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[[Image:Simon-Furman.jpg|thumb|right|If even [[Swoop (G1)|'''Swoop''']]'s toy is tiny next to Simon Furman, [[Furmanism|what chance, then, do '''we''' have?]]]]Probably the most well-known of all Transformers comics writers, '''Simon Furman''' was editor and author for much of the Marvel UK run, and began writing for the Marvel US comic after writer [[Bob Budiansky]] left.
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[[Image:Simon-Furman.jpg|thumb|right|But... but [[Swoop (G1)|Swoop]] is neither [[scale|vast]] nor [[Bomb-Burst|predatory]] nor even a [[Sky Lynx|bird]]! [[Furmanism|What is he playing at?]]]]
   
Since then, Furman has also written Transformers comics for [[Dreamwave]], [[IDW]], and [[3H]], and scripted the final episode of the [[Beast Wars (cartoon)|''Beast Wars'' cartoon]], "[[Nemesis, Part 2]]".
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Probably the most well-known of all Transformers comics writers, '''Simon Christopher Francis Furman''' was editor and author for much of the [[Marvel]] UK run, and began writing for the Marvel US comic after writer [[Bob Budiansky]] left.
   
He has also written and created many non-Transformers characters, including [[Death's Head]] with [[Geoff Senior]] and "Brute Force" with [[Jose Delbo]]. He is an editor at Titan Books, which publishes collections of Transformers comics, among other material.
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Since then, Furman has also written Transformers comics for [[Dreamwave Productions]], [[IDW Publishing]], and [[3H]], and scripted the final episode of the [[Beast Wars (cartoon)|''Beast Wars'' cartoon]], "[[Nemesis Part 2]]". His IDW run is notable for being the only instance where he has actually created the mythos from the ground up. Every other series has had Furman coming in after someone else had already set everything up.
   
Furman is a highly prolific writer, and well-regarded in the [[fans|fandom]]. As a result he is often the first, last, and occasionally ''only'' resort in penning Transformers literature, with a deep involvement a wide variety of product. Notably, he penned [[Transformers: The Ultimate Guide]], a book which described the background of several continuities of which he was not particularly involved in crafting. This book has seen significant criticism for being biased towards comic canon (particularly that which he penned) and in places inventing continuity wholecloth without any precedent in prior fiction. In such instances it has since been assumed that Furman was filling in neglected areas of the (at the time underdeveloped) Dreamwave continuity.
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He has also written and created many non-Transformers characters, including [[Death's Head]] with [[Geoff Senior]] and "Brute Force" with [[Jose Delbo]]. He is an editor at [[Titan Books]], which publishes collections of Transformers comics, among other material.
   
Contrary to the popular opinion that he is an outspoken critic of the [[Generation 1 (cartoon)|''Generation 1'' animated series]], Furman has stated in an interview that loves the series, and explained that when he was involved the Marvel comic books as a twenty-something year old writer, he thought the show was pitched a little young, stories were simplistic and had huge logic flaws, but conceded that he saw them from a different perspective than the generation that grew up watching the cartoon and buying the toys as kids, and so he concentrated on his work which he believed was more 'adult' in tone. He added that in hindsight he went back to watch the series and now really enjoys it, particularly Season 2's strong character stories. When he wrote for the Marvel comics he was averse to episodes that dealt with the character back stories because they clashed with his own back stories, and also caused him to worry that he wasn't presenting the characters as intended. But now he has the freedom to take the series as viewer and admired the way they were building upon their own mythos.
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Furman is a highly prolific writer and well regarded in the [[fans|fandom]]. As a result, he is often the first, last, and occasionally ''only'' resort in penning Transformers literature, with a deep involvement in a wide variety of product. Notably, he penned ''[[Transformers: The Ultimate Guide]]'', a book which described the background of several continuities which he was not particularly involved in crafting. This book has seen significant criticism for being biased towards comic [[canon]] (particularly that which he penned) and, in places, inventing continuity wholecloth without any precedent in prior fiction. In such instances, it has since been assumed that Furman was filling in neglected areas of the (at the time underdeveloped) Dreamwave continuity.
   
