We are very proud here at ICE Central to announce our first overseas special guest for 2015 as the one an only Bob Layton!!
One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Bob Layton has successfully migrated 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. With writer David Michelinie, Bob was involved in the creation of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and many of the characters that the new Marvel film will be based on.
Bob was instrumental in Valiant Comics’ meteoric success in the 90s — first as co-architect of the Valiant Universe and then, as its Co–Owner/Editor-In-Chief/Senior VP.
Layton created major story concepts and art designs for the highly-successful Turok: Dinosaur Hunter video game.
Layton, along with legendary talent Dick Giordano, formed Future Comics in 2002. Future was the first self-distributing comic company and its library of stories are still available digitally on I-Verse.
Bob made a career change and moved to Hollywood to turn his attentions to developing new properties for motion pictures and television, including scripts for Nickelodeon’s “Iron Man Armoured Adventures” and Cinemax’s “Femme Fatales”. Bob also works as a consultant and ‘script doctor’ among many of his duties in Tinseltown.
He’s currently the co-creator/co-writer/executive producer on the upcoming comedy/horror film, “Shambler“ and is hard at work writing the screenplay and comic book series of the new action/adventure film “Mettle” for Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos and his production company.