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Original Transformers Comics:

1987

In August 1986, Transformers: The Movie hit theaters. Marvel Comics produced a three-issue mini-series adaptation, although there was no way to fit this story into the American comic’s continuity, which didn’t feature a future timeline based on the movie. However, the British comic had already (prior to the movie’s release) featured “Target: 2006,” which introduced Galvatron and other elements from the movie. “Target: 2006″ relied upon the reader not knowing the movie’s plot; it used the revelation that Galvatron was a future version of Megatron as a plot point. Therefore, when incorporating the British series into the American one, the movie adaptation should be placed after “Target: 2006,” where it can have the effect of a stunning story revealing the full story of Galvatron’s creation and how his future came to pass. When Galvatron returned in 1987 (in “Fallen Angel”), stories felt comfortable revealing the movie’s full plot, presuming readers were familiar with this material. Placing the movie adaption between these two British stories thus actually improves them, revealing what’s hinted at in “Target: 2006″ and presumed by later stories. As for where the movie adaptation should be included, Simon Furman (writer of the British comic) would begin 1988, 1989, and 1990 with a storyline set in the future. Placing the three-issue adaptation of the movie at the beginning of 1987 thus achieves a certain symmetry.

Mirroring the movie, in which both Optimus Prime and Megatron were replaced as leaders, the American series did so in the present — although this apparently contradicted the movie’s continuity, in which both characters were active in 2005. Over a stunning series of four issues (U.S. #24-27), Optimus Prime was killed, Megatron was killed, Optimus Prime’s funeral was held, and Grimlock became the Autobots’ leader. American series writer Bob Budiansky has says that he chose Grimlock because it was such a shocking choice — which it certainly was. By the end of these four issues, everything had changed.

Simultaneously with these four issues, Marvel published G.I. Joe and the Transformers, a four-issue mini-series combining the two Hasbro properties for the first time. The mini-series wove in and out of these four historic issues of the American Transformers comic. Marvel’s G.I. Joe comic, written by Larry Hama, completely ignored the mini-series, but it was clearly part of the continuity of the Transformer’s comic; in the mini-series, Bumblebee was destroyed and rebuilt as Goldbug, which was otherwise unexplained in the American series.

Prior to these four historic issues of the American comic, the British series ran a series of stories that echoed their content. In these tales, both Optimus Prime and Megatron were thought dead — in a battle with the Predacons, no less, echoing Megatron’s death in the American issue #25. These British stories even briefly featured a memorial service for Optimus Prime, echoing his funeral in the American issue #26. But because these stories occur before those American issues, this echoing is very strange. One could call it foreshadowing, except that the similarities are so strong that these stories feel more like a trial run of ideas which would next unfold again — but “for real,” this time. Out of all of odd and interesting effects produced by the British stories running between American ones, this case is perhaps the most bizarre.

Taken together with the movie adaptation, this segment of the comic’s history sometimes feels relentlessly obsessed with killing Optimus Prime and Megatron. First, this occurs in 2005, in the movie adaptation. Next, this occurs in the present in the British series — although it’s only a fake-out, and both characters return as leaders. Next, these same two leaders are killed for real. It’s bizarre, but this is how the story unfolds — and none of these stories can be moved or removed, without other stories suffering. It’s best to embrace this bizarre effect for what it’s worth. Of course, these three deaths of Optimus Prime and Megatron would begin a pattern; both characters would be go on to be resurrected and killed multiple additional times, as if this had become quintessential aspects of these characters.

Chronologically, the next story after the present-day, for-real deaths of Optimus Prime and Megatron was a British one focusing on Galvatron, who was left in the present in the previous batch of original British tales. That same batch of British stories had also moved the present-day Ultra Magnus from Cybertron to Earth. Now, the two fought, with various future characters (including Rodimus Prime and Death’s Head) also opposing Galvatron. The story culminated in a story printed in 1987′s Transformers Annual 1988, in which both Ultra Magnus and Galvatron fell into a volcano and were left for dead. It was the first extended storyline focused on the movie’s characters since “Target: 2006.”

During this storyline, Death’s Head blew up Bumblebee, who was rebuilt by Wreck-Gar as Goldbug. Of course, Bumblebee had already become Goldbug in G.I. Joe and the Transformers. But the U.K. series decided not to reprint that mini-series, leaving writer Simon Furman to incorporate the change to Goldbug in his stories. Of course, those stories were written for a British audience, and no one thought any of this material would be remembered and reprinted decades hence, let alone that these British stories would be hungrily imported by American fans. Today, however, the dual destructions and rebuildings of Bumblebee stands as one of the weirdest continuity errors, produced by merging the American and British material, as well as another odd echo in the combined story, like the multiple deaths of Optimus Prime and Megatron. Ironically, in its final issues, the British series, desperate for free content, would wind up reprinting G.I. Joe and the Transformers anyway.

