04 August 2009

Mantlo in Wizard

The latest issue of Wizard (#215, Sept 2009) contains a five-page article about Bill Mantlo. Titled "Tragic Talent," this article by Christopher Lawrence doesn't cover much ground that Mantlo fans don't already know, but it's great for younger fans who might not be aware of the breadth of his work. It summarizes his career, focusing, of course, on the accident that has put him in nursing home for the rest of his life. And it has some nice quotes from other pros who knew and worked with Mantlo during his career, including Keith Giffen, Mike Mignola, Carl Potts, Roger Stern, Walt Simonson, and Al Milgrom, who was Manlto's editor on Rom. Perhaps best of all, however, is the original, two-page spread by Greg Horn featuring a figure in Times Square surrounded by signs with some of the characters Mantlo was most associated with, including Rom.

If you're searching for it on the stands, note that there are two different covers. One features a jam cover of Marvel heroes for Marvel's 70th anniversary. The other features a photo of Iron Man from the movie for the story on Iron Man 2.

Thanks to Jerry Whitworth for the tip.