Marvel Screens 'Guardians of the Galaxy' for Hospitalized Rocket Raccoon Co-Creator
There’s only one place to see Guardians of the Galaxy right now and that’s in cinemas. However, Marvel has broken its own rules to allow Bill Mantlo, the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, the chance to finally see his character, voiced by Bradley Cooper in the film, brought to life.
The author who, together with artist Keith Giffen, created the wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon in 1971, has been in institutional care since 1992 following a hit-and-run accident. His brother, Michael Mantlo, revealed that Marvel attorney David Althoff and VP David Bogart had paid Bill a visit in hospital with a copy of the film on a laptop for a private screening.
Photo courtesy of Mike Mantlo
He posted this message on Bill’s Facebook page.
*****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!
He later added:
The gentlemen that made it possible for Bill to see his creation, ROCKET RACCOON, come alive in “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, Marvel Attorney David Althoff and Marvel VP David Bogart. Giving Bill this opportunity was a daunting challenge (with all the legal & security protocols that needed to be breached), but these two FINE MEN made it happen, and Bill had the HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE! I will NEVER be able to thank them enough for all that they have done for Bill!