In the same interview he thought the [[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|the animated movie]] was 'fantastic', and one of his stated reasons was that 'characters died'. <ref>Simon Furman's interview on Madman Entertainment's ''Beast Wars'' Season 3 DVD box set</ref>
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Contrary to the popular opinion that he is an outspoken critic of the [[The Transformers (cartoon)|''Generation One'' animated series]], Furman has stated in an interview that he loves the series. He explained that when he was involved with the Marvel comic books as a twenty-something-year-old writer, he thought the show was pitched a little young and that the stories were simplistic and had huge logic flaws, but conceded that he saw them from a different perspective than the generation that grew up watching the cartoon and buying the toys as kids, and so he concentrated on his work, which he believed was more "adult" in tone. He added that, in hindsight, he went back to watch the series and now really enjoys it, particularly Season 2's strong character stories. When he wrote for Marvel comics, he was averse to episodes that dealt with the character back-stories because they clashed with his own back-stories and also caused him to worry that he wasn't presenting the characters as intended. But now he has the freedom to take the series as a viewer and admire the way they were building upon their own mythos.
   
Furman enjoys drinking [[Corona]] and killing off hordes of background characters.
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In the same interview, he thought [[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|the animated movie]] was "fantastic", and one of his stated reasons was that "characters died." <ref>Simon Furman's interview on Madman Entertainment's ''Beast Wars'' Season 3 DVD set</ref>
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These days, he's a big fan of ''[[Transformers Animated]]'', saying it's the best cartoon since ''Beast Wars''. <ref>http://simonfurman.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/a-touch-animated/</ref>, despite a relative lack of violent deaths. He's also a fan of West Ham United football club <ref>http://transfans.net/interviews_furman3.php</ref>, which perhaps explains his bloodlust.
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In his spare time, Furman enjoys drinking [[Corona]] and killing off hordes of background characters. And [[Nightbeat (G1)|Nightbeat]].
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==Alternate mode==
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When Furman became the editor of the UK ''Transformers'' comic, it opened up a dilemma, as Marvel policy, enforced by Marvel US editor-in-chief [[Tom DeFalco]], frowned on editors serving as their own writers. To circumvent this problem, it was agreed that senior editor (and frequent ''Transformers'' letterer) [[Richard Starkings]] would serve in an advisory capacity on Furman's own strips.<ref name="darkdes">Starkings, Richard "Prophetic Words" in ''Dark Designs'' [[Trade paperback]] (London; [[Titan Books]], 2002), page 4.</ref> When an editorial credit for the comic as a whole was required, Furman used the credit "Chris Francis", derived from his middle names.<ref name="2ndgen">Unknown author "Transformers UK" in ''Second Generation'' [[Trade paperback]] (London; [[Titan Books]], 2004), page 6.</ref>
   
