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Original Transformers Comics:

1988

U.K. series writer Simon Furman began 1988 with “The Legacy of Unicron!” — a story that (like Transformers: The Movie) took place entirely in the future timeline. (He would also begin 1989 and 1990 with future-centric stories.)

More to come.

These issues saw a small but noticeable decline in quality. The Blaster / Goldbug traitor storyline included some of the finest issues of the series. Published alongside it, the Headmasters mini-series was similarly of high quality. But once the Headmasters came to Earth, the quality of the U.S. stories began to decline. By the end of the year, despite stories still containing interesting ideas and narrative moments, the series was a shadow of its former self. It’s hard not to wonder if the mandated focus on the Headmasters, who essentially took over the series, wasn’t partly to blame. Of course, the need to incorporate new toys had always posed a challenge, sometimes requiring new characters to be shoehorned into ongoing plots. But new characters would appear in stories grounded in familiar ones. Now, the traitor storyline felt like it had just stopped. It was left on a cliffhanger (U.S. #36). Blaster, Grimlock, and all of his Autobots wouldn’t be seen again until five issues later (U.S. #41). The series had long jumped around, in terms of setting and focal characters, but now, the reader could feel a sense of dislocation, as the story shifted settings without resolving where older characters even were. As time went on, it seemed as if these older characters didn’t matter anymore. And it didn’t help matters that the U.S. stories’ artwork also seemed to decline around this time. 1988 was the year everything began to shift, and in many ways the original comics series never recovered.

“Space Pirates” took place entirely in 2008.

The Legacy of Unicron

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #146

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
  • begins on 1 Jan 2008

Grapple and Gears profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 2 Jan 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #147

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior

cover by Jeff Anderson, Stephen Baskerville, and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 9 Jan 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #148

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 3″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed

Groove and Grimlock profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Dan Reed and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 16 Jan 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #149

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 4″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed

cover by Barry Kitson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 23 Jan 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #150

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 5″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville

Rodimus Prime profile -- 1 pages

wraparound cover by Jerry Paris and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 30 Jan 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #151

“The Legacy of Unicron!, Part 6″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Bryan Hitch and Geoff Senior
  • ends with Cyclonus and Scourge sent back into the past, where we’re told they joined Scorponok’s Decepticons (as shown in Transformers: Headmasters #1)
  • ends with Death’s Head disappearing into time (this was his final appearance in the series, although he’d next be seen in a Doctor Who story and then in regular Marvel continuity)

Hoist and Headstrong profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 6 Feb 1988

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Two Stories

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #152

“Enemy Action, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • introduces the Seacons, whom Shockwave sends after Galvatron (who has freed himself from the volcano, following Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #138)

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 13 Feb 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #153

“Enemy Action, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • at the end, after Galvatron leaves, Shockwave decides to use the present-day Megatron against Galvatron

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 20 Feb 1988
Transformers Collected Comics #14
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #152-153 and “Victory” from Transformers Annual 1987 (missing pages 1 and 8-10); cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #152; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Autumn 1989
Transformers Vol. 1 #37

“Toy Soldiers!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • focuses on the Throttlebots (captured by the government in Transformers Vol. 1 #32)
  • ends with the transmission that’s picked up in Transformers: Headmasters #4

cover by José Delbo, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Feb 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #154
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #37; cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 27 Feb 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #155

“Toy Soldiers!, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #37

Hotspot and Hook profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 Mar 1988

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Headmasters

Transformers: Headmasters #1

“Ring of Hate!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Frank Springer; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • Fortress Maximus leads a contingent of Autobots to Nebulos, in an attempt to escape the eternal war on Cybertron

first issue; cover by Bob Budiansky, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated July 1987

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Transformers: Headmasters #2

“Broken Glass!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Frank Springer; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • Decepticons, led by Scorponok, come to Nebulos
  • five Autobots become the first Headmasters

cover by Frank Springer, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Sept 1987

