UNOFFICIAL READING ORDER OF THE UK MARVEL COMIC
with speculative explanatory notes.
Note: This article is part of the Transformers Multiverse article.
Four Million years ago
State Games ANNUAL 1986
And there shall come a leader ANNUAL 1985
Several hundred years ago
Kup's Story UK#132
The Transformers US#1
Power Play! US#2
Prisoner of War! US#3
Man of Iron UK# 9-12
The Enemy Within! UK#13-17
Raiders of the Last Ark UK#18-21
Autobot's Last Stand US#4
New Order US#5
Worse of Two Evils US#6
Warrior School US#7
Repeat Performance US#8
Decepticon Dam-Busters! UK#29-30
The Wrath of Guardian! UK#31
The Wrath of Grimlock! UK#32
Dis-integrated Circuits US#9
The Next Best Thing to Being There US#10
Prime Time! US#12
Christmas Breaker! UK#41
Crisis of Command! UK#42-44
The Icarus Theory UK#45-46
Dinobot Hunt! UK#47-50
Shooting Star! US#13
Rock 'n' Roll Out US#14
I, Robot Master! US#15
Plight of the Bumblebee! US#16
Victory ANNUAL 1986
Robot Buster! UK#59-60
Devastation Derby! UK#61-62
Second Generation! UK#63-65
The Smelting Pool! US#17
In The Beginning ANNUAL 1986
To a Power Unknown ANNUAL 1986
Bridge to Nowhere! US#18
Command Performances! US#19
In The National Interest UK#74-77
Rumble, Skywarp etc are freed from the Ark.
The Mission ANNUAL 1986
Ravage is freed from the mine. Red Alert, Inferno, Grapple and Trailbreaker are repaired.
Missing in Action ANNUAL 1985
The Night the Transformers Saved Christmas - KIDS COMIC SPECIAL
Hunted ANNUAL 1985
Plague of the Insecticons ANNUAL 1985
The Aerialbots & Stunticons are created.
The Battlechargers debut.
Return of the Transformers ANNUAL 1986
The Protectobots & Combaticons are created.
The Predacons debut.
Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1986
Premonition of Special team take place
Cover Poster UK#100
Blood on The Tracks GI:JOE/TF#1
Power Struggle GI:JOE/TF#2
Ashes to Ashes GI:JOE/TF#3
All Fall Down GI:JOE/TF#4
The Throttlebots debut
Doomsday For Nebulos ANNUAL 1987
Stylor's Story ANNUAL 1987
The Technobots & Terrorcons debut.
The Ark is repaired
The Decepticon Headmasters are created
The Monsterbots debut.
The Targetmasters are created
The Final Conflict ANNUAL 1987
The Pretenders are created.
The Powermasters are created.
Optimus Prime is revived as a Powermaster
Chain Gang ANNUAL 1990
The Sparkabots & Terrorcons debut.
The Triggerbots & small Decepticon Headmasters debut.
The Seacons debut.
The Triggercons debut.
Gunrunner & Roadgrabber debut.
Beastbox & Squawktalk debut.
Prime Bomb ANNUAL 1989
Pretender Beasts debut
The Off road Patrol, Race Car Patrol & Air Strike Patrol debut
Autobot Hostage LADYBIRD BOOK
Nightbeat & Siren debut
Decepticons Underground LADYBIRD BOOK
Dreadwing Down ANNUAL 1990
Vroom & Crossblades debut
Skyhammer & Roadblock debut
The small Decepticon Pretenders debut
The Rescue Patrol, Battle Patrol & Sports Car Patrol debut
Erector, Overload, Hothouse, Ironworks debut
Flattop, Roughstuff, Airwave, Greaser debut
Groundshaker & Countdown debut
Skyhopper & Skystalker debut
Air Patrol, Construction patrol, Hotrod patrol & Monster Truck patrol debut
Military patrol & Race car patrol debut
Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1991
Astro squad & Metro squad debut
Battle squad and Constructor squad debut
Missile Launcher, Tanker Truck
Cannon transport debuts
The Energon Trap COMIC-MAGAZIN 13
Transformers in Action: The Countdown to a New Space Age! COMIC-MAGAZIN #14
The Cosmic Adventure: Memories of Bumblebee COMIC-MAGAZIN #15
Transforming Robots in Action: The Case of Optimus Prime COMIC-MAGAZIN #16
The Curse of the Pyramids COMIC-MAGAZIN #18
Transformers in Action: We are only strong as a team COMIC-TASCHENBUCH #3
Transformers in Action: "ARK, please respond...!" COMIC-TASCHENBUCH #4
Transformers in Action: Shockwave's Galactic Secret COMIC-MAGAZIN #19
Everyone Makes the Space-Robots? COMIC-MAGAZIN #20
Transformers in Action: In Memory of Earth COMIC-MAGAZIN #21
Secrets of space. From the chronicles of the Cybertron: Planet Without Hope COMIC-MAGAZIN #23
Destiny of the Dinobots ANNUAL 1989
Prime's Rib UK#235
At some point in time most of the transformers return to Cybertron.