 
==Fiction==
 
==Fiction==
 
===Unicron Trilogy continuity===
 
===Unicron Trilogy continuity===
The flesh creature known as Simon Furman pleases Unicron with his accurate depiction of his omnipotent magnificence.
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The flesh creature known as Simon Furman pleases [[Unicron]] with his accurate depiction of Unicron's omnipotent magnificence. {{storylink|The End}}
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{{note|In the final issue of [[Dreamwave]]'s [[Armada (Dreamwave comic)|''Armada'' comic]], Unicron used his ability to gaze across parallel dimensions into a world where he was only a comic-book character and answer letters from readers. He was apparently unaware this issue ended with his defeat.}}
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===Titan Magazines===
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According to [[Starscream (Movie)|Starscream]], Furman is a Maximal disguised as a "strategically shaved ape. Especially on his head." {{storylink|Transformers Comic issue 7}}
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==Comic bibliography==
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===Marvel===
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* [[The Transformers (Marvel Comics)#Marvel UK|Marvel UK]] #13–21, 29–32, 45–50, 59–65, 74–88, 96–104, 113–120, 125, 130–138, 146–153, 160–161, 164–173, 182–189, 198–205, 213–332
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* [[The Transformers (Marvel Comics)#Marvel US|Marvel US]] #56–80
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* [[Generation 2 (comic)|''Generation 2'']] #1–12
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===Dreamwave===
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* [[The War Within|''The War Within'' vol.1]] #1–6, [[The_War_Within:_The_Dark_Ages|vol.2]] #1–6, [[The_War_Within:_Age_of_Wrath|vol.3]] #1–3 (#4–6 unreleased)
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* [[Armada (comic)|''Armada'']] #6–18
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* [[Energon (comic)|''Energon'']] #19–30 (#31–36 unreleased)
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* "[[Perspective]]", from the ''[[Dreamwave Summer Special]]''
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===IDW===
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* ''[[Infiltration]]'' #0–6
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* ''[[Spotlight (comics)|Spotlight]]'' #1–6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14 (#15 not yet released)
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* ''[[Stormbringer (comics)|Stormbringer]]'' #1–4
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* ''[[Escalation]]'' #1–6
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* ''[[Devastation]]'' #1–6
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* ''[[Revelation (IDW)|Revelation]]'' #1–4
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* ''[[Maximum Dinobots]]'' #1-5
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* ''[[The Gathering]]'' #1–4
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* ''[[The Ascending]]'' #1–4
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* ''[[Movie Prequel| Prime Directive (Movie Prequel)]]'' #1–4 (with [[Chris Ryall]])
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* ''[[Transformers: The Thirteen|The Thirteen]] (Not released yet)''
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* ''[[Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (comic)|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]] comic book adaption''
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===Titan===
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* [[Transformers (Titan Magazine)|''Transformers'' UK magazine]] #1–Present
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* ''Transformers Animated'' (upcoming)
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==Notes==
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* It is generally accepted that [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] is Furman's signature character, although a case could be made for [[Nightbeat (G1)|Nightbeat]].
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* He spent at least some time as the writer of the UK comics letters page, setting the precedent for having a Transformer "host" reply to the kids' letters, but without patronising them. This tradition has been followed up on in [[Armada (Panini comic)|other]] [[Transformers (Titan Magazine)|UK]] comics.
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* If his last words before dying aren't [[Furmanism|"...never did want to live forever"]], there will be much sadness.
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==See also==
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* [[Furmanism]]
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* 80% of this Wiki.
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==References==
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{{JoeWiki}}
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''(In the final issue of Dreamwave's Transformers Armada, [[Unicron]] used his ability to gaze across parallel dimensions into a world where he was only a comic-book character, and answer letters from readers. He was unaware this issue ended with his defeat.)''
 
   
==Comic Bibliography==
 
* [[Generation 1 (Marvel Comics)#Marvel UK|Marvel UK]] #13-21, 29-32, 45-50, 59-65, 74-88, 96-104, 113-120, 125, 130-139, 146-153, 160-161, 164-173, 182-189, 198-205, 213-332
 
* [[Generation 1 (Marvel Comics)#Marvel US|Marvel US]] #56-80
 
* [[Generation 2 (comic)|Generation 2]] #1-12
 
* [[The War Within]] vol.1 #1-6,vol.2 #1-6,vol.3 #1-3
 
* [[Armada (comic)|Armada]] #6-18
 
* [[Energon (comic)|Energon]] #19-30
 
* [[Infiltration]] #0-6
 
* [[Stormbringer]] #1-4
 
* [[The Gathering]] #1-4
 
* [[Spotlight]] #1-6,8,9
 
* [[Escalation]] #1-6
 
* [[Prime Directives]] #1-4 (with [[Chris Ryall]])
 
   
==Trivia==
 
* Simon recorded a DVD commentary track for "Nemesis, Part 2" as part of [[Madman Entertainment]]'s ''Beast Wars'' Season 3 DVD set.
 
   
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Latest revision as of 11:08, September 25, 2011

Simon-Furman

But... but Swoop is neither vast nor predatory nor even a bird! What is he playing at?

Probably the most well-known of all Transformers comics writers, Simon Christopher Francis Furman was editor and author for much of the Marvel UK run, and began writing for the Marvel US comic after writer Bob Budiansky left.

Since then, Furman has also written Transformers comics for Dreamwave Productions, IDW Publishing, and 3H, and scripted the final episode of the Beast Wars cartoon, "Nemesis Part 2". His IDW run is notable for being the only instance where he has actually created the mythos from the ground up. Every other series has had Furman coming in after someone else had already set everything up.

