It can! It is! It's... me, Monzo!
Fresh from 1984 - and imported over the Atlantic, besides - have a trio
of promotional mini-posters featuring Soundwave, the Decepticon jets,
and Megatron, made using stills from the earliest Transformers comic and toy commercials. These ridiculously high-resolution scans were made, respectively, from Marvel UK's Transformers #4, #5 and #6.
I actually scanned these some time ago, but at
the time wrote them off as being useless because, due to the terrible color
reproduction involved, they were incredibly red-tinged. However, I recently learned about Photoshop's
"Variations" tool (which is kind of embarrassing, given how long I've
had the program), and my new stab at fixing them up produced much better
results. Megatron is still terribly yellowish, though.
in these scans, Starscream is the one with the grey chest and white/red
wings! These early ads seem to have been the source of his first Marvel Comics color scheme, which appears to have switched the grey to blue because of comics' limited color palette at the time.
There were also mini-posters featuring Optimus Prime and
the Autobot cars, but their animation designs didn't change as
drastically, so I didn't scan them at the time. Might go back and do them
5 weeks ago