Bill Mantlo is one of the comic book writers who shaped my love for the medium. He has recently gotten some attention as the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, a character in the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Bill wrote many Marvel comics in the ‘70s and 80’s, and I can’t even begin to list them all here. At times, it seemed like he was writing everyone, and I believe he probably wrote comics that included every active Marvel hero at that time.
Personally, I own a large part of Mantlo’s long run on the Hulk, as well as much of his Rom. I also have every issue of the Micronauts that Mantlo wrote, some of which took me a while to hunt down! I talked a while ago about my love for the Micronauts (here). Mantlo wrote a Marvel Team-Up story, with Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Woodgod, that was one of the first 3 Marvel comics I ever read. (Got them in a 3-pack.) He also wrote Avengers Annual #9, in which the team fights a foe that comes from their own basement! That Avengers’ annual was absolutely excellent, and was my favorite comic for years.
I have to admit that I didn't read the Rocket Raccoon stories that Mantlo wrote, though I remember when the character debuted. I’ll have to rectify that and find them somehow soon. Anyway, I wanted to write my little tribute to Mr. Mantlo and wish him well. I know he’s been residing in a Healthcare facility since a horrible hit-and-run accident left him with permanent disabling injuries. One of the recent stories about him is his reported enjoyment after seeing a special private viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy. I hope it made him as happy as his work made me over the years.
Thank you Bill!