As with any of the Star Trek or Transformers G1 cast, Leonard Nimoy was always special to me. I grew up with the TOS and TNG characters constantly present in my mum’s living room, and my brain can’t stop thinking of them all as part of a big extended family that just happen to live in the next state over. I know I’m not alone in this.
I also had a VHS tape that I got from the op shop when I was a kid of The Transformers: The Movie from 1986. Robert and I actually watched that video a lot in middle school. I had to repair its case with gaffer tape but it still plays (someday it’s gonna snap, and I’ll have to splurge on a DVD copy). Leonard Nimoy voiced the villain, Galvatron, across from Orson Welles, who voiced the other villain. As a child they terrified me in that fun hide-behind-the-couch sort of way and I was astonished when I realised that Galvatron was voiced by Mr. Spock.
Leonard Nimoy has already been eulogised better and more extensively than I can manage, for which I’m glad. I can just talk about my own reaction. It’s like my distant uncle has passed away. I still remember my mum telling me about how she saw him mind-meld with a rock monster when she was a little kid herself, and how that stuck with her so vividly.
Of course, Martin in the comic is too self-centred to connect with Spock, out of Leonard Nimoy’s more popculturally famous roles.