Bill Mantlo is a legendary Marvel creator, known for his work on Cloak and Dagger, The Incredible Hulk, and ROM: Spaceknight. He's probably best known for co-creating Rocket Raccoon of the Guardians Of The Galaxy. In 1992, while rollerblading, Bill was hit by a car and was diagnosed with a closed head traumatic brain injury, leaving him with permanent brain damage. Since then, Bill has been living in a nursing home.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Bill's brother Mike revealed that Bill is set to move out of the nursing home after 25 years and into a house next door to his brother, thanks to an arrangement with Marvel over the use of his creations.
Marvel negotiated and agreed to a very nice compensation package for the rights to use Bill's characters, and thanks to their acknowledging Bill's contributions, he will now be able to leave the institution he's lived in since 1995, and have in-home the care he needs for the rest of his life.
The use of the term characters plural could indicate that he has also received compensation for the use of Cloak and Dagger in their upcoming Freeform tv show.
Before the release of the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film, there was a fan campaign to raise money for Bill's treatment, alongside championing awareness of his role in Rocket Raccoon's creation. Marvel was so touched by the outpouring of support that they gave Bill an early screening of the film.
Less touched by the lack of a fan campaign this time around, Marvel is waiting until the day after the film's release on May 5 to give Bill a viewing of the sequel.
And if you just want to send along best wishes, or something to cheer Bill up, you can write to him c/o the Bill Mantlo Support Fund, 11105 Salt Barn Rd, Laurel, DE 19956.
Once there's a successful Moon Knight movie, Marvel might reach out to Don Perlin.