a world torn by an age-old war between the heroic '''Autobots''' and the evil '''Decepticons'''. These incredibly powerful living robots, capable of converting themselves into land and air vehicles, weapons and other mechanical forms, continue their conflict here on '''Earth'''. They are...'''THE TRANSFORMERS'''|Generation 1 introductory blurb}}
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{{quote|Four million years ago, they came from '''Cybertron''', a world composed entirely of machinery... a world torn by an age-old war between the heroic '''Autobots''' and the evil '''Decepticons'''. These incredibly powerful living robots, capable of converting themselves into land and air vehicles, weapons and other mechanical forms, continue their conflict here on '''Earth'''. They are... '''THE TRANSFORMERS'''|Generation One introductory blurb}}
 
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[[Image:MarvelUS-01.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The heroic Autobots fight to crush Earth's highways.]]
 
[[Image:MarvelUS-01.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The heroic Autobots fight to crush Earth's highways.]]
   
'''''The Transformers''''', the monthly comic book published in the US by [[Marvel Comics]], was the very first original fiction to feature the famous robots in disguise, as well as the longest-running. It started life as a four-issue, bimonthly limited series in 1984, but proved so popular that it continued publication as an ongoing monthly until spring of 1991. The series ultimately reached 80 issues and spun off several miniseries.
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'''''The Transformers''''', the monthly comic book published in the U.S. by [[Marvel Comics]], was the very first original fiction to feature the famous robots in disguise, as well as the longest-running. It started life as a four-issue, bimonthly limited series in 1984, but proved so popular that it continued publication as an ongoing monthly until spring of 1991. The series ultimately reached 80 issues and spun off several miniseries.
   
 
The series established the [[Marvel Comics continuity]], which would form the basis for several successor stories over the years.
 
The series established the [[Marvel Comics continuity]], which would form the basis for several successor stories over the years.
   
Nearly all of the US stories were later published by Marvel UK, along with new stories that fit between the gaps of the US tales. See ''[[#Marvel UK|Marvel UK]]'' below.
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Nearly all of the U.S. stories were later published by Marvel UK, along with new stories that fit between the gaps of the U.S. tales. See ''[[#Marvel UK|Marvel UK]]'' below.
   
==Marvel US==
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An attempt to list a complete (in story) chronology of all Marvel comics stories (US and UK) is [[Marvel Comics timeline/Reading order|here]].
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==Marvel U.S.==
 
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!align=center bgcolor=#6699CC|'''<font color="white">Marvel US issues:</font>'''
 
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|| [[The Transformers (comic issue)|#1]] | [[Power Play!|#2]] | [[Prisoner of War!|#3]] | [[The Last Stand|#4]] | [[The New Order|#5]] | [[The Worse of Two Evils!|#6]] | [[Warrior School!|#7]] | [[Repeat Performance!|#8]] | [[DIS-Integrated Circuits!|#9]] | [[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#10]] | [[Brainstorm!|#11]] | [[Prime Time!|#12]] | [[Shooting Star!|#13]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#14]] | [[I, Robot-Master!|#15]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#16]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#17]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#18]] | [[Command Performances!|#19]] | [[Showdown!|#20]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#21]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#22]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#23]] | [[Afterdeath!|#24]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#25]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#26]] | [[King of the Hill!|#27]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#28]] | [[Crater Critters|#29]] | [[The Cure!|#30]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#31]] | [[Used Autobots|#32]] | [[Man of Iron!|#33]] | [[Man of Iron!|#34]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#35]] | [[Spacehikers!|#36]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#37]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#38]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#39]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#40]] | [[Totalled!|#41]] | [[People Power!|#42]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#43]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#44]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#45]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#46]] | [[Club Con!|#47]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#48]] | [[Cold War!|#49]] | [[Dark Star!|#50]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#51]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#52]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#53]] | [[King Con!|#54]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#55]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#56]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#57]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#58]] | [[Skin Deep|#59]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#60]] | [[Primal Scream|#61]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#62]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#63]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#64]] | [[Dark Creation|#65]] | [[All Fall Down!|#66]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#67]] | [[The Human Factor!|#68]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#69]] | [[The Price of Life!|#70]] | [[Surrender!|#71]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#72]] | [[Out of Time!|#73]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#74]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#75]] | [[Still Life!|#76]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#77]] | [[A Savage Circle|#78]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#79]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#80]]
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|| [[The Transformers (comic issue)|#1]] | [[Power Play!|#2]] | [[Prisoner of War!|#3]] | [[The Last Stand|#4]] | [[The New Order|#5]] | [[The Worse of Two Evils!|#6]] | [[Warrior School!|#7]] | [[Repeat Performance!|#8]] | [[DIS-Integrated Circuits!|#9]] | [[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#10]] | [[Brainstorm!|#11]] | [[Prime Time!|#12]] | [[Shooting Star!|#13]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#14]] | [[I, Robot-Master!|#15]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#16]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#17]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#18]] | [[Command Performances!|#19]] | [[Showdown!|#20]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#21]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#22]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#23]] | [[Afterdeath!|#24]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#25]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#26]] | [[King of the Hill!|#27]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#28]] | [[Crater Critters|#29]] | [[The Cure!|#30]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#31]] | [[Used Autobots|#32]] | [[Man of Iron!|#33]] | [[Man of Iron!|#34]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#35]] | [[Spacehikers!|#36]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#37]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#38]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#39]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#40]] | [[Totaled!|#41]] | [[People Power!|#42]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#43]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#44]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#45]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#46]] | [[Club Con!|#47]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#48]] | [[Cold War!|#49]] | [[Dark Star!|#50]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#51]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#52]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#53]] | [[King Con!|#54]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#55]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#56]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#57]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#58]] | [[Skin Deep|#59]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#60]] | [[Primal Scream|#61]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#62]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#63]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#64]] | [[Dark Creation|#65]] | [[All Fall Down|#66]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#67]] | [[The Human Factor!|#68]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#69]] | [[The Price of Life!|#70]] | [[Surrender!|#71]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#72]] | [[Out of Time!|#73]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#74]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#75]] | [[Still Life!|#76]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#77]] | [[A Savage Circle|#78]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#79]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#80]]
 
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[[Image:Autobotline.gif|thumb|left|250px|After watching traffic reports for an hour, they finally decided to just stay home.]]
 
[[Image:Autobotline.gif|thumb|left|250px|After watching traffic reports for an hour, they finally decided to just stay home.]]
   
The story begins with a brief history of Cybertron and its civil war, which eventually causes the planet to become lost in space. Battling aboard the ''[[Ark (G1)|Ark]]'', the original 28 characters crash-land on Earth four million years ago and awaken in the (then-)present day of 1984. The quest for fuel becomes their initial goal, driving the first several issues.
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The story begins with a brief history of [[Cybertron (planet)|Cybertron]] and its [[Great War|civil war]], which eventually causes the planet to become lost in space. Battling aboard the ''[[Ark (G1)|Ark]]'', the original 28 characters crash-land on [[Earth]] four million years ago and awaken in the (then-)present day of 1984. The quest for [[Energon (fuel)|fuel]] becomes their initial goal, driving the first several issues.
   
As the first fiction in the entire franchise, the initial issues of ''Transformers'' were breaking completely new ground. Early issues contain a variety of plot points and conventions, some of which would go on to shape the very mythos...and others that would fall by the wayside, forgotten and hilariously quaint. The concept of the life-giving Creation Matrix is a good example of the former group; "naturally occurring gears and levers" comes to mind for the latter.
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As the first fiction in the entire [[The Transformers (franchise)|franchise]], the initial issues of ''Transformers'' were breaking completely new ground. Early issues contain a variety of plot points and conventions, some of which would go on to shape the very mythos... avghbnbvbbnbnnnvnbd others that would fall by the wayside, forgotten and hilariously quaint. The concept of the life-giving [[Matrix of Leadership|Creation Matrix]] is a good example of the former group; "[[atechnogenesis|naturally occurring gears and levers]]" comes to mind for the latter.
   
