The Transformers comics

Title:         The Transformers
Issue:         1
Released:      September 1984
Pages:         25

Plot:          Bill Mantlo
Script:        Ralph Macchio
Pencils:       Frank Springer
Inks:          Kim DeMulder
Lettering:     Higgins & Parker
Coloring:      Nelson Yomtov
Editor:        Bob Budiansky
EditorInChief: Jim Shooter
#1 In a Four Issue Limited Series

The first issue chronicles the history of Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, and the events leading up to the Ark's crash landing and Transformers' awakening on Earth.
A group of Autobots led by Prowl embarks on a experdition in attempt to establish contact with humans. They get into a battle with Decepticon forces in the middle of a drive-in theatre.

"It will only be a matter of time before my concussion cannon strikes, and there will be two less Autobots clanking around." - Megatron

Disclaimer: This is neither autonoded nor a cut'n'paste writeup. My only source material are the original comics.