US ISSUE #1
Megatron forms the Decepticons and starts a war on Cybertron. The greatest champions of the Autobots leave Cybertron to save the planet from an asteroid storm. The Decepticons attack, and both Decepticons and Autobots crash land on Earth. 4 million years later they revive, so that they can summarise their tech specs, and begin their war anew.
Issue 1. This comic pretty much started it all for Transformers. Here is where it all began. (And no, More Than Meets the Eye wasn't where it all began. The comic came out shortly before the TV show.)
It was a raw start, in almost every respect. The art is incredibly rough and raw, and one gets the impression that the character models weren't finalised completely at this stage. (It's not until at LEAST issue 5 that the character models really start to stabilise, even then new characters like Shockwave and Jetfire go through some random changes as the issues go by.)
But we're here to talk about the generics, right?
Surprisingly, the generic Transformers here are pretty good. Probably the best you'll see by a US artist until Derek Yaniger makes the scene. They certainly look more like Transformers than Delbo's poor efforts. More importantly; they fit in perfectly with the aesthetic of the other Transformers Springer is drawing. Admittedly, there are some problems with these robots. Not the least of these problems is the fact that they don't seem to have alt mode features unless they're copies of existing Transformers. (They don't seem to have faction insignias, regardless of who they're copied from.)
These are the first generic Transformers ever. And some of them are very nice. Some of them, on the other hand, are absolute trash. But take a look and see what you think.
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