[[Image:Newyorkunderbase.jpg|right|thumb|150px|With a single wave of Starscream's hand, Hound, Bluestreak, Hoist and Brawn cease to occupy valuable page space!]]
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[[Image:Newyorkunderbase.jpg|thumb|right|150px|With a single wave of Starscream's hand, Hound, Bluestreak, Hoist and Brawn cease to occupy valuable page space!]]
   
The book soon built its own elaborate and wide-reaching universe, including hundreds of characters{{m-}}Transformers, humans, aliens{{m-}}on Earth, Cybertron, and beyond. Late in the series, a long-running plot brought in the sinister menace of Unicron, giving him a backstory and build-up that for many fans surpassed his original appearance in ''[[The Transformers: The Movie]]'' for storytelling and gravitas. This backstory would eventually go on to eclipse the origin given in the cartoon.
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The book soon built its own elaborate and wide-reaching universe, including hundreds of characters{{m-}}[[Transformer]]s, [[human]]s, [[alien]]s{{m-}}on Earth, Cybertron, and beyond. Late in the series, a long-running plot brought in the sinister menace of [[Unicron]], giving him a backstory and build-up that for many fans surpassed his original appearance in ''[[The Transformers: The Movie]]'' for storytelling and gravitas. This backstory would eventually go on to eclipse the origin given in the [[The Transformers (cartoon)|cartoon]].
   
Because it was a book intended [[to sell toys]], ''Transformers'' featured an ever-rotating cast. New Transformers were often hastily brought in to meet the demands of Hasbro, and older "product" was often swept aside or killed off ''en masse'' in [[Dark Star!|epic, climactic battles]].
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Because it was a book intended [[to sell toys]], ''Transformers'' featured an ever-rotating cast. New Transformers were often hastily brought in to meet the demands of [[Hasbro]], and older "product" was often swept aside or killed off ''en masse'' in [[Dark Star!|epic, climactic battles]].
   
 
After some troubled times and steadily declining readership, the series was finally canceled at issue #80. A combination of factors was likely responsible: the Transformers toyline had become yesterday's fad, the core readership had grown older and moved on, and Hasbro seems to have pulled the plug.
 
After some troubled times and steadily declining readership, the series was finally canceled at issue #80. A combination of factors was likely responsible: the Transformers toyline had become yesterday's fad, the core readership had grown older and moved on, and Hasbro seems to have pulled the plug.
   
 
Several subsequent series would build upon the series; see ''[[Marvel Comics continuity]]'' for more information.
 
Several subsequent series would build upon the series; see ''[[Marvel Comics continuity]]'' for more information.
 
 
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===Creative Team===
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===Creative team===
 
[[Image:MarvelUS-75.jpg|thumb|left|150px|He's authorized to devour anyone not in the current product line.]]
 
[[Image:MarvelUS-75.jpg|thumb|left|150px|He's authorized to devour anyone not in the current product line.]]
   
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''Transformers'' is a bit notorious for wild swings in writing quality, as serious plots alternated with such strange concepts as [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|Micromaster wrestling]] and [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|ridiculous bounty hunters]]. Some of this may be attributed to Bob Budiansky's eventual burn-out; after years of having to warp his stories around to meet the latest toy-appearance demands from Hasbro, his later writing on the book showed a decline in quality. Among Transfans, he is sometimes remembered unfavorably because of this period, perhaps unfairly so considering his fundamental role in shaping the Transformers universe and most of its characters, as well as some of the book's [[Warrior School!|most gripping early stories]]. Still, even such oddball stories as "[[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom]]" and "[[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?]]" have both their merits and their fans.
 
''Transformers'' is a bit notorious for wild swings in writing quality, as serious plots alternated with such strange concepts as [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|Micromaster wrestling]] and [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|ridiculous bounty hunters]]. Some of this may be attributed to Bob Budiansky's eventual burn-out; after years of having to warp his stories around to meet the latest toy-appearance demands from Hasbro, his later writing on the book showed a decline in quality. Among Transfans, he is sometimes remembered unfavorably because of this period, perhaps unfairly so considering his fundamental role in shaping the Transformers universe and most of its characters, as well as some of the book's [[Warrior School!|most gripping early stories]]. Still, even such oddball stories as "[[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom]]" and "[[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?]]" have both their merits and their fans.
   
Budiansky himself proposed that Simon Furman take over as the US series writer.<ref>[http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/tidbits/otfcc2004.txt Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes]</ref> With the changeover, the stories took on a more serious tone, relying on character conflict more than outlandish plot devices. Many fans regard Furman's run on the original book as one of the high points of all Transformers fiction.
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Budiansky himself proposed that Simon Furman take over as the U.S. series writer.<ref>[http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/tidbits/otfcc2004.txt Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes]</ref> With the changeover, the stories took on a more serious tone, relying on character conflict more than outlandish plot devices. Many fans regard Furman's run on the original book as one of the high points of all Transformers fiction.
   
The comic was written in "Marvel Style", where the the writer gives the artist a plot outline instead of a full script. The artist then lays out the pages himself; afterward the writer comes back in and scripts the dialog based on the artist's work. This approach gives the artist a larger role in telling the story than simply drawing what the writer tells them to.<ref>[http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/tidbits/otfcc2004.txt Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes]</ref>
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The comic was written in "Marvel Style", where the writer gives the artist a plot outline instead of a full script. The artist then lays out the pages himself; afterward the writer comes back in and scripts the dialog based on the artist's work. This approach gives the artist a larger role in telling the story than simply drawing what the writer tells them to.<ref>[http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/tidbits/otfcc2004.txt Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes]</ref>
 
A number of artists worked on ''Transformers'', but the most frequent pencilers include [[Frank Springer]], [[Don Perlin]], [[Jose Delbo]], [[Geoff Senior]], and [[Andrew Wildman]]. Also of particular note is colorist [[Nel Yomtov]], who colored every single issue of the book, as well as all of the related mini-series.
 
   
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A number of artists worked on ''Transformers'', but the most frequent pencilers included [[Frank Springer]], [[Don Perlin]], [[Jose Delbo]], [[Geoff Senior]], and [[Andrew Wildman]]. Also of particular note is colorist [[Nel Yomtov]], who colored every single issue of the book, as well as all of the related mini-series.
 
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Evidently considered a "deluxe format" book by Marvel, ''Transformers'' continued to be printed on Mando paper even after it became an ongoing series. <ref>''Marvel Age'' #23, November 1984</ref> It also remained at 75 cents—at least until [[King of the Hill!|issue 28]], when the price of the book rose to 1 dollar. Surprisingly, with the exception of the double-sized [[Dark Star!|issue 50]] and [[On the Edge of Extinction!|issue 75]], which were both priced at $1.50, ''The Transformers'' would remain at 1 dollar for the remainder of its original run.
 
Evidently considered a "deluxe format" book by Marvel, ''Transformers'' continued to be printed on Mando paper even after it became an ongoing series. <ref>''Marvel Age'' #23, November 1984</ref> It also remained at 75 cents—at least until [[King of the Hill!|issue 28]], when the price of the book rose to 1 dollar. Surprisingly, with the exception of the double-sized [[Dark Star!|issue 50]] and [[On the Edge of Extinction!|issue 75]], which were both priced at $1.50, ''The Transformers'' would remain at 1 dollar for the remainder of its original run.
 
 
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===Cover dates===
 
===Cover dates===
 
 
There is some confusion over when issues first appeared, due to changing practices regarding the cover dates. When the comic began in 1984, Marvel issues were normally cover dated four months ahead of their going on sale. This was partially a hangover from the days of fierce newsstand competition when each company tried to make its comics look newer than its rivals and partially a mechanism to compensate for slower distribution on newsstands and overseas sales.
 
There is some confusion over when issues first appeared, due to changing practices regarding the cover dates. When the comic began in 1984, Marvel issues were normally cover dated four months ahead of their going on sale. This was partially a hangover from the days of fierce newsstand competition when each company tried to make its comics look newer than its rivals and partially a mechanism to compensate for slower distribution on newsstands and overseas sales.
   
As a result of this although [[The Transformers (comic issue)|issue #1]] is cover dated September it went on sale in May. This is supported by the [http://groups.google.com/group/net.comics/msg/1cdaf7df610e0376?dmode=source&hl=en first Usenet post about Transformers] which was posted by Ted Nolan to net.comics on May 22nd 1984.
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As a result of this, although [[The Transformers (comic issue)|issue #1]] is cover dated September, it went on sale in May. This is supported by the [http://groups.google.com/group/net.comics/msg/1cdaf7df610e0376?dmode=source&hl=en first Usenet post about Transformers] which was posted by Ted Nolan to net.comics on May 22 1984.
 
