Marvel G1 "The Transformers" (UK) Chronological Reading Order

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    I've been into the US G1 comics since I was little, but I've only recently gotten into The Transformers UK. I figured now (at the beginning of May) was as good a time as any since volume 6 of the IDW reprint will be coming out at the end of the month, however while I was looking up a reading order I found out the series was somewhat out of chronological order via this post from a guy who's not active anymore. I've made loads of changes and tacked on a few bells and whistles, enjoy.

    [Printable gdoc version]

    Key
    ===[xx] = Takes place within above issue {as specified}
    OoC[xx] = Out of Continuity
    [xxb] = Backup strip(s)
    [xx/xx] = Original publication / reprint
    [xx/xx+] = Reprint was modified from original print
    (see notes for details)

    1984
    [1987 Annual] - "State Games"
    [US #1/UK #1-2] - "The Transformers"
    ===[1986 Annual] - "And There Shall Come... a Leader!" {Over p.4 panels 4-5}
    ===[UK #83b] - “Cybertron: The Middle Years!” {Between p.9 panels 2-3}
    [US #2/UK #3-4] - "Power Play!"
    [US #3/UK #5-6] - "Prisoner of War!"
    ===[UK #9-12/US #43-44+] - "Man of Iron" {Between p.9 panels 1-2}
    [US #4/UK #7-8] - "The Last Stand"
    ===[UK #13-17] - "The Enemy Within!" {Between p.8 & #18}
    ===[UK #18-21] - "Raiders of the Last Ark" {Between #17 & p.9}

    1985
    [US #5/UK #22-23+] - "The New Order"
    [US #6/UK #24-25] - "The Worse of Two Evils!"
    [US #7/UK #26] - "Warrior School!"
    [US #8/UK #27-28+] - "Repeat Performance!"
    [UK #29-30] - “Decepticon Dam-Busters!”
    [UK #31] - “The Wrath of Guardian”
    [UK #32] - “The Wrath of Grimlock”
    [US #9/UK #33-34] - "Disintegrated Circuits!"
    [US #10/UK #35-36] - "The Next Best Thing to Being There!"
    [US #11/UK #37-38] - "Brainstorm!"
    [US #12/UK #39-40] - "Prime Time!"
    [UK #41] - "Christmas Breaker!"
    OoC[1986 Annual]

    1986
    [UK #42-44] - "Crisis of Command!
    [UK #45-46] - "The Icarus Theory"
    [UK #47-50] - "Dinobot Hunt!"
    [1987 Annual] - "Victory!"
    [US #13/UK #51-52] - "Shooting Star!"
    [US #14/UK #53-54] - "Rock and Roll-Out!"
    [US #15/UK #55-56] - "I, Robot-Master!"
    [US #16/UK #57-58] - "Plight of the Bumblebee!"
    [UK #59-60] - "Robot Buster!"
    [UK #61-62] - "Devastation Derby!"
    [UK #63-65] - "Second Generation!"
    [US #17-18/UK #66-69+] - "Return to Cybertron"
    [US #19/UK #70-71+] - "Command Performances!"
    [US #20/UK #72-73] - "Showdown!"
    [UK #74-77] - "In the National Interest"
    [1987 Annual] - "The Mission"
    [UK #234b] - "Prime's Rib!"
    [1988 Annual] - "Ark Duty"
    [Transformers: The Movie #1] - “The Planet Eater!”
    [Transformers: The Movie #2] - “Judgement Day!”
    ===[UK #78-88] - "Target: 2006" {Between p.5 panels 3-4}
    [Transformers: The Movie #3] - “The Final Battle!”
    [US #21/UK #89-90+] - "Aerialbots over America!"
    [US #22/UK #91-92] - "Heavy Traffic!"
    [US #23/UK #94-95] - "Decepticon Graffiti!"
    [UK #93] - "The Gift"
    [Woman's Day 12/26/85] - "The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas"
    OoC[1987 Annual]

