According to our best estimates, The Transformers #1 hit newsstands (back when they had newsstands!) on May 8, 1984. Exactly 25 years ago today. The cartoon pilot, “More than Meets the Eye, Part 1,” wasn’t due until September 17. There is a commercial which may predate the release of the first comic book on May 8, since it’s an advertisement for the “coming soon” comic book, but we don’t know of any concrete airdate. The toys were reportedly released some time during the summer. For all intents and purposes, May 8 is Transformers‘ birthday.
Yes, I am a heartless bastard.