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The Transformers Annual 1988 was published by Marvel Comics Ltd on 1st August 1987.
- What's in a Name?
- Doomsday for Nebulos - Headmasters Saga (chapter 1)
- Transformers Trivia Quiz
- Vicious Circle!
- Stylor's Story - Headmasters Saga (chapter 2)
- Bios: Brainstorm, Chromedome, Hardhead, Highbrow
- Ark Duty
- The Final Conflict - Headmasters Saga (chapter 3)
- Bios: Mindwipe, Skullcruncher, Weirdwolf
Transformers Trivia Quiz
Split into two sections, one about Autobots and one about Decepticons, with a slight numerical imbalance of 21 Autobot questions and 22 Decepticon. Most are general franchise questions (eg. "Scattershot is the team leader of which Autobot group?", "The Decepticon Triple Changer Octane can become which two vehicles?") but a few relate specifically to the comic (e.g.. "Which Autobot hosted the Transformers comic letters page for just one issue?", "Three Decepticons appeared on the cover of last year's Transformers Annual. Who were they?").
Ultra Magnus, having survived falling into a volcano, must face Galvatron once again.
As the Decepticons attack the Nebulan city, Stylor decides to join the Headmasters.
Bios of Brainstorm, Chromedome, Hardhead and Highbrow, similar in style to the A to Z features in the regular UK title (which are themselves cribbed from the US Transformers Universe). The only difference is the addition of a "Chest Readout" category (although similar stats are available for all Transformers, they're just more visible with the Headmasters).
Scorponok and Fortress Maximus face off in a duel to the death!
Profiles of Mindwipe, Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf, identical in style to the Autobot ones.
- Throughout the annual (in the latter two text stories and the profile on Highbrow), Gort is referred to as Grot. It's too consistent to be a typo and suggests that whoever wrote and/or edited the annual wasn't really familiar with the franchise. (The annual features no credits except on the first two comic strips.)
Items of Note
- The three comic strips tie in well with the Marvel UK stories: "What's In a Name?" is set during the events of "Grudge Match!" (just after the scene of Swoop and Sludge watching the television report), "Vicious Circle" carries on the story from "Fire on High" (in what was either an attempt to make people buy the annual or a way of ensuring there was something in there worth reading, depending who you listen to) and "Ark Duty" ties in with the future timeline.
- The Headmaster Saga seems to be set during the events of the Headmaster mini-series. The first two stories are a faithful adaptation of "Broken Glass!" (with a recap of "Ring of Hate!"), but the third is new and must be set during "Brothers in Armour!!" (in the same gap as "Worlds Apart!", after the creation of the Targetmasters and before the Transformers left Nebulos).
- For no readily apparent reason, Fortress Maximus' Nebulan partner is called Kord rather than Galen.
- Fortress Maximus apparently keeps his old head "inside a chamber in his massive robot structure".
- Bonded Headmasters are referred to on occasion by both Transformer and Nebulan names - e.g., Duros/Hardhead, even in dialogue, although this is less than consistent.
- The origin of the Targetmasters recounted in "The Final Conflict" states their partners are Nebulan weapons who have been engineered to transform into robots and then given minds duplicated from other Nebulans (implying the originals are still walking around).
- In "Doomsday for Nebulos", all dialogue for Scorponok (the only Transformer to speak) is written in CAPITALS AND BOLD. This practise is discontinued in the other stories.
List Price: £3.75
Printed in Italy