    1987
    [UK #96-97] - "Prey!"
    [UK #98] - "...The Harder They Die!"
    [UK #99] - "Under Fire!"
    [UK #100] - "Distant Thunder!"
    [UK #101-102] - "Fallen Angel"
    [UK #103-104/#229-232b] - "Resurrection!"
    [US #24/UK #105-106] - "Afterdeath!"
    [US #25/UK #107-108+] - "Gone but Not Forgotten!"
    [US #26/UK #109-110+] - "Funeral for a Friend!"
    [US #27/UK #111-112] - "King of the Hill!"
    [b] - "High Noon Tex"
    [UK #113-114/#221-224b] - "Wanted: Galvatron, Dead or Alive"
    [UK #115-116] - "Burning Sky!"
    [UK #117-118] - "Hunters"
    [UK #119-120] - "Fire on High!"
    [1988 Annual] - "Vicious Circle!"
    OoC[G.I. Joe and The Transformers #1-4/UK #265-281b]
    [US #28/UK #121-122] - "Mechanical Difficulties!"
    [UK #125, Action Force #24-27] - "Ancient Relics!"
    [US #29/UK #123-124] - "Crater Critters"
    [US #30/UK #126-127] - "The Cure!"
    [US #31/UK #128-129] - "Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom"
    [Headmasters #1/UK #130-133b] - "Ring of Hate!"
    [Headmasters #2/UK #134-137b+] - “Broken glass”
    [Headmasters #3/UK #138-141b] - "Love and Steel!"
    [Headmasters #4/UK #142-145b] - "Brothers in Armor!!"
    ===[UK #130-131/255-258b] - "Worlds Apart!" {Between p.20-21}
    [UK #132] - "Kup's Story"
    [UK #133-134/#225-228b] - "Headhunt"
    [UK #135-136] - "Grudge Match!"
    ===[1988 Annual] - "What's in a Name?" {Between p.8 panels 3-4 of #135}
    [UK #137-138] - "Ladies' Night"
    [US #32/UK #139-140+] - "Used Autobots"
    [US #35/UK #141-142] - "Child's Play"
    [US #36/UK #143-144] - "Spacehikers!"
    [UK #145] - "Stargazing"
    OoC[1988 Annual]

    1988
    [UK #146-151] - "The Legacy of Unicron!"
    [Doctor Who Magazine #135] - “The Crossroads of Time”
    [UK #152-153] - "Enemy Action!"
    [US #37/UK #154-155] - "Toy Soldiers!"
    [US #38/UK #156-157] - "Trial by Fire!"
    [US #39/UK #158-159+] - "The Desert Island of Space!"
    [UK #160-161] - "Salvage!"
    [US #40/UK #162-163] - "Pretender to the Throne!"
    [UK #164-165] - "City of Fear!"
    [UK #166-167] - "Legion of the Lost!"
    [UK #168-169] - "Meltdown!"
    [UK #170-171] - "Deadly Games!"
    [UK #172-173] - "Wrecking Havoc"
    [US #41/UK #174-175+] - "Totaled!/Totalled!"
    [US #42/UK #176-177] - "People Power!"
    [US #44/UK #178-179] - "The Cosmic Carnival"
    [US #43/UK #180-181+] - "The Big Broadcast of 2006"
    [UK #182-187] - "Space Pirates!"
    [UK #188] - "Firebug!"
    [UK #189] - "Dry Run!"
    [1989 Annual] - "Altered Image!"
    [US #45/UK #190-191+] - "Monstercon from Mars!"
    [US #46/UK #192-193+] - "Ca$h and Car-nage!"
    [UK #198] - "Cold Comfort and Joy!"
    OoC[1989 Annual]

