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Bill Mantlo

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Real Name
Bill Mantlo
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Personal History

William Timothy Mantlo was born on November 9, 1951. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design and the Cooper Union School of Art, both in New York City. In 1974 he went to work for Marvel as a colorist and worked on several issues that appeared between October 1974 and April 1975. He then switched to writing, and he never looked back. In the next dozen years he would script for almost every hero in the Marvel line.

Professional History

Mantlo secured a place in Marvel history, in part, thanks to toys. Allegedly, he saw a line of action figures in a store and could not wait to write their adventures. He convinced the editor in chief at that time, Jim Shooter, to get the comics license for these toys, called Micronauts. With the recent release of Star Wars, the Micronauts title could easily have turned into derivative space opera. Instead, it won the Eagle Award for best new comic of 1978. Mantlo and Mike Golden (the artist on Micronauts) took a few bits of colorful plastic and built an entire (subatomic) universe around them with its own history, mythology, personalities, and even an alphabet. In the same way, Mantlo turned an uninspired toy called Rom into a cosmic odyssey about chivalry, alienation (literal and figurative), and what it means to be human.

Other successes included a superhero pair he created, whom he called Cloak and Dagger. They are opposites in many ways: he a black male with a shadow-filled cloak, she a white female who throws daggers of light. Like many of Mantlo's stories, Cloak and Dagger's are often gritty and deal with life on the streets. Their powers, for instance, appeared when they were kidnapped and given an experimental recreational drug.

"Boisterous Bill" had notable runs on established titles as well, including The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Alpha Flight. Mantlo did not always have the time to polish his stories, but he made up for it with strong characterization, tight plotting, and endless inventiveness. Like most writers, with the right ingredients he could produce a great story; unlike most writers, when lacking those ingredients he never produced a bad one.

Writing for comics, as it turned out, was only a means to an end for Mantlo. When he had enough money for law school, he cut back on writing to attend classes, though he did script Invasion! for DC. After graduation, he became a public defender in New York City and stopped writing altogether.

Tragedy

On July 17th 1992 Bill was hit by a car while rollerblading. The driver, who fled the scene, has never been identified. Bill was not wearing a helmet. His head hit the car's windshield before he fell to the street. Bill went into a coma that lasted for two weeks. When he recovered, he still knew his friends, family, and himself. After years of therapy, however, it was determined he would never fully recover. Bill has since regressed and now lives in Queens Nassau Nursing Home where he must have 24-hour assistance. Bill's care has long since used up his health insurance. David Yurkovich is preparing to publish The Bill Mantlo Benefit Book, which should go to press in early 2007. You can learn about it here. Proceeds will go toward Mantlo's medical expenses. In addition, Floating World Comics has sponsored a Spacenight: A Tribute to Bill Mantlo, an art show made (almost) entirely of various artist's interpretations of Rom, to help raise funds.

Those wishing to make direct donations may send them to Bill's brother Michael.

Michael Mantlo 425 Riverside Dr #12-E New York, NY 10025

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • No trivia.

See Also

Work History


Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • None.
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Marvel Database

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William Timothy Mantlo

William Timothy Mantlo
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Real Name
William Timothy Mantlo
Pseudonyms
Bill Mantlo

Titles

Characteristics
Gender

Date of Birth

November 9 , 1951

Contents

Personal History

William Timothy Mantlo was born on November 9, 1951. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design and the Cooper Union School of Art, both in New York City. In 1974 he went to work for Marvel as a colorist and worked on several issues that appeared between October 1974 and April 1975. He then switched to writing, and he never looked back. In the next dozen years he would script for almost every hero in the Marvel line.

Professional History

Mantlo secured a place in Marvel history, in part, thanks to toys. Allegedly, he saw a line of action figures in a store and could not wait to write their adventures. He convinced the editor in chief at that time, Jim Shooter, to get the comics license for these toys, called Micronauts. With the recent release of Star Wars, the Micronauts title could easily have turned into derivative space opera. Instead, it won the Eagle Award for best new comic of 1978. Mantlo and Mike Golden (the artist on Micronauts) took a few bits of colorful plastic and built an entire (subatomic) universe around them with its own history, mythology, personalities, and even an alphabet. In the same way, Mantlo turned an uninspired toy called Rom into a cosmic odyssey about chivalry, alienation (literal and figurative), and what it means to be human.

