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Marvel Transformers Comics Price Guide

What are your Transformers comics worth? Find out in this article.

Without insulting the series, it's fair to mention that the art is not breathtaking. The main characters are robots, and robots are quite boxy; therefore, the art is more "cool" than innovative.

A lot of the value for these comics resides in the very last of the series, which were printed in very low numbers.

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Value of Transformers Comics

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Transformers #1
Origin and first appearance (in comics) of Autobots and Decepticons

1st Printing
Record sale: $3,400

Minimum value: $30

2nd Printing
Record sale: $660
Minimum value: $5

3rd Printing
Record sale: $1,450
Minimum value: $25

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This book went to three printings. High-grade copies of the third print seldom appear on the market.

This issue sets up the concept, with a war raging on the planet of Cybertron between good and evil clans of sentient machines: the Autobots and Decepticons.

Note that the initial Transformers comics run was scheduled as a 4-issue limited series (common to Marvel Comics at the time). So the first four issues call it a limited series, even though it went to 80 issues in the end!

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Transformers Comics #2

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $10

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Third printing exists, but is seldom seen.

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Transformers #3
Amazing Spider-Man Crossover

Record sale: $600
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Issue three debuts the More Than Meets the Eye subtitle that has been inseparable from the Transformers comics ever since.

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Transformers #4
Last in "Limited Series"; 1st appearance of Shockwave

Record sale: $300
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The final installment of the original four-part series. As you can imagine, the limited series is now To Be Continued...

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Transformers Comics #5

Record Sale: $380
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #6

Record sale: $270
Minimum value: $20

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Transformers #7

Record Sale: $270
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #8

Record sale: $250
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The Dinobots enter the fray. Along with Ratchet, they're the only Autobots still in action.

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Transformers #9
First appearance of Circuit Breaker

Record sale: $380
Minimum value: $10

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This issue introduces Circuit Breaker, aka Josie Beller, who's angry after being injured during a Decepticon assault on an oil platform. Also of note is the fact that this is the last issue to go into a 2nd printing.

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Transformers #10

Record sale: $1,000
Minimum value: $20

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Introduces the Constructicons, created by Shockwave to consolidate his power.

The Contructicons are counterparts to the Dinobots, and can perform a Voltron-like combination to become a being called Devestator.

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Transformers #11

Record Sale: $450
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #12

Record Sale: $90
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #13

Record Sale: $500

Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #14

Record Sale: $100
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #15

Record Sale: $140
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #16

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #17

Record Sale: $190
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The Effect of Transformers Movies

The Transformers Movie 2007

The Transformers Movie 2007

Animated Transformers Movie 1986

Animated Transformers Movie 1986

Certainly, these movies raise interest in the Transformers. But many have claimed that the action so overwhelms story, and plot that the latter aspects are totally indecipherable.

Is Michael Bay really doing true Transformers fans any favors?

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Transformers #18

Record sale: $60
Minimum value: $10

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This Transformers comic finds the Decepticons on Cybertron attempting to develop a way to travel between their planet and Earth. This does seem a bit silly, as they previously arrived there by taking a spaceship.

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Transformers #19

Record Sale: $280
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Transformers #20

Record Sale: $130
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #21

Record Sale: $200
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #22

Record Sale: $130
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #23

Record Sale: $130
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Transformers #24

Record Sale: $270
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #25

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #26

Record Sale: $130
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Transformers #27

Record Sale: $310
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #28

Record Sale: $170
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #29

Record Sale: $110
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #30

Record Sale: $60
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Transformers #31

Record Sale: $180
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #32

Record Sale: $60
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #33

Record Sale: $100
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #34

Record Sale: $100
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Transformers #35

Record Sale: $50
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #36

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #37

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #38

Record Sale: $230
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #39

Record sale: $250
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From this issue forward, we see a slight uptick in value. By this issue, nearly the halfway point in the series, we've had a brother for Buster, Spike, appear as if out of nowhere, and we've been introduced to a new technology called Targetmasters, where robots have guns that are themselves autonomous robots.

Some of this is simply to integrate toys and merchandise, but it also adds to the Transformers mythos.

