NOW Comics published 17 issues under the title The Terminator during 1988 to 1990.
- 2029 - Terminator: All My Futures Past, #1-2 (Aug. 1990 - Sep. 1990)
- 2031 - The Terminator (NOW Comics), #1–17 (Sep. 1988 - Feb. 1990)
- 2041 - Terminator: The Burning Earth, #1–5 (Mar. – July 1990)
- The NOW Comics Timeline deviates after the events of The Terminator and prior to the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- Published from 1988 to 1990, these comics operated in a vacuum, and contain numerous factual differeces from what would be later established as core canon for the franchise. Only the events of the first movie were available for use as reference material.
- The NOW series takes considerable liberties with the looks and abilities of Skynet machines. Endoskeleton often like little more than human skeletons with mechanical joints.
- In issue#17, Endoskeletons were actually able to change their facial expression despite no evidence of organic tissue or liquid metal.
- The bodies of Aerial Hunter-Killers are not as wide as in the movies and do not have the deep recess at the front. Their engines are farther from the main body; this makes them look more like modern unmanned drones.
- Issues#2 and #3 show that they have cockpits with overriding manual controls, and also appear to have weapons on their engines.
- Terminators in the series seem to exhibit a wide range of emotions, including fear, which directly contradicts movie canon. They also show a great deal of personal autonomy, sometimes even going as far as to argue with Skynet.
- With a few exceptions, most Terminators in this series appear to be similar in appearance to Arnold Schwarzennegger, and generally wear matching leather jackets, grey pants, and sunglasses.
- In Terminator: The Burning Earth, more physical types of Terminator are added, though the uniforms stay.