Other successes included a superhero pair he created, whom he called Cloak and Dagger. They are opposites in many ways: he a black male with a shadow-filled cloak, she a white female who throws daggers of light. Like many of Mantlo's stories, Cloak and Dagger's are often gritty and deal with life on the streets. Their powers, for instance, appeared when they were kidnapped and given an experimental recreational drug.

"Boisterous Bill" had notable runs on established titles as well, including The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Alpha Flight. Mantlo did not always have the time to polish his stories, but he made up for it with strong characterization, tight plotting, and endless inventiveness. Like most writers, with the right ingredients he could produce a great story; unlike most writers, when lacking those ingredients he never produced a bad one.

Writing for comics, as it turned out, was only a means to an end for Mantlo. When he had enough money for law school, he cut back on writing to attend classes. After graduation, he became a public defender in New York City and stopped writing altogether.

Tragedy

On July 17th 1992 Bill was hit by a car while rollerblading. The driver, who fled the scene, has never been identified. Bill was not wearing a helmet. His head hit the car's windshield before he fell to the street. Bill went into a coma that lasted for two weeks. When he recovered, he still knew his friends, family, and himself. After years of therapy, however, it was determined he would never fully recover. Bill has since regressed and now lives in Queens Nassau Nursing Home where he must have 24-hour assistance. Bill's care has long since used up his health insurance. David Yurkovich is preparing to publish The Bill Mantlo Benefit Book, which should go to press in early 2007. You can learn about it here. Proceeds will go toward Mantlo's medical expenses. In addition, Floating World Comics has sponsored a Spacenight: A Tribute to Bill Mantlo, an art show made (almost) entirely of various artist's interpretations of Rom, to help raise funds.

Those wishing to make direct donations may send them to Bill's brother Michael.

Michael Mantlo 425 Riverside Dr #12-E New York, NY 10025

Issues Credited (as writer)

An asterisk (*) indicates that Mantlo wrote every issue of the title.