In 1989 Marvel decided to rationalise things by moving to a system where the cover date was only two months in advance. In order to achieve this issues released in August 1989 have the cover date "Mid November", those in September 1989 have "December" and those in October "Mid December". The relevant ''Transformers'' issues were [[Skin Deep|#59]], [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#60]] and [[Primal Scream|#61]].
 
   
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In 1989, Marvel decided to rationalize things by moving to a system where the cover date was only two months in advance. In order to achieve this, issues released in August 1989 have the cover date "Mid November", those in September 1989 have "December" and those in October "Mid December". The relevant ''Transformers'' issues were [[Skin Deep|#59]], [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#60]] and [[Primal Scream|#61]].
 
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|| [[The Transformers (comic issue)|#1]] | [[The Transformers (comic issue)|#2]] | [[Power Play!|#3]] | [[Power Play!|#4]] | [[Prisoner of War!|#5]] | [[Prisoner of War!|#6]] | [[The Last Stand|#7]] | [[The Last Stand|#8]] | [[Man of Iron!|#9]] | [[Man of Iron!|#10]] | [[Man of Iron!|#11]] | [[Man of Iron!|#12]] | [[The Enemy Within!|#13]] | [[The Enemy Within!|#14]] | [[The Enemy Within!|#15]] | [[The Enemy Within!|#16]] | [[The Enemy Within!|#17]] | [[Raiders of the Last Ark|#18]] | [[Raiders of the Last Ark|#19]] | [[Raiders of the Last Ark|#20]] | [[Raiders of the Last Ark|#21]] | [[The New Order|#22]] | [[The New Order|#23]] | [[The Worse of Two Evils!|#24]] | [[The Worse of Two Evils!|#25]] | [[Warrior School!|#26]] | [[Repeat Performance!|#27]] | [[Repeat Performance!|#28]] | [[Decepticon Dam-Busters!|#29]] | [[Decepticon Dam-Busters!|#30]] | [[The Wrath of Guardian!|#31]] | [[The Wrath of Grimlock!|#32]] | [[DIS-Integrated Circuits!|#33]] | [[DIS-Integrated Circuits!|#34]] | [[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#35]] | [[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#36]] | [[Brainstorm!|#37]] | [[Brainstorm!|#38]] | [[Prime Time!|#39]] | [[Prime Time!|#40]] | [[Christmas Breaker!|#41]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#42]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#43]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#44]] | [[The Icarus Theory|#45]] | [[The Icarus Theory|#46]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#47]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#48]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#49]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#50]] | [[Shooting Star!|#51]] | [[Shooting Star!|#52]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#53]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#54]] | [[I, Robot Master!|#55]] | [[I, Robot Master!|#56]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#57]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#58]] | [[Robot Buster!|#59]] | [[Robot Buster!|#60]] | [[Devastation Derby!|#61]] | [[Devastation Derby!|#62]] | [[Second Generation!|#63]] | [[Second Generation!|#64]] | [[Second Generation!|#65]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#66]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#67]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#68]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#69]] | [[Command Performances|#70]] | [[Command Performances|#71]] | [[Showdown!|#72]] | [[Showdown!|#73]] | [[In the National Interest|#74]] | [[In the National Interest|#75]] | [[In the National Interest|#76]] | [[In the National Interest|#77]] | [[Target 2006|#78]] | [[Target 2006|#79]] | [[Target 2006|#80]] | [[Target 2006|#81]] | [[Target 2006|#82]] | [[Target 2006|#83]] | [[Target 2006|#84]] | [[Target 2006|#85]] | [[Target 2006|#86]] | [[Target 2006|#87]] | [[Target 2006|#88]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#89]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#90]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#91]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#92]] | [[The Gift|#93]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#94]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#95]] | [[Prey!|#96]] | [[Prey!|#97]] | [[...The Harder They Die!|#98]] | [[Under Fire!|#99]] | [[Distant Thunder!|#100]] | [[Fallen Angel|#101]] | [[Fallen Angel|#102]] | [[Resurrection!|#103]] | [[Resurrection!|#104]] | [[Afterdeath!|#105]] | [[Afterdeath!|#106]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#107]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#108]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#109]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#110]] | [[King of the Hill!|#111]] | [[King of the Hill!|#112]] | [[Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive|#113]] | [[Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive|#114]] | [[Burning Sky!|#115]] | [[Burning Sky!|#116]] | [[Hunters!|#117]] | [[Hunters!|#118]] | [[Fire on High!|#119]] | [[Fire on High!|#120]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#121]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#122]] | [[Crater Critters|#123]] | [[Crater Critters|#124]] | [[Ancient Relics!|#125]] | [[The Cure!|#126]] | [[The Cure!|#127]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#128]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#129]] | [[Worlds Apart!|#130]] | [[Worlds Apart!|#131]] | [[Kup's Story!|#132]] | [[Headhunt|#133]] | [[Headhunt|#134]] | [[Grudge Match!|#135]] | [[Grudge Match!|#136]] | [[Ladies' Night|#137]] | [[Ladies' Night|#138]] | [[Used Autobots|#139]] | [[Used Autobots|#140]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#141]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#142]] | [[Spacehikers!|#143]] | [[Spacehikers!|#144]] | [[Stargazing|#145]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#146]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#147]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#148]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#149]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#150]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#151]] | [[Enemy Action!|#152]] | [[Enemy Action!|#153]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#154]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#155]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#156]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#157]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#158]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#159]] | [[Salvage!|#160]] | [[Salvage!|#161]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#162]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#163]] | [[City of Fear!|#164]] | [[City of Fear!|#165]] | [[Legion of the Lost!|#166]] | [[Legion of the Lost!|#167]] | [[Meltdown!|#168]] | [[Meltdown!|#169]] | [[Deadly Games!|#170]] | [[Deadly Games!|#171]] | [[Wrecking Havoc|#172]] | [[Wrecking Havoc|#173]] | [[Totalled!|#174]] | [[Totalled!|#175]] | [[People Power!|#176]] | [[People Power!|#177]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#178]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#179]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#180]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#181]] | [[Space Pirates!|#182]] | [[Space Pirates!|#183]] | [[Space Pirates!|#184]] | [[Space Pirates!|#185]] | [[Space Pirates!|#186]] | [[Space Pirates!|#187]] | [[Firebug!|#188]] | [[Dry Run!|#189]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#190]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#191]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#192]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#193]] | [[Club Con!|#194]] | [[Club Con!|#195]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#196]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#197]] | [[Cold Comfort and Joy!|#198]] | [[Time Wars|#199]] | [[Time Wars|#200]] | [[Time Wars|#201]] | [[Time Wars|#202]] | [[Time Wars|#203]] | [[Time Wars|#204]] | [[Time Wars|#205]] | [[Cold War!|#206]] | [[Cold War!|#207]] | [[Dark Star!|#208]] | [[Dark Star!|#209]] | [[Dark Star!|#210]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#211]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#212]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#213]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#214]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#215]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#216]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#217]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#218]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#219]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#220]] | [[Survivors!|#221]] | [[Survivors!|#222]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#223]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#224]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#225]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#226]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#227]] | [[(Double) Deal of the Century!|#228]] | [[Hunting Party!|#229]] | [[The Big Shutdown!|#230]] | [[The Big Shutdown!|#231]] | [[King Con!|#232]] | [[King Con!|#233]] | [[King Con!|#234]] | [[King Con!|#235]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#236]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#237]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#238]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#239]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#240]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#241]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#242]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#243]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#244]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#245]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#246]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#247]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#248]] | [[Skin Deep|#249]] | [[Skin Deep|#250]] | [[Skin Deep|#251]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#252]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#253]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#254]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#255]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#256]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#257]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#258]] | [[Primal Scream|#259]] | [[Primal Scream|#260]] | [[Primal Scream|#261]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#262]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#263]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#264]] | [[Once Upon a Time...|#265]] | [[Life in the Slow Lane|#266]] | [[Snow Fun!|#267]] | [[Flashback!|#268]] | [[Mystery!|#269]] | [[The Bad Guy's Ball!|#270]] | [[The Living Nightlights!|#271]] | [[Cry Wolf!|#272]] | [[Wolf in the Fold!|#273]] | [[Where Wolf?|#274]] | [[Secrets|#275]] | [[Bugged!|#276]] | [[Internal Affairs!|#277]] | [[The House that Wheeljack Built!|#278]] | [[Divide and Conquer!|#279]] | [[The 4,000,000 Year Itch!|#280]] | [[Makin' Tracks!|#281]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#282]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#283]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#284]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#285]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#286]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#287]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#288]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#289]] | [[Dark Creation|#290]] | [[Dark Creation|#291]] | [[Dark Creation|#292]] | [[Dark Creation|#293]] | [[All Fall Down!|#294]] | [[All Fall Down!|#295]] | [[All Fall Down!|#296]] | [[All Fall Down!|#297]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#298]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#299]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#300]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#301]] | [[The Human Factor!|#302]] | [[The Human Factor!|#303]] | [[The Human Factor!|#304]] | [[The Human Factor!|#305]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#306]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#307]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#308]] | [[The Price of Life!|#309]] | [[The Price of Life!|#310]] | [[Surrender!|#311]] | [[Surrender!|#312]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#313]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#314]] | [[Out of Time!|#315]] | [[Out of Time!|#316]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#317]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#318]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#319]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#320]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#321]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#322]] | [[Still Life!|#323]] | [[Still Life!|#324]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#325]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#326]] | [[A Savage Circle|#327]] | [[A Savage Circle|#328]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#329]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#330]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#331]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#332]]
