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The Transformers (1984) - #1
"The Transformers"
Marvel


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  Writer(s):
Ralph Macchio
Bill Mantlo

Penciller(s):
Frank Springer

Inker(s):
Kim DeMulder

Colorist(s):
Nelson 'Nel' Yomtov

Letterer(s):
Michael 'Mike' Higgins - 'Ul Higgins'
Richard 'Rick' Parker

Editor(s):
Bob Budiansky

Cover Artist(s):
Bill Sienkiewicz
 

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Cover Date: September 1984
Cover Price: US $0.75

Issue Tagline: The Transformers

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

There are other versions of this issue in the database:
The Transformers (1984) #1 25th Anniversary Reprint
The Transformers (1984) #1 Third Printing

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Synopsis:
For over one thousand years, the war between the valiant Autobots and treacherous Decepticons waged over the surface of their home planet Cybertron, a world of steel and iron. When it is detected that Cybertron's path is drifting close to an asteroid field, Optimus Prime, leader of the autobots, is dispatched with a small cadre of Autobots to clear a safe path for the passage of the planet. But a sneak attack on the Ark by Megatron, the head of the Decepticons, forces Optimus to plot a suicide course directly into the uninhabited third planet of the Sol system - Earth.

Four million of years pass until the Ark's computer is awakened by the eruption of the volcano it had crashed into upon its arrival. Restoring and rebuilding both Autobot and Decepticon alike into the forms of what it erroneously believes are the dominant forms of life on the planet (cars, trucks, airplanes and other mechanical devices), the Ark returns life to both sides.

Not far away from the site of the volcano, "Sparkplug" Witwickey and his high school-aged son Buster are among the first to encounter a Transformer, when Bumblebee is injured in a Decepticon attack and Buster drives him back to his father's repair shop.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Classic Transformers (2008) TPB vol. 01
Hundred Penny Press: The Transformers (2014) #1
The Transformers (UK) (1984) #1
The Transformers (UK) (1984) #2
The Transformers 30th Anniversary Collection (2013) HC
The Transformers Classics (2011) TPB vol. 01
The Transformers Comics Magazine (1987) #1
The Transformers Special (1985) #1
The Transformers (1984) Collected Comics Vol. 01
The Transformers (1984) HC vol. 01
The Transformers (1984) TPB vol. 01

Notes:
Though not credited in the book itself, Bill Sienkiewicz drew the cover for Transformers #1. His signature can be faintly seen on the very bottom front panel of Optimus Prime's left foot.

Rick Parker and Michael Higgins lettered the book, though are only credited by their last names as "Higgins & Parker".

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An image for Alpha Trion (Transformers) exists Alpha Trion (Transformers)
Bluestreak (Transformers)
An image for Brawn (Transformers) exists Brawn (Transformers)
An image for Bumblebee (Transformers) exists Bumblebee (Transformers)
Buzzsaw (Transfomers)
An image for Cliffjumper (Transformers) exists Cliffjumper (Transformers)
Frenzy (Transformers)
Gears (Transformers)
Hound (Transformers)
Huffer (Transformers)
An image for Ironhide (Transformers) exists Ironhide (Transformers)
An image for Jazz (Transformers) exists Jazz (Transformers)
An image for Laserbeak (Transformers) exists Laserbeak (Transformers)
An image for Megatron (Transformers)(01) exists Megatron (Transformers)(01)
An image for Mirage (Transformers) exists Mirage (Transformers)
O (Transformers)
  An image for Optimus Prime (Transformers) exists Optimus Prime (Transformers)
An image for Prowl (Transformers) exists Prowl (Transformers)
An image for Ratchet (Transformers) exists Ratchet (Transformers)
An image for Ravage (Transformers) exists Ravage (Transformers)
Rumble (Transformers)
Sideswipe (Transformers)
An image for Skywarp (Transformers) exists Skywarp (Transformers)
An image for Soundwave (Transformers) exists Soundwave (Transformers)
An image for Starscream (Transformers) exists Starscream (Transformers)
Sunstreaker (Transformers)
An image for Thundercracker (Transformers) exists Thundercracker (Transformers)
An image for Trailbreaker (Transformers) exists Trailbreaker (Transformers)
An image for Wheeljack (Transformers) exists Wheeljack (Transformers)
An image for Windcharger (Transformers) exists Windcharger (Transformers)
Buster Witwicky
William 'Sparkplug' Irving Witwicky

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