issue #28 cover MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES! by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey; Commander Grimlock orders Blaster and Golbug to retrieve the Mechanic and the A’s tools he stole. Blaster turns him over to the authorities. Blaster and Goldbug go on the run from Grimlock, who is letting leadership go to his head. issue #29 cover CRATER CRITTERS by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey A space freighter crash-lands in the Southwest. Ratbat sends Astrotrain, Blitzwing, and Octane to Earth to investigate. The pilot is infected with Scraplets and the triple changers become infected as well. Scraplets are very tiny robots that transform into nuts and bolts and eat TF’s. Blaster and Goldbug investigate and become infected. They enlist the aid of a scientist named Charlie Fong, but will it be too late? issue #30 cover THE CURE! by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Ratbat sends the Throttlebots to Earth to destroy any TF infected with Scraplets. Can Charlie Fong find a cure in time? Will he be able to use it? And will the Scraplets fight back? In a side note, Fong also appeared in Sleepwalker written by Budiansky. issue #31 cover BUSTER WITWICKY AND THE CAR WASH OF DOOM by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Jim Fern Buster and his girlfriend, Jessie fight Ratbat in a car wash (lousy issue). issue #32 cover USED AUTOBOTS by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Blaster and the Throttlebots, running from Grimlock, hide in a used car lot. But when the Rapid Anti-robot Assault Team (RAAT), the Combaticons, and the Protectobots come to retrieve them, you know there’s going to be a battle. Continued in issue 35. issue #33 cover issue #34 cover MAN OF IRON by: Steve Parkhouse, John Ridgway Reprinting an early tale of the TF’s comic in the UK. A’s track a signal to Stansham, where they befriend a boy named Sammy Harker. Sammy tells them a tale of a huge man of iron from 1017. issue #35 cover CHILD’S PLAY by: Bob Budiansky, Don Perlin, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey The Protectobots, with their prisoner Blaster, are ambushed by the Combaticons. Blaster is freed in the battle, and rescued by a group of children to be known as the Spacehikers. Blaster takes them into space as a reward for freeing him. issue #36 cover SPACEHIKERS! by: Bob Budiansky, Jose Delbo, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Tired of Grimlock’s leadership, Wheeljack calls an old friend Sky Lynx to come help. Grimlock finally gets the Ark back into space. The A’s capture the Spacehikers and Blaster surrenders to Grimlock. issue #37 cover TOY SOLDIERS! by: Bob Budiansky, Jose Delbo, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Back on Earth, Ratbat’s forces have their way without A’s to stop them. Also, the fate of the Throttlebots and a message is sent to Headmasters issue #4.
HEADMASTERS #1: RING OF HATE Headmasters #1 cover by: Bob Budiansky, Frank Springer, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Some A’s led by Fortress Maximus leave Cybertron looking for peace, but do not find it on Nebulos. To prove their peaceful intentions, the A’s lay down their arms... and heads. Headmasters, #2 cover BROKEN GLASS! by: Bob Budiansky, Frank Springer, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey; Lord Zarak sends a secret message to Cybertron. Scorpinok and his D’s follow the A’s to Nebulos (of course). The D’s attack Nebulos, so Galen and some other Nebulans became the heads for the five A’s and turn back the D’s. Headmasters, #3 cover LOVE AND STEEL! by: Bob Budiansky, Frank Springer, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey It’s Terrorcons vs. Technobots, and the creation of the Decepticon Headmasters. Headmasters, #4 cover BROTHERS IN ARMOR!! by: Bob Budiansky, Frank Springer, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey; The Targetmasters are created. The message from TF#37 is received, and the A’s leave Nebulos with the understanding that the D’s will follow and Nebulos will return to peace.
Transformers issue #38 cover TRIAL BY FIRE! by: Bob Budiansky, Jose Delbo, Dave Hunt Fortress Maximus is rebuilt bigger and Cerebros is included. Spike Witwicky arrives from college to visit his dad and brother Buster. When Scorpinok kills Galen, Spike takes over the role of Headmaster. issue #39 cover THE DESERT ISLAND OF SPACE! by: Bob Budiansky, Jose Delbo, Dave Hunt The D’s leave Buster on a “deserted” island. When Fortress Maximus and his A’s come to rescue him, the island closes up and launches into space.