Did you know, Transformers fans, that today marks another 30th anniversary milestone in the history of Transformers? Yes indeed, today is the 30th anniversary of what is thought to be the first ever post about Transformers on the internet – or rather, the proto-internet Usenet groups.
You can check out the archived post here, via Google Groups.
Sadly the first post ever about Transformers on the internet was in fact, complaining about Transformers! The post, a review of Marvel Comics’ Transformers #1, picks fault with Bill Mantlo’s plot and Ralph Macchio’s script, and the massive amount of infodumping used to introduce the characters – valid complaints, particularly the infodumping (check out an example at left). The final verdict?My vote for worst comic of the year would have to go to Marvel’s
TRANSFORMERS #1. Has anyone out there seen it? I’m still trying
to figure out why I wanted to spend $.75 on it in the first place,
but any reason I may have had was inadequate.
Or, to borrow a turn of phrase from the TFwiki: “The Transformers launched in 1984 and was ruined FOREVER!”
In all seriousness, much as the original creative team behind the Transformers in the 1980s could not foresee the huge phenomenon that Transformers would become, neither could those reading that first comic and sharing their thoughts about its humble beginnings begin to imagine where it all might finally lead to, 30 years later, with fans ever ready to lend a similarly critical eye to all new Transformers media.
Here’s to 30 years of talk about the Transformers on the internet! None of this – this website, our fan community, and indeed even many of the fan-oriented releases from Hasbro – would exist without you coming together and discussing Transformers – and like the Transformers franchise itself, it all came from a humble beginning, 30 years ago this day.