The first issue of Marvel UK's long-running Transformers title

Robots in Disguise: A Tribute to Marvel UK’s “Transformers”

The first issue of Marvel UK's long-running Transformers title
The first issue of Marvel UK’s long-running Transformers title, with a cover by Jerry Paris.

First Published 12th July 2014

With Transformers: Age of Extinction on sale from Titan Comics in UK newsagents, Ian Wheeler pays tribute to one of the most successful UK comics of the 1980s – Marvel UK’s Transformers

Whatever else you can say about the 1980s, it was a decade which produced some pretty memorable toys. Masters of the Universe, Action Force and Star Wars figures were all hugely popular. But no history of toys in the 1980s could possible exclude the Transformers. ‘Robots in disguise’, the Transformers were gigantic metal beings from another world which could transform into everyday Earthly objects such as a gun, cassette player, lorry or car. And pretty much every kid in Britain wanted one.

Or rather, pretty much every kid in Britain wanted loads of them. Because, like the Star Wars figures, there were literally dozens of Transformers toys available so it was possible to build up a huge collection. Great for the toy companies and wonderful for the children — but a nightmare for the parents! And there were numerous different species or generations of Transformers — Headmasters, Special Teams and the New Leaders were just some of the many different types of Transformers which would appear over the years.

The Transformers were rapidly to become what we would these days refer to as a franchise, rather like Star Trek or the James Bond movies today. There were Transformers T-shirts, Transformers bedspreads, a cartoon series and a movie. And it’s still going on today, with Transformers DVDs and a new comic in the form of Transformers Armada. With a strong Transformers presence on the internet and a wave of 1980s nostalgia as those of us who were kids at the time hit our late 20s and early 30s, you just can’t move for the things!

It was perhaps inevitable that there would be a Transformers comic — pure economics determined that, if nothing else. Comics based on toys made sense for both the toy producers and the comic publishers. The comic would hopefully sell off the back of the toy’s success and the toys would get loads of publicity. Hence, Battle became Battle Action Force and the Robo Machines (a very similar concept to the Transformers) featured in Eagle. Masters of the Universe got its own comic, as did Transformers.

Issue one of the British Transformers, from Marvel UK, a title that lasted for 332 regular isues, had a cover date of 20 September — 3rd October 1984. Starting as a fortnightly, it was edited by the feisty Sheila Cranna, who is perhaps best known for editing Doctor Who Magazine, also published by Marvel UK. Comparing that first edition to the issues which followed, it is clear that it was more magazine-like than later copies, with factual articles on robots in addition to the comic strip. An early cameo appearance by Spider-Man in the Transformers strip in Issue 6 gave the fledgling title a boost and it would soon go weekly. Early back-up strips in the comic included Machine Man and Iron Man and there was a jokey cartoon strip in the form of Lew Stringer’s Robo-Capers, which would be replaced by the memorable Combat Colin when Transformers later absorbed the Marvel version of Action Force. (Visionaries was another Marvel UK title which would be merged into Transformers).

As the UK Transformers comic was published more frequently than its American counterpart, new strips and cover art had to be produced for the British edition in the UK, created by a range of talented artists and writers, including such names as Simon Furman, Jeff Anderson, Tim Perkins, Dan Reed, Ian Rimmer, Geoff Senior, Will Simpson, Lee Sullivan, Robin Smith and Steve White – to name but a few. Needless to say, these strips are much sought-after by American comic collectors who missed them first time.

(The same is true of the British-originated Zoids strip which appeared first in Secret Wars, then Spider-Man and Zoids, which ran for 51 issues and has never been reprinted due to licensing issues. Zoids features some of the earliest comics work of writer Grant Morrison, who has since gone on to achieve much acclaim for strips for US publishers on titles such as Batman, The Invisibles, Animal Man and Doom Patrol).

Transformers Issue 79
Transformers Issue 79

For my money, one of the best UK Transformers strips was “Target: 2006” by Simon Furman and illustrated by Jeff Anderson, which tied in with the Transformers movie. This story featured Galvatron and Ultra Magnus travelling back to 1986 and ran in issues 78 to 88, which has been collected by Titan Books. Simon Furman would later work on the American Transformers title — and the animated show, Beast Wars.

