The panel of Prime was pretty special to Marvel UK at the time as they also used for inhouse adverts in other series. The headline text on those read:
"OPTIMUS PRIME IS RAMBOT!"
Well it was 1986...
This was actually the first issue I ever got, so it's a comic that'll always have a special place in my heart. I thought 'Transformers' was always going to be like this - straight-up, non-nonsense action and adventure, so imagine my surprise a month-or-so later when the US reprints kicked in and we got Joey Slick, Brick Springhorn and Donny Finkleberg!
Tremendous stuff again, mate, and spot on with the artwork slippage. I'm more a Denise Van Outen man than Kelly Brook though ... or more of a Bluestreak than Prowl guy, if you insist in taking that revolting tack.
I love the idea of Prime working through his ideas with violence - you're right, it certainly would liven up the flatlining Regeneration One. James Robert's version of 'Orion Pax' certainly liked a scrap, mind - that, and leaping off of tall buildings!
@Tim: To be fair, it is a really good panel, it does feel though that a lot more effort put into it than the actual comic.
@Ryal: Imagine if Joey Slick had been your first issue, you'd be a totally different person.
@Nick: Oh come on, MP Prowl is best. I'd make his lights flash ect.
@Alex: Yeah, just off the top of my head, as well as what happens here, his mealy in Distant Thunder is solved by him going back to Cybertron and killing everything and he gets over Ratchet's death by ripping a Guardian robot to death. I think it's periods of inaction that wear down Prime and lets his doubts surface more than anything, having something to do even if it's as basic as mindless violence does him the world of good.
You git. I forgot to mention how much that Thundercracker wanker thing made me laugh. It was the second funniest thing I saw yesterday. I couldn't contain my mirth when I read that on the train and I earned myself a few funny looks, I can tell you. FWIW, the funniest thing I saw yesterday was a sketch from Robot Chicken featuring General Zod from Superman II teaching an aerobics class. "Kneel before Zod! Lie down before Zod! Raise your knees towards your chest before Zod!" etc. etc.
It is my new goal in life that picture becomes the new Gangham Style/clips from Downfall with new subtitles.
I've gotten back into my art, might post a link to my 'gallery', if that's not too cheeky. Been thinking I'll need to tackle a Transformers pic before too long and 'Cracker pumping his wrist seems as good an idea as any. Maybe I'll draw Skywarp doing the universal 'dickhead' sign too.
Not cheeky at all, it's not as if it's my image. Though I like to think it's what the original artist would have wanted.
OK, you axed fer it:
Gallery's obviously in its infancy, I only got back into drawing a month ago or so but I'll be adding more as I go along. Obviously I'm a Marvel fan! I still like to crank out a quick Megatron when I'm down the pub with my mates and I want to show off - the thing that puts me off drawing more TFs is all the perspective and straight lines. On top of the obvious choice of Senior, I was a big Jeff Anderson fan too. I thought Senior drew the better Decepticons, with their demon eyes, but Anderson did the better Autobots.
Hi, Stuart, me again. I've been scouring your site for an email but couldn't find one, so I'm afraid this place'll have to do. I don't think I'm being too hasty when I say that the Thundercracker wanker meme is going to take the universe by storm. With that in mind, remember what I said about wanting to draw some Transformers stuff? It struck me that I could do my own take on the best meme EVAH and if you like it, you could find somewhere on your site to stick it. I could even send you the original artwork if you like. Sounds like a win/win proposition to me. Are you up for it?
Feel free, and I can always find a place for it here. If nothing else, it strokes me ego.
Wicked, send me an email at email@example.com so I can send you the picture when it's ready. Shouldn't take more than a few days.
"Next week... Well, based on the Next Issue page Magneto in his special St Patrick's day green helmet will be guest staring."
It *does* look amazingly like Magneto in that one image. Either he's borrowed some headgear from his illegitimate daughter (she wasn't wearing her green costume by the 80s), or Nel Yomtov was in charge of the colouring... ;)
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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