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[[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#35]] | [[The Next Best Thing to Being There!|#36]] | [[Brainstorm!|#37]] | [[Brainstorm!|#38]] | [[Prime Time!|#39]] | [[Prime Time!|#40]] | [[Christmas Breaker!|#41]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#42]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#43]] | [[Crisis of Command!|#44]] | [[The Icarus Theory|#45]] | [[The Icarus Theory|#46]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#47]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#48]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#49]] | [[Dinobot Hunt!|#50]] | [[Shooting Star!|#51]] | [[Shooting Star!|#52]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#53]] | [[Rock and Roll-Out!|#54]] | [[I, Robot Master!|#55]] | [[I, Robot Master!|#56]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#57]] | [[Plight of the Bumblebee!|#58]] | [[Robot Buster!|#59]] | [[Robot Buster!|#60]] | [[Devastation Derby!|#61]] | [[Devastation Derby!|#62]] | [[Second Generation!|#63]] | [[Second Generation!|#64]] | [[Second Generation!|#65]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#66]] | [[The Smelting Pool!|#67]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#68]] | [[The Bridge to Nowhere!|#69]] | [[Command Performances|#70]] | [[Command Performances|#71]] | [[Showdown!|#72]] | [[Showdown!|#73]] | [[In the National Interest|#74]] | [[In the National Interest|#75]] | [[In the National Interest|#76]] | [[In the National Interest|#77]] | [[Target 2006|#78]] | [[Target 2006|#79]] | [[Target 2006|#80]] | [[Target 2006|#81]] | [[Target 2006|#82]] | [[Target 2006|#83]] | [[Target 2006|#84]] | [[Target 2006|#85]] | [[Target 2006|#86]] | [[Target 2006|#87]] | [[Target 2006|#88]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#89]] | [[Aerialbots over America!|#90]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#91]] | [[Heavy Traffic!|#92]] | [[The Gift|#93]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#94]] | [[Decepticon Graffiti!|#95]] | [[Prey!|#96]] | [[Prey!|#97]] | [[...The Harder They Die!|#98]] | [[Under Fire!|#99]] | [[Distant Thunder!|#100]] | [[Fallen Angel|#101]] | [[Fallen Angel|#102]] | [[Resurrection!|#103]] | [[Resurrection!|#104]] | [[Afterdeath!|#105]] | [[Afterdeath!|#106]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#107]] | [[Gone But Not Forgotten!|#108]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#109]] | [[Funeral for a Friend!|#110]] | [[King of the Hill!|#111]] | [[King of the Hill!|#112]] | [[Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive|#113]] | [[Wanted - Galvatron Dead or Alive|#114]] | [[Burning Sky!|#115]] | [[Burning Sky!|#116]] | [[Hunters!|#117]] | [[Hunters!|#118]] | [[Fire on High!|#119]] | [[Fire on High!|#120]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#121]] | [[Mechanical Difficulties!|#122]] | [[Crater Critters|#123]] | [[Crater Critters|#124]] | [[Ancient Relics!|#125]] | [[The Cure!|#126]] | [[The Cure!|#127]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#128]] | [[Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom|#129]] | [[Worlds Apart!|#130]] | [[Worlds Apart!|#131]] | [[Kup's Story!|#132]] | [[Headhunt|#133]] | [[Headhunt|#134]] | [[Grudge Match!|#135]] | [[Grudge Match!|#136]] | [[Ladies' Night|#137]] | [[Ladies' Night|#138]] | [[Used Autobots|#139]] | [[Used Autobots|#140]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#141]] | [[Child's Play (comic issue)|#142]] | [[Spacehikers!|#143]] | [[Spacehikers!|#144]] | [[Stargazing|#145]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#146]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#147]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#148]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#149]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#150]] | [[The Legacy of Unicron!|#151]] | [[Enemy Action!|#152]] | [[Enemy Action!|#153]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#154]] | [[Toy Soldiers!|#155]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#156]] | [[Trial by Fire!|#157]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#158]] | [[The Desert Island of Space!|#159]] | [[Salvage!|#160]] | [[Salvage!|#161]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#162]] | [[Pretender to the Throne!|#163]] | [[City of Fear!|#164]] | [[City of Fear!|#165]] | [[Legion of the Lost!|#166]] | [[Legion of the Lost!|#167]] | [[Meltdown!|#168]] | [[Meltdown!|#169]] | [[Deadly Games!|#170]] | [[Deadly Games!|#171]] | [[Wrecking Havoc|#172]] | [[Wrecking Havoc|#173]] | [[Totalled!|#174]] | [[Totalled!|#175]] | [[People Power!|#176]] | [[People Power!|#177]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#178]] | [[The Cosmic Carnival!|#179]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#180]] | [[The Big Broadcast of 2006!|#181]] | [[Space Pirates!|#182]] | [[Space Pirates!|#183]] | [[Space Pirates!|#184]] | [[Space Pirates!|#185]] | [[Space Pirates!|#186]] | [[Space Pirates!|#187]] | [[Firebug!|#188]] | [[Dry Run!|#189]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#190]] | [[Monstercon from Mars!|#191]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#192]] | [[Ca$h and Car-nage!|#193]] | [[Club Con!|#194]] | [[Club Con!|#195]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#196]] | [[The Flames of Boltax!|#197]] | [[Cold Comfort and Joy!|#198]] | [[Time Wars|#199]] | [[Time Wars|#200]] | [[Time Wars|#201]] | [[Time Wars|#202]] | [[Time Wars|#203]] | [[Time Wars|#204]] | [[Time Wars|#205]] | [[Cold War!|#206]] | [[Cold War!|#207]] | [[Dark Star!|#208]] | [[Dark Star!|#209]] | [[Dark Star!|#210]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#211]] | [[The Man in the Machine!|#212]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#213]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#214]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#215]] | [[Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?|#216]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#217]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#218]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#219]] | [[Recipe for Disaster!|#220]] | [[Survivors!|#221]] | [[Survivors!|#222]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#223]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#224]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#225]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#226]] | [[Aspects of Evil!|#227]] | [[(Double) Deal of the Century!|#228]] | [[Hunting Party!|#229]] | [[The Big Shutdown!|#230]] | [[The Big Shutdown!|#231]] | [[King Con!|#232]] | [[King Con!|#233]] | [[King Con!|#234]] | [[King Con!|#235]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#236]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#237]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#238]] | [[The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!|#239]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#240]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#241]] | [[Back from the Dead!|#242]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#243]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#244]] | [[The Resurrection Gambit!|#245]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#246]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#247]] | [[All the Familiar Faces!|#248]] | [[Skin Deep|#249]] | [[Skin Deep|#250]] | [[Skin Deep|#251]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#252]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#253]] | [[Yesterday's Heroes!|#254]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#255]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#256]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#257]] | [[Perchance to Dream|#258]] | [[Primal Scream|#259]] | [[Primal Scream|#260]] | [[Primal Scream|#261]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#262]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#263]] | [[Bird of Prey!|#264]] | [[Once Upon a Time...|#265]] | [[Life in the Slow Lane|#266]] | [[Snow Fun!|#267]] | [[Flashback!|#268]] | [[Mystery!|#269]] | [[The Bad Guy's Ball!|#270]] | [[The Living Nightlights!|#271]] | [[Cry Wolf!|#272]] | [[Wolf in the Fold!|#273]] | [[Where Wolf?|#274]] | [[Secrets|#275]] | [[Bugged!|#276]] | [[Internal Affairs!|#277]] | [[The House that Wheeljack Built!|#278]] | [[Divide and Conquer!|#279]] | [[The 4,000,000 Year Itch!|#280]] | [[Makin' Tracks!|#281]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#282]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#283]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#284]] | [[Kings of the Wild Frontier|#285]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#286]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#287]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#288]] | [[Deadly Obsession|#289]] | [[Dark Creation|#290]] | [[Dark Creation|#291]] | [[Dark Creation|#292]] | [[Dark Creation|#293]] | [[All Fall Down|#294]] | [[All Fall Down|#295]] | [[All Fall Down|#296]] | [[All Fall Down|#297]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#298]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#299]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#300]] | [[Rhythms of Darkness!|#301]] | [[The Human Factor!|#302]] | [[The Human Factor!|#303]] | [[The Human Factor!|#304]] | [[The Human Factor!|#305]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#306]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#307]] | [[Eye of the Storm!|#308]] | [[The Price of Life!|#309]] | [[The Price of Life!|#310]] | [[Surrender!|#311]] | [[Surrender!|#312]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#313]] | [[...All This and Civil War 2|#314]] | [[Out of Time!|#315]] | [[Out of Time!|#316]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#317]] | [[The Void! (Marvel US comic)|#318]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#319]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#320]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#321]] | [[On the Edge of Extinction!|#322]] | [[Still Life!|#323]] | [[Still Life!|#324]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#325]] | [[Exodus! (issue)|#326]] | [[A Savage Circle|#327]] | [[A Savage Circle|#328]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#329]] | [[The Last Autobot?|#330]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#331]] | [[End of the Road! (Marvel US comic)|#332]]
 