Issue 100 of Transformers featured a stunning wraparound cover by artist Alan Davis. Other landmark issues included issue 63 which saw the introduction of the Special Teams, issue 130 which introduced the Headmasters and issue 150 which featured the origin of the Transformers. To add humour to the title, the letters page was usually hosted by one of the Transformers characters — with the grumpy Dinobot Grimlock being perhaps the most memorable.

The Transformers comic occasionally included free gifts — issue one had transfers and Galvatron and Ultra Magnus badges were presented in issues 98 and 99 respectively. Galvatron and Ultra Manus were the ‘new’ Transformers leaders — the originals had been Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots (the ‘goodies’) and Megatron, leader of the evil Decepticons. Optimus Prime was arguably the most popular of all the Transformers characters.

Like any Marvel title, Transformers had spin-offs in the form of annuals and ‘Collected Comics’ which were published as summer and winter specials and reprinted the early strips from the comic. There was also a very lavish and glossy Winter Special in 1986 which featured a comic strip adaptation of the Transformers animated movie.

Transformers finally came to an end in the early 1990s after 332 issues and went fortnightly again towards the end of its life. For a comic based on a toy to have lasted so long was nothing short of remarkable. The creators of the comic had produced a quite brilliant publication which had been remarkably consistent in tone and quality and had built up a superbly complex and unique continuity.

Needless to say, if you have a complete set of Transformers comics in good condition, you have a valuable collection of classic British comics!

UK TRANSFORMERS COMICS CHECK LIST

Issue 1 – 2: The Transformers (US Issue 1)
Issue 3 – 4: Power Play (US Issue 2)
Issue 5 – 6: Prisoner of War (US Issue 3)
Issue 7 – 8: The Last Stand (US Issue 4)
Issue 9 – 12: Man of Iron (US Issue 33 – 34)
Issue 13 – 17: The Enemy Within
Issue 22 – 23: The New Order (US Issue 5)
Issue 24 – 25: The Worse of Two Evils (US Issue 6)
Issue 26: Warrior School (US Issue 7)
Issue 27 – 28: Repeat Performances (US Issue 8)
Issue 29 – 30: Decepticon Dam Busters
Issue 31: The Wrath of Guardian
Issue 32: The Wrath of Grimlock
Issue 33 – 34: Dis-integrated Circuits (US Issue 9)
Issue 35 – 36: The Next Best Thing to Being There (US Issue 10)
Issue 37 – 38: Brainstorm (US Issue 11)
Issue 39 – 40: Prime Time (US Issue 12)
Issue 41: Christmas Breaker
Issue 42 – 44: Crisis of Command
Issue 45 – 46: The Icarus Theory

Transformers - Dinobot Hunt• Collected in Titan Books’ Dinobot Hunt: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 47 – 50: Dinobot Hunt

• Collected in Titan Books’ Dinobot Hunt: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 51 – 52: Shooting Star (US Issue 13)
Issue 53 – 54: Rock and Roll-Out (US Issue 14)
Issue 55 – 56: I, Robot Master (US Issue 15)
Issue 57 – 58: Plight of the Bumblebee (US Issue 16)
Issue 59 – 60: Robot Buster

Transformers: Second Generation• Collected in Titan Books’ Second Generation: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 61 – 62: Devastation Derby

• Collected in Titan Books’ Second Generation: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 63 – 65: Second Generation

• Collected in Titan Books’ Second Generation: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 66 – 67: The Smelting Pool (US Issue 17)
Issue 68 – 69: The Bridge to Nowhere (US Issue 18)
Issue 70 – 71: Command Performances (US Issue 19)
Issue 72 – 73: Showdown (US Issue 20)
Issue 74 – 77: In the National Interest (repeated
Issue #302-307)

• Collected in Titan Books’ Dinobot Hunt: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Transformers: Target 2006Issue 78 – 88: Target: 2006

• Collected in Titan Books’ Target – 2006: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 89 – 90: Aerialbots over America (US Issue 21)
Issue 91 – 92: Heavy Traffic (US Issue 22)
Issue 93: The Gift

• Collected in Titan Books’ Second Generation: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 94 – 95: Decepticon Graffiti (US Issue 23)

Transformers - PreyIssue 96 – 97: Prey

• Collected in Titan Books’ Prey: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 98: … The Harder They Die

• Collected in Titan Books’ Prey: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Transformers Issue 100. Cover by Alan Davis.
Transformers Issue 100. Cover by Alan Davis.

