I first saw the series on TV when I was in high school
and through obsessive/compulsive research
(the only way to research in the pre-internet age)
learned about it's true Japanese origin:
Transforming fighter jets.
Soap opera love triangles.
What wasn't to love?
I was able to find VHS bootlegs of the series
along with the 1980 movie
which totally changed my life.
Unfortunately, there were no dubs or subtitles.
I had to rely on fan mags like
(and finding them was no easy task)
I was also reading the comic adaptations
by COMICO and when I found out their offices
were in nearby Norristown, PA
I drove out and visited!
(YAY! Free comics!)
Many years later when I lived in NYC,
I went to a small comic convention and found
this awesome art by Rich Rankin:
I was psyched to get a page with both
Khyron AND the SDF-1!
It's still hanging up in my studio today!
as an added bonus,
is the end battle from
MACROSS: LOVE, DO YOU REMEMBER.
And boy, is it DATED and clunky looking!
But I still get chills at 5:45 when
the song ramps up and
Hikaru guns his Veritech forward.