The Transformers (1984) - #1
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Nelson 'Nel' Yomtov
Michael 'Mike' Higgins - 'Ul Higgins'
Richard 'Rick' Parker
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Cover Date: September 1984
Cover Price: US $ 0.75
Issue Tagline: The Transformers
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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The Transformers (1984) #1 25th Anniversary Reprint
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For over one thousand years, the war between the valiant Autobots and treacherous Decepticons waged over the surface of their home planet Cybertron, a world of steel and iron. When it is detected that Cybertron's path is drifting close to an asteroid field, Optimus Prime, leader of the autobots, is dispatched with a small cadre of Autobots to clear a safe path for the passage of the planet. But a sneak attack on the Ark by Megatron, the head of the Decepticons, forces Optimus to plot a suicide course directly into the uninhabited third planet of the Sol system - Earth.
Four million of years pass until the Ark's computer is awakened by the eruption of the volcano it had crashed into upon its arrival. Restoring and rebuilding both Autobot and Decepticon alike into the forms of what it erroneously believes are the dominant forms of life on the planet (cars, trucks, airplanes and other mechanical devices), the Ark returns life to both sides.
Not far away from the site of the volcano, "Sparkplug" Witwickey and his high school-aged son Buster are among the first to encounter a Transformer, when Bumblebee is injured in a Decepticon attack and Buster drives him back to his father's repair shop.
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Though not credited in the book itself, Bill Sienkiewicz drew the cover for Transformers #1. His signature can be faintly seen on the very bottom front panel of Optimus Prime's left foot.
Rick Parker and Michael Higgins lettered the book, though are only credited by their last names as "Higgins & Parker".
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