Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation

Transformers News: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 4:51AM CST

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Much like for he IDW Publishing Transformers comics (discussion thread here), we also finally have news of a Japanese translation of the original Marvel series, to be released in Japan via HeroX.

The news so far, as announced on Twitter, will see the full US Marvel Transformers comics series, starting from February 23rd, 2018 for 2,560 yen (USD $23) and will include original Japanese commentaries plus a Marvel UK cover gallery, and some fan content, with the plan to release the full run depending on sales and interest. Like for the IDW material, these releases will also feature new cover art from Japanese creators, revealed through their Twitter account, so stay tuned for more!

Transformers News: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation
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Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1929231)
Posted by Quantum Surge on January 2nd, 2018 @ 9:38am CST
Off topic, but I honestly prefer the Marvel Comics over the cartoon and even IDW! Also, Iwould love to see a lot more hhomages to the old covers; I know we got some previously existing, but I'd be more interested in seeing other franchises homage covers like the first issue, The New Order, and War Without End.
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Posted by Rodimus Knight on January 2nd, 2018 @ 12:15pm CST
First off, I'd rather see they release a translation of the Takara Comics here in a nice collection or two, but I know that wont happen.

I also preferred the old Marvel Comics compaired to the DW or IDW stuff. I still love the G1 Cartoon.

I was excited when IDW went to release a continuation of the old Marvel series, until I saw it. IT didn't really start with where the old series left off, and it seemed they mostly wanted to toss their own creations into that Universe. It was so disappointing.
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 8th, 2018 @ 11:41am CST
It might be a Japanese translation of the most recent reprints from IDW, as the Tweet says that the title of this series is "Transformers Classics".
Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1936527)
Posted by Va'al on February 7th, 2018 @ 2:34pm CST
If you remember, we brought you new a while ago about a Japanese edition of Transformers Classics - allegedly the original Marvel US run of the Transformers comics - in a first volume with a new cover to celebrate the transforming robots from Cybertron, as prepared by artist Oshima Yuki (who also worked on the Generations 2017 book cover, too, as a homage to issue #3 of Marvel US Transformers).

Hero-X has now release the cover image on Twitter, with pre-orders starting on February 23rd, and the artist has taken to his own account to show some of the process for the cover artwork, featuring Optimus Prime, Megatron, and more characters from the Autobot and Decepticon factions. Check it all out below!

Good evening, Hero X. Thank you very much for waiting for a long time. February 23 (pre) released [Transformers Classics Vol. 1] cover illustration will be released! Mr. Oshima was in charge of the cover illustration

Mr. Oshima's ' Transformers Classics Vol. 1 ' cover illustration is so cool, I think I will make a post card of the purchase benefits. Details such as the name of the bookstore that will cooperate soon will be announced on the official website (soon to be published). Please check this Twitter for the meantime.


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Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1936529)
Posted by Jack Hallows on February 7th, 2018 @ 2:55pm CST
Wow is Prime getting his hand blown off? That’s pretty violent for a cover. I like it. :WRECKERS:
Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1936531)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 7th, 2018 @ 3:00pm CST
Jack Hallows wrote:Wow is Prime getting his hand blown off? That’s pretty violent for a cover. I like it. :WRECKERS:
'Tis what happened in the fourth issue.
Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1936534)
Posted by Jack Hallows on February 7th, 2018 @ 3:10pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:'Tis what happened in the fourth issue.


Cool stuff, thanks for the clarification.
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Posted by Sabrblade on February 7th, 2018 @ 3:42pm CST
Jack Hallows wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:'Tis what happened in the fourth issue.


Cool stuff, thanks for the clarification.
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Posted by fenrir72 on February 7th, 2018 @ 9:10pm CST
Inspired by the great work of the late Frank Springer (with de Mulder,Eposito,Akin and Garvey for issues 1-4)
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Posted by primalxconvoy on February 8th, 2018 @ 12:05am CST
Yuki Oshima was also responsible for the "Kiss Players" comic (and box illustrations?) :

- http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Yuki_Ohshima

The cover art looks more like a traditional illustration for a "Ladybird" book, rather than a comic. However, it doesn't look like a Transformer illustration used in a Ladybird book, if anyone gets what I mean. Lots of browns make it look muted and old to me. Perhaps that was the intention?

This:

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Rather than this:

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Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1937342)
Posted by Shegotron on February 10th, 2018 @ 12:46pm CST
I like how they got the Nel Yomtov colors down for the most part. Prime's upper face (around his eyes and nose) should be blue like on the original toy, and I don't recall Ironhide ever having white knees, but otherwise it seems pretty spot-on.
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Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on February 15th, 2018 @ 11:44pm CST
Maybe it is because I have this "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" attitude =P~, but I love the art on this cover.....no matter "who" might be the artist.
It reminds me of that awesome poster that everyone had (except for me) in the 80's, you know that one with the big Decepticon symbol in the background.
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Posted by primalxconvoy on February 16th, 2018 @ 6:49am CST
What poster is that?
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Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on February 17th, 2018 @ 4:48am CST
primalxconvoy wrote:What poster is that?


This one
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Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1939648)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 17th, 2018 @ 5:02am CST
Don't remember that being a poster in the UK, but it was the cover to the Panini sticker album there.
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Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on February 22nd, 2018 @ 8:26pm CST
primalxconvoy wrote:Don't remember that being a poster in the UK, but it was the cover to the Panini sticker album there.

Thanks for the info, I did not know about that sticker book, and the TFwiki says it was also released in the USA, guess I just missed it.
I do remember the sticker book made for Transformers The Movie though.
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Posted by primalxconvoy on February 22nd, 2018 @ 11:07pm CST
That sticker album was the only one I ever completed. There was an article ages ago, that worked out the probabilities of getting every sticker (without swapping with freinds) and the average prir completing any given sticker album.

It was very expensive.

Basicall, sticker albums were the IAPs of their dy. Many albums were even given away free, like freemium games these days...
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Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2018 @ 4:32am CST
And finally, still courtesy of Loopaza Mega store on Facebook and their scans of Figure King #241, we have some additional information and images regarding the Hero-X publication project of Japanese translations of the original Marvel Transformers comics.

What we see in the images mirrored below is a re-offering of the cover art by Oshima Yuki for volume 1, as first seen here, along with the de-lettering and re-lettering and balloon placing process to adapt a Western script to Japanese conventions and words, and a sequence of original covers with commentary (though all in Japanese, so we currently have little idea of what is said - if you can read and translate, please let us know!). Check it all out below!

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Posted by Prime Nova on February 27th, 2018 @ 2:18pm CST
Page 40 - This is the origin!
Under -- Japanese attack!!
When -- 1984

Just hold up your phone & translate it
Re: Hero-X To Publish Classic Marvel Transformers Comics in Japanese translation (1992864)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 6th, 2018 @ 7:09pm CST
Thanks to @heroxnet on Twitter, we have the cover for the upcoming Volume 2 of the Hero-X Transformers Classics!

As you might remember, Hero-X is releasing the Japanese translation of the original Marvel Transformers comics, complete with Japanese commentary and covers done by Japanese artists. Volume 1 was released in February of this year, and if enough interest is shown, they will print the entire US run in Japanese.

This cover for Volume 2 was done by artist Ichikara Hirofumi, and is an homage to the famous scene where Megatron and Shockwave have their final battle for leadership. This new volume is expected to drop by the end of November.

Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think of it below!

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