Did Marvel Leave Rocket Raccon's Creator Out In The Cold?

The man tasked with bringing Rocket Raccoon to the big screen, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, took to Facebook to dispel rumors about Bill Mantlo's relationship with Marvel. Find out what he had to say after the jump.

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By ForMeToPoopOn - 2/26/2014
In a post to his Facebook account last night, James Gunn passed along information regarding Bill Mantlo, creator of Rocket Raccoon.

In the post, Gunn declared his affinity for Mantlo's work:

I am an enormous fan of Bill's work -- his run on Micronauts and Rom were two of the reasons I fell in love with comics as a child -- and I'm honored and blessed to be making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie featuring his creation."


At his most prolific, Matlo's work would appear in as many as eight different Marvel titles a month, and his total output exceeded 500 issues. He was also a trial lawyer, until a tragic accident cut both careers short.



After receiving some concerned messages in regard to Mantlo, including indignation about his medical condition and the perception that Marvel may have given him a raw deal, Gunn shared an insightful Facebook post from Mantlo's brother Mike:

Marvel has compensated, is compensating, and will continue to compensate Bill well into the future for anything that he's entitled to compensation for. Please don't spread false or malicious rumors, gang. Bill's relationship with Marvel is EXCELLENT, and I wish for it to continue to be so. And all the false or exaggerated 'facts' being tossed around about his accident (he was NOT in a coma for 'years', and the family was NOT put into financial ruin or destitution, among other WRONG 'facts'). Yes, Bill was the victim of a horrible and tragic accident. Blowing everything out of proportion does no one any good. You guys (ALL OF YOU) have been a Godsend to Bill for these past 22 years by keeping his name & reputation alive, and by continuing to champion my cause of helping him improve his quality of life in whatever way I can, and I thank you ALL sincerely for that. Please, let's try some positive energy for the future, so that BILL MANTLO WILL RULE FOREVER!


It would appear, then, that any animosity toward Marvel is unfounded.

Gunn concluded with the following:

I am and will always be a fan and supporter of Bill Mantlo.




More information about Bill Mantlo's medical and financial trails: http://www.lifehealthpro.com/2011/11/07/tragic-tale

How you can help Bill Mantlo: http://gregpak.com/love-rocket-raccoon-please-consider-donating-to-writer-bill-mantlos-ongoing-care/
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cipher - 2/26/2014, 2:51 PM
I remember readin' about Bill's condition a few years back. Hope he's doin' well.
marvel72 - 2/26/2014, 2:57 PM
i didn't know this,like cipher said i hope he's doing well.
Pheezmatic - 2/26/2014, 3:13 PM
Long live the Mantlo!
Bekss - 2/26/2014, 3:15 PM
I should learn how to post things here, I wanted to post this but I just put it in the comments in a lot of articles.
blackandyellow - 2/26/2014, 3:55 PM
He was an attorney. I'm sure he understood the work-for-hire agreement he entered into with Marvel.
RRA - 2/26/2014, 3:57 PM
seeing that ROM cover again, I just find it sad that if only Marvel and Hasbro would agree to co-produce that movie together...man that could be a real winner.
PeterDarker121 - 2/26/2014, 4:10 PM
Hasbro gets the rights back to 'ROM' next year.
InfiniteMonkey - 2/26/2014, 4:12 PM
Look at Gunn's Facebook page.
They did not leave him in the cold.
He is doing well and his brother spoke for him.
Come off it.
InfiniteMonkey - 2/26/2014, 4:13 PM
Marvel has taken care of him, continues to give him royalties since then and into the future.
ForMeToPoopOn - 2/26/2014, 4:26 PM
@InfiniteMonkey

Yeah... the article says as much.

Thanks for reading... or not reading, I guess.
VIRILEMAN - 2/26/2014, 4:35 PM
Remember when Man of Steel was about to come out there were rumors floating around about how The Avengers part 2 was being pushed way back and all the actors were asking for more money and none were happy working with Marvel. All turned out to be untrue.

I honestly think DC/Warner Brothers spreads these false rumors to cut their rivals best they can or any way they can.
FearTheLiving - 2/26/2014, 4:38 PM
Wow, didn't even know this. Great that Marvel is supporting him and still giving him what he deserves. After listening to FatManOnBatman with Neal Adams talking about Superman's creators it just amazed me that something like that can happen and does happen.
UltimateHunt - 2/26/2014, 4:41 PM
@VIRILEMAN
Huhhh
Interesting, never though about that
CaptainObvious - 2/26/2014, 4:43 PM
@VIRILEMAN- When you put it like that it sounds incredibly freaking stupid.
LoudLon - 2/26/2014, 4:51 PM
I was a big fan of Rom back in the early 80s. The Dire Wraiths were genuinely scary to me. Speaking of which, how cool would a Rom movie be? Heads up, Feige!
MightyZeus - 2/26/2014, 5:00 PM
I dont see any hatred towards the two in there comments. It seems Gunn really respects Bill Mantlo's also Marvel is compensating him so in fact no one is getting left out in the cold. It just seems like some one is spreading rumors about the two.
ForMeToPoopOn - 2/26/2014, 5:13 PM
@MightyZeus

Exactly. Was nice of Gunn to go out of his way to put it out there too.
blkchi - 2/26/2014, 5:33 PM
???okay if gunn says so love Marve but it is part of disney companies aren't really known for caring but for making money still most smart companies know that a happy employee or former employee can only do good for the firm.
the1egend1ives - 2/26/2014, 6:35 PM
Wait. The title of the article makes Marvel sound like dicks. But the actual article says the very opposite. Confused?
plan99fromouterspace - 2/26/2014, 7:32 PM
Mantlo was not abandoned by Marvel, but he was abandoned by - as many people have been - the US healthcare system. So shameful.
Liverpool4life - 2/26/2014, 7:39 PM
I loved his work on Rom. His work on the Spectacular Spider-Man was very good, not just a repeat of the main title. Years ago, I remember reading a blog piece by a Marvel office person who stated that he was trying to be a little to political with some scripts, which led to disputes with management, which then led to his eventual departure in the late 1980s.
Humperdink - 2/26/2014, 7:52 PM
We've been talking about this for a while actually.