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Transformers: Headmasters #3

“Love and Steel!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Frank Springer; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • introduces the Terrorcons and the Technobots
  • six Decepticons become Headmasters and defeat the Autobot Headmasters

cover by Frank Springer, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Nov 1987

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Transformers: Headmasters #4

“Brothers in Armor!!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Frank Springer; inks by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
  • introduces the Targetmasters
  • the Autobots pick up a transmission from Earth (sent in Transformers Vol. 1 #37) and depart for Earth, with the Decepticons in pursuit

final issue; cover by Frank Springer and Brian Garvey; published by Marvel Comics; $0.75; cover-dated Jan 1988

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Headmasters Side Stories

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #130

“Worlds Apart, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by William Simpson; inks by Tim Perkins
  • takes place during “Brothers in Armor!!” (Transformers: Headmasters #4)
  • this story was ordered by Hasbro to promote the Headmasters, although Transformers: Headmasters was still being written at the time

“Ring of Hate!, Part 1″

  • reprints the first fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #1

cover by Geoff Senior and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 Sept 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #131

“Worlds Apart, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

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

“Ring of Hate, Part 2″

  • reprints the second fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #1

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 Sept 1987

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #132

“Kup’s Story!” -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • a prequel of sorts to the Headmasters story, starring Kup, set hundreds of years before Transformers: Headmasters
  • Kup meets Hot Rod and Blurr for the first time

“Ring of Hate, Part 3″

  • reprints the third fourth of Transformers: Headmasters #1

cover by Dan Reed and John Burns; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 26 Sept 1987
Transformers Collected Comics #9
reprints Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #59-60 and “Kup’s Story!” from Transformers (U.K.) Vol. 1 #132; cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Summer 1988

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Headmasters on Earth

Transformers Vol. 1 #38

“Trial by Fire” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Dave Hunt
  • the Headmasters come to Earth
  • introduces Spike Witwicky, who replaces Galen (who dies) as Fortress Maximus’s head

cover by Frank Springer and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Mar 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #156
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #38; cover by Doug Braithwaite, José Delbo, and David Hunt; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 Mar 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #157
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #38; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 Mar 1988
Transformers Vol. 1 #39

“The Desert Island of Space” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Dave Hunt
  • Spike Witwicky reveals what’s happened to his father and goes to rescue his brother, Buster, whom Ratbat is holding prisoner
  • Shockwave’s island headquarters blasts off into outer space
  • Shockwave falls into Earth’s atmosphere, but the island spaceship (with Buster on it) escapes
  • Spike Witwicky struggles with his new role as Fortress Maximus’s head but seems to accept it by the end

cover by José Delbo and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Apr 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #158

“The Desert Island of Space, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #39

Huffer and Hound profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Dan Reed; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 26 Mar 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #159

“The Desert Island of Space, Part 2″

  • reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #39
  • alters Shockwave’s dialogue as he falls into the atmosphere (to “that I fall to Earth…” from “…that I burn up”) to justify his appearance in the very next U.K. story

cover by Will Simpson and David Elliot; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 2 Apr 1988

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Two More Stories

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #160

“Salvage!, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lee Sullivan
  • set on 1 April 1988
  • Richard Branson has Megatron raised from the Thames river, but he’s immediately stolen by Shockwave’s minions
  • after his fall (in Transformers Vol. 1 #39), Shockwave’s begun using the original Decepticon base on Earth (from the first few U.S. issues)
  • Shockwave’s interest in Megatron follows up on his plan to use Megatron against Galvatron (hatched in Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #153, although so much has happened since then that it’s a little odd Shockwave would still have the same plan)
  • Autobots revive Ultra Magnus

cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 9 Apr 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #161

“Salvage!, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lee Sullivan
  • Shockwave manipulates Megatron to go after Galvatron
  • Ultra Magnus battles Galvatron, who escapes, but Ultra Magnus promises their next meeting will be their last

cover by Bryan Hitch; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 16 Apr 1988
Transformers Vol. 1 #40

