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Original Transformers Comics:

1986

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Crisis of Command

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #42

“Crisis of Command, Part 1″

  • written by Mike Collins; art by Geoff Senior

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 4 Jan 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #43

“Crisis of Command, Part 2″

  • written by James Hill; art by Geoff Senior

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 11 Jan 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #44

“Crisis of Command, Part 3″

  • written by Mike Collins; art by John Stokes

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 18 Jan 1986
Transformers Collected Comics #8
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #42-44; cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Spring 1988

Dinobot Hunt

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #45

“The Icarus Theory, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Barry Kitson

cover by Kev Hopgood; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 25 Jan 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #46

“The Icarus Theory, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Barry Kitson

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1 Feb 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #47

“Dinobot Hunt, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

cover by David Lloyd; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 8 Feb 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #48

“Dinobot Hunt, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Barry Kitson; inks by Marc Griffiths

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 15 Feb 19866
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #49

“Dinobot Hunt, Part 3″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 22 Feb 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #50

“Dinobot Hunt, Part 4″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Barry Kitson and Tim Perkins

cover by John Higgins; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1 Mar 1986
Transformers Collected Comics #7
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #47-50; cover taken from Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #50; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Winter 1987

Four U.S. Issues

Transformers Vol. 1 #13

“Shooting Star” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Al Gordon

cover by Don Perlin; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Feb 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #51
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #13; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 8 Mar 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #52
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #13; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #13; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 15 Mar 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #14

“Rock and Roll-Out!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Al Gordon

cover by Bob Budiansky and Mike Esposito; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Mar 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #53
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #14; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 22 Mar 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #54
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #14; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #14; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 29 Mar 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #15

“I, Robot-Master!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Keith Williams

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Apr 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #55
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #15; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #15; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 Apr 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #56
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #15; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 Apr 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #16

“Plight of the Bumblebee!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Len Kaminski; art by Graham Nolan (pencils, pages 2-22), Tom Morgan (inks, pages 2-22), and Eliot Brown (art, page 1)

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #57
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #16; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 Apr 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #58
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #16; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #16; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 26 Apr 1986

Second Generation

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #59

“Robot Buster!, Part 1″

  • script by Simon Furman; story by Simon Furman and Barry Kitson; art by Barry Kitson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 3 May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #60

“Robot Buster!, Part 2″

  • script by Simon Furman; story by Simon Furman and Barry Kitson; pencils by Barry Kitson; inks by Tim Perkins

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 10 May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #61

“Devastation Derby!, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 17 May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #62

“Devastation Derby!, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 24 May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #63

“Second Generation!, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by John Stokes

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 31 May 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #64

“Second Generation!, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Barry Kitson and Tim Perkins

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 7 June 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #65

“Second Generation!, Part 3″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 14 June 1986
Transformers Collected Comics #10
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #63-65; cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Holiday 1988

Return to Cybertron

Transformers Vol. 1 #17

“Return to Cybertron, Part 1: The Smelting Pool” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Keith Williams

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated June 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #66
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #17; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #17; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 21 June 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #67
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #17; cover by John Higgins; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 28 June 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #18

“Return to Cybertron, Part 2: The Bridge to Nowhere” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Keith Williams and Vince Colletta

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated July 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #68
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #18; cover by Phil Gascoine; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 July 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #69
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #18; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #18; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 July 1986

Two U.S. Isssues

Transformers Vol. 1 #19

“Command Performances!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Aug 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #70
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #19; cover by John Stokes; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 July 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #71
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #19; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #19; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 25 July 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #20

“Showdown!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Sept 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #72
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #20; cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 2 Aug 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #73
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #20; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #20; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 9 Aug 1986

In the National Interest

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #74

“In the National Interest, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 16 Aug 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #75

“In the National Interest, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Dave Hine

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 23 Aug 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #76

“In the National Interest, Part 3″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson (pencils), Tim Perkins (inks), and Andrew Leary (art assistance)

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 30 Aug 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #77

“In the National Interest, Part 4″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 6 Sept 1986

Target: 2006

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #78

“Target: 2006, Prologue”

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 13 Sept 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #79

“Target: 2006, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

cover by John Higgins; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 20 Sept 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #80

“Target: 2006, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 27 Sept 1986
Transformers Collected Comics #15
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #78-80; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #79; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Spring 1990
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #81

“Target: 2006, Part 3″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 4 Oct 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #82

“Target: 2006, Part 4: Wreck and Rule!”