Goldbug reverts back to Bumblebee. Optimus Prime reverts back to his original body.
Hotrod, Kup and Blurr lose their Nebulan partners
Ark Duty ANNUAL 1987
The Planet Eater MOVIE ADAPTATION#1
Main timeline 1986 continued
Original Future: 2006 continued - Judgement day MOVIE
Aerialbots over America US#21
Heavy Traffic US#22
Decepticon Graffiti US#23
The Harder They Die UK#98
Under Fire UK#99
Distant Thunder UK#100
Original Future: 2006 continued - The Final battle MOVIE
Fallen Angel UK#101-102
The Gift UK#93
Many Autobots become injured on Earth. Prowl, Jazz etc
Ring of Hate HEADMASTERS#1
Gone But Not Forgotten US#25
Funeral for a Friend US#26 Mistake - Skids is in
King of the Hill US#27
Original future: 2007: Wanted Galvatron: Dead or Alive
Burning Sky UK#115-116
Fire on High UK#119-120
Vicious Circle ANNUAL 1987
Mechanical Difficulties US#28
Crater Critters US#29
The Cure US#30
Ancient Relics UK#125, ACTION FORCE 24-27
Buster Witwicky and the Carwash of Doom US#31
Broken Glass HEADMASTERS#2
Original future: 2007 - Headhunt UK#133-134
What's in a Name? ANNUAL 1987
Grudge Match UK#135-136
Ladies Night UK#137-138
Used Autobots US#32
Child's Play US#35
Space Hikers US#36
Love and Steel HEADMASTERS#3
Original Future: 2008 Legacy Of Unicron UK#146-151
Toy Soldiers US#37
Brothers in Armour HEADMASTERS#4
World's Apart UK#130-132
Enemy Action UK#152-153
Trial by Fire US#38
Desert Island Space US#39
The Saga of the Transformers - So Far ANNUAL 1989
Pretender to the Throne US#40
City of Fear UK#164-165
Legion of the Lost UK#166-167
Deadly Games UK#170-171
Wrecking Havoc UK#172-173
People Power US#42
Cosmic Carnival US#44
Monstercon from Mars US#45
A Bonus Story COMIC ADVERT
Original future: 2008 Prologue UK#180
Original future: Wreck-gar tells a made up story based on
the story the ‘Big Broadcast’
Original future: 2008 Epilogue UK#181
Original future: 2008 Space Pirates UK#182-187
Fire Bug UK#188
Dry Run UK#189
Altered Image ANNUAL 1989
Cash and Carnage US#46
Club Con US#47
(A Pictorial History UK#200)
All in the Minds ANNUAL 1989
Cold Comfort and Joy UK#198
Time Wars UK#199-205
The Quest ANNUAL 1990
Note: The space-time rift repairs itself. In this new dark future Galvatron never time-jumped.
Dark Future: 2006 Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1987
Dark Future: 2006 Big Broadcast of 2006 US#43
Note: Unicron's head then lands on Junkion. The enslaved Junkions rebuild Unicron. Unicron then destroys Cybertron.
Flames of Boltax US#48
Cold War US#49
Dark Star US#50
Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire UK#213-214
A Small War UK#232-233 note - ignore date
Man in the Machine US#51
Triggerhappy ANNUAL 1990
Guess who the Mecannibals are having for Dinner?US#52
Recipe for Disaster US#53
Mind Games UK#243
Two Megatrons UK#244
King Con US#54
The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship US#55
[Double] Deal of the Century UK#228
The Hunting Party UK#229
The Big Shutdown UK#230-231
A Race with the Devil UK#215-216 note - ignore date
Way of the Warrior UK#237
Survival Run UK#238
A Savage Place UK#239
Assault on the Ark UK#242
Back from the Dead US#56
Resurrection Gambit US#57
All the Familiar Faces US#58
Out to Lunch UK#240
Dawn of Darkness UK#247
Fallen Star UK#248
Yesterday's Heroes US#60
Primal Scream US#61
Whose Life Force is it anyway? UK#249
The Greatest Gift of All UK#250
Bird of Prey US#62
Kings of the Wild Frontier US#63
Deadly Obsession US#64
Dark Creation US#65
All Fall Down US#66
Dark Future: 2009 Rhythms of Darkness US#67
The Human Factor US#68
Eye of the Storm US#69
The Price of Life US#70
Grimlock revives the Dinobots and arrives back at the Ark. The Nucleon is poured in to many Autobot pods. Megatron and Ratchet are the next to be revived.
Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1990
Optimus Prime decides not to surrender but to strike a deal with Scorponok.
Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1992
The Battlechargers, Stunticons and Constructicons are repaired.
Perchance To Dream UK#255-260
The flashbacks take place as follows: Prowl was during
“Decepticon Graffiti”. Ironhide was after “Man of Iron”. Sunstreaker was before
“The Enemy Within”. Wheeljack was during “Shooting Star” and Silverbolt was
before “Afterdeath”. Galvatron’s bug accelerated the revival of the five
Autobots. During this story the Ark is deserted because the Autobots are
striking a deal with Scorponok. The captured Decepticons are released.
Scorponok is convinced to return to Cybertron but leaves. Soundwave and the Battlechargers, Stunticons and Constructicons on Earth. The Decepticons leave first, across the space bridge. Megatron then meets Soundwave's group of Decepticons. Then Motormaster and the Battlechargers leave and join Shockwave. Mindwipe and Triggerhappy leave Shockwave.
Starting Over UK#261
Two Steps Back UK#262
Once Upon A Time UK#265
Desert Island Risks UK#264
Life in the slow lane UK#266 - Mistake: the Decepticons dialogue is the wrong way round.
Shockwave manages to steal some Nucleon from the Autobots and uses it to revive the Predacons and the triple-changers. Megatron also acquires some nucleon.
Snow Fun UK#267
Bad Guys Ball UK#270
The Living Nightlights UK#271
Cry Wolf UK#272
Wolf In The Fold UK#273
Where Wolf? UK#274
Internal Affairs UK#277
The House that Wheeljack Built UK#278
Divide and Conquer UK#279
The Four Million Year Itch UK#280
Makin' Tracks UK#281
Shut Up UK#282
External Forces UK#285
The Lesser Evil UK#286
Inside Story UK#287
Front Line UK#288
End of The Road UK#289
Transformers in Action: Attack at Dawn COMIC-MAGAZIN #2
Transformers In Alaska: Damaged Ship on The High Sea COMIC-MAGAZIN #3
Transformers in Action: The Troy Principle COMIC-MAGAZIN #4
Transformers in Action: The Invasion Of The Decepticons COMIC-MAGAZIN #5
Transformers in the Battle for Peace: A Big Day for Powermaster Optimus Prime COMIC-MAGAZIN #6
Magnificent Six ANNUAL 1991
Transforming Robots in Action: New York — A City Sinking in terror COMIC-MAGAZIN #7
Transformers in Action: Megatron's Ultimatum COMIC-MAGAZIN #8
The Transformers' Grand Hour: Headmaster of the Dimensions COMIC-MAGAZIN #9
Transformers in Action: Wanderer Between the Worlds COMIC-MAGAZIN #10
Transformers in Action: He Who Laughs Last ... COMIC-MAGAZIN #11
Transformers in Action: "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" COMIC-MAGAZIN #12
Transformers in action: Trust no Decepticon COMIC-TASCHENBUCH#2
Many Transformers who were re-activated become deactivated once more due to the side effects of Nucleon. Megatron is deactivated and captured by the Autobots. Hook, Line and Sinker arrive on Earth and take Galvatron to Cybertron. Grimlock returns to Hydrus 4 to get more Nucleon.
All this and Civil War 2 US#72
Out of Time US#73
The Void US#74
On the Edge of Extinction US#75
Still Life US#76
A Savage Circle US#78
The Last Autobot US#79
End of the Road US#80
Shockwave and Starscream leave the Ark before Fortress Maximus returns. They take some Nucleon to revive the de-activated Decepticons on Earth. The Autobots aboard the Ark continue to revive. Fortress Maximus now leads the Earthforce.
Optimus Prime returns the Neo Knights to Earth and meets up with Fortress Maximus. The remaining Autobots on Klo return to Cybertron.
Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron. Shockwave and Starscream have now re-activated many Decepticons.
Bludgeon and his Decepticons arrive on Earth and steal Megatron's body.
Another Time and Place ANNUAL 1992
Megatron and Bludgeon are both repaired. The Decepticons injured on Klo are repaired.
The new Nucleon is used and the Autobots regain their transformation capabilities.
Some time later Shockwave’s Decepticons powered by Nucleon, do well against the Autobots but many can no longer transform.
Megatron’s Decepticons arrive on Earth. Megatron's Decepticons fight against Shockwave’s Decepticons.
