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 64)[1][2]
The Bronx, New York[2][3]
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.

Early life[edit]

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]


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]

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.

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]

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.


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[edit]

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

Partial bibliography[edit]

As artist[edit]

As writer[edit]

As inker[edit]

As colorist[edit]

As letterer[edit]


  1. ^ a b Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Bob Budiansky". Comic Book DB.
  3. ^ a b 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![permanent dead link],
  8. ^ a b c 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.


  • Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 43. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8.
  • "Bullpen Bulletins" "Pro File on: BOB BUDIANSKY," The Incredible Hulk #340 (Feb. 1988)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tom DeFalco
Marvel Comics Group Editor-in-Chiefs, Spider-Man titles;

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
Avengers writer
(with Danny Fingeroth)
Succeeded by
Jim Shooter
Preceded by
Don Perlin
Ghost Rider penciler
Succeeded by