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===Overview===
 
===Overview===
 
[[Image:MarvelUK-244.jpg|thumb|right|200px|This is the best Cracker Jack prize ever!]]
 
[[Image:MarvelUK-244.jpg|thumb|right|200px|This is the best Cracker Jack prize ever!]]
Though not without contradiction, the Marvel UK book managed to weave a number of highly complex stories "behind the scenes" of the Marvel US tales. Topics included expanded stories and battles in the early days of the war (before Shockwave's arrival), more intrigue among the Decepticon commanders on Earth, the Autobot resistance on Cybertron, and the time-traveling exploits of Galvatron, who arrives directly from the future world of ''[[The Transformers: The Movie]]''.
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Though not without contradiction, the Marvel UK book managed to weave a number of highly complex stories "behind the scenes" of the Marvel U.S. tales. Topics included expanded stories and battles in the early days of the war (before [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]]'s arrival), more intrigue among the [[Decepticon]] commanders on Earth, the [[Autobot]] resistance on Cybertron, and the time-traveling exploits of [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]], who arrives directly from the future world of ''[[The Transformers: The Movie]]''.
   
The UK book's weekly schedule and shorter format meant splitting stories into parts, often right in the middle of the action. Like the US book, Marvel UK featured a regular column of letters from readers; however, these were supposedly answered by various Transformers, including Grimlock, Dreadwind, and others. ''See [[Letters page (Marvel UK)]]''.
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The UK book's weekly schedule and shorter format meant splitting stories into parts, often right in the middle of the action. Like the U.S. book, Marvel UK featured a regular column of letters from readers; however, these were supposedly answered by various Transformers, including [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]], [[Dreadwind (G1)|Dreadwind]], and others. ''See [[Letters page (Marvel UK)]]''.
   
 
===Creative team===
 
===Creative team===
Most UK-specific stories were written by [[Simon Furman]], who was later assigned to write for the US comic as well. Curiously, it was from this point that the divergences between the UK and US stories became more pronounced.
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Most UK-specific stories were written by [[Simon Furman]], who was later assigned to write for the U.S. comic as well. Curiously, it was from this point that the divergences between the UK and U.S. stories became more pronounced.
   
Regular artists included [[Will Simpson]], [[Robin Smith]], [[Dan Reed]], [[Jeff Anderson]], [[Lee Sullivan]], [[Geoff Senior]], and [[Andrew Wildman]]. The large stable of artists resulted in some extreme contrasts of style through the book, such as Reed's highly organic art being followed by the clean, mechanical precision of Sullivan or Senior. Sometimes these changes occurred within the context of a single story.
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Regular artists included [[Will Simpson]], [[Robin Smith]], [[Dan Reed]], [[Jeff Anderson]], [[Lee Sullivan]], [[Geoff Senior]], and [[Andrew Wildman]]. The large stable of artists resulted in some extreme contrasts of style throughout the book, such as Reed's highly organic art being followed by the clean, mechanical precision of Sullivan or Senior. Sometimes these changes occurred within the context of a single story.
   
===Complexity and Contradiction in Continuity===
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===Complexity and contradiction in continuity===
 
[[Image:Goldbugorigins.jpg|thumb|left|200px|In no continuity was his face damaged. Maybe Bumblebee was just really ugly by Transformer standards.]]
 
[[Image:Goldbugorigins.jpg|thumb|left|200px|In no continuity was his face damaged. Maybe Bumblebee was just really ugly by Transformer standards.]]
   
Making the new stories align with the US book occasionally involved some bending over backwards in storytelling terms. Megatron, for example, winds up with amnesia at the end of one story, explaining why he doesn't remember the Predacons when he encounters them again in a later US story. US reprints were sometimes physically edited as well; for example, a UK story has Skids being transported to [[Limbo]] after the events of US #23, necessitating the removal of his occasional background appearances thereafter.
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Making the new stories align with the U.S. book occasionally involved some bending over backwards in storytelling terms. [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]], for example, winds up with partial amnesia at the end of [[Resurrection!|one story]], explaining why he doesn't remember the [[Predacon (G1)|Predacon]]s when he encounters them again in a [[Gone but Not Forgotten!|later U.S. story]]. U.S. reprints were sometimes physically edited as well; for example, a UK story has [[Skids (G1)|Skids]] being transported to [[Limbo]] after the events of U.S. #23, necessitating the removal of his occasional background appearances thereafter.
   
Another major change was the exclusion of the ''[[G.I. Joe and the Transformers]]'' crossover, which featured [[Bumblebee_(G1)|Bumblebee]]'s destruction and subsequent restoration as Goldbug. UK continuity accounted for the reformatting by showing Bumblebee destroyed by [[Death's Head]] and rebuilt by [[Wreck-Gar_(G1)|Wreck-Gar]] during "[[Hunters!]]". Also, the UK comic continued to feature Megatron and Shockwave after their apparent deaths in the US comic. While Megatron's appearance was eventually reconciled with the US continuity, Shockwave's was not.
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Another major change was the exclusion of the ''[[G.I. Joe and the Transformers]]'' crossover, which featured [[Bumblebee_(G1)|Bumblebee]]'s destruction and subsequent restoration as Goldbug. UK continuity accounted for the reformatting by showing Bumblebee destroyed by [[Death's Head]] and rebuilt by [[Wreck-Gar_(G1)|Wreck-Gar]] during "[[Hunters!]]". Also, the UK comic continued to feature Megatron and Shockwave after their apparent deaths in the U.S. comic. While Megatron's appearance was eventually [[Two Megatrons!|reconciled]] (sort of, if you squint) with the U.S. continuity, Shockwave's was not.
   
