Co-created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen in 1976, Rocket Raccoon is a character in the 2014 summer movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, in 1992 a car seriously injured Mr. Mantlo while he was roller-blading. Because Mr. Mantle, who was irreparably brain-damaged and is in a wheelchair, could not go to a theater to see the movie, Marvel attorney David Althoff and vice president David Bogart brought the movie to Mr. Mantlo’s long-term care facility. Michael Mantlo, Bill’s brother, runs a group Facebook page for Bill, on which he posted this:
“*****WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DAY FOR BILL MANTLO*****! Marvel hooked Bill up with a PRIVATE VIEWING of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, and my wife Liz and my beloved cousin Jean assisted Bill throughout, enabling him to sit back, relax and relish in the AWESOMENESS of what is going to be, in my humble opinion, Marvel’s GREATEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL FILM EVER! Bill thoroughly enjoyed it, giving it his HIGHEST COMPLIMENT (the BIG ‘THUMB’S UP!’), and when the credits rolled, his face was locked into the HUGEST SMILE I HAVE EVER SEEN HIM WEAR (along with one or two tears of joy)! This was the GREATEST DAY OF THE LAST 22 YEARS for me, our family, and most importantly, BILL MANTLO!”
Of course, Mr. Mantlo’s name appeared in the movie’s credits: “Rocket Raccoon created by BILL MANTLO and KEITH GIFFEN.”
For More Information: Katie Calautti, “Rocket Raccoon’s Disabled Co-Creator Couldn’t Get To A Theater, So Marvel Brought ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ To Him.” MTV.com. 4 August 2014
For More Infpormation: Greg Pak, “Love Rocket Raccoon? Please consider donating to writer Bill Mantlo’s ongoing care!” Gregpak.com. Accessed 8 August 2014.
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