    1989
    [1989 Annual] - "All in the Minds!"
    [UK #199-205] - "Time Wars"
    [US #47/UK #194-195+] - “Club Con!”
    [US #48/UK #196-197+] - “The Flames of Boltax!”
    [US #49/UK #206-297] - “Cold War!”
    [US #50/UK #208-210] - “Dark Star”
    [US #51/UK #211-212] - "The Man in the Machine!"
    [US #52/UK #213-216b] - "Guess Who the Mecannibals Are Having for Dinner?"
    [US #53/UK #217-220b] - "Recipe for Disaster!"
    [UK #213-214] - "The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire"
    [UK #215-218] - "Race with the Devil"
    [UK #219-222] - "Survivors!"
    [UK #229] - "The Hunting Party"
    [UK #237] - "Way of the Warrior"
    [UK #238] - "Survival Run"
    [UK #239] - "A Savage Place!"
    [UK #230-231] - "The Big Shutdown!"
    [UK #241] - "Rage!"
    [UK #242] - "Assault on the Ark!"
    [UK #232-233] - "A Small War!"
    [UK #243] - "Mind Games"
    [UK #244] - "Two Megatrons!"
    [US #54/UK #232-235b] - "King Con!"
    [US #55/UK #236-239b] - "The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!"
    [UK #228] - "[Double] Deal of the Century!”
    [UK #235-236] - "Deathbringer"
    [US #56/UK #240-242b] - "Back from the Dead"
    [US #57/UK #243-245b] - "The Resurrection Gambit!"
    [US #58/UK #246-248b] - "All the Familiar Faces!"
    [US #59/UK #249-251b] - "Skin Deep"
    [UK #240] - "Out to Lunch!"
    [UK #245] - "Underworld!"
    [UK #246] - "Demons!"
    [UK #247] - "Dawn of Darkness"
    [UK #248] - "Fallen Star!"
    [US #60/UK #252-254b] - "Yesterday's Heroes!"
    [US #61/UK #259-261b] - "Primal Scream"
    [UK #249] - "Whose Lifeforce Is It Anyway?"
    [UK #250] - "The Greatest Gift of All!"
    OoC[1990 Annual]

    1990
    [UK #251] - "The Void!"
    [UK #252] - "Edge of Impact"
    [UK #253] - "Shadow of Evil"
    [UK #254] - "White Fire"
    [UK #223-227] - "Aspects of Evil!"
    OoC[UK #255-289] - “Earthforce”
    [US #62/UK #262-264b] - “Bird of Prey!”
    [US #63/UK #282-285b] - “Kings of the Wild Frontier.”
    [US #64/UK #286-289b] - “Deadly Obsession”
    [US #65/UK #290-293b] - “Dark Creation”
    [US #66/UK #294-297b] - “All Fall Down”
    [US #67/UK #298-301] - "Rhythms of Darkness!"
    OoC[1991 Annual]

    1991
    [US #68/UK #302-305] - "The Human Factor!"
    [US #69/UK #306-308] - "Eye of the Storm"
    [US #70/UK #309-310] - "The Price of Life!"
    [US #71/UK #311-312] - "Surrender!"
    [US #72/UK #313-314] - "...All This and Civil War 2"
    [US #73/UK #315-316] - "Out of Time!"
    [US #74/UK #317-318] - "The Void!"
    [US #75/UK #319-322] - "On the Edge of Extinction!"
    [US #76/UK #323-324] - "Still Life!"
    [US #77/UK #325-326] - "Exodus!"
    [US #78/UK #327-328] - "A Savage Circle"
    [US #79/UK #329-330] - "The Last Autobot?"
    [US #80/UK #331-332] - "End of the Road!"
    OoC[1992 Annual]
     
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    Notes

    If you need information on where to find specific issues in the Titan Books and IDW reprints, this post on TFW2005 and their respective TFWiki articles are your best sources.

    I designed this index to give the smoothest read possible, and as such some stories have been removed from normal continuity. Others are out of what you might consider true chronological order, rather being placed placed from the perspective of their headnotes or framing devices.

    The “Out of Continuity” stories can be read as listed, in publishing order, before the regular series, afterwards, or entirely separately, depending on how much of a headache the continuity hiccups give you. I made an experimental reading order for them as well, melding most of the Annual stories with “Earthforce”.

    + Many UK reprints of US strips modified art or dialogue in order to fit UK continuity, “Gone But Not Forgotten!” and “The Big Broadcast of 2006” having been the most extensive. Information on these changes, which issues they were made to, as well as scans of most of the altered panels can be found on Suart Webb’s “Transformation” blog. This may be incomplete, so please discuss any I’ve missed here. At the moment, spelling localizations and other minor edits aren’t listed either.

    Since all the stories set purely in the future aren’t really tied into any specific chronological order within the series I’ve left them in publication order, with the exceptions of ”Aspects of Evil” which is set after “White Fire” and “Prime’s Rib” & “Ark Duty” which both take place leading up to “The Transformers: The Movie”.

