Transformers #1-80 (complete comic series)
80 isssues | CBR | 592MB
The Transformers comic book was published by Marvel Comics from 1984 to 1991. Originally it was designed as a limited series, published bi-monthly and intended to end with the fourth issue, but at the end of the limited series Marvel changed it into an ongoing, monthly comic book. It kept going for seven years and 80 issues, until it was finally cancelled in 1991.
A Transformer is an intelligent machine that is able to "transform", reconfiguring itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. The taglines "More Than Meets the Eye" and "Robots in Disguise" reflect this ability.
Transformers originally featured two main factions warring for control of their home planet, Cybertron. The heroic Autobots (Cybertrons in the Japanese version) were led by Optimus Prime (known in the Japanese version as Convoy), and their opponents, the Decepticons (Destrons in the Japanese version), were led by Megatron. The Autobots were mainly cars in warm colors while the Decepticons were planes in cool colors, with some exceptions.
The Transformers universe is in fact a multiverse. Whilst the G1, G2 and Beast Era are connected to each other as a history, the comics and TV show merely run parallel to one another. The later Unicron trilogy has no connection whatsoever. The Dreamwave G1 comic uses the G1 Marvel comic as a vague history to draw upon, with classic characters intact rather than re-created. The new IDW comic is a reimaging of the original G1 characters, a la Marvel's Ultimate line.