Skin deep – how Marvel comics handled the Transformers Pretenders toy range

Introduced as the ultimate robots in disguise, Hasbro’s Pretenders hit our toy shelves in 1988. With their humanoid/monster shells, these toys were designed to not bear any resemblance whatsoever to the Transformers. Mind you, the robots inside the shells bore no resemblance to the original Transformers either. Once again it fell to Marvel to introduceContinue reading “Skin deep – how Marvel comics handled the Transformers Pretenders toy range”

Resurrection gambits – a look at how Transformers can come back to life using these 5 weird tricks!

Death is never permanent in comic books, especially so in Transformers. Characters are blown up, smelted down and trodden on by Unicron all the time, and yet, somehow, a few issues later they’re back on their feet. As Captain Lennox in Transformers (2007) said, “These things just don’t die.” What message this gives to readersContinue reading “Resurrection gambits – a look at how Transformers can come back to life using these 5 weird tricks!”

Die-cast small cast – Did Transformers comic book writer Bob Budiansky ever get the chance to write the Transformers stories he actually wanted?

Imagine, if you please, two types of comic book writer.  On the one hand there’s Comic Book Writer “A”. Comic Book Writer “A” spends their days (and nights when deadlines are looming) crafting their stories around their own characters, free to choose their fates, free to determine the size of the cast, and free toContinue reading “Die-cast small cast – Did Transformers comic book writer Bob Budiansky ever get the chance to write the Transformers stories he actually wanted?”