As the U.S. series continued, writer Bob Budiansky embarked upon one of his most celebrated and longest storylines. One issue after Grimlock became the Autobots’ leader, Blaster and Goldbug left the Autobots, dissatisfied with Grimlock’s rule. It was a remarkable storyline, above all because it alienated readers from the Autobots. In a series defined by the struggle between a team of good guys and a team of bad guys, Budiansky was complicating matters, suggesting that even the “good guys” could elect a leader who made them ethically insupportable. Budiansky may simply have been thinking that this was an interesting development for readers, or that the emphasis on a few characters would help alleviate some of the problems inherent in the comic’s huge and ever-expanding ensemble cast. But intended or not, the storyline was a brilliant metaphor for the rise of totalitarianism, the need to be vigilant that our patriotism never overwhelm our values, and the importance of identifying with marginalized figures — even those considered to be traitors.

As part of this storyline, a two-part story (U.S. #29-30) introduced the Scraplets, a mechanical virus that menaced the mechanical Transformers race. This and the following issue introduced Ratbat as a Decepticon leader, another turn designed to surprise readers, given that Ratbat was a cassette, one of the cheapest Decepticon toys. Despite this, Budiansky gave Ratbat a memorably evil personality.

The next batch of U.K. stories focused on Megatron (“Ancient Relics”), Rodimus Prime and the future timeline (“Head Hunt”), a feud between the Dinobot Swoop and the Predacon Divebomb (“Grudge Match”), and the volcano in which Ultra Magnus and Galvatron were buried (“Ladies Night”).

The next three U.S. issues (#32 and #35-36) returned to the Blaster and Goldbug plot, the two having been joined by the Throttlebots (in U.S. #30). (Issues #33-34 reprinted the first original U.K. story, “Man of Iron,” because the U.S. series was running late, in part due to Budiansky scripting the Transformers: Headmasters mini-series, addressed here with 1988′s Transformers comics.) In these issues, Grimlock dispatched the Protectobots to reclaim the traitors, although the Protectobots wound up disobeying orders and freeing Blaster. For their part, Goldbug and the Throttlebots were captured by the U.S. government (in issue #32), thereby separating them from Blaster (and the traitor storyline). Issue #36 took place in space, foreshadowing a shift towards space-centric stories in the U.S. series. The issue introduced Sky Lynx and concluded the Blaster portion of the traitor storyline with a cliffhanger, as Blaster surrendered himself to the increasingly amoral Grimlock.

1987 ended with “Stargazing” (U.K. #145), the British series’s third Christmas story. It focused on Starscream, but it also featured Streetwise, a Protectobot — thereby suggesting that the Protectobots hadn’t returned to Grimlock, following the events of the previous U.S. stories, and weren’t among the Autobots Grimlock took into space to pursue Blaster.

What happened to Goldbug and the Throttlebots would have to wait until the next U.S. issue, which would effectively serve as an epilogue to the traitor storyline as well as a prologue to the Headmasters essentially taking over the U.S. series.

The Movie

Transformers: The Movie #1

“The Planet-Eater!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Ralph Macchio; breakdowns by Don Perlin; finishes by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • Optimus Prime dies
  • Megatron is transformed into Galvatron

first issue; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Dec 1986

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Transformers: The Movie #2

“Judgement Day!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Ralph Macchio; breakdowns by Don Perlin; finishes by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Jan 1987
Transformers: The Movie #3

“The Final Battle!” -- 24 pages

  • written by Ralph Macchio; breakdowns by Don Perlin; finishes by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey

final issue; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Feb 1987

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Transformers Collected Comics Winter Special

only issue; reprints Transformers: The Movie #1-3; published between Transformers Collected Comics #4 and #5; cover taken from Transformers: The Movie #1; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Winter 1986

Prey

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #96

“Prey, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

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

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 17 Jan 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #97

“Prey, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
  • Optimus Prime is apparently killed by the Predacons

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 24 Jan 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #98

“…The Harder They Die!” -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • features Optimus Prime and Megatron on Cybertron

cover by Phil Gascoine; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 31 Jan 1987
Transformers Collected Comics #12
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #96-98; cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Summer 1989
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #99

“Under Fire!” -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson

continues from Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #98; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 7 Feb 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #100

“Distant Thunder” -- 19 pages

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

continues from Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #99; wraparound cover by Alan Davis and Thomas Davis; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 14 Feb 1987

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Transformers Collected Comics #13
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #99-100; wraparound cover; cover taken from Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #100; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Holiday 1989