“Pretender to the Throne!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Dave Hunt
  • introduces the Pretenders
  • Optimus Prime, although only a computer program, defeats Scorponok

cover by José Delbo and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated May 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #162
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #40; cover by Jeff Anderson and David Elliot; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 23 Apr 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #163
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #40; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 30 Apr 1988

More U.K. Stories

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #164
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #165
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #166
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers Collected Comics #21
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #164-166; a.k.a. Transformers Collected Comics Autumn Special 1992; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #167; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Autumn 1992
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #167
cover by Jerry Paris; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #168
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #169
cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers Collected Comics #22
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #167-169; a.k.a. Transformers Collected Comics Easter Special 1993; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #169 (recolored); published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Easter 1993
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #170
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #171
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #172
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #173
published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.

More U.S. Stories

Transformers Vol. 1 #41

“Totaled!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Danny Bulanadi
  • Fortress Maximus’s contingent of Autobots contacts Grimlock’s contingent, looking for help to rebuild Optimus Prime
  • while Grimlock battles Blaster in single combat on the Moon, Ratbat’s Decepticons attack, reclaiming their fallen comrades from the Ark
  • Fortress Maximus reveals that he’s sent Goldbug to Nebulos on a mission to rebuild Optimus Prime

cover by José Delbo and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated June 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #174

“Totaled!, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #41

Jazz and Jetfire profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 16 July 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #175
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #41; cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 23 July 1988
Transformers Vol. 1 #42

“People Power!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Dave Hunt and Don Hudson
  • introduces Dreadwind and Darkwing
  • Optimus Prime and others become Powermasters
  • Nebulos, seen here for the first time since Transformers: Headmasters (and its side stories), seems more high-tech than its depiction there

cover by José Delbo and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated July 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #176
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #42; cover by Kev Hopgood; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 30 July 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #177

“People Power!, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #42

Optimus Prime profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 6 Aug 1988

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Transformers Vol. 1 #44

“The Cosmic Carnival” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by Frank Springer; inks by Danny Bulanadi
  • reveals that the Spacehikers (the kids Blaster took into space) have been prisoners in an outer-space zoo

cover by Frank Springer and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Sept 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #178
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #44; cover by Stephen Baskerville; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 13 Aug 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #179
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #44; cover by Jerry Paris; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 20 Aug 1988

Space Pirates

Transformers Vol. 1 #43

“The Big Broadcast of 2006″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Ralph Macchio; pencils by Alan Kupperberg; inks by David Elliot
  • adapts the animated episode of the same name

cover by Herb Trimpe; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Aug 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #180

new prologue page -- 1 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lee Sullivan

“The Big Broadcast of 2006, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #43

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 27 Aug 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #181

“The Big Broadcast of 2006, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #44
  • replaces the next-issue caption with a segue to the new epilogue page

new epilogue page -- 1 pages

  • written by Simon Furman (uncredited); art by Lee Sullivan (uncredited)

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 3 Sept 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #182

“Space Pirates!, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • in 2008, the Quintessons take action because their planet is dying

cover by Lee Sullivan; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 10 Sept 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #183

“Space Pirates!, Part 2″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Dan Reed
  • the Quintessons take over Autobot City on Earth and capture Arcee

“The Wind of Change!” -- 1 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lew Stringer
  • short comedic, out-of-continuity story in which Dreadwind takes over the letters column from Grimlock

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 17 Sept 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #184

“Space Pirates!, Part 3″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Doug Braithwaite; inks by Dave Harwood

cover by Jerry Paris; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 24 Sept 1988

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Transformers Collected Comics #17
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #182-184; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #182; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Holiday 1990
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #185

“Space Pirates!, Part 4″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Doug Braithwaite; inks by Dave Harwood
  • a Sharkticon steal the Matrix from Rodimus Prime, who reverts to being Hot Rod

