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Galvatron (Transformers)(01)
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Galvatron's convoluted Marvel Comics career began in the United Kingdom, where a weekly Transformers comic was published, reprinting its American counterpart title. However, given the greater regularity of the UK comic, it soon began to run out of material to reprint, and took to producing its own stories that fit in between the gaps of the US tales. With the release of The Transformers: The Movie, writer Simon Furman had a whole new playground to enjoy as he cannibalised the most popular elements of the movie, freely using its unique cast and writing a series of time travel arcs that crossed the movie future over with the present day comics stories. As outlined below, a significant proportion of original UK stories revolved around Galvatron, from the future, and Ultra Magnus, from the present. He differed from his animated series counterpart in personality. His insanity tended to be more subtle and less debilitating tending to display traits of severe psychopathy and megalomania rather than schizophrenia.

The first of these was Target: 2006, in which Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge travel back in time from a point during the events of the movie itself. Desiring to be free of Unicron's controlling influence, Galvatron disposed of the present-day Megatron and had the Constructicons assemble a colossal laser cannon, which would destroy Unicron when it was fired in the future. The Autobots attempted to stop Galvatron's plan, but the unspeakably powerful Decepticon overwhelmed them all, although he was distracted long enough by his hated adversary Ultra Magnus to allow the future versions of Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr to destroy his cannon, and convince him that he had actually travelled back in time to a parallel dimension, forcing him to return to the future.

And so Galvatron did, living out the rest of the events of The Transformers: The Movie. However, things quite quickly diverged from the animated series' telling of events when, after being hurled out of Unicron by Rodimus Prime, Galvatron triggered his time-jump mechanism once more, hurling himself back to 1986, where he materialised on the fringes of Earth's atmosphere, hurtling down to the planet's surface at terminal velocity. His explosive landing drew the attention of the mechanoid, Centurion, who Galvatron - his mind addled from the crash to the brink of madness - promptly destroyed, believing him to be Rodimus Prime. After a moment to collect his thoughts, Galvatron fought the madness down, until he wound up in a battle with a group of Autobots led by Blaster, and the Dinobots. During the fight, a sonic attack from Blaster unhinged his fragile mind, opening a doorway to insanity that would steadily widen during his time on Earth. Despite this, Galvatron overpowered all Autobots and Dinobots and would have triumphed had it not been for Shockwave and his Decepticons, who viewed Galvatron as a threat to Shockwave's leadership, forcing him to flee.

Galvatron's absence in the future led Rodimus Prime to place a bounty on his head, which was picked up by freelance peacekeeping agent, Death's Head, who travelled back in time after learning of Galvatron's own time jump from Cyclonus. Fearful of what he had unleashed on the past, Rodimus travelled back with Kup and Blurr to stop Death's Head, only to wind up in a four-way confrontation between themselves, Death's Head, Galvatron and the present-day Ultra Magnus, as Galvatron attempted to siphon the power of Earth's core through a volcano to increase his power even further. Rodimus's team and Death's Head were returned to the future in the course of the battle, and Ultra Magnus and Galvatron were believed dead when they fell into the volcano and were entombed in lava.

Over time, however, Galvatron was able to free himself, and continued with his own plans for the future by disrupting Shockwave's leadership of the Decepticons. He was also later confronted by Cyclonus and Scourge, who had been shunted back in time, circumventing the normal mass-displacement procedures, and wanted his time-jump mechanism so they could return to their own time and position as Decepticon leaders. Shockwave, meanwhile, had recovered what he believed to be the missing Megatron (but which was, in actuality, a clone) and brainwashed him, and then unleashed him on Scourge and Cyclonus after the latter revealed that they would be responsible for his death in the future - leading to Cyclonus's death, causing even further disruption to the timeline. When the brainwashed Megatron clone was then loosed on Galvatron, rather than destroy him, he saw a possible partner in him, and the duo teamed up to battle the combined forces of Autobots and Decepticons (slaughtering the Autobot Wreckers and Decepticon Mayhem Attack Squad in the process) from the present and the future in the "Time Wars", as a rift in the fabric of space and time threatened to destroy reality. With his own actions in the present altering the events that Galvatron remembered from his own past, his grip on sanity began to crumble, as he descended into insanity during his battle with Optimus Prime. As the rift then arrived, Galvatron stood before it, and defied it... only for his body to be swept up, and utterly destroyed.

This U.K. Time Wars story arc is notable in that it contradicts the continuity of the U.S. comic which would unfold later on. In events as they were told later in the U.K. comic, to explain Megatron's presence on Earth (U.K.) at the same time as being in a semiconscious state on Cybertron (U.S.), the "two Megatrons" story was created. This has the effect of making Galvatron in Time Wars being created from Megatron's clone, as he remembers actions as seen through the clone's eyes; Megatron in the later US comic- in U.K. terms, the "true" Megatron- does not recognise Galvatron.

It is apparent, however, that Galvatron's time-travelling and the time/space rift which results cause alterations to the timeline, as the resulting future sees the clone destroyed before it becomes Galvatron, Unicron attacking Cybertron in 1991 instead of 2005, and the true Megatron acquiring his new Generation 2 tank body, instead of becoming Galvatron. It is also possible that Galvatron's remembrance of Megatron's actions were not real memories but simply part of his insanity.

[edit] Galvatron II

When Furman took over writing duties of the US comic from Bob Budiansky, he set in motion an epic Unicron-themed storyline that saw the introduction of another Galvatron to comic book continuity.

