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The Transformers (1984) - #16
"Plight Of The Bumblebee"

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Len Kaminski

Graham Nolan

Tom Morgan

Nelson 'Nel' Yomtov

Bill Oakley

Michael 'Mike' Carlin
Jim Shooter

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Cover Date: May 1986
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: Bumblebee's Last Stand!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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After downloading data on Bumblebee from the Ark's computer system, Shockwave decides that the diminutive Autobot is the perfect target for his latest scheme. By capturing Bumblebee and implanting a device into his cerebral cortex, the Decepticons could control his every action by remote and plant a spy right into the Autobots' ranks.

Bumblebee inadvertantly makes himself a much more appropriate target when, feeling sorry for himself over his poor performance in his last skirmish with the Decepticons, he decides to set out on his own to learn if the Autobots' way of life is really for him.

The Decepticons ambush Bumblebee out in the open and nearly incapacitate him with their opening volley. Fleeing as best he can from his pursuers, he dashes into a used car lot and powers down. Temporarily foiled, the Decepticons set up a perimeter to catch him as soon as he reactivates himself.

In the middle of the night, a pair of car thieves hop the fence and hotwire Bumblebee, who is powerless to prevent them from taking him on a joyride through the city. Unfortunately, activating him alerts the Decepticons who begin to give chase.

The U.S. military buys Bumblebee a little time when they arrive in fighter jets to engage the Decepticons, but they are quickly overwhelmed and eventually Bumblebee is cornered and prepares to defend the two humans who "borrowed" him in a last stand.

Without warning, Jetfire explodes onto the scene to engage the Decepticons, and a few minutes more brings the rest of the Autobots into the fray. Knowing superior odds when he sees them, Shockwave orders a retreat and Bumblebee realizes that even though he is the smallest and least powerful among them, he is still an Autobot and always will be.

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Classic Transformers (2008) TPB vol. 01
Transformers (1985) #12
The Transformers (UK) (1984) #57
The Transformers (UK) (1984) #58
The Transformers Classics (2011) TPB vol. 02
The Transformers Comics Magazine (1987) #8
Transformers The Definitive G1 Collection (2016) HC vol. 04 (44)
The Transformers (1984) HC vol. 03
The Transformers (1984) TPB vol. 03
The Transformers: Generations (2006) #4
The Transformers: Generations (2006) #4 (Cover B - Nick Roche)
The Transformers: Generations (2006) #4 (Variant Retro-Art Cover)

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