Issue 99 – 100: Under Fire, Distant Thunder

• Collected in Titan Books’ Prey: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 101 – 102: Fallen Angel

Transformers: Fallen Angel• Collected in Titan Books’ Fallen Angel: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 103 – 104: Resurrection

• Collected in Titan Books’ Prey: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 105 – 106: Afterdeath (US Issue 24)
Issue 107 – 108: Gone But Not Forgotten (US Issue 25)
Issue 109 – 110: Funeral for a Friend (US Issue 26)
Issue 111 – 112: King of the Hill (US Issue 27)
Issue 113 – 114: Wanted: Galvatron – Dead or Alive

• Collected in Titan Books’ Fallen Angel: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Transformers: Time WarsIssue 115 – 116: Burning Sky
Issue 117 – 118: Hunters
Issue 119 – 120: Fire on High
Issue 121 – 122: Mechanical Difficulties (US Issue 28)
Issue 123 – 124: Crater Critters (US Issue 29)
Issue 125: Ancient Relics (crossover with Action Force Issue 26-29)
Issue 126 – 127: The Cure (US Issue 30)
Issue 128 – 129: Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom (US Issue 31)
Issue 130 – 131: (US Headmasters Issue 1)

• Collected in Titan Books’ Time Wars: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 133 – 134:

Transformers: The Legacy of Unicron• Collected in Titan Books’ Legacy of Unicron: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 135:
Issue 136:
Issue 137 – 138: Ladies Night

• Collected in Titan Books’ Legacy of Unicron: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 138 – 141: Love and Steel (US Headmasters 3)
Issue 142 – 143: Brothers in Armour (US Headmasters 4)
Issue 139 – 140: Used Autobots (US Issue 32)
Issue 141 – 142: Child’s Play (US Issue 35)
Issue 143 – 144: Spacehikers (US Issue 36)
Issue 145:

• Collected in Titan Books’ Second Generation: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 146 – 151: The Legacy of Unicron (also Issue 290-301)

• Collected in Titan Books’ Legacy of Unicron: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 152 – 153: Enemy Action
Issue 154 – 155: Toy Soldiers (US Issue 37)
Issue 156 – 157: Trail by Fire (US Issue 38)
Issue 158 – 159: The Desert Island of Space (US Issue 39)
Issue 160 – 161: Salvage

• #161 Collected in Titan Books’ Space Pirates: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 162 – 163: Pretender to the Throne (US Issue 40)
Issue 164 – 165: City of Fear

Transformers: City of Fear• Collected in Titan Books’ City of Fear: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 166 – 167: Legion of the Lost
Issue 168 – 169: Meltdown
Issue 170 – 171: Deadly Games
Issue 172 – 173: Wrecking Havoc

• #161 Collected in Titan Books’ Space Pirates: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 174 – 175: Totalled (US Issue 41)
Issue 176 – 177: People Power (US Issue 42)
Issue 178 – 179: The Cosmic Carnival (US Issue 44)
Issue 180 – 181: The Big Broadcast of 2006 (US Issue 43)
Issue 182 – 187: Space Pirates

• #161 Collected in Titan Books’ Space Pirates: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 188: Firebug

• Collected in Titan Books’ City of Fear: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 189: Dry Run

• Collected in Titan Books’ Time Wars: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 190 – 191: Monstercon From Mars (US Issue 45)
Issue 192 – 193: Ca$h and Car-nage (US Issue 46)
Issue 194 – 195: Club Decepticon (Underbase Saga Part 1) (US Issue 47)
Issue 196 – 197: The Flames Of Boltax (Underbase Saga Part 2) (US Issue 48)
Issue 198: Cold Comfort and Joy
Issue 199 – 205: Time Wars

• Collected in Titan Books’ Time Wars: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 206 – 207: Cold War (Underbase Saga Part 3) (US Issue 49)
Issue 208 – 210: Dark Star (Underbase Saga Part 4) (US Issue 50)
Issue 211 – 212: The Man in the Machine (US Issue 51)
Issue 213 – 214: The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire

• Collected in Titan Books’ City of Fear: Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk

