Introduction

Pictured with Blaster, one of my favourite characters

Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a late 40-something Transformers fan who started collecting the Marvel UK Transformers comic at age 11 and never quite got it out of my system.

This is a website dedicated to reviewing and revisiting those fantastic stories of yesteryear by Simon Furman and Bob Budiansky, that brought to life so vividly by an array of talented artists. In doing so I’m incorporating some of the thoughts of teenage Steve as well as my impressions as a much older fan, dusting down these comics some 35 years later. This began as project during the 2020 lockdown and continues. Ultimately I hope to review the Dreamwave and IDW titles from the early 2000s and Simon Furman’s more recent continuation Regeneration One.

Why Transformers?

My introduction to the franchise was in the summer of 1985 when the Sunbow Transformers cartoon debuted on kids TV. I was immediately hooked and pleased to discover there was also a comic from Marvel UK. I picked up issues 23 and 24, in which the Decepticons had defeated Optimus Prime and the Autobots with only the medic (and non warrior) Ratchet left to save them. I was immediately hooked and so began a weekly ritual of visiting the newsagent at 7am on Friday to buy the latest issue and read it before school.

Transformers lasted for 332 issues, from 1984-92. It reprinted material from its US sister title initially, but because it was weekly in the UK it meant that the London-based team generated many of their own stories. Some like Target:2006 are still classics to this day.

Transformers has been through numerous incarnations over the years but always comes back to G1, the original and the best. The series has lasted 40 years and still has plenty of life in it which is quite incredible. Please enjoy the reviews, leave a comment (I’d love to hear your views) and follow my site.

Steve Bax
May 2022