Bob Budiansky is the creative force behind the Marvel Transformers comic book, the majority of the G1 Transformer names and biographies, plus amazing storylines. At Retro Con 2022, he gave a panel and presentation about Transformers History, showing some of the behind-the-scenes processes of the G1 Transformers comic, how he worked with Hasbro, and answered fan questions.
Bob Budiansky is known as the creator of Transformers, though he did have input from Jim Shooter and Denny O’Neil. Bob came up with the majority of the names, personalities, and special powers for the Generation One Transformers, including Megatron (he is sometimes called Megatron’s father), Starscream, Grimlock, Bumblebee, Jazz… though Optimus Prime and Prowl were named by Denny O’Neil. In this fascinating panel, Bob talks about the creation process, how he provided cover sketches and sometimes covers for the comic books, and his invention of the Creation Matrix, which inspired both the Allspark and the Matrix of Leadership.
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