As many of you are no doubt aware, next year is the 30th anniversary of Transformers, with May 8 2014 being the official date of the 30th anniversary. But did you know that a very important event which would shape Transformers as we know it took place 30 years ago this week?
The year was 1983. Hasbro had approached Marvel comics to write the backstories for a new toyline they were bringing to the US market - The Transformers. However, the initial names and bios written by Dennis O'Neil were rejected by Hasbro, leaving Marvel editor Jim Shooter to look to one of his other editors / writers. Jim Shooter ultimately asked Bob Budiansky to take up the task. Bob was given a very short timescale to provide names and bios to many of the initial 28 Transformers - a single week, with the deadline falling in Thanksgiving!
But Bob Budiansky rose to the challenge, and through him many characters including Megatron were named and given the bios that have helped shape their personalities for the past 30 years.
So in this week of Thanksgiving, I would invite you all to raise a glass to Bob Budiansky, who 30 years ago created much of the Transformers mythos as we know it. I would also invite you to celebrate the work of all the other creators since, who have taken on the task of writing and shaping the world of the Robots in Disguise and given us 30 years worth of toys, cartoons, comics and so much more.
It all began in that week leading up to Thanksgiving, 1983.
The true countdown to the 30th anniversary of Transformers begins here.