Many artists (Phil Hester, Brett Booth, Kyle Latino...etc) have been contributing to help Bill out. There's been a number of 'Rocket Raccoon' art auctions as well to give the proceeds to Bill's representatives. Comic writer Greg Pak was organizing through twitter.

Here is my Rocket art I did to help:


The other day Bill's brother stated that Marvel was compensating him, though.
Still, I'm sure he could use all the help he could get. He just wanted to clarify that Marvel has actually been good to him and clear up the misconception that Bill is getting shafted. He said this is not the case.

Same for Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.
It's good to see this site cover situations like this.
With all the rabid Marvel and DC fans on here I am sure there should be plenty willing to help out some of the creators behind the work they love.
mgeoff88 - 2/26/2014, 8:21 PM
I'm glad that was cleared up. I'm sorry to hear about Bill Mantlo. I hope he is doing well.

Also, DC/WB didn't start rumors about Marvel Studios. That is absurd. If DC/WB actually did that, they would risk being caught and that would lead to a media firestorm coming down on them. Which would be bad for business.

If anybody thinks that is true, you're not thinking logically.

@Humperdink That's fantastic! You're a very talented artist. When I first saw that pic, I assumed the artist was someone who worked for Marvel.
Rpendo - 2/26/2014, 8:21 PM
This has a misleading title... Way to misrepresent the story, CBM.
soaponapope - 2/26/2014, 8:47 PM
the worst part of this was not that people erroneously thought there is any truth to the drama, it's that apparently they want it to be and are almost disappointed upon finding that this is the case
0bstreperous - 2/26/2014, 9:08 PM
This is sad I read an article that said the last thing this guy wrote was he wanted to go home from the hospital
0bstreperous - 2/26/2014, 9:09 PM
Almost 20 years ago
Humperdink - 2/26/2014, 9:38 PM
@mgeoff88

Thanks man.

Hey I may not be paid by the big two, but I do know how to throw my pen around a bit. :D

Oh and I all the aliens are used are from the Marvel Universe Handbook.
I threw in the Dire Wraith because...well Rom and all.
Humperdink - 2/26/2014, 10:52 PM
If anyone is interested, you can bid on it here.

http://item.ebay.com/261408443501

May not get much but whatever I get for it goes to Bill and his reps.
loki668 - 2/26/2014, 11:01 PM
Hopefully, he'll be pleased to see Rocket rock it on the big screen!!
jimoakley666 - 2/26/2014, 11:44 PM
Some lovely books right there.
ELgUaSoN - 2/27/2014, 12:32 AM
@Mantlo & Gunn-

ELgUaSoN - 2/27/2014, 12:33 AM

plan99fromouterspace - 2/27/2014, 12:58 AM
@bropous well the linked article goes into how his health is tied into his struggles with the healthcare industry. How better to honor the man who devoted his entire career to changing minds and values than to demand changes from the industry that almost ruined he and his family's lives? Some of that change, fortunately, is already happening yet unfortunately is meeting up with some fierce resistance. Ironically, the man who infused his comics scripts with calls to increase awareness on social issues himself became an example of why things need to change.
Hence bropous, you can go ahead and honor the man by writing whatever you want to write in a comment section, but I will honor him by trying like hell to increase awareness on the healthcare industry that caused Bill Mantlo and his family so much needless grief.
Rom the Space Knight was the first comic book I ever purchased with my allowance money. Bill Mantlo was my gateway into the comic book world. For that, I will forever be in his debt.
TheSoulEater - 2/27/2014, 3:45 AM
WHY ISN'T HE AUSTRALIAN!!!!

ROCKET RACCOON IS AUSTRALIAN AND I'M NOT [frick]ING LETTING IT GO!
VictorHugo - 2/27/2014, 4:24 AM
Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema run on "Hulk" and "Rom" were my favourites as a kid :)
NebulaFields - 2/27/2014, 7:08 AM
Rad stuff man.
SWelch - 2/27/2014, 8:05 AM
I think the problem is that people automatically think that Marvel(or WB/DC) is going to screw the creators of characters. I think this comes about from the past were both companies have been sued over the rights of characters.

I remember Ed Brubaker haven't to tell people stop spreading rumors about being compensated for Captain America: Winter Solder.

The problem is that people like to think they know what is going with out any facts to back things up.
NovaCorpsFan - 2/27/2014, 9:05 AM
I've read all of Rocket's early appearances and he's always been phenomenally well-written. This man gave us the Rack 'n' Ruin. We should bow down before his allgiving might.
NovaCorpsFan - 2/27/2014, 9:06 AM
Rocket Raccoon has only ever been portrayed as having British accent once, never since that one time has he spoke with anymore than an American accent. Maybe in video games, but those are set in different universes as far as Marvel's concerned.
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