Bill Mantlo, the subject of our cover story “Tragic Tale,” was Marvel Comics’ go-to guy for getting stories turned around in a hurry. It was a role that landed him writing assignments on virtually everything Marvel published in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At his busiest, he was writing for up to eight different titles a month, and his total output is more than 500 issues. Not too shabby.
Bill left comics for a legal career and in 1992 was nearly killed in a hit-and-run accident that left him permanently brain damaged. Ultimately, he fell through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system and is now a living cautionary tale for anyone who produces, sells, buys or relies on health insurance.