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Father of Spike, Buster and Butch Witwicky. Sparkplug is a skilled Mechanic and Owner of S. Witwicky Auto Repairs in Oregon. In Marvel Comics his first name was never confirmed, William, Irving, Stan and the name Daniel were mentioned (his grandson from the G1 cartoon & movie was also named Daniel).


Daniel "Sparkplug" Whitwicky was by Marvel Comics for The Transformers and first appeared in issue #1 by writer Bill Mantlo and editors Bob Budiansky and Jim Shooter.

Major Story Arcs

Generation 1 Continuity

Marvel Comics

Marvel info

Marvel UK

UK info

IDW Publishing

Sparkplug Witwicky has not yet appeared in Regeneration One.

IDW Continuity

Daniel "Sparkplug" Witwicky frequently used to take his son, Spike out camping in the woods when he was young, but these trips came to an end when he became a colonel in the United States military. Colonel Daniel Witwicky is a member of the U.S. Army ordered to hunt down the Transformers.

All Hail Megatron




Powers & Weaknesses

Sparkplug is highly intelligent and can fix any machine. He was also trained by the U.S. Army, making him proficient in military tactics and weaponry.


  • Allegiance: Autobot
  • Sub Group: Human
  • Function: Mechanic

Alternate Versions

Dreamwave Publications

Generation 1

Sparkplug and his sons Spike and Buster, befriended the Autobots shortly after the Transformers awoke on Earth. After the defeat of the Decepticons, Sparkplug was one of the humans named the Magnificent Seven, chosen to accompany the Autobots back to Cybertron. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the Magnificent Seven were killed in when the Ark II exploded.

His death caused Spike and Buster to resent the the Autobots.

Other Media


The Transformers (1984)

Sparkplug Witwicky worked as a ruby crystal miner in Burma. Sparkplug and his son Spike were workers on an offshore oil rig. One day the giant robots (Decepticons) descended from the sky and landed on the oil rig, and attacked their co-workers. Eventually the Autobots, saved the oil rig workers from slavery or death. Grateful, Sparkplug and Spike happily offered their expertise and knowledge about planet Earth in exchange for joining the team.

Episode Appearances

  • More Than Meets the Eye; part 1-3
  • Transport Oblivion
  • Divide and Conquer
  • Fire in the Sky
  • S.O.S. Dinobots
  • War of the Dinobots
  • The Ultimate Doom; part 1-3
  • A Plague of Insecticons
  • Heavy Metal War
  • Autobot Spike
  • City of Steel
  • Attack of the Autobots
  • The Immobilizer
  • Day of the Machines
  • Dinobot Island; part 1 & 2
  • Microbots
  • Megatron's Master Plan; part 1 & 2
  • Desertion of the Dinobots; part 1 & 2
  • Blaster Blues
  • Make Tracks
  • Kremzeek!
  • The Girl Who Loved Powerglide
  • The Key to Vector Sigma; part 2
  • Cosmic Rust

Transformers: The Headmasters (1987) (Japan)

Transformers Animated (2007)

Mentioned in the Allspark Almanac II;


The Transformers

For the Live Action Film Series see Ronald Witwicky


Find Your Fate™ *Junior: Transformers #2 - Battle Drive

Find Your Fate™ *Junior: Transformers #3 - Attack of the Insecticons

Find Your Fate™ *Junior: Transformers #8 - Project Brain Drain

The Transformers: Battle for Cybertron (Audiobook)

The Transformers: The Great Car Rally (Audiobook)

The Transformers: Battle for Earth

Ladybird Books

  • Autobots' Lightning Strike
  • Megatron's Fight for Power
  • Autobots Fight Back
  • Laserbeak's Fury
  • Decepticon Hideout

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