FANWOOD, NJ – Residents of the borough have been the beneficiaries of the services of Fanwood Recreation Director Bob Budiansky over the last decade, but few may be aware of his background as writer and illustrator for Marvel Comics.

On Tuesday, June 7, the former editor-in-chief of the popular Spider Man series will put his artistic skills to work as he hosts a special comic book illustration workshop for people of all ages from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Patricia Kuran Cultural Arts Center on Watson Road.

Budiansky first started his career with Marvel right out of college in 1976 and worked his way through the editorial ranks in his 20-year stint with the publisher. During that time, he worked with popular comic book series such as The Transformers, The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, and Spider Man amongst many others.

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While he was writing Transformers, he was "the main man at Marvel" for the series. In addition, he worked with Hasbro Toys in naming most of characters of the Transformers series and writing their personality profiles and copy on the packages. His comprehensive involvement with the comic book series and toy manufacturer led to his being named as one of the four original humans to be inducted in the Transformers Hall of Fame in 2010.

Budiansky remains connected with his comic book past by doing private art commissions for fans and attends a couple Comic-Con conventions on average annually to interact with fans and former colleagues.

“I always have on my drawing table a commission that I’m working on,” Budiansky explained at the East Coast Comic-Con convention in Secaucus last April. “There’s always something for me waiting to get done.”

His passion is undeniable and his works are incredible.

For those who are interested in attending the comic book workshop next week should RSVP by emailing with their name, age and telephone number. All materials will be provided on site. Space is limited and advance registration is required. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.