    “Target: 2006” begins right after Galvatron says “Decepticons, to Earth!” in both versions of TF:TM.

    Woman's Day 12/26/85 - "The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas" was a bonus strip in a non-Transformer magazine that was never reprinted as far as I’m aware, but I found a link to a scan of it on its TFWiki article.

    + US #25 - “Gone But Not Forgotten!” introduced the Predacons to the US continuity, which was a problem for UK continuity since the team was first introduced in “Prey” overseas. UK #107-108 remedied this by editing dialogue to include references to Megatron’s amnesia following his encounter with Straxus, as well as removing all reference to “G.I. Joe and The Transformers”.

    Death’s head was originally created by Simon Furman for The Transformers, but first he appeared on a one-page backup strip called “High-Noon Tex” in several other Marvel titles as a bid for character rights. His fate following “The Legacy of Unicron!” was revealed in Doctor Who Magazine #135 - “The Crossroads of time” (reprinted in “The Incomplete Death’s Head” #1), after which he crossed over with “Dragon’s Claws” and went on to star in his own self-titled series, “Death’s Head”, as well as a number of other cameos.

    + US #43 - “The Big Broadcast of 2006” was a fairly direct comic book adaptation of The Transformers S3E02, but UK #180-181 added pages that completely changed the context of the story making it into a prologue for “Space Pirates!”. Without these pages, US #43 is not canon.

    Starting in 1989 Marvel UK began printing multiple transformers strips of equal length in each issue. For simplicity's sake, I’ve listed the US and UK reprints as the backup strips and the new UK-original strips as the main strips. Even though the reprints were usually put first in the issue, the UK-original stories were almost always the ones featured on the cover.

    On that note, 1989 is a mess. There were between four and five different series of events all taking place around the same time, and one set in the future. Ultimately I’m pretty happy with how my organization of the black and white run turned out, but a good number are divorced radically from how they were published.

    Although “Aspects of Evil” contains many blatant and seemingly intentional continuity errors, I take it to be canon as “The Void” effectively retconned the story into continuity with the main future timeline.

    “Earthforce” and it’s prequels exist an alternate but closely related “pseudo-canon” continuity that has significant contradictions to the normal continuity. Some treat it as a divergent timeline, but the exact point of divergence is still debated.

    I listed the UK Annuals by their cover date as opposed to their release date in the previous year. Unless listed otherwise, they’re almost all out of continuity.

    More in Johnboy3434’s old posts and in mine: TFArchive Allspark.com
     
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    Out of Continuity
    The following have proven surplus to requirements:
    [1986 Annual] - “Plague of the Insecticons”
    [1986 Annual] - “Missing in Action”
    [1986 Annual] - “Hunted!”
    [UK #54b] - "The Special Teams Have Arrived" - (Advert, redraw)
    [G.I. Joe and The Transformers #1-4/UK #265-281b] - (Alternate Goldbug origin)
    [1987 Annual] - "To a Power Unknown!" - (Ignores Robot Master, flying Autobots)
    [1987 Annual] - “The Return of the Transformers”
    [1988 Annual] - “Headmaster Saga” - (Altered retelling of Headmasters #1-4)
    [1989 Annual] - “Primal Bomb”
    [1989 Annual] - "Peace" - ("Just a story about the stupidity of war")
    [1990 Annual] - “Destiny of the Dinobots”
    [1990 Annual] - “Trigger Happy!”
    [1990 Annual] - “Dreadwing Down!”
    [1990 Annual] - “The Chain Gang!”
    [UK #255-289] - “Earthforce” - (Continuity discrepancies, maybe a new timeline? “pseudo-canon”)
    [1991 Annual] - “The Magnificent Six!” - (Part of Earthforce)
    [1992 Annual] - “Another Time & Place” - (One of several alternate sequels)
    [Transformers: Generation 2] - (Ditto, see Johnboy3434’s post for reading order)
    [Transformers: Generation 2 UK] - (Ditto)
    [G2 1993 Annual] - (Completely Independent micro-continuity)
    See respective TFWiki articles for further explanation.
     
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