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Ron Smith

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 11 Oct 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #83

“Target: 2006, Part 5: The Devil You Know…”

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior

published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 18 Oct 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #84

“Target: 2006, Part 6: Trios”

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior

cover by Phil Gascoine; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 25 Oct 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #85

“Target: 2006, Part 7″

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins

cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1 Nov 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #86

“Target: 2006, Part 8″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior

cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 8 Nov 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #87

“Target: 2006, Part 9″

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

cover by Phil Gascoine; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 15 Nov 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #88

“Target: 2006: Aftermath!”

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 22 Nov 1986

Aerialbots and Insecticons

Transformers Annual 1987

“In the Beginning…” -- 7 pages

  • written by Simon Furman
  • illustrated prose story
  • summarizes the series (including U.K. stories) up until Transformers Vol. 1 #17
  • incorporates a one-page “datafile” on Optimus Prime and a one-page “datafile” on Megatron

“To a Power Unknown!” -- 11 pages

  • written by Ian Mennell and Wilf Prigmore; art by Will Simpson
  • a device causes the Autobots and the Decepticons to switch sides
  • features Megatron as the Decepticon leader, which places this story after Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #65 (and not during “Target: 2006,” during which he’s temporarily deposed)
  • features Starscream, who was deactivated in Transformers Vol. 1 #19 and not revived until much later (despite briefly beging revived in “Target: 2006″)

“The Return of the Transformers” -- 8 pages

  • written by James Hill; art by John Stokes
  • illustrated prose story
  • features Danny Phillips (from “Missing in Action,” which this story says occurred about a year before)
  • features the Aerialbots, who are still struggling with their speech (suggesting this occurs shortly before Tranformers Vol. 1 #21)

“State Games” -- 8 pages

  • written by James Hill
  • illustrated prose story
  • takes place early during Transformers Vol. 1 #1

“Victory!” -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • the Dinobots, after “Dinobot Hunt” but before “Second Generation,” hallucinate

pin-up of the Dinobots -- 2 pages

“The Mission” -- 8 pages

  • written by Jamie Delano
  • illustrated prose story
  • Jazz and Hoist are on a mission to get a reading of Devastator, in order for the Autobots to create a combiner of their own (in Transformers Vol. #19, Optimus Prime sends the Autobots on a similar mission, meaning this story makes sense right before that one)

second U.K. annual; cover by Barry Kitson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; hardcover; published Sept 1986

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Transformers Annual 1986

introduction to the Autobots and the Decepticons -- 4 pages

“Plague of the Insecticons!” -- 20 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Mike Collins
  • split into two parts
  • Optimus Prime, Prowl, and Warpath go to Washington, D.C., to meet with the President, but the Insecticons attack, ensuring that humans won’t ally with the Autobots anytime soon (unlike in the cartoon show)
  • the U.S. President is clearly drawn to resemble Ronald Reagan
  • Megatron revives the Insecticons, as if they’ve been around all along, although they are shown on Cybertron (in Transformers Vol. 1 #17-18 and “Target: 2006″) and come to Earth in Transformers Vol. 1 #21 (although a simple dialogue change, suggesting that the Insecticons were merely healing following Transformers Vol. 1 #21, could fix this)
  • in a less easily resolved continuity problem, Ravage is shown controlling the Insecticons, although he was left at the bottom of a mine shaft in Transformers Vol. 1 #20 (Ravage was shown escaping the mine shaft in “Time Wars,” so fixing this continuity error would require new pages showing him being retrieved from the mine shaft, after Transformers Vol. 1 #20, then being returned to it after this story)