Issue 215 – 218: Race with the Devil
Issue 217 – 220: Recipe for Disaster (US Issue 52 – 53)
Issue 219 – 222: Survivors
Issue 221 – 224: Wanted – Galvatron … Dead or Alive (reprint)
Issue 223 – 227: Aspects of Evil
Issue 228: Deal of the Century
Issue 229: Hunting Party
Issue 229 – 232: Resurrection (Reprint)
Issue 230 – 231: The Big Shutdown
Issue 232 – 235: King Decepticon (US Issue 54)
Issue 232 – 233: A Small War
Issue 234: Prime’s Rib
Issue 236 – 239: The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship (US Issue 55)
Issue 235 – 236: Deathbringer
Issue 237: Way of the Warrior
Issue 238: Survival Run
Issue 239: A Savage Place
Issue 240 – 242: Walk of the Dead (US Issue 56)
Issue 240: Out to Lunch
Issue 241: Rage
Issue 242: Assault On The Ark
Issue 243: Mind Games
Issue 244: Two Megatrons
Issue 243 – 245: The Resurrection Gambit (US Issue 57)
Issue 245: Underworld
Issue 246: Demons
Issue 247: Dawn of Darkness
Issue 246 – 248: All the Familiar Faces (US Issue 58)
Issue 248: Fallen Star
Issue 249: Whose Lifeforce is it Anyway?
Issue 249 – 251: Skin Deep (US Issue 59)
Issue 250: The Greatest Gift of All
Issue 252 – 254: Yesterdays’ Heroes (US Issue 60)
Issue 251: The Void
Issue 252: Edge of Impact
Issue 253: Shadow of Evil
Issue 254: White Fire
Issue 259 – 261: Primal Scream (US Issue 61)
Issue 255 – 260: Perchance to Dream
Issue 261: Starting Over
Issue 262 – 264: Bird of Prey (Matrix Quest Part 1) (US Issue 62)
Issue 262: Two Steps Back
Issue 263: Break Away
Issue 264: Desert Island Risk
Issue 265 – 268: Blood on the Tracks (GI Joe/Transformers Issue 1)
Issue 269 – 272: Power Struggle (GI Joe/Transformers Issue 2)
Issue 273 – 276: Ashes, Ashes… (GI Joe/Transformers Issue 3)
Issue 277 – 281: …All Fall Down (GI Joe/Transformers Issue 4)

Issue 265: Once Upon A Time…
Issue 266: Life in the Slow Lane
Issue 267: Snow Fun
Issue 268: Flashback
Issue 269: Mystery
Issue 270: The Bad Guys’ Ball
Issue 271: The Living Nightlights
Issue 272: Cry Wolf
Issue 273: Wolf in the Fold
Issue 274: Where Wolf
Issue 275: Secret
Issue 276: Bugged
Issue 277: Internal Affairs
Issue 278: The House that Wheeljack Built
Issue 279: Divide and Conquer
Issue 280: The 4,000,000 Year Itch
Issue 281: Makin’ Tracks
Issue 282 – 285: Kings of the Wild Frontier (Matrix Quest Part 2) (US Issue 63)
Issue 282: Shut Up
Issue 283: Maneuvers
Issue 284: Assassins
Issue 285: External Force
Issue 286: The Lesser Evil
Issue 286 – 289: Deadly Obsession (Matrix Quest Part 3) (US Issue 64)
Issue 287: Inside Story
Issue 288: Comic Convention
Issue 289: End of the Road
Issue 290 – 294: Dark Creation (Matrix Quest Part 4) (US Issue 65)
Issue 295 – 297: All Fall Down (Matrix Quest Part 5) (US Issue 66)
Issue 298 – 301: Rhythms of Darkness
Issue 290 – 301: Legacy of Unicron (reprints of UK Issue 146 – 151)
Issue 302 – 305: The Human Factor (US Issue 68)
Issue 306 – 308: Eye Of The Storm (US Issue 69)
Issue 309 – 310: The Price of Life (US Issue 70)
Issue 302 – 307: In the National Interest (reprints UK Issue 74 – 77)
Issue 308 – 310: The Enemy Within
Issue 311 – 312: Surrender (US Issue 71)
Issue 313 – 314: All This and Civil War 2 (US Issue 72)
Issue 315 – 316: Out of Time (US Issue 73)
Issue 317 – 318: The Void (US Issue 74)
Issue 319 – 322: On the Edge of Extinction (US Issue 75)
Issue 323 – 324: Still Life (US Issue 76)
Issue 325 – 326: Exodus (US Issue 77)
Issue 327 – 328: A Savage Circle (US Issue 78)
Issue 329 – 330: The Last Autobot (US Issue 79)
Issue 331 – 332: The End of the Road (US Issue 80)


Transformers Classics UK Volume 1IDW PUBLISHING’S Transformers Classics

In 2011, IDW Publishing began a series of eight collections under the title The Transformers Classics UK, aiming to reprint the Marvel UK Transformers stories in order of publication, including the Annuals.

