Who's Who in the TFU:
Optimus Prime (Powermaster)
The Transformers Universe was a four-issue limited series published by Marvel Comics in late 1986. Not a comic book in the ordinary sense of the word, instead it contained illustrated biographies describing 130 Transformers - their personalities, their powers, and their weaknesses.
Basically the Transformers Universe reprints the character profiles in the Transformers
"bible", which the cartoon and comic book writers used when they scripted their stories. The artwork is
based on model sheets created by Marvel Productions, who adapted the toy designs for use in the cartoon. The
character descriptions were written by Bob Budiansky, and were used for the cartoon, the comic book, and the tech
specs cards that came with the toys.
The original series contained 130 profiles, and spans almost all the (official) characters that appeared from 1984 to 1986. A second series with updates for the newer characters was planned for the summer of 1988, but was unfortunately never published. 72 of those profiles eventually found their way to the regular Transformers book though, where they were included to fill space, starting with issue #47.
On this site you will find every one of those 202 profiles, plus two character profiles from the BotCon '97 convention program. I have corrected some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, updated first appearances and added information on which issue of the comic books the profile was published in, but other than that the profiles should be identical to when they were originally published.
This page was created by Lars Eriksson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last revision was made on February 13, 2003.