I bought this comic when I was 11.
I remember the little corner shop in Corfe Mullen (Dorset) next to Lockyers Middle School, just by the Recreation ground. I wonder if it's still there. I'd pick up this comic every Friday after school for about seven issues but then I ran out of money.
I got very litle pocket money and so supplemented my income (which was my age in pence per week - so 11p at this point) by singing in the choir, this meant I could afford the occasional Fighting Fantasy Gamebook and buy the Transformers comic. I never had a Transformers toy and nor did I watch the cartoon. I loved the comics.
Transformers were with Marvel at this time, I wonder if the films would have been better if they stayed that way. In this story Sam Whitwickey's Dad (who is a mechanic) is kidnapped by the Decepticons to work for them on refining fuel or something. Spiderman aids in the rescue.
He teams up with Gears.