Transformers IDW Comic Book Review – Spotlight Kup by Nick Roche

There’s a lesson to be learned when writing in the Transformers Universe: the toys you play with aren’t necessarily yours to keep. Kup is one such example. In some IDW stories he’s one guy, and in others, he’s another. It all depends on who’s writing him. Whichever one you prefer is up to you. IContinue reading “Transformers IDW Comic Book Review – Spotlight Kup by Nick Roche”

An interview with Stephen Baskerville – artist and inker on Marvel’s Transformers comic series

Please note that this interview was conducted via email in 2009 What made you decide to become an artist? Seeing Gene Colan and Jack Abel’s artwork on Iron Man, in black and white reprint form in a late 1960s comic called Fantastic was what did it for me. My older brother had been buying comicsContinue reading “An interview with Stephen Baskerville – artist and inker on Marvel’s Transformers comic series”

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!”

Die-cast small cast – Did Transformers comic book writer Bob Budiansky ever get the chance to write the Transformers stories he actually wanted?

Imagine, if you please, two types of comic book writer.  On the one hand there’s Comic Book Writer “A”. Comic Book Writer “A” spends their days (and nights when deadlines are looming) crafting their stories around their own characters, free to choose their fates, free to determine the size of the cast, and free toContinue reading “Die-cast small cast – Did Transformers comic book writer Bob Budiansky ever get the chance to write the Transformers stories he actually wanted?”

An interview with Manny Galan – artist on Marvel’s Transformers Generation 2 comic series

Please note that this interview was conducted via email in 2003 What made you decide to become a (comic books) artist? I loved comics since I was 5 years old and I discoverd that one of my favourite cartoons “The Archies” was based on a comic. Archie comics lead to Spider-man and then it wasContinue reading “An interview with Manny Galan – artist on Marvel’s Transformers Generation 2 comic series”

An interview with Derek Yaniger – artist on Marvel’s Transformers Generation 2 comic series

Please note that this interview was conducted via email in 2003 What made you decide to become a (comic books) artist? When I was 11 years old, I bought my first comic book. It was Marvel’s “The Monster of Frankenstein”. Mike Ploog can draw one helluva monster. How did you “break into” the comics industry,Continue reading “An interview with Derek Yaniger – artist on Marvel’s Transformers Generation 2 comic series”

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”

Booting up cold: a look back at how Marvel, Dreamwave and IDW started their Transformers comics

Please note: this article was originally written in June, 2008 Does a robot die a little each time it’s rebooted? When “The Transformers” first appeared in the eighties in its comic book and cartoon series incarnations, words like “brand”, “franchise” and “reboot” were seldom applied outside the slick, knife-edged world of corporate business. But capitalismContinue reading “Booting up cold: a look back at how Marvel, Dreamwave and IDW started their Transformers comics”