Skin deep – how Marvel comics handled the Transformers Pretenders toy range

Introduced as the ultimate robots in disguise, Hasbro’s Pretenders hit our toy shelves in 1988. With their humanoid/monster shells, these toys were designed to not bear any resemblance whatsoever to the Transformers. Mind you, the robots inside the shells bore no resemblance to the original Transformers either. Once again it fell to Marvel to introduceContinue reading “Skin deep – how Marvel comics handled the Transformers Pretenders toy range”

Resurrection gambits – a look at how Transformers can come back to life using these 5 weird tricks!

Death is never permanent in comic books, especially so in Transformers. Characters are blown up, smelted down and trodden on by Unicron all the time, and yet, somehow, a few issues later they’re back on their feet. As Captain Lennox in Transformers (2007) said, “These things just don’t die.” What message this gives to readersContinue reading “Resurrection gambits – a look at how Transformers can come back to life using these 5 weird tricks!”

Soundwaves vs the Transformers – how an alien tape recorder’s propaganda convinced readers to hate a Saturday morning cartoon show

Marvel UK’s Transformers comics had letters pages that were hosted by actual Transformers. No, I’m not joking.  Throughout the course of its 332 issue run, the letters pages were hosted by the likes of Soundwave, Ratchet, Grimlock, Dreadwind, and Blaster. Some people will tell you that, in fact, it was just the editor at theContinue reading “Soundwaves vs the Transformers – how an alien tape recorder’s propaganda convinced readers to hate a Saturday morning cartoon show”

Walking with dynamite – the complete (pre)history of the Dinobots as told by Marvel Comics

Please note: This article was written in 2008 Just what is it that gets kidults excited about Dinosaurs? Huge, hulking, fearsome beasts that would either swallow you up whole or trample over you to get to a bamboo shoot. Of course, that’s a rather shallow generalisation since dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes. ButContinue reading “Walking with dynamite – the complete (pre)history of the Dinobots as told by Marvel Comics”

Transformers Monthly – The Marvel UK Comic That Never Was

The original (American) Transformers comic ended in the summer of 1991 with the publication of its 80th issue. By this point, Marvel UK’s Transformers comic was solely a “reprint” title and astute readers were quick to realise that the title’s days (and issues) were indeed numbered. But before the end there was a brief butContinue reading “Transformers Monthly – The Marvel UK Comic That Never Was”