Comic Bom-Bom: Scramble City

“Comic Bom-Bom: Scramble City”
Article: Hydra
Formatting: Might Gaine
Source: Comic Bom-Bom, Jan to Nov 1986

Note: For this article we decided to leave the text untranslated.

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Hydra’s comments
Although still granted only three pages per month, one of which consisted mostly of kids’ art submitted for the character design contests, Bom-Bom begins to visually ramp up their content heading into 1986. As “Exciting Transformer” and other promotional materials show, Transformers was integrating a lot of new concepts into the line at this point, and there is tons of detailed art from Studio OX members that brings this out.

Each member of Studio OX seems to excel in different areas: Nonaka Tsuyoshi provides clear and detailed line art for characters.Tanizaki Akira leaves a big impression with dynamic poses and shading… his art announcing the death of Convoy is outright traumatizing, with Convoy missing part of a leg, and bleeding oil from several stakes that pierce his limbs. Geez! This particular illustration overdid it a bit, but Tanizaki’s art for Galvatron, Superion/Menasor, and other Scramble City mainstays shows why he may be the most talented TF artist of the 1980’s. Where is this guy now?

It’s a shame that Bom-Bom largely concluded its TF coverage just after the beginning of  Headmasters, since its pages appealed to an audience a few years older than that of TV Magazine, and gave us lots of details we might not have otherwise. Since the popularity of Transformers arguably began a slow decline with Headmasters, it seems likely that Takara wanted to focus their marketing efforts at their core audience, the younger children that read TV Magazine. Who knows where Bom-Bom’s contribution to the brand might have lead had its coverage continued throughout G1?

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