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Transformers #40

Record Sale: $100
Minimum Value: $20

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Transformers #41

Record Sale: $210
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #42

Record Sale: $280
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #43

Record Sale: $150
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #44

Record Sale: $200
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #45

Record Sale: $110
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #46

Record Sale: $170
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #47

Record Sale: $160
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #48

Record Sale: $100
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #49

Record Sale: $80
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Transformers #50

Record sale: $600
Minimum value: $10

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An obvious milestone. Despite all of the new Autobots and Decepticons, and the various allies and foes of both, most of the founding robots are still with us by this point.

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Transformers #51

Record Sale: $180
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #52

Record Sale: $240
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #53

Record Sale: $300
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Transformers #54

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #55

Record Sale: $80
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Transformers #56

Record Sale: $170
Minimum Value: $20

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Transformers #57

Record Sale: $200
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Transformers #58

Record Sale: $250
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Transformers #59

Record Sale: $280

Minimum Value: $20

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Transformers #60

Record Sale: $310
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #61

Record Sale: $530
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #62

Record Sale: $190
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #63

Record Sale: $180
Minimum Value: $20

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Transformers #64

Record Sale: $200
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Transformers #65

Record Sale: $610
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #66

Record Sale: $80
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #67

Record Sale: $120
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #68

Record Sale: $270
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #69

Record Sale: $170
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #70

Record Sale: $120
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Transformers #71

Record sale: $190
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This issue sees the series move to a lower printing count, as sales of Transformers comics continued to disappoint Marvel.

It also sees the action taking place millions of years in the past, in a parallel to present events, in which Prime is forced to surrender to the Decepticon lord Scorponok.

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Transformers #72

Record sale: $1,500
Minimum value: $10

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Prime has surrendered, and Decepticon in-fighting rages.

This issue introduces the Neo-Knights, a human team including Circuit Breaker and four allies, created to combat the Decepticon menace.

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Transformers #73

Record Sale: $350
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #74

Record Sale: $610
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Transformers #75

Record Sale: $340
Minimum Value: $10

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Transformers #76

Record Sale: $120
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Transformers #77

Record Sale: $200
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Transformers #78

Record sale: $410
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This and the next two were printed in very low numbers, enhancing their value.

Decepticon lords Megatron and Galvatron decide to join together in order to combat Starscream.

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Transformers #79

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $10

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Transformers #80

Record sale: $590
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This final instalment wryly reads: #80 in a Four-Issue Limited Series.

The Transformers adventures continue. Of course, there are the highly publicized Michael Bay movies.

But Transformers comics are also alive and well, though now published at IDW. This is one franchise that shows no signs of slowing down.

History of Transformers Comics

Like the contemporaneous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers was launched in 1984. Unlike TMNT, it was never an indie production.

For children in the mid-1980s, Transformers were nearly inescapable. If they missed the comic, it would have been unlikely to bypass the cool, hefty action figures, or the accompanying animated series.

There was also a big-screen movie, with Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers each making their final film appearances.

More recently, there have been a host of permutations of the animated series as well as the comic. The comic currently resides at IDW. And of course, there are the ongoing Michael Bay Transformers movies.

However, it did begin as a limited, four-issue series. But the popularity of the series snowballed, turning into the huge franchise we know today.

The fact is that the Transformers is one of the most inventive and original series out there, especially for its time. Of course, you have the usual battle between good and evil.

But the concept of sentient robots who crash-land on Earth, and are forced continue an ancient battle in the guise of terrestrial machines, is extremely fascinating. 

The concept isn't without its flaws. After all, fighter jets (Starscream), a huge boombox (Soundwave), and a GIANT GUN!! (Megatron) seem like undesirable forms if the purpose is to blend in.

However, this is all part of the fun, and we could even rationalize this problem by noting that civilian forms are prevalent among the Autobots, who are the only ones really concerned about what the welfare or sentiment of the human race.

The Autobots take forms like a tractor-trailer (Optimus Prime) or an ambulance (Ratchet).

There are hundreds of later Transformers comics published by IDW after the Marvel series ended.

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