Unfortunately, only five of the planned books in the series were published, with Volume Six announced as cancelled after numerous delays in November 2018

Within each volume, writer James Roberts (whose departure from IDW may have been one reason for the cancellation of the series run) provided an in-depth historical introduction which chart the development of the Marvel UK universe over the period of time the book’s stories cover, as well as presenting each individual story with an introductory essay covering its creation, chronological placement in relation to the US stories, and any previous re-printings it may have had, among other goodies such as an original cover gallery.

Artist Andrew Wildman also provided brand new cover art for each book.

Note: The books are ‘US format’, so the reproduced comics are in smaller form than when originally printed and the Titan reprints.

Transformers Classics UK Volume 1• Transformers Classics UK Volume 1
Collects issues #1-44

Features the work of: Simon Furman (Author) • Steve Parkerhouse (Author) • James Hill (Author, Artist) • Mike Collins (Author, Artist) • John Ridgway (Artist) • Jeff Anderson (Artist) • John Stokes (Artist) • Barry Kitson (Artist) • Mike Farmer (Artist) • Will Simpson (Artist) • Geoff Senior (Artist)

Stories

“Man of Iron!”
“The Enemy Within!”
“Raiders of the Last Ark”
“Robot War!”
“Decepticon Dam-Busters!”
“The Wrath of Guardian!”
“The Wrath of Grimlock!”
“Robot War II”
“Christmas Breaker!”
“Crisis of Command!”
“Plague of the Insecticons!”
“And There Shall Come…a Leader!”
“Missing in Action”
“Hunted!”

Features: A Complete History of Transformers UK, Part 1; adverts and ephemera

Transformers Classics UK Volume 2• Transformers Classics UK Volume 2
Collects issues Transformers #45-59

Features the work of Simon Furman (Author) • Ian Mennell (Author) • Wilf Prigmore (Author) • James Hill (Author) • Jamie Delano (Author) • Barry Kitson (Artist) • Will Simpson (Artist) • Tim Perkins (Artist) • John Stokes (Artist) • Jeff Anderson (Artist) • Geoff Senior (Artist)

Stories

“The Icarus Theory”
“Dinobot Hunt!”
“Victory!”
The Special Teams Have Arrived
“Robot Buster!”
“Devastation Derby!”
“Robot War III”
“Second Generation!”
“In the National Interest”
“In the Beginning…”
“To a Power Unknown!”
“The Return of the Transformers”
“The Mission”
“State Games”

Features: A Complete History of Transformers UK, Part 2; Optimus Prime fact file from Transformers Annual 1986, Megatron fact file from 1986 Annual, “And Now… The Dinobots” fact file from issue #74

Transformers Classics: UK Volume 3Transformers Classics UK Volume 3

Features the work of Simon Furman (Author) • James Hill (Author) • Geoff Senior (Artist) • Jeff Anderson (Artist) • Ron Smith (Artist) • Will Simpson (Artist) • Andrew Wildman (Artist)

Stories

“Target: 2006”
“Cybertron: The Middle Years!” (not listed on the contents page)
“Prey!”
“…The Harder They Die!”
“Under Fire!”
“Distant Thunder!”
“The Gift”
“Fallen Angel”
“Resurrection!”

Features: A Complete History of Transformers UK, Part 3; A-Z Fact Files, Robo-Capers by Lew Stringer and adverts and ephemera

Transformers Classics UK Volume 4• Transformers Classics UK Volume 4
Collects #113-145 and include the 1987 Transformers Annual and the Transformers/Action Force crossover, “Ancient Relics!”

