On September 1, 2022, the UK’s Royal Mail postal service will be issuing thirteen special Transformers stamps to commemorate the British contribution to the multimedia franchise. The stamps will characteristic initially commissioned work by Transformers artist Andrew Wildman, with Stephen Baskerville inking and John-Paul Bove on colors.
The Transformers stamps will come as a whole set in a particular presentation pack costing £17.50 (~ $21) however there are a number of restricted version specials for collectors, together with silver plated ingots and fan sheets.
All stamps additionally characteristic Augmented Reality options through hidden ink. According to Royal Mail,
“The predominant eight stamps are printed with a hidden ink which reveals every of the character’s faction logos and names within the Cybertronian alphabet when shone below UV mild.
“In addition, fans who download the Royal Mail App, can scan the stamp, and watch a unique Augmented Reality animation including a clip from the original animated Transformers TV series.”
The Transformers stamps will include a predominant set of eight and a miniature sheet of 5. The former will characteristic characters Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Grimlock, Shockwave, Arcee, and Soundwave. The latter set will characteristic Dinobots Grimlock, Snarl, Slug, Sludge, and Swoop.
Royal Mail’s Director of Stamps and Collectibles, Matt Parkes,
“Since The Transformers burst onto the scene in 1984, British writers and artists have made a substantial contribution to the ongoing story of the popular warring mechanoids; to this day many continue to do so and have inspired new artists to do the same. We are delighted to be able to celebrate their work with this stunning set of stamps – which calls back not only to the early comics but also – by using the Royal Mail App to trigger hidden content – the original cartoon series as well!”
John-Paul Bove tweeted following the preliminary announcement:
We did a factor! 😎
— Andrew Wildman (@apwildman) August 16, 2022
While in the present day the Transformers are family names worldwide because of US-produced TV, films, comedian books – and naturally, toys – it’s usually forgotten that British creators had a major position in growing the mythos of the property.
Through the Transformers weekly comedian from Marvel UK to later problems with Marvel US’s month-to-month author Simon Furman and a crack workforce of artists like Geoff Senior, Andrew Wildman, Will Simpson, Lee Sullivan and extra outlined the homeworld and origins of the Transformers, the scope of the battle, and the essence of the Autobot/Decepticon battle.
The Transformers UK weekly comedian ran between September 1984 and January 1992 – comprising 332 points (although round concern 309 it went biweekly earlier than shuttering). The anthology format of the comedian contained 11 pages of Transformers materials with non-Transformers materials bulking out the remainder of the title. As a weekly schedule would eat up numerous content material, UK sourced materials was used as filler with the target of weaving across the continuity of the US comedian. This activity led to spectacular inventive leaps that fleshed out the Transformers idea’s scope. It set the groundwork for Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman’s transfer to the US month-to-month (from #56 to its cancellation with #80) that grew to become a fan favorite to US readers – and cemented Furman as an integral a part of the Transformers property (even when it will bounce from writer to writer).
Most of the UK materials was reprinted in IDW’s The Tranformers Classics UK books. IDW Transformers scribe James Roberts, who contributed a historical past of the UK comedian within the reprints wrote:
“It’s truthful to say that when concern #1 of The Transformers hit British newsstands on Thursday, September 20th, 1984, nobody at Marvel UK – or Hasbro, for that matter – realized that they have been witnessing the beginning of one of many biggest-selling and longest-running licensed comics of all time.
“When the final issue was released on January 18th, 1992, nearly seven and a half years later, Transformers UK had outlived virtually every other Marvel UK title launched during its lifetime, and earned a special place in the hearts of the hundreds of thousands of children who had read it cover to cover every week.”
“From “Man of Iron” in January 1985 to “End of the Road!” in September 1990, practically 2,000 pages of British Transformers sketch was produced: sufficient to fill one other 90 problems with a US comedian. Consequently [it’s] run of comics and specials constitutes the most important physique of cohesive, interdependent Transformers fiction up to now produced – and one that’s value celebrating.”