Why has Death’s Head stuck in my mind so much? Well, for a character who was meant to be thrown away and die at the end of the story, he was given a great look, the groundings of what was to become a memorable personality and MO and, in his introduction story alone, was depicted being effortlessly badass enough to beat down a number of major characters in the Transformers comic, up to and including Galvatron and Rodimus Prime and making his mark by immediately killing Bumblebee.
The character that was just meant to be junked within the space of a few (half-sized) issues, but writer Simon Furman liked Geoff Senior’s character design so much he enlarged and fleshed out his role in the story. It was a wise decision. Death’s Head went on to become the break-out character for Marvel UK in the late 80s.
So, he went onto greater things. In addition to fighting Transformers, he got shrunk by Doctor Who, got standed in the year 8162 in his own comic, tricked by the Doctor again, battled Iron Man 2020, allied with She-Hulk and the Fantastic Four, more than once, got killed by a cyborg from the future, got his timeline personally rearranged by the Doctor yet again, then turned up again in S.W.O.R.D. aiding Beast and Brand (for cash of course). He gets around.