Megatron's Decepticons have a truce with Shockwave’s Decepticons and reluctantly join forces with Megatron as supreme leader once more.
Shockwave and Starscream are the first to become Action-Masters. Devastator is built as an Action-master because the Constructicons cannot combine.
Some more Decepticons become Action-masters. They are also given transforming vehicles, partners and weapons.
This prompts the Transformers to create their Action-Master process. The Action-Masters are given transforming vehicles, partners and weapons.
In a battle Fortress Maximus is badly injured so Spike quits.
Other Action- Masters are created.
The Decepticons also acquire new Nucleon.
Optimus Prime regains the Matrix.
Events focus on the Micromasters e.g. Air Patrol, Race Track Patrol etc.
The Elite Action-Masters are created.
The Turbomasters and Predators debut.
Rescue Force debut. The Constructicons are now yellow
Galvatron returns, joins the Decepticons and is repaired.
The Decepticons take control of the Ark.
The Decepticons leave Earth and head for Cybertron. The Autobots then follow.
The Transformers have now returned to Cybertron.
There is a massive battle on Cybertron. There are many casualties including Galvatron.
The Decepticons lose half their army. Some go in to hiding.
The remaining Decepticons leave Cybertron.
The Autobots and the Decepticons return to Earth.
The Decepticons stop using Nucleon because its side effects start to take affect. The Transformers use the new Nucleon to cure themselves.
Optimus Prime & Grimlock also stop using Nucleon and revert back to their original bodies.
The remaining Decepticons make a last stand on Earth. The Decepticons lose the war.
Bludgeon is disillusioned with Megatron and leaves him behind.
Later the other Autobots also stop using Nucleon.
Many months pass.
Many months pass.
War Without End US-G:2#1
Primal Fear US-G:2#3
Going South GI:JOE#140
Sucker Punch GI:JOE#141
Final Transformations GI:JOE#142
All or Nothing US-G:2#2
Old Evils US-G:2#3
War without End UK-G:2#1
More characters debut: Axelerators, Snipe, Aquaspeeders & Pyro,
More characters debut: Lightformers, Trakkons.
Devices and Desires US-G:2#4
The Power and the Glory US-G:2#5
Artwork-Optimus Prime US-G:2#12
Gatefold Cover Poster US-G:2#1
The Gathering Darkness US-G:2#6
New Dawn US-G:2#7
Total War US-G:2#10
Dark Shadows US-G:2#11
A Rage in Heaven US-G:2#12
The alliance is short lived and the Autobots and the Decepticons go back to fighting each other.
Megatron upgrades to his Archforce body.
US Aquaspeeders, Stormtroopers debut.
The Gobots debut.
The Autorollers debut.
The Lasercycles debut.
Hotrod, Kup, Blurr die.
Punch, Overkill & Slugfest debut.
The Clones debut.
Jetfire, is injured then rebuilt as a Cyberjet.
Optimus Prime is re-built in his new Laser rod/Illuminator body.
The Generation 2 Powermasters debut.
Optimus Prime defeats Megatron.
Galvatron defeats Optimus Prime.
Rodimus Prime & co arrive from the Time Wars.
The Void UK#251
Edge Of Impact UK#252
Shadow Of Evil UK#253
White Fire UK#254
The space-time rift erased the original timeline so Rodimus Prime destroyed his time travel device before he realised he was trapped in the wrong timeline.
Transformers in the Battle for Peace: Powermaster Optimus Prime - a Robot, a Hero COMIC-MAGAZIN #17 note - ignore dates
Inner Annual Cover ANNUAL 1989
The Headmasters were revived with the original heads that were left on Nebulos.
Aspects of Evil UK#223-227
The flashbacks shown take place in the following order:
Megatron was in Original future:1990, Scorponok was in Original future:1991. After Hot Rod’s partner Firebolt is killed the Headmasters, Pretenders, Micromasters return to Cybertron. Shockwave was in Original future:2003. Then Hotrod becomes Rodimus Prime. After “Time Wars” he ends up in 2009. Galvatron was in 2009 and Unicron was in 2010.
Peace ANNUAL 1989
Hundreds of years in the future
Many years later the Autobots and Decepticons become the Maximals and Predacons.
The Last Days of Optimus Prime TRANSFORCE
The McDonalds Beast Wars toys debut: Manta Ray, Rhino, Beetle, Panther
The McDonalds Beast Wars Transmetal toys debut: Dinobot, Scorponok, Black Arachnia
The McDonalds Beast Machines toys debut: Optimus Primal, Blackarachnia, Cheetor, Nightscream, Rattrap
Megatron, Thrust, Tankor, Jetstorm,