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Bob Budiansky is an American comic book writer, editor, and penciler, 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.

Biography

Budiansky's first published work was Superrunt — a comic strip collaboration with Charles "Sparky" Alzamora. This was published in the University of Buffalo newspaper The Spectrum while he was a student there.

Budiansky is considered the "father" of Transformers lore, being part of the birth of the line of both toys and comics, responsible for much of writing of the original Marvel Transformers comic. Budiansky went on to become a legend among Transformers fans, having conceived the names of most of the original, most iconic 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 each Transformers toy package, giving each figure unique personality quirks.

Budiansky is also an accomplished penciller as well, his art defining the final years of the Johnny Blaze/Zarathos interpretation of the Ghost Rider, including drawing the majority of covers from 1978 to 1983.

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.

Since 1998, Budiansky has largely retired from the comics field, going on to work for the Scholastic Corporation and in other non-comics related fields, although he has begun accepting art commissions.


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