  • Alpha Flight, issues #29-#66, annuals #1-#2
  • Amazing Adventures, Volume 2 (Killraven), issues #33, #38
  • Amazing Adventures, Volume 4, issue # 1
  • Amazing High Adventure, issues #4 (western), #5 (historical)
  • Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1, issues #181, #222, #237, annuals #10, #11, #17
  • Astonishing Tales, issues #32-#35
  • Avengers, Volume 1, issues #174, #188, #206, #210, annuals #9, #12
  • Battlestar Galactica, issues #8-#9
  • Bizarre Adventures, issue #30
  • Buckaroo Banzai, issues #1-#2* (movie adaptation)
  • Captain America, Volume 1, issues #191, #256, #291
  • Captain America: The Campbell Kids (one-shot)
  • Captain Marvel #47
  • Champions, Volume 1, issues #3, #8-#17
  • Cloak and Dagger, 4-issue miniseries*
  • Cloak and Dagger, issues #1-#11*
  • Cloak and Dagger and Power Pack: Shelter from the Storm (graphic novel)
  • Contest of Champions, Volume 1, issues #1-#3
  • Daredevil #140
  • Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, issues #7-#32 (except #15, #28)
  • Defenders #30
  • Epic Illustrated, issue #5
  • Fantastic Four, Volume 1, issues #172, #182-#183, #193-#194, #216-#218, annual #13
  • Fear, issues #29-#31
  • Frankenstein Monster, issue #18
  • Ghost Rider Volume 2 #16
  • Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men (one-shot)
  • Howard the Duck, issues #30-#31
  • Howard the Duck Magazine, issues #1-#9*
  • Human Fly, issues #1-#19*
  • Incredible Hulk, Volume 1, issues #245-#313, annuals #10-#13
  • Incredible Hulk Megazine
  • Incredible Hulk vs. Quasimodo
  • Iron Man, Volume 1, issues #78, #86-#87, #95-#115, annual #4
  • Jack of Hearts #1-#4*
  • John Carter: Warlord of Mars, annual #2
  • Last Starfighter, issues #1-#3* (movie adaptation)
  • Man from Atlantis, issues #1-#7* (TV adaptation)
  • Marvel Chillers (Modred the Mystic), issues #1-#2
  • (Marvel) Classics Comics, issues #15 (Treasure Island), #18 (Homer's Odyssey)
  • Marvel Fanfare, issues #7 (Daredevil), #16 (Sub-Mariner), #19 (Cloak & Dagger), #25 (Captain Universe), #27 (Daredevil), #28 (Alpha Flight), #43 (Sub-Mariner, Fantastic Four), #47 (Hulk, Spider-Man, Nick Fury), #56 (toys), #57 (Captain Marvel), #58 (Vision & Scarlet Witch)
  • Marvel Graphic Novel, #14 (Swords of the Swashbucklers), #34 (Cloak & Dagger)
  • Marvel Premiere, issues #26 (Hercules), #28 (Legion of Monsters), #31 (Woodgod), #40 (Torpedo), #44 (Jack of Hearts)
  • Marvel Preview, issues #4 ("The Sword in the Star"), 7 ("The Sword in the Star"), #10 (Hercules), #24 (Paradox)
  • Marvel Spotlight, issue #27 (Sub-Mariner)
  • Marvel Spotlight, Volume 2, issues #9-#11 (Captain Universe)
  • Marvel Super-Heroes, Volume 2, issues #10, #15
  • Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine
  • Marvel Team-Up, Volume 1, issues #38-#51, #53-#56, #72, #134-#135, #140, annuals #1, #6
  • Marvel Two-In-One, issues #11-#12, #14-#19, #21-#24, #47-#48, #99
  • Micronauts, issues #1-#58, annuals #1-#2
  • Morbius Revisited, issues #3-#5
  • Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, issues #9-#10, #12-#15, #17-#34, #36-#40, #42, #53, #61-#89, #104, #120, annuals #1, #4
  • Power Man, issues #25, #27, #29, #38, #39
  • Questprobe, issue #1
  • Rawhide Kid, Volume 2, issues #1-#4*
  • Red Sonja, Volume 2, issues #5-#7
  • Rocket Raccoon, 4-issue miniseries*
  • Rom, issues #1-#75, annuals #1-#4*
  • Sectaurs, issues #1-#8
  • Skull the Slayer, issues #5-#8
  • Son of Satan, issue #8
  • Special Edition Warlock, issue #5
  • Spider-Man/Daredevil Special Edition 1
  • Spidey Super Stories, issues #25, #38 (Electric Company TV tie-in)
  • Strange Tales, Volume 2, issues #1-#7
  • Super-Villain Team-Up, issues #4, #9-#14
  • Swords of the Swashbucklers, issues #1-#12*
  • Tarzan, issues #20-#29, annuals #2-#3
  • Team America, issues #2-#9
  • Thor, Volume 1, issues #240-#241, #309
  • Transformers, issues #1-#2
  • Transformers (UK), issues #1-#4, #55-#69
  • Uncanny X-Men #96, 106
  • Vision and Scarlet Witch, 4-issue miniseries*
  • Web of Spider-Man, issue #11
  • What If...? Volume 1, issues #21, #31, #36
  • Wolverine Saga, issue #1
  • The X-Men and the Micronauts, 4-issue miniseries*

Miscellaneous Text Pieces

Issues Credited (as colorist)

Work History

Images Attributed to William Timothy Mantlo

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

There is a fan letter from a Bill Mantlo, Queens Village, NY in issue number 90 of Tales To Astonish, cover-date April, 1967. He claimed that he forgot his number, but he was a member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. Of course, it was a letter about the Hulk story from issue number 87. Presumably, with a rather unique name like Mantlo, this is the same Bill Mantlo that went on to write the Hulk in later years.

See Also

  • Gallery of William Timothy Mantlo's pictures
  • Quotations by William Timothy Mantlo
  • William Timothy Mantlo in the news

Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • None.




This article uses material from the "William Timothy Mantlo" article on the Marvel Database wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Bill Mantlo (born November 9, 1951) is an American comic-book writer, best-known for his work on two licensed toy properties Micronauts and the long-running Rom: Space Knight. Mantlo plotted out the stories of the first and second issues of the Marvel G1 comic.

Having written for nearly every on-going Marvel title in the 1970's, by the mid-1980's Mantlo had entered law school and ceased working in the comics field to become a public defender. Struck by a car while rollerblading in 1992, Mantlo suffered severe head trauma and spent over a year in a coma. He has since been institutionalized and is not expected to fully recover.

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This article uses material from the "Bill Mantlo" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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