On this day, May 8th, twenty-five years ago, the world was taken by storm by the launch of The Transformers. The first, iconic issue of Marvel Comics Transformers miniseries - which was edited by the legendary Bob Budiansky, and accompanied by art by Frank Springer - was published on this day in 1984, and introduced us to the now classic characters of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ironhide, Starscream, Bumblebee and so many more. In the months that followed, the massively successful toyline would top every child's "want list", and Sunbow's cartoon would captivate the imaginations of children the world over.I don't really know if you can truly put a single date on the launch of Transformers so this day is as good as any, so happy birthday to Transformers. Thanks to Scorpio for the heads-up.
In the 25 years that have followed, Transformers has gone from strength to strength, with an animated movie, a blockbuster live action movie (with the sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, due in less than two months!), more than a dozen animated series in both America and Japan with a combined total episode count exceeding 600 episodes, and thousands of toys in every shape and size, from the gigantic Fortress Maximus to the tiny World's Smallest Transformable Ravage.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Happy Birthday, Transformers!
According to TFW2005, today is the 25th birthday of Transformers. According to them, on this day in 1984 the Transformers comic from Marvel was released kicking off the cast of characters in a war between Autobots and Decepticons.