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David Yurkovich and Michael Mantlo
76 pages (June 2007); 35.7MB downloadSleeping Giant Comics
; ISBN: STAR-00042
If you grew up during Marvel's Bronze Age, then you've probably read Bill Mantlo's work. Mantlo was a prolific author who wrote almost exclusively for Marvel throughout the 1970s and into the late 1980s. During this time he scripted nearly every major Marvel character including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. He developed Mego's Micronauts toy line into an award-winning monthly comic that ran for nearly five years and he authored a second toy-based comic, ROM: SPACEKNIGHT, and wrote every issue of the series (75 issues and 4 giant-sized annuals). Bill also created Cloak and Dagger, a crime-fighting duo that became two of Marvel's most popular characters in the '80s, and numerous other characters.
In the early 1990s, shortly after turning his attention to practicing law, Mantlo was struck by a hit-and-run driver while rollerblading. The accident caused severe head trauma from which Bill is not expected to ever fully recover. But his vast contributions to the comics industry live on. MANTLO: A LIFE IN COMICS is a celebration of Bill's career in comics and his vast creations. Written by David Yurkovich (and featuring an introduction by Bill's brother, Mike Mantlo), this 72-page retrospective includes interviews with many of Bill's collaborators including Jackson Guice, George Perez, and Colleen Doran. As an added bonus, the project features previously unpublished fiction by Mantlo, including the short story AFTERMATH (which Yurkovich has adapted into sequential format). Best of all, the proceeds from MANTLO: A LIFE IN COMICS are being donated to help with the costs of Bill's daily care.