Geeks Care: How You Can Help Bill Mantlo

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.

The latest installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help highlights Bill Mantlo, a legendary comic book writer for Marvel in the '70s and '80s.  While readers may not be familiar with his name at first glance, the recent popularity of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy film has brought Mantlo once again to the forefront, as he is the co-creator of Guardians character Rocket Raccoon.  Like many talented creators who no longer have the opportunity to work in the comic book industry and who do not own the rights to their well-known characters, Mantlo has no way to afford the continuing medical bills that have ravaged him since a debilitating brain injury nearly 20 years ago.  While wonderful organizations like The Hero Initiative exist to support comic book creators, writers, and artists in need, Mantlo's story is an all too common one, and even The Hero Initiative needs the help of fans like you to give back to those who have given us so much.

Bill Mantlo's health and well-being are of grave concern, as, according to an in-depth article by Bill Coffin on, "Bill cannot move from his wheelchair to his bed without help, nor can he feed himself, go to the bathroom, or conduct any other kind of normal physical activity unaided. He can move his arms, but the fine motor control in his hands is very poor. He needs someone else to put his glasses on for him, and when he wants to take them off, he can only drag his hands across his face and let the glasses clatter to the floor."  Unable to attain the proper healthcare that he needs to sustain his daily care, it is up to fans like us to be heroes and come to his rescue.

Readers interested in making a direct donation to Bill Mantlo may do so by clicking here. It was nearly thirty years ago that Mantlo began making audiences laugh and cheer with Rocket Raccoon.  Now, it's time for us to show our thanks.


If you have a volunteer opportunity or an important cause that could use the assistance of a few geeks, please email the details to barbra (at)

Last modified on Monday, 20 June 2016 02:04

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