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Reminder: Help ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon Creator Bill Mantlo
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Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in Guardians of the Galaxy

This weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, a fabulous movie that deserves much kudos. If you’ve seen the film, then you know its gun-toting, wise-cracking, talking raccoon, Rocket, steals the show. Who would have thought that a badass talking raccoon could be so endearing, but he is. And that’s thanks in part to the character’s co-creator Bill Mantlo.

Back in February, we wrote about Mantlo, who, in 1992, was tragically struck by a hit-and-run driver and suffered traumatic brain injury. Since the accident, Mantlo, who is also credited with creating Lady Deathstrike, Cloak & Dagger, and many more characters, has been living in a nursing home/rehabilitation facility, where he needs constant care. Being as the comics creator was a “work for hire” player, he’s not getting any of that big Marvel Cinematic Universe money*. So, I wanted to take the opportunity now to remind everyone that you can donate through PayPal to help with Mantlo’s very costly medical expenses.

If you don’t use PayPal, you can send cards, letters, and/or donations to Mantlo at the address below:

Cards, letters or donations to Bill Mantlo can be sent to:

Mike Mantlo
26364 East Pintail Road
Long Neck, DE 19966
Please make out any checks to “Michael Mantlo” — Bill’s legal guardian.

Bill Mantlo and his sister-in-law Liz

[Bill Mantlo and his sister-in-law Liz, August 10, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Mike Mantlo via Greg Pax.]

Rocket Raccoon from “Incredible Hulk” #271, written by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Sal Buscema

*To clarify, after a legal battle, Mantlo eventually was able to retain copyright control over nearly ALL of the characters that he created. By “big money” I meant the billions coming in from the cinematic universe franchise.

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