The "Perchance to Dream" story in UK #255-260 began the [[Earthforce]] storyline and heralded a nigh-irreconcilable division between US and UK stories.
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The "[[Perchance to Dream]]" story in UK #255-260 began the [[Earthforce]] storyline and heralded a nigh-irreconcilable division between U.S. and UK stories.
   
 
===Publication and format===
 
===Publication and format===
The Marvel UK book was published fortnightly from #1 to #26 and weekly from #27 onwards. These issues used a larger, magazine-sized format, compared to the traditional size for modern US comic books. They contained 23 pages, numbered inclusive of advertising (unlike the US comic). The color and paper quality was better than that of the US comic, resulting in much whiter whites and, in UK-exclusive stories, no ugly dot artifacts in the colored regions.
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The Marvel UK book was published fortnightly from #1 to #26 and weekly from #27 onwards. These issues used a larger, magazine-sized format, compared to the traditional size for modern U.S. comic books. They contained 23 pages, numbered inclusive of advertising (unlike the U.S. comic). The color and paper quality was better than that of the U.S. comic, resulting in much whiter whites and, in UK-exclusive stories, no ugly dot artifacts in the colored regions.
   
Typically, 11 pages would be devoted to a US or UK Transformers story, while the remaining pages were divided between a back-up strip, a letters page, small humorous comic strips (most notably Robo-Capers and Combat Colin), and advertisements. From issue 213 onwards, the central section of the comic was printed in black and white and contained a shorter UK story. The US strip remained in color but was divided between four issues. This was the format for the majority of the issues published between #215 and #289. Issue #289 was the last to contain new UK Transformers stories.
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Typically, 11 pages would be devoted to a U.S. or UK Transformers story, while the remaining pages were divided between a back-up strip, a letters page, small humorous comic strips (most notably ''[[Robo-Capers]]'' and ''[[Combat Colin]]''), and advertisements. From issue 213 onwards, the central section of the comic was printed in black and white and contained a shorter UK story. The U.S. strip remained in color but was divided between four issues. This was the format for the majority of the issues published between #215 and #289. Issue #289 was the last to contain new UK Transformers stories.
   
UK children's comics typically have a weekly or fortnightly publication schedule, and monthly publication is the preserve of more substantial magazines aimed at older readers. The decision to publish fortnightly necessitated the division of the US storylines between two or more UK comics, since otherwise the UK comic would run out of material. The back-up strip then bulked out the issue to an acceptable size. When the comic began to be published weekly, this required still more Transformers material, which led to longer runs of original UK stories.
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UK children's comics typically have a weekly or fortnightly publication schedule, and monthly publication is the preserve of more substantial magazines aimed at older readers. The decision to publish fortnightly necessitated the division of the U.S. storylines between two or more UK comics, otherwise the UK comic would run out of material. The back-up strip then bulked out the issue to an acceptable size. When the comic began to be published weekly, this required still more Transformers material, which led to longer runs of original UK stories.
   
 
The Marvel UK series ran for about a year longer than its American counterpart and altogether had about twice as many stories.
 
The Marvel UK series ran for about a year longer than its American counterpart and altogether had about twice as many stories.
   
===Cover dates==
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===Cover dates===
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Similarly to the U.S. comic, there is also some confusion over when issues of the UK comic were published. The date on a British weekly during ''Transformers''' run was normally the ''off''-sale date when it would be replaced by the next issue. For example [[Manoeuvres!|issue #283]] has a cover date of 18th August 1990 but was released on the 11th August 1990. During at least most of the run, the norm was for weekly comics to come out on a Saturday.
   
Similarly to the US comic, there is also some confusion over when issues of the UK comic were published. The date on a British weekly during ''Transformers''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s run was normally the ''off''-sale date when it would be replaced by the next issue. For example [[Manoeuvres!|issue #283]] has a cover date of 18th August 1990 but was released on the 11th August 1990. During at least most of the run the norm was for weekly comics to come out on a Saturday.
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Occasionally, an issue was seen arriving on the Friday before it was "due", with such sightings usually during the Christmas/New Year period when distribution can be unsettled and overcompensated for, but it is hard to verify individual sightings.
 
Occasionally an issue was seen arriving on the Friday before it was "due", with such sightings usually during the Christmas/New Year period when distribution can be unsettled and overcompensated for, but it is hard to verify individual sightings.
 
   
 
===Marvel UK Annuals===
 
===Marvel UK Annuals===
'''Marvel UK Annuals''' were published every year just before Christmas for the life of the comic. Each annual was made up of a combination of comic strip, text stories and editorial content. Some annuals also contained crossover stories with the main weekly comic in an attempt to boost sales. Due to falling sales, later annuals mainly contained reprinted stories from the comic. (Reprinted stories are not listed below.) These reprints are still of interest, as they present formerly black-and-white works in full colour.
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'''Marvel UK Annuals''' were published every year, just before Christmas, for the life of the comic. Each annual was made up of a combination of a comic strip, text stories and editorial content. Some annuals also contained crossover stories with the main weekly comic in an attempt to boost sales. Due to falling sales, later annuals mainly contained reprinted stories from the comic. (Reprinted stories are not listed below.) These reprints are still of interest, as they present formerly black-and-white works in full colour.
 
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==Trivia==
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==Notes==
 
[[Image:TransformersGoesMonthly.jpg|thumb|200px|Gor strewth kippers chips milk float!]]
 
[[Image:TransformersGoesMonthly.jpg|thumb|200px|Gor strewth kippers chips milk float!]]
   
*The inside cover infobox in Marvel UK #330 revealed that there were plans for the UK ''Transformers'' comic to continue after #332, albeit with a format change. The book was supposed to have become a monthly with issue #333, and would have featured ten pages of recolored Transformers reprints, ten pages of [[G.I. Joe]], and a new five-page story per issue. However, by the publication of issue #332, Marvel UK evidently dropped this plan{{m-}}although the news did not reach [[Combat Colin]] in time.
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* The inside cover infobox in Marvel UK #330 revealed that there were plans for the UK ''Transformers'' comic to continue after #332, albeit with a format change. The book was intended to have become a monthly with issue #333, and would have featured ten pages of recolored Transformers reprints, ten pages of ''[[G.I. Joe]]'', and a new five-page story per issue. However, by the publication of issue #332, Marvel UK evidently dropped this plan{{m-}}although the news did not reach ''[[Combat Colin]]'' in time.
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* According to the third issue of ''All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z'''s entries on [[Death's Head]], the events of the Marvel UK Generation One comics take place on Marvel [[Earth-120185]]. The universe is named after the publication date of the first Marvel UK-exclusive story, "[[Man of Iron!]]".
*According to the third issue of ''All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z'''s entries on [[Death's Head]], the events of the Marvel UK Generation 1 comics take place on Marvel [[Earth-120185]]. The universe is named after the publication date of the first Marvel UK-exclusive story, "[[Man of Iron!]]".
 
   
 
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* [http://www.oneshallstand.com/articles/overview.html Guide to TF UK by Crespo99]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/net.comics/browse_thread/thread/4eeba9a9b0fe0817/1cdaf7df610e0376 May, 1984 net.comics review]
   
[http://www.oneshallstand.com/articles/overview.html Guide to TF UK by Crespo99]
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"Four million years ago, they came from Cybertron, a world composed entirely of machinery... a world torn by an age-old war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. These incredibly powerful living robots, capable of converting themselves into land and air vehicles, weapons and other mechanical forms, continue their conflict here on Earth. They are... THE TRANSFORMERS"
―Generation One introductory blurb
MarvelUS-01

The heroic Autobots fight to crush Earth's highways.

The Transformers, the monthly comic book published in the U.S. by Marvel Comics, was the very first original fiction to feature the famous robots in disguise, as well as the longest-running. It started life as a four-issue, bimonthly limited series in 1984, but proved so popular that it continued publication as an ongoing monthly until spring of 1991. The series ultimately reached 80 issues and spun off several miniseries.

The series established the Marvel Comics continuity, which would form the basis for several successor stories over the years.

Nearly all of the U.S. stories were later published by Marvel UK, along with new stories that fit between the gaps of the U.S. tales. See Marvel UK below.