He has also written and created many non-Transformers characters, including Death's Head with Geoff Senior and "Brute Force" with Jose Delbo. He is an editor at Titan Books, which publishes collections of Transformers comics, among other material.

Furman is a highly prolific writer and well regarded in the fandom. As a result, he is often the first, last, and occasionally only resort in penning Transformers literature, with a deep involvement in a wide variety of product. Notably, he penned Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, a book which described the background of several continuities which he was not particularly involved in crafting. This book has seen significant criticism for being biased towards comic canon (particularly that which he penned) and, in places, inventing continuity wholecloth without any precedent in prior fiction. In such instances, it has since been assumed that Furman was filling in neglected areas of the (at the time underdeveloped) Dreamwave continuity.

Contrary to the popular opinion that he is an outspoken critic of the Generation One animated series, Furman has stated in an interview that he loves the series. He explained that when he was involved with the Marvel comic books as a twenty-something-year-old writer, he thought the show was pitched a little young and that the stories were simplistic and had huge logic flaws, but conceded that he saw them from a different perspective than the generation that grew up watching the cartoon and buying the toys as kids, and so he concentrated on his work, which he believed was more "adult" in tone. He added that, in hindsight, he went back to watch the series and now really enjoys it, particularly Season 2's strong character stories. When he wrote for Marvel comics, he was averse to episodes that dealt with the character back-stories because they clashed with his own back-stories and also caused him to worry that he wasn't presenting the characters as intended. But now he has the freedom to take the series as a viewer and admire the way they were building upon their own mythos.

In the same interview, he thought the animated movie was "fantastic", and one of his stated reasons was that "characters died." [1]

These days, he's a big fan of Transformers Animated, saying it's the best cartoon since Beast Wars. [2], despite a relative lack of violent deaths. He's also a fan of West Ham United football club [3], which perhaps explains his bloodlust.

In his spare time, Furman enjoys drinking Corona and killing off hordes of background characters. And Nightbeat.

Alternate modeEdit

When Furman became the editor of the UK Transformers comic, it opened up a dilemma, as Marvel policy, enforced by Marvel US editor-in-chief Tom DeFalco, frowned on editors serving as their own writers. To circumvent this problem, it was agreed that senior editor (and frequent Transformers letterer) Richard Starkings would serve in an advisory capacity on Furman's own strips.[4] When an editorial credit for the comic as a whole was required, Furman used the credit "Chris Francis", derived from his middle names.[5]

FictionEdit

Unicron Trilogy continuityEdit

The flesh creature known as Simon Furman pleases Unicron with his accurate depiction of Unicron's omnipotent magnificence. The End

Note: In the final issue of Dreamwave's Armada comic, Unicron used his ability to gaze across parallel dimensions into a world where he was only a comic-book character and answer letters from readers. He was apparently unaware this issue ended with his defeat.

Titan MagazinesEdit

According to Starscream, Furman is a Maximal disguised as a "strategically shaved ape. Especially on his head." Transformers Comic issue 7

Comic bibliographyEdit

MarvelEdit

  • Marvel UK #13–21, 29–32, 45–50, 59–65, 74–88, 96–104, 113–120, 125, 130–138, 146–153, 160–161, 164–173, 182–189, 198–205, 213–332
  • Marvel US #56–80
  • Generation 2 #1–12

DreamwaveEdit

IDWEdit

TitanEdit

NotesEdit

  • It is generally accepted that Grimlock is Furman's signature character, although a case could be made for Nightbeat.
  • He spent at least some time as the writer of the UK comics letters page, setting the precedent for having a Transformer "host" reply to the kids' letters, but without patronising them. This tradition has been followed up on in other UK comics.
  • If his last words before dying aren't "...never did want to live forever", there will be much sadness.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Simon Furman's interview on Madman Entertainment's Beast Wars Season 3 DVD set
  2. http://simonfurman.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/a-touch-animated/
  3. http://transfans.net/interviews_furman3.php
  4. Starkings, Richard "Prophetic Words" in Dark Designs Trade paperback (London; Titan Books, 2002), page 4.
  5. Unknown author "Transformers UK" in Second Generation Trade paperback (London; Titan Books, 2004), page 6.



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