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #101

“Fallen Angel, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • Galvatron returns (with a flashback to the end of Transformers: The Movie, meaning this story should be read after that mini-series)
  • features the Autobots formerly captured by Circuit Breaker (and soon seen with the rest of the Autobots)

Blast-Off and Blaster profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 21 Feb 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #102

“Fallen Angel, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
  • concludes with Galvatron remaining in the present

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 28 Feb 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #103

“Resurrection, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by William Simpson
  • Straxus apparently possesses Megatron

cover by Martin Griffiths and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 7 Mar 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #104

“Resurrection, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
  • Optimus Prime returns to Earth during his own funeral
  • Megatron also returns to Earth
  • Ultra Magnus ends up stranded on Earth, separated from the other Autobots

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 14 Mar 1987

Everyone Dies

G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1

“Blood on the Tracks” -- 24 pages

  • written by Michael Higgins; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Vince Colletta
  • features Optimus Prime and Megatron (placing this story before Transformers Vol. 1 #24)
  • the Joes blast and destroy Bumblebee
  • Superion arrives at the end

first issue; cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Jan 1987

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Transformers Vol. 1 #24

“Afterdeath!” -- 23 pages

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

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Jan 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #105
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #24; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 21 Mar 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #106
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #24; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #24; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 28 Mar 1987
G.I. Joe and the Transformers #2

“Power Struggle” -- 23 pages

  • written by Michael Higgins; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Vince Colletta
  • Superion is summoned back due to Optimus Prime’s death
  • Megatron is shown in a distracted near-stupor (leading into Transformers Vol. 1 #25)

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Feb 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #25

“Gone but Not Forgotten!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • Megatron, haunted after Optimus Prime’s death, is attacked by the Predacons and dies himself

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Feb 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #107
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #25; cover by Dave Hine and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 4 Apr 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #108
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #25; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 11 Apr 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #26

“Funeral for a Friend!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Brett Breeding
  • features Optimus Prime’s funeral

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Mar 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #109
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #26; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #26; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 18 Apr 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #110
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #26; cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 25 Apr 1987
G.I. Joe and the Transformers #3

“Ashes, Ashes…” -- 23 pages

  • written by Michael Higgins; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Vince Colletta
  • features Optimus Prime’s funeral (also seen in Transformers Vol. 1 #26)

cover by Al Milgrom; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Mar 1987
G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4

“…All Fall Down” -- 25 pages

  • written by Michael Higgins; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Vince Colletta
  • Bumblebee is rebuilt and takes the name Goldbug
  • Grimlock isn’t leader of the the Autobots yet (placing this before Transformers Vol. 1 #27)

final issue; cover by Al Milgrom and Tom Palmer; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Apr 1987

G.I. Joe and the Transformers

collects G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1-4; cover by Andrew Wildman and Stephen Baskerville; published by Marvel Comics; $4.95; cover-dated Feb 1993

Transformers Vol. 1 #27

“King of the Hill!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • introduces Trypticon
  • Grimlock becomes the Autobots’ leader

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Apr 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #111
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #27; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 2 May 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #112
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #27; cover taken from Transformers Vol. 1 #27; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 9 May 1987

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Everyone Vs. Galvatron

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #113

“Wanted: Galvatron — Dead or Alive, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • features Rodimus Prime and others in 2007
  • features Death’s Head

cover by Geoff Senior; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 16 May 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #114

“Wanted: Galvatron — Dead or Alive, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins
  • Death’s Head arrives on Earth in 1987 and blows up Bumblebee (because G.I. Joe and the Transformers wasn’t printed in the U.K. comic, so his transformation into Goldbug needed to be explained)

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 23 May 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #115

“Burning Sky, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • in the present on Earth, Ultra Magnus meets Galvatron
  • in 2007, Rodimus Prime decides he has to travel to 1987

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 30 May 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #116

“Burning Sky, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • Galvatron apparently defeats Ultra Magnus
  • Rodimus Prime, Kup, and Blurr arrive from 2007

Bonecrusher and Bombshell profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 6 June 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #117

“Hunters, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins
  • Rodimus Prime, Kup, Blurr, and Death’s Head converge on Galvatron

Brawn and Brawl profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Geoff Senior and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 13 June 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #118

“Hunters, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Wreck-Gar rebuilds Bumblebee as Goldbug

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 20 June 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #119

“Fire on High, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • no one seems capable of defeating Galvatron, who at the end throws Ultra Magnus into a volcano

Bruticus and Breakdown profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Will Simpson, Dave Harwood, and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 27 June 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #120

“Fire on High, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • everyone from 2007 is teleported back except for Galvatron
  • continues into “Vicious Circle!” (from Transformers Annual 1988)