An attempt to list a complete (in story) chronology of all Marvel comics stories (US and UK) is here.

Marvel U.S.Edit

Marvel US issues:
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15 | #16 | #17 | #18 | #19 | #20 | #21 | #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26 | #27 | #28 | #29 | #30 | #31 | #32 | #33 | #34 | #35 | #36 | #37 | #38 | #39 | #40 | #41 | #42 | #43 | #44 | #45 | #46 | #47 | #48 | #49 | #50 | #51 | #52 | #53 | #54 | #55 | #56 | #57 | #58 | #59 | #60 | #61 | #62 | #63 | #64 | #65 | #66 | #67 | #68 | #69 | #70 | #71 | #72 | #73 | #74 | #75 | #76 | #77 | #78 | #79 | #80

Related mini-seriesEdit

OverviewEdit

Autobotline

After watching traffic reports for an hour, they finally decided to just stay home.

The story begins with a brief history of Cybertron and its civil war, which eventually causes the planet to become lost in space. Battling aboard the Ark, the original 28 characters crash-land on Earth four million years ago and awaken in the (then-)present day of 1984. The quest for fuel becomes their initial goal, driving the first several issues.

As the first fiction in the entire franchise, the initial issues of Transformers were breaking completely new ground. Early issues contain a variety of plot points and conventions, some of which would go on to shape the very mythos... avghbnbvbbnbnnnvnbd others that would fall by the wayside, forgotten and hilariously quaint. The concept of the life-giving Creation Matrix is a good example of the former group; "naturally occurring gears and levers" comes to mind for the latter.

Newyorkunderbase

With a single wave of Starscream's hand, Hound, Bluestreak, Hoist and Brawn cease to occupy valuable page space!

The book soon built its own elaborate and wide-reaching universe, including hundreds of characters—Transformers, humans, aliens—on Earth, Cybertron, and beyond. Late in the series, a long-running plot brought in the sinister menace of Unicron, giving him a backstory and build-up that for many fans surpassed his original appearance in The Transformers: The Movie for storytelling and gravitas. This backstory would eventually go on to eclipse the origin given in the cartoon.

Because it was a book intended to sell toys, Transformers featured an ever-rotating cast. New Transformers were often hastily brought in to meet the demands of Hasbro, and older "product" was often swept aside or killed off en masse in epic, climactic battles.

After some troubled times and steadily declining readership, the series was finally canceled at issue #80. A combination of factors was likely responsible: the Transformers toyline had become yesterday's fad, the core readership had grown older and moved on, and Hasbro seems to have pulled the plug.

Several subsequent series would build upon the series; see Marvel Comics continuity for more information.

Creative teamEdit

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He's authorized to devour anyone not in the current product line.

The book featured two primary writers: Bob Budiansky edited the original 4-part limited series and wrote the book from issue #5 to issue #55. After that, Simon Furman, already heavily experienced from his work on the UK book, took up the reins until the book was canceled at issue #80.

Transformers is a bit notorious for wild swings in writing quality, as serious plots alternated with such strange concepts as Micromaster wrestling and ridiculous bounty hunters. Some of this may be attributed to Bob Budiansky's eventual burn-out; after years of having to warp his stories around to meet the latest toy-appearance demands from Hasbro, his later writing on the book showed a decline in quality. Among Transfans, he is sometimes remembered unfavorably because of this period, perhaps unfairly so considering his fundamental role in shaping the Transformers universe and most of its characters, as well as some of the book's most gripping early stories. Still, even such oddball stories as "Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom" and "Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?" have both their merits and their fans.

Budiansky himself proposed that Simon Furman take over as the U.S. series writer.[1] With the changeover, the stories took on a more serious tone, relying on character conflict more than outlandish plot devices. Many fans regard Furman's run on the original book as one of the high points of all Transformers fiction.

The comic was written in "Marvel Style", where the writer gives the artist a plot outline instead of a full script. The artist then lays out the pages himself; afterward the writer comes back in and scripts the dialog based on the artist's work. This approach gives the artist a larger role in telling the story than simply drawing what the writer tells them to.[2]

A number of artists worked on Transformers, but the most frequent pencilers included Frank Springer, Don Perlin, Jose Delbo, Geoff Senior, and Andrew Wildman. Also of particular note is colorist Nel Yomtov, who colored every single issue of the book, as well as all of the related mini-series.

Publication and formatEdit

As The Transformers title began life as a limited series, it was subject to the conventions Marvel had established for limited series at the time of its publication. "Standard" Marvel comics released concurrently in 1984 cost 60 cents and were printed on newsprint; in contrast, The Transformers sold for 75 cents and was printed on a whiter, higher-quality stock (for the time) known as "Mando paper".

Evidently considered a "deluxe format" book by Marvel, Transformers continued to be printed on Mando paper even after it became an ongoing series. [3] It also remained at 75 cents—at least until issue 28, when the price of the book rose to 1 dollar. Surprisingly, with the exception of the double-sized issue 50 and issue 75, which were both priced at $1.50, The Transformers would remain at 1 dollar for the remainder of its original run.

Cover datesEdit

There is some confusion over when issues first appeared, due to changing practices regarding the cover dates. When the comic began in 1984, Marvel issues were normally cover dated four months ahead of their going on sale. This was partially a hangover from the days of fierce newsstand competition when each company tried to make its comics look newer than its rivals and partially a mechanism to compensate for slower distribution on newsstands and overseas sales.

As a result of this, although issue #1 is cover dated September, it went on sale in May. This is supported by the first Usenet post about Transformers which was posted by Ted Nolan to net.comics on May 22 1984.

In 1989, Marvel decided to rationalize things by moving to a system where the cover date was only two months in advance. In order to achieve this, issues released in August 1989 have the cover date "Mid November", those in September 1989 have "December" and those in October "Mid December". The relevant Transformers issues were #59, #60 and #61.

Marvel UKEdit

Marvel UK produced a G1 comic which ran for 332 issues, reprinting the American stories and adding in many new stories built around them.

Marvel UK issues:
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15 | #16 | #17 | #18 | #19 | #20 | #21 | #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26 | #27 | #28 | #29 | #30 | #31 | #32 | #33 | #34 | #35 | #36 | #37 | #38 | #39 | #40 | #41 | #42 | #43 | #44 | #45 | #46 | #47 | #48 | #49 | #50 | #51 | #52 | #53 | #54 | #55 | #56 | #57 | #58 | #59 | #60 | #61 | #62 | #63 | #64 | #65 | #66 | #67 | #68 | #69 | #70 | #71 | #72 | #73 | #74 | #75 | #76 | #77 | #78 | #79 | #80 | #81 | #82 | #83 | #84 | #85 | #86 | #87 | #88 | #89 | #90 | #91 | #92 | #93 | #94 | #95 | #96 | #97 | #98 | #99 | #100 | #101 | #102 | #103 | #104 | #105 | #106 | #107 | #108 | #109 | #110 | #111 | #112 | #113 | #114 | #115 | #116 | #117 | #118 | #119 | #120 | #121 | #122 | #123 | #124 | #125 | #126 | #127 | #128 | #129 | #130 | #131 | #132 | #133 | #134 | #135 | #136 | #137 | #138 | #139 | #140 | #141 | #142 | #143 | #144 | #145 | #146 | #147 | #148 | #149 | #150 | #151 | #152 | #153 | #154 | #155 | #156 | #157 | #158 | #159 | #160 | #161 | #162 | #163 | #164 | #165 | #166 | #167 | #168 | #169 | #170 | #171 | #172 | #173 | #174 | #175 | #176 | #177 | #178 | #179 | #180 | #181 | #182 | #183 | #184 | #185 | #186 | #187 | #188 | #189 | #190 | #191 | #192 | #193 | #194 | #195 | #196 | #197 | #198 | #199 | #200 | #201 | #202 | #203 | #204 | #205 | #206 | #207 | #208 | #209 | #210 | #211 | #212 | #213 | #214 | #215 | #216 | #217 | #218 | #219 | #220 | #221 | #222 | #223 | #224 | #225 | #226 | #227 | #228 | #229 | #230 | #231 | #232 | #233 | #234 | #235 | #236 | #237 | #238 | #239 | #240 | #241 | #242 | #243 | #244 | #245 | #246 | #247 | #248 | #249 | #250 | #251 | #252 | #253 | #254 | #255 | #256 | #257 | #258 | #259 | #260 | #261 | #262 | #263 | #264 | #265 | #266 | #267 | #268 | #269 | #270 | #271 | #272 | #273 | #274 | #275 | #276 | #277 | #278 | #279 | #280 | #281 | #282 | #283 | #284 | #285 | #286 | #287 | #288 | #289 | #290 | #291 | #292 | #293 | #294 | #295 | #296 | #297 | #298 | #299 | #300 | #301 | #302 | #303 | #304 | #305 | #306 | #307 | #308 | #309 | #310 | #311 | #312 | #313 | #314 | #315 | #316 | #317 | #318 | #319 | #320 | #321 | #322 | #323 | #324 | #325 | #326 | #327 | #328 | #329 | #330 | #331 | #332


