If you follow the weekly comic reviews you pretty much know what’s coming. How could I not? The idea of a human wrestling a robot is so cool I’m surprised actually wrestling in the 80s never came up with that gimmick! Sure, it’s still not the story Budinasky should have ended on and it hits all of the fighting competition cliches, but I can’t bring myself to hate a story where a man wrestles a Transformer.

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“Boogaloo” round 5

The Battlefield: The Transformers #55 (Marvel; August, 1989) “The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!”

The Promoters: Bob Budiansky (writer/layouts), Jim Fern (layouts/penciler), Mike Gustovich (inker), Nel Yomtov (colorist), and Jim Massara (letterer)

As you may or may not recall Roadhandler, leader of the Race Car Patrol of Autobot Micromasters, was challenged to a wrestling match by Jake “The Jackhammer” Jackson. After giving Roady the quick lesson of wrestling they have their match. The match starts out the way expect a wrestling match to start…if the “babyface” in the match wasn’t a robot.

Boogaloo 5a

Bob Budiansky predicted ECW?

However, the match continues the way you’d expect when one of the fighters is a robot.

Boogaloo 5b

Shows what he knows. Transformers don’t run on diesel. Directly, anyway.

Boogaloo 5c

I suppose the three count is redundant at this stage.

And this is probably the least in-doubt fight I’ve posted thus far. And somehow more believable than most of the matches in Marvel’s later WCW comic.

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About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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