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 4 July 1987

More U.S. Material

Transformers Vol. 1 #28

“Mechanical Difficulties!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • at the end, Blaster and Goldbug abandon Grimlock and the Autobots

cover by Ian Akin; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated May 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #121
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #28; cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 11 July 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #122
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #28; cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 18 July 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #29

“Crater Critters” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin
  • introduces the Scraplets
  • focuses on Blaster and Goldbug

cover by Bob Budiansky, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated June 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #123
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #29; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 25 July 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #124
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #29; cover by Will Simpson and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1 Aug 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #30

“The Cure!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Don Perlin; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • continues from Transformers Vol. 1 #29
  • introduces the Throttlebots, who arrive on Earth from Cybertron

published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated July 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #126
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #30; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 15 Aug 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #127
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #30; cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 22 Aug 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #31

“Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; breakdowns by Don Perlin; finishes by Jim Fern

published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Aug 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #128
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #31; cover by Dave Hine and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 29 Aug 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #129
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #31; cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 Sept 1987

U.K. Material

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #125

“Ancient Relics” -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Geoff Senior; inks by Dave Harwood
  • Continues into Action Force #24

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 8 Aug 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #133

“Head Hunt, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • in 2007, Death’s Head goes after Rodimus Prime

“Ring of Hate, Part 4″

  • reprints the final fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #1

Devastator and Defensor profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Dave Gibbons; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 3 Oct 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #134

“Head Hunt, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • at the end, Rodimus Prime hires Death’s Head to kill Cyclonus and Scourge

“Broken Glass, Part 1″

  • reprints the first fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #2

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 10 Oct 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #135

“Grudge Match, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Swoop confronts Divebomb (of the Predacons)
  • Divebomb recalls battling Optimus Prime and Megatron (placing this after Transformers Vol. 1 #25)

“Broken Glass, Part 2″

  • reprints the second fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #2

cover by Jeff Anderson, Stephen Baskerville, and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 17 Oct 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #136

“Grudge Match, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • the Dinobots (including Grimlock) rescue Swoop
  • features Grimlock as Autobot leader (placing this after Transformers Vol. 1 #26)

“Broken Glass, Part 3″

  • reprints the third fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #2

cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 24 Oct 1987
Transformers Collected Comics #20
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #135-136 and “Victory” from Transformers Annual 1987 (missing pages 1 and 8-10); a.k.a. Transformers Collected Comics Summer Special 1992; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #100; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Summer 1992
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #137

“Ladies’ Night, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • features the petrified bodies of Galvatron and Ultra Magnus (following “Vicious Circle!”)
  • features Blaster, Goldbug, and the Throttlebots
  • features Shockwave in his artificial island headquarters off Florida

“Broken Glass, Part 4″

  • reprints the final fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #2

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 31 Oct 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #138

“Ladies’ Night, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • at the end, Galvatron seems to be moving

“Love and Steel, Part 1″

  • reprints the first fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #3

Divebomb and Dirge profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Barry Kitson and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 7 Nov 1987

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U.S. Material

Transformers Vol. 1 #32

“Used Autobots” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; breakdowns by Don Perlin; finishes by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • the Protectobots battle the Combaticons

cover by Frank Springer; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Sept 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #139

“Used Autobots, Part 1″

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #32

“Love and Steel, Part 2″

  • reprints the second fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #3

Fireflight and Dragstrip profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 14 Nov 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #140
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #32 and the third fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #3; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 21 Nov 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #35

“Child’s Play” -- 23 pages

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

cover by Frank Springer; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Dec 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #141
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #35 and the final fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #3; cover by Stephen Baskerville and Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 28 Nov 1987
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #142
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #35 and the first fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #4; cover by Dan Reed and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 Dec 1987
Transformers Vol. 1 #36

“Spacehikers!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Jose Delbo; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • continues directly from Transformers Vol. 1 #35
  • introduces Sky Lynx

cover by Frank Springer, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Jan 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #143

“Spacehikers!, Part 1″

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #36

“Brothers in Armour (Part 2)”

  • reprints the second fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #4

Frenzy and First Aid profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Martin Griffiths and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 Dec 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #144
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #36 and the third fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #4; cover by Barry Kitson and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 Dec 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #145

“Stargazing” -- 11 pages

  • script by Ian Rimmer; story by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • the third U.K. Christmas story
  • features Starscream and Streetwise (a Protectobot, suggesting that the Protectobots never returned to Grimlock and the Autobots after Transformers Vol. 1 #35)

“Brothers in Armour, Part 4″

  • reprints the final fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #4

cover by Barry Kitson and Robin Bouttell; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 26 Dec 1987
Transformers Collected Comics #11
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #41, 93, and 145; cover by Robin Smith; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Winter 1988

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