TRANSFORMERS HISTORY Panel w/ Bob Budiansky – Retro Con 2022

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.

To learn more about Retro Con, visit

Check out our Transformers voice actor panel with Grimlock and Shrapnel!

About Kyle Williamson

"Captain" Kyle Williamson is a cosplayer, actor, writer, fan and author of "The Elements of Cosplay: The Costume and Beyond." He has also interviewed hundreds of actors, authors and cosplayers and has moderated panels for conventions such as Wizard World, Retro Con, Terrificon, Farpoint and Shore Leave to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @captainkylepa and Instagram @captainkylephilly.

View all posts by Kyle Williamson

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.