Liane Eliot, mentioned there, is still knocking around the fandom, I believe - Didn't she run TF Lexicon, the fanfic repository, for a while?
Liane also had a letter published in the penultimate issue of the Marvel US comic, where she mentioned the TransMasters fan club. In fact, unless someone knows otherwise, I'm pretty sure Liane was the only person to ever have letters printed in both the original Marvel US and UK G1 comics. She also had a letter publsihed in the the Marvel US G2 comic too for good measure!
IRWIN SPOOOOON. F**k me. Where does Furman get these ridiculous names from? And...why? Why give your human characters such horrible names that folks' backs are up. Jimmy Pink ... Hunter O'Nion... Can't say I get much out of this story, it's just sort of there and it happens and then it ends.
Likewise, Matrix Quest isn't something I enjoyed and all this stuff with Longtooth just doesn't do anything for me. I do like Dan Reed jazzing up Delbo's art on inks though. It works really well.
Liane Eliot..her name pops up in G2 as well. I hope she's well and happy, wherever she is :)
The cover's a reminder of just how awkward a toy Superion is, with the character model never really overcoming the problems. Also the perspective with his leg and foot is just weird.
Had the Irwin Spoon story appeared a few weeks earlier then I'd guess Furman was deliberately writing something fairly inconsequential for the summer holidays so any readers missing an issue wouldn't miss much. Oh and in 1990 a lot of people in the UK at least were using Amstrad wordprocessors or similar which had daisy wheel printers that produced something like that typeface.
I don't know where I read it but ISTR that issue #285 or #286 is the one often given as the change of editors, though it often takes a while for the new editor to bed in and clear the pile of already commissioned material.
For a toy comic, Transformers is really nasty with Superion - outside of the Unmentionable Crossover, the much-vaunted Special Team combiner is constantly going wonky, being compromised by the enemy, or a terrible idea for the Aerialbot's psyches!
I forgot to mention that that preview panel of Superion looming over the suburbs at the end of the last entry reminds me of the toy commercial for Generation 2 Superion. I think that’s also the one with Bruticus being a “big bad battling dudicus.”
People did use typewriters in 1990, plus computer printers at the time were dot matrix impact printers that produced a near-letter-quality typewriter-like font (in highest quality mode). The font used here, however, is American Typewriter, a 1974 typeface by designer Tony Stan, which is proportionally spaced, not mono-spaced, meaning it would be unlikely that it would come from a real typewriter.
However I agree that it’s a nice touch for the lettering to have a typewriter font for the journalist’s narration. Yay lettering! ☺
I wish I’d written to Liane Elliot’s fan club back then. Also, her name reminds me of a depressing moment in early online “Transformers” fandom where someone said she looked retarded and I said she didn’t and they said they hated me. Those were dark times.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe