|Time to play catch up, the first year collection is finally complete!|
What I had was every issue from #25 through to #332 and all but one annual. It was too good an opportunity to miss and I was impatient to get started, so I covered the comics I did have from year one on a daily basis, then the posts went weekly and will continue going up on Instagram on the date of each issue all the way through to January 2024! Phew.
Oh, and don't forget at the beginning of each month the previous one is rounded up here on the blog, of course!
But now, two years later I've done it, I've completed the collection of all the regular comics, specials and annuals released during the title's lifespan (just the handful of post-lifespan specials to get) and that includes all those year one beauties! So what am I going to do with them all? First up, I'm spending a super relaxing week out in the country cat sitting for a friend with the best reading material.
|Sunshine, country air, a cool beer, my feline friend (off-camera)|
and warring robots. It's okay, you can admit you're jealous
Well, as coincidences go this September is a doozy, because just as I complete the comic's run it's also the 35th anniversary! I couldn't let that go unmarked, so starting on the comic's birthday the blog and its Instagram are going Transformers crazy.
Starting Friday 20th September you'll see each and every issue from the first year of the comic get the same mini-review treatment as all the rest have had, but it'll be six days a week (with each Thursday reserved for the continuation of the run begun two years ago). That's a handful of photos for each issue showcasing some gorgeous covers, strip artwork, special features, back ups and everything else these unique early issues contained, on a daily basis on Instagram.
Then over here on the blog as each month is completed it'll get rounded up as per usual. Of course, with the first year being fortnightly, with only a couple of issues each month that means there's going to be a new blog post every couple of days for the most part!
|Taking pride of place in the middle of my living room|
On top of all this the previous posts are getting a makeover too. Blogger has a habit of degrading any images it has to resize, including thumbnails, so I've taken the time to go into the HTML code of each page to give nice, crisp images for them all. The photos of year one will also be of a higher quality as I've discovered a much better way (built into my Mac) of resizing the actual photos, rather than using the art package I was previously.
This will all be wrapped up in a new Transformers section on the blog, with clear navigation making it easy to jump about between issues, months and years, or to simply start at the beginning and read it all in order. This is the main reason the blog has been so quiet recently; this has taken so much of my time these past weeks. It'll all get revealed bit-by-bit over the course of a month from Friday 20th September.
Now on holiday away from the city, I'm enjoying my time relaxing with my furry pal and getting down to finally reading those first issues. Come back this Friday for the introductory post and the first issue which makes up the first month's post, then all the way through to 23rd October there'll be daily Instagram posts and loads of blog updates, including something extra for those Lew Stringer/Combat Colin fans!
I'm excited to show these excellent, rare Marvel UK issues to you so I hope you'll come and join in.
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