Bob Budiansky

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Bob Budiansky
Budiansky at the 2015 East Coast Comicon in Secaucus, New Jersey
BornMarch 15, 1954 (1954-03-15) (age 65) [1] [2]
The Bronx, New York [2] [3]
Nationality American
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Editor
Notable works
The Transformers
Spouse(s)Angela Goldman (m. 1991)

Bob Budiansky ( /ˌbdiˈænski/ ; [4] born March 15, [1] 1954 [2] ) is an American comic book writer, editor, and penciller, best known for his work on Marvel's Transformers comic. He also created the Marvel character Sleepwalker and wrote all 33 issues of that comic.

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Penciller Artist who works in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, and similar visual art forms

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Early life

Budiansky was born in The Bronx, New York, where he attended public school, then went on to the State University of New York at Buffalo. [3] He was "reintroduced" to comics while in college during the early 1970s. [5] His first published work was Superrunt — a comic strip collaboration with Charles "Sparky" Alzamora, published in the University at Buffalo newspaper The Spectrum while he was a student there.[ citation needed ]

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Budiansky worked at Marvel Comics for approximately 20 years. [6] He is responsible for much of the writing of the original Marvel Transformer comic, and conceived the names of most of the original Transformers, including Decepticon leader Megatron, Autobot medic Ratchet, and Decepticon Ravage. He also wrote the vast majority of the descriptive "tech spec" biographies printed on the Transformers toy packages that Hasbro produced in the 1980s, giving each figure unique personality quirks. [7]

<i>The Transformers</i> (Marvel Comics) Marvel Comics

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Decepticon Faction of sentient robots from the Transformers universe

The Decepticons are the main antagonists in the fictional universes of the Transformers multimedia franchise. They are depicted as a faction of sentient robotic lifeforms from the planet Cybertron led by Megatron, identified by a purple face-like insignia. Capable of transforming into alternate forms, these are often high-tech or powerful vehicles; including aircraft, military vehicles, construction vehicles, expensive luxury or sports cars and even smaller-than-human-sized objects.

Autobot Faction of sentient robots from the Transformers universe

Autobots are a team of sentient mechanical self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms from the planet Cybertron led by Optimus Prime, and the main protagonists in the universe of the Transformers, a collection of various toys, cartoons, movies, graphic novels, and paperback books first introduced in 1984. The "Heroic Autobots" are opposed by the "Evil Decepticons". Both Autobots and Decepticons are humanoid robots that can transform into machines, vehicles and other familiar mechanical objects, as well as mimic organic lifeforms (Dinobots). Autobots typically transform into regular cars, trucks, or other road vehicles (automobiles) but some are aircraft, military vehicles, communication devices, weapons, and even robotic animals. These Autobots are often grouped into special "teams" that have the suffix "-bot" at the end, such as in Dinobot.

After a long hiatus from the Transformers mythos, Budiansky scripted a new adaptation of the original 1986 The Transformers: The Movie for IDW Publishing in honor of the film's 20th anniversary.

<i>The Transformers: The Movie</i> 1986 US animated film

The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated film based on the Transformers television series, in turn based on the Transformers toyline created by Hasbro. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986, and in the United Kingdom on December 12, 1986. The film was co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin, who also produced the original Transformers television series. The screenplay was written by Ron Friedman, who would create The Bionic Six a year later. The movie features the voices of Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, John Moschitta Jr., Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. It also marked the final roles for both Orson Welles, who died the year before its release, and Scatman Crothers, who died months after its release. The film's story takes place in 2005, 20 years after the events of the TV series' second season, and serves to bridge into the third season.

IDW Publishing US comic publisher

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Budiansky is also a penciller. He drew the final years of the Johnny Blaze/Zarathos version of Ghost Rider, as well as drawing the majority of Ghost Rider covers from 1978 to 1983 and co-plotting the series with its final writer, J. M. DeMatteis. Following the cancellation of Ghost Rider, Budiansky and DeMatteis continued this method of collaboration in the limited series Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner . Budiansky recalled, "Marc would typically map out the story arc, discuss it with me, I'd give him feedback, maybe come up with a few extra plot twists and turns, and suggest some scenes that might juice up the story visually. ... Marc had this four-issue story arc more nailed down than some of the Ghost Rider stories we worked on together, so I think I contributed less to the Sub-Mariner plots." [8] Budiansky's covers for Prince Namor are an early example of interlocking covers; when the covers are placed together in two rows, the backgrounds flow into each other. [8]

Zarathos Marvel character

Zarathos is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is depicted usually as a villain in stories featuring the character Ghost Rider. A demonic being who tortures and devours souls, he first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #5, and was created by writers Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich, and artist Mike Ploog.

Ghost Rider Character from Marvel Comics

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J. M. DeMatteis Comics illustrator

John Marc DeMatteis is an American writer of comic books, television and novels.

From 1983 till 1996, Budiansky was on staff at Marvel as an editor. During this period, Budiansky oversaw such titles as Fantastic Four and Daredevil [9] and the Spider-Man Clone Saga.

Fantastic Four Fictional superhero team

The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The group debuted in The Fantastic Four #1, which helped to usher in a new level of realism in the medium. The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby and editor/co-plotter Stan Lee, who developed a collaborative approach to creating comics with this title that they would use from then on.

<i>Daredevil</i> (Marvel Comics series)

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Spider-Man Fictional Marvel superhero

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations set in the Marvel Universe. In the stories, Spider-Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker were killed in a plane crash. Lee and Ditko had the character deal with the struggles of adolescence and financial issues, and accompanied him with many supporting characters, such as J. Jonah Jameson, Harry Osborn, Max Modell, romantic interests Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, and foes such as Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Venom. His origin story has him acquiring spider-related abilities after a bite from a radioactive spider; these include clinging to surfaces, shooting spider-webs from wrist-mounted devices, and detecting danger with his "spider-sense".


At BotCon 2010, Hasbro named Budiansky as one of the first four human inductees in the Transformers Hall of Fame for his contributions in creating the franchise. [10]

Personal life

Budiansky married Angela Goldman in August 1991. [11] Budiansky has two children: Emma and David.

Partial bibliography

As artist

As writer

As inker

As colorist

As letterer


  1. 1 2 Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide . Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 "Bob Budiansky". Comic Book DB.
  3. 1 2 Best, Daniel (September 24, 2007). "Looking Back With Bob Budiansky".
  4. Circuit 42 and Geeks4Comics Presents Bob Budiansky interview
  5. Karpowich, Matthew; Sorohan, Andrew (July 26, 2004). "A Little Q&A With... Bob Budiansky". Archived from the original on 2012-02-22.
  6. "Transcript of Bob Budiansky/Don Figueroa pannel at Iacon One". July 8, 2006.
  7. ROBOTECH.COM - The Official Robotech Web Site!,
  8. 1 2 3 Lantz, James Heath (September 2016). "Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner: Scion of the Deep or Royal Pain?". Back Issue! . Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (91): 51–52.
  9. Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated November 1983.
  10. "Transformers Hall of Fame Humans". Archived from the original on July 7, 2010.
  11. "Bullpen Bulletins", Marvel Comics. March 1992.

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Mark Gruenwald, Universe titles; Bob Harras, mutant titles; Bob Budiansky, Spider-Man titles; Bobbie Chase, Marvel Edge titles; Carl Potts, licensed-property titles

Succeeded by
Bob Harras
Preceded by
David Michelinie
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(with Danny Fingeroth)
Succeeded by
Jim Shooter
Preceded by
Don Perlin
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