Marvel UK issues (2nd story for issues with two non-reprint TF stories):
#130 | #131 | #132 | #133 | #134 | #135 | #136 | #137 | #138 | #139 | #140 | #141 | #142 | #143 | #144 | #145 | ... | #213 | #214 | #215 | #216 | #217 | #218 | #219 | #220 | ... | #232 | #233 | #234 | #235 | #236 | #237 | #238 | #239 | #240 | #241 | #242 | #243 | #244 | #245 | #246 | #247 | #248 | #249 | #250 | #251 | #252 | #253 | #254 | ... | #259 | #260 | #261 | #262 | #263 | #264 | ... | #282 | #283 | #284 | #285 | #286 | #287 | #288 | #289


OverviewEdit

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This is the best Cracker Jack prize ever!

Though not without contradiction, the Marvel UK book managed to weave a number of highly complex stories "behind the scenes" of the Marvel U.S. tales. Topics included expanded stories and battles in the early days of the war (before Shockwave's arrival), more intrigue among the Decepticon commanders on Earth, the Autobot resistance on Cybertron, and the time-traveling exploits of Galvatron, who arrives directly from the future world of The Transformers: The Movie.

The UK book's weekly schedule and shorter format meant splitting stories into parts, often right in the middle of the action. Like the U.S. book, Marvel UK featured a regular column of letters from readers; however, these were supposedly answered by various Transformers, including Grimlock, Dreadwind, and others. See Letters page (Marvel UK).

Creative teamEdit

Most UK-specific stories were written by Simon Furman, who was later assigned to write for the U.S. comic as well. Curiously, it was from this point that the divergences between the UK and U.S. stories became more pronounced.

Regular artists included Will Simpson, Robin Smith, Dan Reed, Jeff Anderson, Lee Sullivan, Geoff Senior, and Andrew Wildman. The large stable of artists resulted in some extreme contrasts of style throughout the book, such as Reed's highly organic art being followed by the clean, mechanical precision of Sullivan or Senior. Sometimes these changes occurred within the context of a single story.

Complexity and contradiction in continuityEdit

Goldbugorigins

In no continuity was his face damaged. Maybe Bumblebee was just really ugly by Transformer standards.

Making the new stories align with the U.S. book occasionally involved some bending over backwards in storytelling terms. Megatron, for example, winds up with partial amnesia at the end of one story, explaining why he doesn't remember the Predacons when he encounters them again in a later U.S. story. U.S. reprints were sometimes physically edited as well; for example, a UK story has Skids being transported to Limbo after the events of U.S. #23, necessitating the removal of his occasional background appearances thereafter.

Another major change was the exclusion of the G.I. Joe and the Transformers crossover, which featured Bumblebee's destruction and subsequent restoration as Goldbug. UK continuity accounted for the reformatting by showing Bumblebee destroyed by Death's Head and rebuilt by Wreck-Gar during "Hunters!". Also, the UK comic continued to feature Megatron and Shockwave after their apparent deaths in the U.S. comic. While Megatron's appearance was eventually reconciled (sort of, if you squint) with the U.S. continuity, Shockwave's was not.

The "Perchance to Dream" story in UK #255-260 began the Earthforce storyline and heralded a nigh-irreconcilable division between U.S. and UK stories.

Publication and formatEdit

The Marvel UK book was published fortnightly from #1 to #26 and weekly from #27 onwards. These issues used a larger, magazine-sized format, compared to the traditional size for modern U.S. comic books. They contained 23 pages, numbered inclusive of advertising (unlike the U.S. comic). The color and paper quality was better than that of the U.S. comic, resulting in much whiter whites and, in UK-exclusive stories, no ugly dot artifacts in the colored regions.

Typically, 11 pages would be devoted to a U.S. or UK Transformers story, while the remaining pages were divided between a back-up strip, a letters page, small humorous comic strips (most notably Robo-Capers and Combat Colin), and advertisements. From issue 213 onwards, the central section of the comic was printed in black and white and contained a shorter UK story. The U.S. strip remained in color but was divided between four issues. This was the format for the majority of the issues published between #215 and #289. Issue #289 was the last to contain new UK Transformers stories.

UK children's comics typically have a weekly or fortnightly publication schedule, and monthly publication is the preserve of more substantial magazines aimed at older readers. The decision to publish fortnightly necessitated the division of the U.S. storylines between two or more UK comics, otherwise the UK comic would run out of material. The back-up strip then bulked out the issue to an acceptable size. When the comic began to be published weekly, this required still more Transformers material, which led to longer runs of original UK stories.

The Marvel UK series ran for about a year longer than its American counterpart and altogether had about twice as many stories.

Cover datesEdit

Similarly to the U.S. comic, there is also some confusion over when issues of the UK comic were published. The date on a British weekly during Transformers' run was normally the off-sale date when it would be replaced by the next issue. For example issue #283 has a cover date of 18th August 1990 but was released on the 11th August 1990. During at least most of the run, the norm was for weekly comics to come out on a Saturday.

Occasionally, an issue was seen arriving on the Friday before it was "due", with such sightings usually during the Christmas/New Year period when distribution can be unsettled and overcompensated for, but it is hard to verify individual sightings.

Marvel UK AnnualsEdit

Marvel UK Annuals were published every year, just before Christmas, for the life of the comic. Each annual was made up of a combination of a comic strip, text stories and editorial content. Some annuals also contained crossover stories with the main weekly comic in an attempt to boost sales. Due to falling sales, later annuals mainly contained reprinted stories from the comic. (Reprinted stories are not listed below.) These reprints are still of interest, as they present formerly black-and-white works in full colour.

Marvel UK Annual 1986
Hunted! | Missing in Action | Plague of the Insecticons! | And There Shall Come...A Leader!


Marvel UK Annual 1987
In the Beginning... | The Return of the Transformers | State Games | The Mission | To a Power Unknown | Victory!


Marvel UK Annual 1988
Ark Duty | Doomsday for Nebulos | Stylor's Story | The Final Conflict |Vicious Circle! | What's in a Name?


Marvel UK Annual 1989
All in the Minds! | Altered Image! | Peace | Prime Bomb! | The Saga of the Transformers — So Far!


Marvel UK Annual 1990
Chain Gang! | Destiny of the Dinobots! | Dreadwing Down! | The Quest! | Trigger-Happy!


Marvel UK Annual 1991
The Magnificent Six!


Marvel UK Annual 1992
Another Time and Place

NotesEdit

TransformersGoesMonthly

Gor strewth kippers chips milk float!

  • The inside cover infobox in Marvel UK #330 revealed that there were plans for the UK Transformers comic to continue after #332, albeit with a format change. The book was intended to have become a monthly with issue #333, and would have featured ten pages of recolored Transformers reprints, ten pages of G.I. Joe, and a new five-page story per issue. However, by the publication of issue #332, Marvel UK evidently dropped this plan—although the news did not reach Combat Colin in time.
  • According to the third issue of All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z's entries on Death's Head, the events of the Marvel UK Generation One comics take place on Marvel Earth-120185. The universe is named after the publication date of the first Marvel UK-exclusive story, "Man of Iron!".

ReferencesEdit

  1. Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes
  2. Steve-o's OTFCC 2004 notes
  3. Marvel Age #23, November 1984

LinksEdit

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