“Missing in Action” -- 7 pages

  • illustrated prose story
  • split into two parts
  • after Tracks goes missing, Optimus Prime sends Autobots to retrieve him
  • features Tracks, Hoist and Grapple (who debuted in Transformers Vol. 1 #14)
  • features Cosmos, a continuity error, since he was with Blaster’s crew from Cybertron (which was apparently captured almost immediately after arriving on Earth in Transformers Vol. 1 #18)
  • features Rumble, who was deactivated in Transformers Vol. 1 #19 (and not revived until Transformers Vol. 1 #41)
  • refers to Megatron as the Decepticon leader, which places this story after Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #65 (and not during “Target: 2006,” during which he’s temporarily deposed)
  • features Inferno, who wasn’t shown with Earth’s Autobots in the U.S. issues at all and wasn’t shown in the U.K. issues until Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #188 (although he has no introduction there, and there are some theories that he was hanging around in the background all along)

“And There Shall Come… a Leader!” -- 10 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by John Stokes
  • takes place early during Transformers Vol. 1 #1
  • Optimus Prime saves Iacon, defeats Megatron, and becomes Autobot leader
  • split into two parts

“Hunted!” -- 7 pages

  • illustrated prose story
  • features the Jumpstarters (Top Spin and Twin Twist), although they had not been introduced and would never be shown with Earth’s Autobots
  • features Thrust and Dirge, who (although earlier seen on Cybertron) arrived on Earth in Transformers Vol. 1 #21 (perhaps the best solution would be to simply rename and recolor Thrust and Dirge as Skywarp and Thundercracker)
  • refers to Megatron as the Decepticon leader, which places this story after Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #65 (and not during “Target: 2006,” during which he’s temporarily deposed)
  • Megatron is trying to find crystals that will help him create new Decepticons (thematically tying this story to the Second Generation arc)
  • features Ravage, who was left at the bottom of a mine shaft in Transformers Vol. 1 #20 (note that Ravage presents a similar continuity problem for this issue’s “Plague of the Insecticons!”)
  • features Starscream, who was deactivated in Transformers Vol. 1 #19 and not revived until much later (despite briefly beging revived in “Target: 2006″)

various puzzles -- 10 pages

first U.K. annual; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; hardcover; published Dec 1985

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Transformers Collected Comics: Plague of the Insecticons!
reprints “Plague of the Insecticons!” and “And There Shall Come… a Leader!” from Transformers Annual 1986; published between Transformers Collected Comics #2 and #3; cover taken from Transformers Annual 1986; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #21

“Aerialbots over America!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • the Insecticons have come to Earth from Cybertron, prior to the story’s opening
  • ends with the revelation that Circuit Breaker has captured the Autobots who came from Cybertron (in Transformers Vol. 1 #18)

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Oct 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #89
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #21; cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 29 Nov 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #90
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #21; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #21; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 6 Dec 1986

Two U.S. Issues

Transformers Vol. 1 #22

“Heavy Traffic!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Nov 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #91
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #22; cover by Phil Gascoine; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 13 Dec 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #92
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #22; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 20 Dec 1986
Transformers Vol. 1 #23

“Decepticon Graffiti!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Dec 1986
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #94
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #23; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 3 Jan 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #95
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #23; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #23; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 10 Jan 1987

Short Epilogues

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #93

“The Gift”

  • written by James Hill; pencils by Martin Griffiths; inks by Tim Perkins
  • the second U.K. Christmas story
  • focuses on Jetfire
  • although serialized after Transformers Vol. 1 #23, that story continues from Transformers Vol. 1 #22, so this story is best placed afterwards
  • although the cover features Galvatron, this story does not

cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 27 Dec 1986

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The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas
printed in Woman’s Day magazine (26 Dec 1985 issue); although no credits are given for this story, it was prepared by Marvel Comics (and looks like Herb Trimpe art); Bumblebee thinks that a car is unconscious, although by this point he should know it’s not a Transformer; Bumblebee’s battery is in the trunk, like a real Volkswagon Beetle; although published for Christmas 1985, this story must take place on Christmas Eve of 1986 (the story features Tracks and Hoist, who didn’t debut until “Rock and Roll-Out!”, which takes place after Christmas 1985, and the story features Bumblebee, who would be Goldbug by Christmas 1987); 4 pages; cover-dated 26 Dec 1985

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