Features the work of: Simon Furman (Author) • Ian Rimmer (Author) • Geoff Senior (Artist) • Will Simpson (Artist) • Dan Reed (Artist) • Jeff Anderson (Artist)

Stories:

“Wanted: Galvatron — Dead or Alive!”
“Burning Sky!”
“Hunters”
“Fire on High!”
“Vicious Circle!”
“Ancient Relics!”
“Worlds Apart!”
“Kup’s Story!”
“Headhunt”
“What’s in a Name?”
“Grudge Match!”
“Ladies’ Night”
“Stargazing”
“Ark Duty”
“Headmasters Saga”
“Doomsday for Nebulos”
“Stylor’s Story”
“The Final Conflict”

Features: A Complete History of Transformers UK, Part 4; a Transformers Trivia Quiz from the 1988 Annual, A-Z Fact Files, adverts and ephemera and Geoff Senior’s art for pages 11-14 of issue #113

Transformers Classics UK Volume 5Transformers Classics UK Volume 5
Collects the UK-specific stories in issues #145 – 179

Features the work of Simon Furman (Author) • Ian Rimmer (Author) • Richard Starkings (Author) • Jeff Anderson (Artist) • Geoff Senior (Artist) • Dan Reed (Artist) • Bryan Hitch (Artist) • Lee Sullivan (Artist) • Robin Smith (Artist)

Stories:

“The Legacy of Unicron!”
“Enemy Action!”
“Salvage!”
“City of Fear!”
“Legion of the Lost”
“Meltdown”
“Deadly Games!”
“Wrecking Havoc”
“The Saga of the Transformers So Far”
“Prime Bomb!”
“Peace”

Features: A Complete History of Transformers UK, Part 5, Adverts and Ephemera, and a European Comic Catalogue

Transformers Classics UK Volume 6Transformers Classics UK Volume 6
Collects issues #181 – #214 of Transformers UK

Featuring the work of Simon Furman (Author) • Ian Rimmer (Author) • Dan Abnett (Author) • Dan Reed (Artist) • Dougie Braithwaite (Artist) • Lee Sullivan (Artist) • Jeff Anderson (Artist) • Andrew Wildman (Artist) • Robin Smith (Artist)Volume 6 – had it been published – would have included the following stories

Stories

“The Big Broadcast of 2006”
“Space Pirates!”
“Firebug!”
“Dry Run!”
“Cold Comfort and Joy!”
“Altered Image!”
“All in the Minds!”
“Time Wars”
“The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire”

Announced features included in-depth interviews with Transformers UK’s creative team, unused artwork, original scripts, and reproductions of Transformers UK’s feature pages, covers, and free gifts information

The Transformers Wiki has much more detail about these releases


Web Links

This article is intended a general, nostalgic overview to try and provoke a few of your memories of reading British Transformers comics in the 1980s.We’ve deliberately avoided writing a very detailed article on Transformers continuity.

There are a number of excellent guides to the many Transformers comics published. The Siebetron site has a detailed guide to them all at here, and the TF Archive site has one, too

Transformers.net –  www.thetransformers.net – is a very comprehensive site with info on the TV episodes, books, toys — you name it, it’s on here. Allow plenty of time to have a good look around!


Creators

• Simon Furman: http://simonfurman.wordpress.com
Simon has contributed more to the Transformers universe than any other writer since his days at Marvel UK

• Jerry Paris: http://jerryparis.blogspot.co.uk
One of the early artist on the title

• Geoff Senior: www.geoffsenior.com
One of the principal artists on Marvel UK’s Transformers title, and co-creator of Marvel’s Death’s Head

• Lee Sullivan’s Official web site: www.leesullivan.co.uk
Probably the definitive Dalek artist, Lee’s credits include Doctor Who, Robocop, Transformers, Thunderbirds and many more stunning strips.

• Andrew Wildman: http://wildwords.wordpress.com
Andrew has been drawing Robots, Rabbits, Heroes, Villains, Cars, Planes, Kids, animals, Gods, Monsters, Gizmos, Widgets, Gadgets etc forever. He’s an amazing artist.

This article is an update of a feature first published in the British comics fanzine Eagle Flies Again (Issue 7) in 2006, subsequently published on the original downthetubes web site

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Ian Wheeler

Ian Wheeler

Former Co-ordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. Publisher and Editor of comics-related fanzines. Contributor to books on Doctor Who from Virgin and Miwk Publishing. Contributor to cult TV fanzines and periodicals.

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