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Transformers History

1984 First Generation
The Transformers Began on television in 1984. At the time Marvel Comics was producing cartoons and did so for the popular toy line Transformers and G.I. Joe. The Transformers are of course a popular toy line of robots that can be transformed into vehicles. The plot is basically the good guys the Autobots vs the Decepticons. The Autobots being led by Optimus Prime and the bad guys by Megatron. The first series ran until 1987.

1986 The Transformers Movie
The tag line was "Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination." This movie actually killed off Optimus Prime, but the fans couldn't leave it at that so the leader of the Autobots was brought back to life. The movie goes 20 years into the future to the year 2005. 

Beast Wars 1996
The Transformers land on pre-historic Earth and take the forms of animals instead of cars. This cartoon is done with computer graphics instead of the traditional animated style.

Transformers Armada 2002 
The Autobots and the Decepticons are at war again on Earth, but this time they are fighting over little transformers called the Mini-Cons. These Transformers gives there masters a massive power boost either to defend or destroy.

Transformers Energon 2004
10 years after the Armada series events, the Autobots and Decepticons live in peace until a bad guy named Alpha Q sends a powerful Decepticon named Scorponok and a group of Transformer drones called the Terrorcons to raid the Energon mining settlement and gather enough Energon to restore Unicron. Optimus Prime and his team must defend the Earth from the Terrorcons and stop Alpha Q from reviving Unicron. To make matters more difficult they must also face a reborn Megatron.

Transformers 2006
A  live action movie is scheduled

Comic Book Trivia Facts

Spiderman showed up in a Transformers comic book back in the 1980's when he was wearing the black suit. At the time Marvel handled the comic books and the the Transformers cartoon series.

G.I. Joe and the Transformers have teamed up together in the comic books both in the 1980's and in recent years