Writer/ illustrator/ screenwriter/ producer
One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with over 5000 comic book credits to his name, Bob Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including television, animation and feature films .
If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Bob‘s work as the DVD extras make clear. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel’s all-time bestselling series. The classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” was recently voted “one of the top 20 comic stories of all time”. Bob also is credited as the co-creator of Marvel’s War Machine and DC Comics’ The Huntress as well as designing Mattel’s hugely-successful “Secret Wars” toy line.
At Marvel, Bob launched the first mini-series in comics’ history with his highly-praised “Hercules: Prince of Power“. That series, which Layton wrote and drew, spawned several successful sequels, a graphic novel and is still available to this day in trade paperback format. Layton also launched the record-breaking comic series “X-Factor” for Marvel. As co-author, Bob was involved in the creation of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and many of the characters appearing in the hit Marvel films “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.
Dubbed the unofficial “King of Marvel Merchandising”, Bob‘s Bronze Age art currently appears on over 10,000 individual items for sale.
Bob was instrumental in Valiant Comics’ meteoric success in the 90s as co-architect of the Valiant Universe and then, as its Co-Owner/Editor-In-Chief/
Layton also created major story concepts and art designs for the highly-successful ’90s video game- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
In 2007, Bob made a career change and turned his attentions towards film and television. Bob currently works with Hollywood and the various Florida Film Commissions in developing properties in state for motion pictures and television. Bob has creative credits in eight Marvel films and a host of other television and movie acknowledgments