Seeking a herald to sow destruction in his name, Unicron reached forward in time, to yet another alternate future. In this possible future time of 2009, Unicron had succeeded in consuming Cybertron, and the Decepticons, led by Galvatron, now dominated much of Earth. Unicron's agents, Hook, Line and Sinker, forcibly escorted Galvatron back to 1990, where he was dispatched to Cybertron by Unicron to sow destruction as a portent of his coming. But Galvatron had his own agenda, having had enough of enforced servitude, and captured Emirate Xaaron, whom he forced to awaken the Transformers' deity, Primus. Primus then transported all the Transformers to Cybertron, in preparation for the battle against Unicron - just as Galvatron had hoped. However, they were only halfheartedly fighting, forcing Galvatron to make a do-or-die attack on Unicron himself. Unicron swatted him away, but Galvatron's attack had inspired the combined Transformer army to fight with everything they had. While they battled - and ultimately defeated - Unicron, Galvatron stole away and secreted himself aboard the Ark, which was stolen by Starscream and Shockwave.

But Megatron was also aboard The Ark in stasis, and when he awoke, he and Galvatron clashed and madness rose in Galvatron - a lingering kernel of insanity left over from his time as Megatron, that ate away at his mind from within, driving him into a blood-red rage. With Megatron at his mercy, Galvatron regained control of himself, realising that if he killed Megatron, Galvatron might never be created. Saving a weakened Megatron from Shockwave, Galvatron and Megatron joined forces. Autobot medic Ratchet subsequently crashed The Ark, but Galvatron survived, now apparently driven completely insane by the crash, and wound up in a battle with Fortress Maximus, who defeated the mad Transformer and buried him in ice (completely unintentionally mirroring Galvatron's fate in the Headmasters animated series).

Galvatron never returned, although Furman has said that, had the Transformers: Generation 2 comics continued, he would have made a comeback.

[edit] Other Galvatrons

Although the U.S. Marvel series was clear-cut in its use of one, singular Galvatron, the UK comics were anything but. In addition to the two primary Galvatrons, several others put in brief appearances.

The first of these (the second actual Galvatron to appear) debuted after the "Time Wars", when the future Autobots attempted to return to their own time after the Time Wars. They discovered, much to their dismay, that their future no longer existed, and had been re-written into a different timeline in which Galvatron did not travel back in time after Unicron's destruction, and had been able to conquer Cybertron. Rodimus and his forces mounted a rebellion, and this timeline's Galvatron attempted to force Rodimus Prime into a violent battle, hoping to corrupt the Matrix with his rage. The scheme failed, but Rodimus and his team remained in this future.

This story was related in the five-part anthology, Aspects of Evil, a later chapter of which revealed that a few years later, in 2010, Unicron's essence managed to take control of Rodimus Prime from within the Matrix. A Galvatron appeared amidst this telling of events - presumably, this was the same Galvatron as noted above.

Yet another Galvatron raised his head in a storyline titled Perchance to Dream..., when he entered The Ark and scanned the dreams of several of the inactive Transformers stored within it with a "mind bug," seeking those that would best fit his undefined purpose by searching for moments of anger and dissension in their past. Wheeljack was accidentally reawakened by the process, and brought the other scanned Autobots online to confront Galvatron, who was defeated when they subjected him to his own mind bug, and put him in stasis, where his dreams were haunted by images of Rodimus Prime. This Galvatron specifically identified himself as a different entity to Galvatron I, and while the story itself does nothing else to suggest his identity, later writings by Furman state that this is supposed to be Galvatron II. Given that this strip begins the Earthforce storyline, which takes place in a separate continuity from the ongoing events of the main U.S./U.K. storyline, it would appear that in this universe, rather than go to Cybertron, as he did in the U.S. comics, Galvatron II instead went to The Ark to carry out this mission, leading to the divergence of the timelines.

[edit] Convention Comics

The return of Galvatron was a major plot point of the TransForce Convention exclusive story, Alignment. Set 300 years after the attack of the Swarm, in this future story Galvatron II (the U.S comics version of the character, referred to as such in the story) defeated Megatron (seemingly at odds with his intention to actively keep Megatron alive at the end of the previous comic) and almost killed him. Taking command of the Decepticons and constructing a fleet of Warworlds, he attacked the Autobots, only to be stopped and killed by Optimus Prime, who was also fatally injured.


First Appearance: The Transformers (UK) (1984) #78

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Issue Appearances:
Blackthorne 3-D Series (1985)
The Transformers (1984)
The Transformers (UK) (1984)
The Transformers Classics UK (2011)
The Transformers Universe (1986)
The Transformers: Best of UK: Time Wars (2008)
The Transformers: Car Show Blow Up (1986)
The Transformers: Regeneration One (2012)
The Transformers: Target: 2006 (2007)
The Transformers: The Animated Movie (2006)
The Transformers: The Battle At Oil Valley (1986)
The Transformers: The Lost Treasure of Cybertron (1986)
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Transformers Reflection (2014)
Transformers The Definitive G1 Collection (2016)
Transformers The Fantasy, The fun, The future (2006)
Transformers: Collectors' Club (2005)
Transformers: Generation 1 (2002)
Transformers: Heart of Darkness (2011)
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye (2003)
Transformers: Rodimus Vs. Cyclonus (2011)
Transformers: The Animated Movie (2007)

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