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 1 Oct 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #186

“Space Pirates!, Part 5″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lee Sullivan
  • Autobot City transforms to Metroplex for the first time (in the comics)

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 8 Oct 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #187

“Space Pirates, Part 6″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; art by Lee Sullivan
  • the Quintessons are defeated and Hot Rod retrieves the Matrix, becoming Rodimus Prime again
  • in the epilogue, the Quintesson homeworld is destroyed, and a caption tells us that it was caused by a time rift (setting up “Time Wars”)

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 15 Oct 1988

More U.S. Issues

Transformers Vol. 1 #45

“Monstercon From Mars!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; breakdowns by José Delbo; finishes by Dave Hunt
  • Sky Lynx returns the Spacehikers to Earth (following Transformers Vol. 1 #44)
  • Skullgrin, the Decepticon Pretender, is on a mission from Scorponok to get fuel from Earth, but becomes a movie star instead
  • Circuit Breaker attacks Skullgrin

cover by Bob Budiansky and Dave Hunt; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Oct 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #190

“Monstercon From Mars!, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #45

Laserbeak and Kickback profile page -- 1 pages

cover by Stephen Baskerville; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 5 Nov 1988

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Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #191
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #45; cover by Art Wetherell and Stephen Baskerville; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 12 Nov 1988
Transformers Vol. 1 #46

“Ca$h and Car-nage!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Bob Budiansky; pencils by José Delbo; inks by Danny Bulanadi
  • introduces Fangry, Horri-Bull, Squeezeplay, the Triggerbots, Firecons, and Sparkabots
  • features Scorponok (and Lord Zarak) on Earth

cover by Frank Springer; published by Marvel Comics; $1.00; cover-dated Nov 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #192
reprints the first half of Transformers Vol. 1 #46; cover by Stephen Baskerville; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 19 Nov 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #193
reprints the second half of Transformers Vol. 1 #46; cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 26 Nov 1988

Time Wars Prologues

Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #188

“Firebug!” -- 11 pages

  • script by Dan Abnett; story by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
  • Sandstorm, Inferno, and Broadside, after landing in a shuttlecraft, confront a being they call a “firebug” and wind up sending him to the planet Mercury

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 22 Oct 1988
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #189

“Dry Run!”

  • Cyclonus and Scourge (last seen in Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #172-173, where they were working with Shockwave in the present) wait to speak to Shockwave
  • Megatron, whom Shockwave is training to kill Galvatron, kills Cyclonus and causes Scourge to flee
  • Shockwave decides that Megatron is ready to send after Galvatron
  • continues into “Altered Image!” (from Transformers Annual 1989)

cover by Jeff Anderson; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; 11 pages; cover-dated 29 Oct 1988
Transformers Collected Comics #16
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #172–173 and #189; the previous issue began reprinting “Target: 2006,” but the art for the remaining chapters of “Target: 2006″ were lost in the mail, so this issue didn’t continue the story, although it kept its original “Target: 2006″ cover; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #84; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Summer 1990
Transformers Collected Comics #26
reprints Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #160–161 and #189; a.k.a. Transformers Collected Comics Summer Special 1994; cover taken from Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #322 (which has no relation to this issue’s contents); published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated Summer 1994
Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #198

“Cold Comfort and Joy!” -- 11 pages

  • script by Ian Rimmer; story by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Optimus Prime, newly returned to Earth as a Powermaster, wrestles with the fact that he feels no connection to the planet or its people
  • the Autobots (under Optimus Prime) link up with Sandstorm, Inferno, and Broadside (who were seen in “Firebug!” (Transformers U.K. Vol. 1 #188)
  • must occur before Transformers Vol. 1 #47, because Optimus Prime (here struggling to care for humans) there sends Blaster to save Buster Witwicky
  • the fourth and penultimate U.K. Christmas story

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by Marvel Comics / Marvel U.K.; cover-dated 31 Dec 1988

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