How "GoTG" Restored Your Faith in Humanity

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Bill Mantlo, the disabled creator of Rocket Raccoon, deservedly received the Marvel treatment.

Aug 7, 2014 | 03:23 PM

Not only did James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" obliterate the box office with a $100 million debut, but it also restored our faith in humanity with this moving story.

Meet Bill Mantlo, the comic-book writer who in 1976 created Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper in the film) along with colleague Keith Giffen. 

Sadly, Mantlo was hit by a car while rollerblading in 1992, which left him badly injured with irreparable brain damage.  

Since he couldn’t make it to a theater to see his creation star in the blockbuster film, Marvel attorney David Althoff and vice president David Bogart went to Mantlo and surprised him with a private screening of "GoGT" at his long-term care facility. 

"What a 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 siccessful film ever!" wrote Bill's brother Michael on Bill Mantlo's fans Facebook page

Faith in humanity restored, indeed!

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